Amy's Chewy Coconut Bars (Diabetic)

"I was looking for a good bar cookie to add to my cookie tray that was suitable for Redneck Epicurean who was diabetic. We were partners in a holiday cookie swap and I was in awe of her cheerfulness even when she was in tremendous pain. She loved them and in her honor I am renaming this bar for her. Combining coconuts and walnuts with a faint hint of maple really appealed to me so I decided to give it a try as well as posting here for others as well as for future reference. According to the source this bar has 126 cal., 2 g pro., 10 g carbo., 9 g fat, 27 mg chol., 141 mg sodium."
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  • Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  • Using a mixer, beat eggs, Splenda and maple flavoring in medium bowl. Blend in in margarine and vanilla.
  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Stir into egg mixture. Fold in coconut, walnuts, and raisins.
  • Spread batter evenly in greased 8-inch square baking pan.
  • Bake until browned and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  • Cut into squares.

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  1. Demandy
    Tastes surprisingly good. Made with 2 T splenda, unsweetened coconut and left out the raisins to save on carbs. Didn't rise super high but has good consistency and great coconut maple flavor.
  2. laurenlikesfood
    Yum! These are really fantastic. I didn't have any raisins so I increased the Splenda by 1 Tbs., and I used pecans instead of walnuts. I used a margarine that I think is too salty so I omitted the salt. Next time I might be bad and drizzle some dark chocolate on top...
  3. DaisySunshine
    These are good. I found the prep to be more like 10-15 mins. though. Also they came out a little dry for my liking but that might be because I used whole wheat flour? I will make again though as they are fairly healthy and tasty.
  4. Wreckage
    These were quick and easy to make, something I appreciate. Fiance was so-so about these - they weren't sweet enough for him, but he's not the one with diabetes! Thanks for sharing. Will make again.
  5. jodi_m
    Very good for a Splenda dessert (I tend to dislike the aftertaste of Spelnda in baked goods). I used unsweetened coconut and about 6-7 tsps of Splenda. I omitted the raisins and used sliced almonds for the nuts, then spread melted chocolate on top so it resembled a Mounds bar :) I also subsituted real maple syrup for the maple flavoring.


  1. laurenlikesfood
    Yum! These are really fantastic. I didn't have any raisins so I increased the Splenda by 1 Tbs., and I used pecans instead of walnuts. I used a margarine that I think is too salty so I omitted the salt. Next time I might be bad and drizzle some dark chocolate on top...
  2. Samthelittlechef
    This was THE BEST coconut bar I have ever had. It was soo delicious. I altered the recipe a lot however to lower the number of calories but all in all it is the same basic recipe. First I substituted the eggs with egg beaters, substituted margarine for Promise fat free spread, used unsweetened coconut, used about 15 tsps of splenda since the coconut was unsweetened, and replaced the flour with oatmeal. I also ground the coconut and oatmeal up in a food processor to make the mixture a little less textured. The total calorie count of the recipe is reduced drastically to about 563 calories and still tastes excellent!!
  3. ladypit
    These are excellent! The staff (I work for a church) is hosting a volunteer apreciation luncheon tomorrow and each of us were told to bring a dessert. As there are a lot of church members with diabetes, I thought I'd look for a lower sugar recipe. I came upon this one and had, basically, all the ingredients. (I used whole wheat pastry flour for the flour and Oklahoma pecans instead of walnuts. I also used a blend of different colored raisins.) I made a pan and then left them to cool intending to try a tiny one and then save the rest. My husband and I ate a whole row and had to force ourselves to stop. Really and truly delicious. I have the dry ingredients all ready to make a second pan in the morning so I have enough to take with me! Thanks Toni. This is a definite keeper.
  4. mickie49
    5*'s from DH-----he really likes these---I used Egg-Beaters and Promise margarine. I wonder about substituting oatmeal for the coconut? Gonna try that nest, maybe half coconut and half oatmeal. Anyway--thanks a lot for the recipe, I'll be using it often.


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