When you need a quick and easy bar cookie recipe that will wow your guests, these Gluten Free Raspberry Coconut Bars are it!
I had an ugly cry the day we announced The Recipe ReDux was closing.
If you’re new to this site and came by way of the podcast, The Recipe ReDux may not be a term you’re familiar with. It was the online cooking challenge I dreamed up eight years ago and quickly enlisted the help of longtime colleagues, Deanna Segrave-Daly and Serena Ball, to provide a way for registered dietitian and healthy living bloggers to connect online.
I’m not really sure why I cried so intensely. I had known this day was coming for a while. Deanna, Serena and I had been discussing the changing nature of the blogging community. We knew that ReDux had fulfilled its purpose — to provide a community of like-minded bloggers the opportunity to connect and blog together monthly on a common theme. But we also knew over the last year or so that the online space had given birth to numerous new ways for bloggers and influencers to support one another online.
We knew we were here first. But we also knew we didn’t need to be here last.
I suspect some of the tears were the release of eight years worth of hard work; some were the acknowledgment that while our friendship remains strong, my day-to-day working relationship with the Teaspoon gals is diminishing; and some were tears that seem to both naturally soften and celebrate the closing of any good chapter of life.
I’ve learned that while weeping with regret may outwardly look a lot like weeping with fulfillment, they’re very different on the inside. It’s the difference between knowing how good it all once was, rather than wondering what could’ve been.
I’m forever grateful to both Deanna, Serena and every blogger who blogged with us all these many years for giving me a chance to know how good it all could be. ~Regan
About this recipe: In closing down ReDux, we asked current and former members to either share their favorite ReDux recipe from the past or a new creation. It’s only fitting that I close out ReDux with a sweet treat. To see what other ReDux members are sharing to celebrate this final ReDux, click over to TheRecipeReDux.com.Print
Gluten Free Raspberry Coconut Bars
When you need a quick and easy bar cookie recipe that will wow your guests, this Gluten Free Raspberry Coconut Bar recipe is it!
- 1 recipe kumquat’s grain free pie crust
- 1 (15-ounce) jar raspberry fruit preserves
- 2 cups (about 180 g) flaked sweetened coconut
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sweetener*
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Press kumquat’s pie crust into bottom and partially up sides of a 13- x 9-inch baking pan.
- Spread preserves evenly over crust.
- Combine remaining ingredients and drop by spoonfuls over preserves.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until preserves are bubbly and coconut is toasted.
- Let cool completely before slicing into squares.
*Note: When testing my recipes, I use a homemade sugar mixture composed of equal parts sugar and equal parts of the Swerve sugar substitute equivalent. I personally find this 1/2 and 1/2 mixture of Sugar and Swerve to be the only sugar substitute mix that does not compromise on taste or texture in baking. Using this ratio cuts the overall sugar in half in recipes and my family still loves the taste. Swerve is available as granulated sugar, brown sugar and confectioner’s (powdered) sugar.
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