Yesterday I woke up brainstorming blueberry confections. With an abundance of blueberries in my fridge, I knew I wanted to bake up some special treats, but what? The first thing I saw when I stepped into my kitchen was the fruit basket on our bar, filled with lemons.

Lightbulb. I’ll use up some blueberries AND some lemons.

Envisioning a cool, summery treat, I skipped over several recipes for breads, muffins, and cakes, finally deciding on a bar. What caught my eye and made this particular bar stand out from the rest was the addition of coconut, which I love.

Then as I read further, I was intrigued that the creator used to own a low fat cookie bakery and had perfected a low fat shortbread crust, which she used for this recipe. Score!  A tart lemon filling combined with sweet fresh blueberries and coconut resulted in a perfect hot weather dessert without a lot of guilt.

So what are some of your favorite summer treats?

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Blueberry Lemon Coconut Squares

Makes 12 squares. From babble.

Ingredients:

Base:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 scant* cup all purpose flour
pinch salt

Topping:
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
confectioners’ sugar for sprinkling

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a medium bowl, stir together the butter and sugar until creamy. Add flour and salt and stir until well combined and crumbly.

Press into the bottom of an 8” x 8” pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until just barely golden around the edges.

In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Add egg, egg white, and lemon juice and stir until well blended and smooth.

Sprinkle the blueberries and coconut evenly over the base, and pour the lemon filling over top. Bake for 30 minutes, until golden and set. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack, then place in refrigerator to chill for 1 hour before serving. Cut into squares and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

Note: Bars will keep in the refrigerator for 3- 4 days.

*Scant means "just barely." In this case, I used just slightly less than a cup, not filling completely to the top of the measure.

15 Responses to “Blueberry Lemon Coconut Squares”

  1. 1

    Ashley — August 1, 2011 @ 6:21 am

    oh, wow. these combine 3 of my favorite things to have in baked goods. so psyched! i bow down to your baking genius.

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    Heather — August 1, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    This sounds like the perfect summer treat!

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    Lesley Eats — August 1, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    I love lemon and blueberry together. If I can get myself motivated, I plan to make a lemon blueberry frozen yogurt this week. But I also had this for dessert the past week: I (toaster) oven-roasted some peaches with honey, topped them with some sweetened sour cream and sprinkled bluberries on top. It was wonderful!

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    Kate — August 1, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    Delicious! We went for easy, quick Cinnamon Roll Biscuits this weekend – yum! I’m going to have to try these this week.

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    Kira — August 1, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for! I’ve been in a baking mood with all the fresh fruit, but I didn’t want anything too indulgent. This is perfect.

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    Marti — August 1, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    These look so yummy, I wish I liked to bake. I’ll have to convince my friend who loves to bake to make them for me.
    Marti

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    Leah — August 1, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    Oh wow, that looks and sounds so good. I love anything with lemon and blueberries go so well with it. I could really eat my weight in these bars right about now!

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    Christi's Chirps — August 1, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    These look excellent! I love blueberries combined with lemon! Coconut sounds like it would make the best addition!

    Cheers!
    Christi

    christischirps.blogspot.com

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    Christina — August 1, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

    This looks amazing and so easy and fresh. I will be making these this week!

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    Leah — August 1, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

    Holy cow, this looks so good! I love coconut and blueberries. Yum! Can’t wait to try them.

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    Cheryl — August 5, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    Delicious and so easy too!
    Thanks for another great recipe!

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    Christina — August 19, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    Ok, these were amazing. My husband loved them so much, he begged me to make them again once we polished them off (which took less than 48 hours). So easy and fresh!

    • Beth replied: — August 19th, 2011 @ 11:50 am

      Love hearing that!!

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    Iona BB — August 26, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

    These look amazing!! I’m definitely going to try these and such a simple recipe too :) yayyy will be trying soon!

    Iona :)

    http://ionabb.wordpress.com/

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    Colette — July 19, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    Eat, drink, smile, REPEAT! Great recipe. It’s in my box. Thanks.

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