Gluten Free Coconut Mojito Bars

When I was in Chile, there was a restaurant a few blocks from my house that had amazing mojitos, and one of their signature drinks was the “cojito,” which is made with coconut rum.  It is absolutely freaking delicious.  I have never had a more refreshing drink, ever.

So, obviously, it’s time to turn a refreshing drink into a buttery, delicious dessert.  I really like to make lemon bars, so with a few tweaks, the can turn from lemon bars into these cojito bars.  Get ready!

For the crust you will need:

2 cups coconut flour (this is like my new favorite thing in the whole world.)

3/4 cup white sugar

1 cup butter, softened

1 egg white

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine crust ingredients in a mixing bowl and then press into a 9×13 ungreased baking pan.  Really press it in.  Then, bake the crust for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.

While the crust is baking, you can work on the filling.

You will need:

4 limes, juiced

2 tbsp of mint, finely chopped

1 tsp fresh lime zest

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups of white sugar

1/4 cup of coconut flour

Shredded coconut, for topping

Juice the limes into a small bowl and then crush the mint into the juice.  Strain the juice from the mint.  You can add some of the fresh mint leaves to the mix, too, depending on how minty you want it to be.  Mix the juice, mint, zest, eggs, flour and sugar in a bowl.  When the crust is done baking, leave the oven on.  Pour the mix over the crust.  Sprinkle the coconut liberally on top and pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the mixture is set.

It looks a little funky, because of the mint.  If you want to make it more mojito-looking, you can blend the mint to a finer state and add some green food coloring to the filling.  Either way, it tastes great.  Enjoy your yummy, summer treat!


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