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Pineapple Bars

3.78 from 63 votes

If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing pineapple dessert, these tropical homemade pineapple bars will instantly win you over.

Packed with sweet and delicious pineapple and coconut flavor, it’s completely impossible to resist their charms!

This is honestly a great recipe for a Saturday afternoon, or any time you’re craving a taste of Hawaii, because the pineapple bars can be made with just five pantry staple ingredients that you can always keep on hand.

Also try this Vegan Cheesecake – NO cashews

Pineapple Bar Ingredients

The pineapple: Look for crushed pineapple – I used canned, but fresh is also fine if you want to crush your own in a blender. If you can only find pineapple chunks, those can also be crushed in a blender with a little of the liquid.

The coconut milk: This should be the full-fat canned kind sold by brands such as Thai Kitchen or Native Forest, not lite or the thinner beverage that’s sold in the refrigerator section or shelf-stable milk section as a dairy milk alternative.

The shredded coconut: Feel free to use sweetened or unsweetened coconut, thick or thin, and long or short. If you want to sprinkle a little more on top before baking for presentation, that’s fine as well.

The graham crackers: Regular or gluten free graham crackers are fine to use. (For vegan, be sure to look for a brand without honey.) Or as a substitute, most types of crispy cookies can be crushed and used instead of graham cracker crumbs. There’s also a keto magic square recipe linked below that calls for almond flour as the base.

You may also like this Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Above, watch the pineapple magic bar recipe video

Vegan Pineapple Bar Recipe
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Pineapple Bars

These tropical homemade pineapple bars are sweet, buttery, and so delicious!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 12 – 16 bars
3.8 from 63 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups fine graham cracker crumbs  (For keto, try these Keto Magic Bars)
  • 2 tbsp sweetener of choice
  • 1 1/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2/3 cup full-fat shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
  • 1 1/4 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp oil or butter (omit if desired)

Instructions

  • *The oil or butter version will taste much more like traditional magic bar crust, while the oil free version has a softer crust that some find gummy (but not everyone minds), so it's completely your choice.
    To make the recipe: Line an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper (or grease very well). Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a bowl, toss the cracker crumbs with sweetener and optional oil. Only if using a dry sweetener and no oil, also add 2 tbsp water. Spread evenly into the pan, and press down. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl, spread on top of the crust, and place on the oven center rack. Bake 35 minutes. Remove and let cool, then freeze until chilled and firm enough to cut. Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer.
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Notes

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Published on September 1, 2021

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  1. Molly says

    I am skeptical…. although I have made several of your recipes, I don’t understand how baking a sludge of pineapple and coconut milk will “set.” I’m not opposed to using eggs but know you don’t. How in the wide world do you get this to not come out like soup on crust?

  2. Luci says

    5 stars
    This was very easy to make with all 5 staple ingredients on hand. I added just a few chopped pecans to the crust as I used water vs oil. I tried some before I put in freezer and after. Both versions were “set” and delicious!

  3. Leslie K says

    5 stars
    These bars were such a lovely surprise! My kids made them for my birthday because I am a big pineapple fan. We are not vegan but loved them anyway.
    Thank you for making my birthday such a treat 🙂

  4. Kelly says

    I HATE to be this person, as i usually make a recipe to the letter (esp now that i have to bake gf/df) but any chance i could use coconut sweetened condensed milk? I ADORE pineapple, but won’t be going shopping for a while. I have a pineapple, i have coconut sweetened condensed… worth a try or def not?

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