I came across this recipe for Coconut Cream Pie Bars through Pinterest. The Clever Housewife added it to her boards, inspired by the original post from Dough Puncher. The bars looked too good to pass up, and I was even more excited when I saw a shortened version of the recipe.
Dough Puncher has a wonderful post listing the full ingredients for making the entire dessert from scratch. I’m sure this is fantastic, and one of these days I’ll have to take a few extra minutes to make the true version. This time, however, I took the easy road. And who can blame me? With basically just 3 easy steps and only 15 minutes of bake time, it’s hard to pass up this coconut-lover’s dream. You get all of the cream pie flavor without all of the work.
- Store-bought refrigerated pie crust dough for 9-inch pie plate
- Instant vanilla pudding (enough for 8 servings – 2 smaller boxes or 1 large)
- 3 cups milk for mixing pudding (or as recommended on box to pie specifications)
- 8 ounce container of whipped topping
- 2+ cups sweetened flaked coconut
Coat bottom of baking dish with non-stick spray (can also use pie pan if you prefer)
Unroll pie crust dough and fit to bottom of baking dish (I simply used a knife to trim the round edges and pressed them together to form one solid layer)
Bake dough for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, allow to cool
Mix pudding with milk as directed on box for pie filling and stir in 1 cup coconut (or more to taste)
Spread pudding and coconut mixture in dish over pie crust
Put in refrigerator and let set until chilled
Spread 1 cup coconut (or more if you prefer) on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 2-4 minutes to toast for topping
Once pudding is set, spread entire container of whipped topping over the top as final layer
Sprinkle with toasted coconut, slice, and enjoy!
See, I told you it was fast and easy. You’ll have to try it for yourself to taste just how wonderful it is. Using the fat-free/sugar-free pudding mix with skim milk and lite whipped topping helps make this dessert even better by offering a lower calorie option.
For a different taste, next time I’m going to try the recipe with chocolate pudding. I’ll let you know how it goes.