Healthy Coconut Mousse Cheesecake Bars
I never told anyone this, but last week I bought a coconut from the grocery store. Well, I told people that part, but what I didn’t tell them was that I struggled with it for a good two hours… Embarrassing, I know.
Looking back on it, draining and opening the coconut was the easy part, requiring two knives and a hammer, and taking up only thirty minutes of my life and flushing it down the drain. The hard part was scraping out the insides of the coconut. Maybe I should have done a better job at googling how to do it properly, even though every website made it sound so easy. Or maybe the coconut wasn’t ripe yet (do coconuts even ripen?? This shows you how much I know about real coconuts…)
Anyways, a long time went by scraping that darned coconut. My arm was killing from the constant scraping (with spoons and knives!), the edge of the coconut cut my finger, and the coconut “fur” was “shedding” all over my floor. How can such a tiny thing cause so much ruckus? I finally gave up on the frustrating, annoying, mean coconut and made these cheesecake bars with the very easy, readily available (and non-finger-cutting) coconut extract. These tasted so good, I forgot about my bleeding finger and the fact that I had to vacuum the floor.
Despite the crumbly crust, everyone who tried it still loved it. It was slightly crunchy and had the perfect balance of salty and sweet. I ate the leftover crumbs, as it tasted like the best granola I’ve ever eaten. I am a lover of all things coconut, so I found the coconut flavor to be perfect in these. My friend, on the other hand, only likes a slight amount of coconut, so she recommends using a little less extract. So if you adore coconut like I do, keep the measurements where they are. If you like a hint of coconut, remove the coconut extract from the crust.
As for the chocolate drizzle, I wasn’t a fan of how the pieces broke when slicing, but it added so much elegance to the dish that I would definitely keep it in! Plus, it helps the raspberries stay in place. Maybe you can try slicing the bars first and then adding the chocolate?