The easiest dessert you’ll ever make are these Easter Dessert Bars! Atop a buttery graham crust sits layers of sweet coconut flakes, crunchy walnuts, a mix of your favourite EASTER CHOCOLATE, and the best part: sweetened condensed milk is poured over the whole thing! Layers upon layers of deliciousness that are so perfect for sharing.
My Quarantine Life
As I’m writing this recipe out, we are in the midst of the virus pandemic. It’s a very strange time, especially because it’s global. The whole world is going through it together.
This time of “staying home” and “social distancing” isn’t that different from how life was for me before. For starters, I’m more introverted than extroverted so I value my alone time. I’m a homebody so being in the coziness of home is enjoyable to me.
I just became a mom last September, so going out to the movies, concerts and exciting night-on-the-towns is definitely a thing of the past for me now. (I think since having a baby I’ve gone out to eat at a restaurant maaaaybe twice?)
Speaking of having a baby, we just recovered from the horrific experience of the “4 month sleep regression”. During that time I hardly had any energy to leave the house. I’ve never been so tired in my life.
On top of all that, I’m a stay-at-home mom who also runs a food blog. So all the baking, corresponding with clients, and photography is all done from home. As you can tell, I LOVE being home. “Home is the nicest word there is” said the one and only Laura Ingalls Wilder; home is the best!
I can’t even imagine how all the extroverted people who thrive and feel alive working outside of the home feel during all of this. The ones who go out to eat every night with their friends. Talk about a total lifestyle change.
Let’s just say my past 19 year old self would be dying, ESPECIALLY because I was in a long distance relationship with my American boyfriend (now husband) at the time. But I can say my 29 year old self is holdin’ up okay.
I’d say the hardest part is not being able to go to church. Church is a huge part of my life and I miss the fellowship with everyone there. I definitely took going to church every Sunday for granted before.
Flour And Sugar Shortage?
Another reason why this is such a weird time is that grocery stores are low on certain supplies. Toilet paper and sanitizer being the first to go. (I finally got my hands on a pack of toilet paper and no longer feel crippling-anxiety everytime I have to use the bathroom. Phew!)
But now we’re seeing shortages of flour, sugar, butter, milk, and more! It’s actually a baker’s NIGHTMARE. I haven’t personally seen butter run out at my local grocery store yet, but what is life without butter? Just sadness.
If you’re out of flour and sugar, then this is especially a great recipe for you!
Only 6 Ingredients!
This recipe requires only 6 ingredients! They’re the type of ingredients that aren’t what some would call “strange” or “wacky”. They’re simple and found in alot of North American pantries. And who knows, they may be already in yours!
The first ingredients is a layer is a mixture of melted butter and graham cracker crumbs.
Then it’s a layer of flaked coconut, a layer of chopped nuts (either walnuts or pecans), and a layer of chocolate, and then a can of sweetened condensed milk is poured over the whole thing.
These Easter Dessert Bars are a spin-off of my Hello Dolly Bars, with the only difference being that the Hello Dolly Bars use only semi-sweet chocolate chips, whereas these Easter Bars use the BEST Easter Chocolate!
For this recipe you want 2 cups of chocolate. For the ultimate texture I used a variety equaling up to 2 cups:
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup crushed/chopped up Mini Eggs
- 1/2 cup crushed/chopped up pastel M&Ms
Feel free to switch up the ratios and the type of chocolate you use. The flavour options are endless.
Why You Should Chop Up The Ingredients:
You will want to chop up the ingredients because it makes it much easier to slice the dessert into bars later on. If you use whole walnuts or whole Mini Eggs or whole M&Ms the bars won’t really cut nicely into perfect squares. I made the mistake of not chopping my M&Ms which resulted in them not emulsifying into the bars and falling off left and right.
If you don’t own a fancy chopper or food processor, I like to crush things up the old fashioned way. Just fill a ziplock bag with your chocolate, get most of the air out, seal it shut, and then whack it a bunch of times on the counter with a rolling pin. Works like a charm!
Baking Easter Dessert Bars With Kids!
I almost forgot to mention how GREAT these Easter Dessert Bars would be to make with kids. They’d have so much fun digging their fingers in the butter and graham crumb mixture and pressing it to make a crust.
It’d be a fabulous lesson on how to measure ingredients and showing them how to evenly spread out each ingredient, layer by layer.
For More Easter Recipes Check Out:
- Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Easter Cookies
- Carrot Cake Cupcakes (topped with white chocolate carrot garnishes)
- Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Strawberry Shortcake Bars
If you guys make this recipe please let me know either by commenting below or tag me in your pics on Instagram! I’d love to connect with you and see how you liked it! Happy baking and Happy Easter, friends! 🙂
Easter Dessert Bars
- 3 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
- 1 Cup Salted Butter melted
- 3 Cups Shredded or Flaked Coconut
- 2 Cups Walnuts or pecans
- 2 Cups Chocolate Mixture Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, chopped Mini Eggs, chopped Pastel M&Ms
- 1 14 oz Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees C.
Melt butter and in a bowl and combine it with the graham cracker crumbs until evenly mixed.
Using your hands, press this mixture into an even layer on the bottom of a 9 x 13 dish.
Spread coconut evenly over the graham layer.
Roughly chop the walnuts and spread evenly on top.
Spread the chocolate mixture evenly on top of that.
Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over the whole thing.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely, you can place it into the fridge too for a couple of hours which makes for easier cutting. Cut into 15 bars. Enjoy!