Key Lime Coconut Bars and a Keurig Giveaway!

Tart low carb key lime bars made with coconut milk and coconut oil for a delicious tropical treat. Dairy-free and gluten-free. And a fantastic giveaway from Keurig Green Mountain coffee!

Low Carb Key Lime Coconut Bars

Key limes are funny little things. They are so tiny and tart, and they are definitely harder to cook and bake with than conventional limes. At least, they are if you squeeze them by hand. It took me a whole bag to get enough juice to make some low carb key lime bars. So, ahem, you may have noticed that the limes in the photos for this recipe are the larger conventional Persian limes. Yeah, that’s because I had to use every little bit of those cute little key limes for the juice. But you know what? It’s totally worth it. They have that incredible tart-sweet flavour that whisks you away to the tropics at the first taste. Combine it with coconut and it doesn’t matter that you live in New England and there is still snow on the ground, you find yourself basking in a sunny warm glow.

Dairy Free Low Carb Key Lime Bars

Keurig Green Mountain coffee also has a new limited edition seasonal flavour that has the same affect. I am typically not one for flavoured coffee, but their new Island Coconut is a tropical dream. It comes in both k-cups and ground coffee and it is available starting March 24th for a limited time to welcome in Spring. If you struggled with this miserable winter like I did, it’s a real treat to wake up in the morning and get a little taste of the tropics. And I have to be honest, if you drink a mug of Island Coconut while munching on a Key Lime Coconut Bar, you’re in tropical heaven. I was supposed to create a recipe WITH the coffee, but I like it so much, I’d rather drink it on its own. So I created a recipe that pairs well with it instead.

island coconut bag and kcup

And Keurig Green Mountain wants to give you the chance to win a Keurig one-cup coffee maker and some Island Coconut k-cups. There are also 2 second-prizes of the bagged Island Coconut coffee, so get in there . This giveaway is being hosted by 10 New England/New York area bloggers and you have plenty of chances to win!

These bars ended up being dairy-free almost by accident. I realized I was nearly out of whipping cream, but that I did have a can of coconut milk in my cupboard. Since I intended them to be a key lime coconut combo anyway, I figured it was the perfect solution. My original intention was to make some of my low carb condensed milk but instead I simply simmered the coconut milk with the sweetener for a little bit and then thickened it up with some xanthan gum. A little coconut oil in the base instead of butter allowed me to make them fully dairy-free and really enhanced the coconut flavour. And I will be honest, I really did eat these for breakfast a few times, along with a cup of my Island Coconut coffee. And for those few precious moments, I could close my eyes and pretend I was lying in a hammock strung between two coconut trees with a gentle breeze rustling by. Then my kids got up and it was back to reality. Ah well, a girl can dream, right?

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GIVEAWAY: Open to US residents, 18 years and older. Please note that this giveaway is sponsored by Keurig Green Mountain. I received no monetary compensation for hosting the giveaway.

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Low Carb Dairy Free Key Lime Bar Recipe

Key Lime Coconut Bars - Dairy-Free

Yield: 16 Bars

Serving Size: 1 Bar

Key Lime Coconut Bars - Dairy-Free

Tart low carb key lime bars made with coconut milk and coconut oil for a delicious tropical treat. Dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free.


  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup Swerve Sweetener
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup Kelapo coconut oil, melted
  • Filling:
  • 1 15-oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup powdered Swerve Sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup Key Lime juice
  • Zest of 2 Key Limes
  • 2 large eggs
  • Topping:
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened flaked coconut, lightly toasted
  • 2 tbsp powdered Swerve Sweetener


  1. For the crust, preheat oven to 325F.
  2. In an 8x8 inch square pan, combine almond flour, coconut flour, sweetener and salt. Stir to mix well.
  3. Drizzle with melted coconut oil and stir until well combined, then press firmly and evenly into the bottom of the pan.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until just golden brown. Remove and let cool while preparing filling.
  5. For the filling, combine coconut milk and powdered sweetener in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to just a boil, stirring to dissolve sweetener.
  6. Sprinkle surface with xanthan gum and whisk vigorously to combine. Let cool at least 15 minutes.
  7. Stir in lime juice lime zest and eggs and pour over cooled crust.
  8. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until filling is just set but the very center jiggles slightly when shaken.
  9. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  10. Sprinkle with flaked coconut and powdered sweetener.


Serves 16. Each serving has 6 g of carbs and 2 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 4 g.

161 Calories; 15g Fat (77.7% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 27mg Cholesterol; 24mg Sodium.

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  1. Never been a fan of key lime, but my type 2 diabetic mom and grandma both love it, so I’ll have to try it out

  2. Oh boy! These look incredible. I love that you kinda suggest having them for breakfast! I don’t mind if I do :)


  4. Sjanette Vd Sluijs Lodder says:

    Ow, I want to make these!! One question: can I sub the coconut milk for unsweetend Almond milk or Heavy cream?

    • You’d need about half of each to get the right consistency. Just almond milk would be too thin and just heavy cream would be too thick.

  5. Katharine says:

    I’ve never made anything with key limes but used to loooove key lime pie! Looks great.

  6. These look amazing! I’m a huge fan of anything lemon and lime in bar form…and then you went and added coconut. I’ll take two, please!

  7. My favorite thing about spring is seeing everything coming back to life. The trees, flowers etc.

  8. I cannot wait to try these, they look yummy.

  9. Can’t wait to try your new recipe! I love Key Lime and coconut and have been looking for an awesome sugar free version of Key Lime Bars. Thanks so much!

  10. My favorite thing about Spring is the sense of renewal, trees and plants are budding, my daffodils greet me every morning and when I come home from work. Hope.

  11. Ashley G says:

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE key lime and so does my dad! I WILL be making these :D And looking for this coffee!

  12. My favorite thing about Spring is seeing the new buds on the tree and shrubs that have been bare for months. It is the promise of good things to come!

  13. OMG these sound absolutely incredible!! Can’t wait to try these…must get some key lumes ASAP!!

  14. My favorite thing about spring (other than the warming temps) is when the trees just start leafing out and the leaves are a variety of pale, shimmering green.

  15. Lisa Thomas says:

    My favorite thing about spring is everything blooming and the color returning.

  16. Love key lime. Love tropical. Love coconut. Love. Love. Love.

  17. These look great! My husband is not a fan of chocolate (can you believe such a thing?) so I am happy to find a low carb treat he will like!

  18. Jennifer F. says:

    My favorite thing about spring is getting to meet our first child! We’re due any day now :-)

  19. Warmer temps!!

  20. Sounds yummy!

  21. These look amazing!!! I would love to test these out! :) Just need me some swerve.. ;)

  22. Man, this is a great give away. I certainly hope I am selected to get this Keurig machine, or just the green coffee would be fine too. Love your blog and your recipes.

  23. I am going to make these today!!

  24. My favorite thing about spring is the warming temperatures. It’s been a long winter! Wish there were more ways to enter for those not on facebook.

  25. More hours of daylight and sunshine!!!

  26. tammy scharmer says:

    Seeing the grass again and leaving my Windows open

  27. Colleen Gorman says:

    Favorite thing about Spring – the end of Winter. I love the new green of trees budding out especially willows.

  28. Amanda M says:

    We love being able to get out and go for walks to the park.

  29. I cannot wait to try these! What a great welcome-to-spring treat!

  30. These look so good! I have no idea why, but I have a negative reaction to Swerve when I use it. Do you think I could sub xylitol or erythritol and still get a good result? Thanks for all you do!

    • Sure. Xylitol would be fine. Swerve is mostly erythritol so if you have a reaction, I wouldn’t use that.

  31. Esther R. says:

    I love your recipes and this one uses coconut milk . YAY!!! I am very ready for spring flowers and garden planting.

  32. I can’t wait to make these! I LOVE coconut!

  33. Catherine Griffice says:

    Spring just lifts my spirits, I love seeing the fresh new living things!!

  34. Joy McGhee says:

    Warm weather!

  35. Pattie Vanderploeg says:

    Would love to try this! Limes are awesome!

  36. Judy Golden says:

    My favorite thing about Spring has to be the beautiful flowers in bloom.

  37. These look so yummy. Perfect spring recipe.

  38. Love! Not sure what swerve sweetener is? Any substitution there? Thanks!

  39. Looks amazing! Heading to the store now for coconut milk!

  40. Alejandra says:

    They look good!

  41. All the trees and flowers start blooming!

  42. Dee Fedor says:

    My favorite thing about spring is being able to work the soil in my garden! Been a LONG winter here in MI!

  43. Aaaaahhhhh, spring! These look delicious and I have everything on hand! Yippee!!

  44. Kathleen says:

    The best thing about spring is that the snow will be going away!

  45. Brandi Davis Bryant says:

    I love the little pops of sunshine from the daffodils. I would love to win one…I would give it to my mom (shhh she wants one). Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

  46. I love the smell of spring…fresh, new, and sweet. I also enjoy the longer hours of sunlight yet still having some of the cooler temperatures. :)

  47. Can’t wait to make these! Fell in love with Key Lime Pie 13 years ago on my honeymoon in Key West.

  48. My favorite thing about spring is the longer days and the spring flowers! Love!

  49. These look so amazing! Perfect way to welcome spring. You are brilliant!

  50. Our lemon tree is just loaded right now — and fragrant citrus skin is one of my favorite things about Spring. I adore limes, but we’ve only got a new tiny tree (not yet planted) so I may have to make a substitution.

    Lemon bars are the BEST. Lime bars are even BETTER. And dairy free will make the vegans in my life happy – thanks!

  51. Green grass and blooming trees.

  52. Tulips – and opening the windows to air out the house!!

  53. Can’t wait for Spring or these bars. My yard work will have to wait until I get these made!

  54. woah, I might actually try this out, it looks pretty easy to make. And I can bring it to classss!

  55. joyce shea says:

    I am pretty lucky as i get to experience spring like weather a good portion of the year as i live in . s. florida. but love to hear from my up north peeps about the trees and flowers blooming as i do miss the changes of the season.

  56. This sounds delicious!! This is going on my ‘gotta try it soon’ list!

  57. crazywoman/Billie says:

    Love your blog!
    Thanks for hosting the giveaway! Would love to win a Keurig!

  58. Nothing says spring like key lime!

  59. Open windows and fresh air!

  60. Favorite thing about spring? Warm, sunny days and flowers.

  61. The bars with the coffee sound so good!

  62. My favorite thing about spring is all the wonderful colors popping up from seemingly nowhere as all things coming out of hibernation are attracting attention

  63. And my favorite thing about spring is the perfect weather

  64. I love Spring…living here in Florida, we do experience spring…new leaves, a different color of blue to the sky, Gardenias about to bloom. SPRING VACATION is pretty nice, too, even for a homeschooling mom!

  65. Kimberly C says:

    Those bars look delicious!! My favorite thing about spring is definitely the warm weather!!

  66. Frodosdojo says:

    The weather change and the trees and plants in bloom !

  67. Wow another amazing recipe for my to do list! I love springs, warmer days and cool nights(at least in California) and the Easter bunny of course!

  68. Yum!
    Believe it or not, I love Spring because I seem to get motivated to clean and purge. Such a good feeling.

  69. I love the warm weather, the shining sun, and all of the cookouts

  70. Love the coconut lime combination! Perfect for spring!

  71. Jeanne Willmott says:

    Love Spring… the freshness of the air, being able to go back to walking outside and the spring flowers are awesome!!! Would love to win the Keurig Coffee Maker as I have always wanted one but still do not have one. Making one cup at a time is the best way to enjoy coffee – fresh each cup!

  72. Debbie Jennings says:

    Spring….when I can open up doors and windows without worrying about the flies I fight all summer. lol The bars sound wonderful…thanks!

  73. Christina says:

    Love the new spring flowers and the freshness of the season.

  74. Jennifer K says:

    Warmer weather and daffodils!

  75. Jen Pearse says:

    Looks AHHHHH-MAZING! LOVE spring…fav thing??? Taking my kiddo to the park, FLIP-FLOPS…PEDICURES & iced coffees… LOVE my Keurig & have about WORN IT OUT! Thank you for the chance to win a new one!!!

  76. Ariel S. says:

    Love the afternoon sun in early spring =)

  77. My favorite thing about spring is the warmer weather! I can’t stand the cold, so all my workouts throughout the winter have been indoors. Finally, I can run outside again!

  78. Chris Cox says:

    I love it when the flowers start to come up and bud on the trees – so pretty after a long grey winter!

  79. Gina Belle says:

    This sounds delicious! Not heard of Swerve, could I use Agave instead? Favorite part of spring, I’d say the weather. Warm air, clear skies, everything is green and blooming. It’s a beautiful time of year!

    • You really need a granulated sweetener for this. Agave would introduce too much liquid in the crust. It would probably work in the filling, though.

  80. Sarah Hutson says:

    The sunshine and a soft breeze!

    • Gina Belle, You really should avoid agave – it’s been proven to be even worse than high fructose corn syrup. Carolyn, will regular cane sugar or coconut palm sugar work in this recipe, since they are granulated?

  81. These are my dream come true! Can’t wait to make them :)
    Fave part of spring is opening my windows and listening to the sweet sound of wind chimes and bird calls.

  82. This sounds weird but the smell… I used to work in a greenhouse and I love the smell of planting and the plants growing. :)

  83. Christina M says:

    My favorite thing about spring is getting to “refresh” my yards after the freezing winter!

  84. Michelle Matos says:

    Love the coconut coffee! My favorite thing about Spring is all the flowers blooming. Everything just smells cleaner too.

  85. Best parts of spring are being able to ditch the coat and having lengthier days!

  86. Looks delish! I have a 14oz can of coconut cream – 17g of fat per serving – five servings per can. Ingredients: coconut cream, water, .005% sodium metabisulfite (as preservative). Do you know if this would work for the 15oz full fat coconut milk? I’ve never used either. Thanks!

    • Hmmm, I think it might be too thick. You may need to add some more water to get it to the right consistency.

  87. These look delicious. I love lime and coconut together. My favorite thing about spring is more daylight.

  88. I get to wear shorts in the spring

  89. I love anything with coconut :)

  90. The colors

  91. Michelle Hochstedler says:

    My favorite part of spring is being able to wear flip flops and no coats!

  92. The weather!

  93. Donna Poole says:

    I enjoy the longer days! Gives me time to get out and take pictures. This recipe sounds really good.

  94. I love key limes, and these bars sound great. Just wish your Give Aways were more friendly to those of us who aren’t on facebook, for whatever reason. Is Rafflecopter owned by facebook?

    • Hi Eric…no, Rafflecopter isn’t owned by FB. But most bloggers are on FB and so we tend to make those optional entries. But you do get 5 entries just for commenting…did you fill out that part?

  95. Looks yummy!! :D

  96. Mmm…looking forward to this one! :)

  97. mmmmmmmmm, key lime, YUM!

  98. Going outside with my boys, hands down, outside!!!

  99. Gorgeous Key lime bars, Carolyn!

  100. Jara Christensen says:

    My favorite thing about spring is the green sprouting up!

  101. Jennifer says:

    blooming flowers are my favorite part of spring

  102. Gorgeous.. Thank you……

  103. Rebekah Shaver says:

    My favorite thing about Spring is warm sunshine and the smell of FRESH sheets on the clothesline. :)

  104. I’m putting it on my list of recipes to try!

  105. Valerie Grassi says:

    Oh I cannot wait to try these! Thanks for posting. :-)

  106. My husband was just longing for Key Lime Pie tonight! Maybe I’ll make these for both of us. I’m not sure he’d like the coconut flavor, though.

  107. I’m obsessed with coconut.. looks amazing!

  108. Love the warm weather, the sunshine, the smell of the air!

  109. Christina A says:

    These look amazing. New to your blog – I’ll have to try these, I’ve been trying to expand my repertoire of paleo baked goods.

  110. Carolyn- Do you have any of your own cookbooks for sale and if so how can I order them?

    • I do not…yet. I’ve been planning one for a long time but finding the time to work on it has been very difficult.

  111. Love the bright flavors in these bars Carolyn – definitely a welcome treat after such a long winter!

  112. Love Key Lime ANY thing! Must. Try. To. Not. Eat. All. In. One. Sitting!

  113. My favorite thing about Spring is when the forsythia is in bloom!

  114. Theresa S says:

    My favorite things about Spring are maxi dresses and flip flops!

  115. the weather!!

  116. Kassandra says:

    The best thing about spring is dusting my bike off, tuning it up, and taking a ride…then riding every day after that until it gets cold again.

  117. My husband loves key lime. Cool giveaway,

  118. My husband loves key lime. Cool giveaway and my favorite thing about Spring of course is Harley riding. :) Still snowing here though.

  119. My hubby loves key lime! Wish I had someone to cook all these wonderful recipes for me!!

  120. My favorite time of the year is spring with all the flowers blooming. Beautiful.

  121. Caryn Crowston says:

    Love the key lime bars

  122. Low carb key lime, thank you!!! You just made my day

  123. Shelby W. says:

    Sounds like a recipe I’ll have to try!

  124. Looks and sounds great cannot wait to try it

  125. Laurie L says:

    Can’t wait to try this one. :)

  126. My favorite things about Spring are observing new life, warmer weather, and celebrating Easter with my family!

  127. Heather Wells says:

    Love the sunshine!

  128. Springtime happiness = daffodils, daisies, and open windows!

  129. can’t wait for spring and to get back out on my bike! this recipe will help make the weather seem warmer

  130. Stephanie says:

    Looks good!

  131. Love the key lime and coconut combo!

  132. Beth Endres says:

    The Greenness coming back to the landscape. Hate the gray-brown ugliness at the end of winter. And Spring/Summer cocktails!

  133. Sara Hawker says:

    Excited that I have everything to make this!

  134. Debra Schramm says:

    My favorite thing about spring is warmer weather and a beach trip to Panama City Beach, FL!

  135. Betty Anne says:

    Gardening and key lime bars–what could be better!!

  136. Yum! What a perfect recipe for Spring!

  137. Charlotte Dawson says:

    These bars look wonderful ! Could you give the sugar count as I am trying to limit the amount that I consume? (not easy) I really enjoy your post. Thanks
    My favorite thing about Spring ? Losing the socks and getting out the sandals!!

    • I am sorry, my software doesn’t calculate sugars. But you can enter the ingredients into My Fitness Pal or some other online calculator.

  138. Sounds wonderful I will be trying it!

  139. Mackenzie says:

    My favorite thing about Spring is hearing the birds chirping outside my window in the morning. And just seeing the SUN and flowers bloom.

  140. downthelanegirl says:

    No snow!!!!!!!!!

  141. I love watching the pine trees show their pale green new growth. It is so lovely against the darker green of the older needles.

  142. Love the warm sun and fresh air of springtime, and eating Lime Bars!!

  143. Christine Mayfield says:

    My favorite thing about spring is the sunshine! Everything is new again

  144. Mary Anna says:

    I work at a garden center, so my favorite part of spring is definitely seeing all the bulbs come up, as well as getting back to work and seeing all my favorite customers.

    These bars look really good! Will have to find some key limes soon and make them. :)

  145. Those are gorgeous!

  146. Oh yum and a half! This is such a springy dessert! I want!!

  147. These bars are awesome. I love anything key lime flavored and with coconut, this is a true winner!

  148. No more snow, sunshine, flowers and green everywhere!!!!

  149. fabulous looking! I love the combination of key lime and coconut. Brilliant! I love that keurig

  150. Anita D. says:

    I love the flowers in bloom during Spring! These bars look mighty tasty too! So refreshing! :)

  151. The bars look really yummy….all of your recipes are soooo good. Would love to win the Keurig and the Island coffee flavor sounds yummy too. Thanks for the chance to win

  152. The best part about spring is the return of Island Coconut coffee, and it will be great with these bars – can’t wait to make them! Now if only the Rafflecopter would work….

  153. The best part about spring is the beautiful trees start to bud, the crocus poke up through the ground with the tulips and the robins come back, then you know it is spring in these parts.

  154. I love the way these bars look. What a great spring dessert. Can’t wait to try them!

  155. Gardening!

  156. D Stevens says:

    When the flowers start popping up I know the snow is almost over ~ :)

  157. Jeanne Willmott says:

    Love Spring – time to get out and start walking again, gardening and GOLF!

  158. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Spring??? Whats not to like.
    I love it all, well for the 2 weeks we have it here in Las Vegas.

  159. Betty Bender says:

    I am going to try these tomorrow!! (SO Excited!)
    My favorite thing about spring is watching the yard wake up – bulbs planted last year poke up through the soil, roses that have been trimmed leaf out, fruit trees bloom, birds come back from their winter nesting places, butterflies begin to show up, the hummingbird feeder comes alive! I also LOVE the feeling you get as you realize that each day is a little longer, sunrise a little earlier, aspenglow a little later. Definitely an exciting, beautiful time of year!

  160. Dita MacDonald says:

    Can’t wait to try another of your GREAT recipes!!!!!!!

  161. My favorite spring thing is smelling the hyacinths! And just being outdoors is lovely too!

  162. Angie Jerde says:

    Living in MN with this horrible any sign of spring would be great! I would love to soak up a little sun and warmth..the longer days are a perk as well : )

  163. Angie Jerde says:

    *horrible winter

  164. My favorite thing about spring is all the green…….leaves, grass. :)

  165. I always love the bright splashes of color around my yard! I love flowers…but I also don’t have pollen allergies. :)

  166. Not having to wear layers of clothes is my favorite thing about Spring :) I love anything key lime! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  167. Spring, that great time of the year! Thoughts that turn to love, NOT, ok, maybe spring cleaning? NO. How about those Lime Coconut Bars with a cup of the Island Coconut Coffee? Can I get the servant to bring me some while I swing in the hammock?
    Carolyn, you are right, what a lovely way to start the day.
    Living in FL doesn’t make spring so important as elsewhere, but it does bring several days of nice temperate dry weather that makes us remember why we live in good ole sunny Florida! Enjoy the lime coconut bars and I’ll have my coffee over ice with cream. Now I’m in heaven!

  168. My favorite thing about spring is starting my veggie garden.

  169. The fresh breeze coming through my apartment.

  170. Wow – this Key Lime Bars look awesome! I am an absolute tropical fruit fanatic but being diabetic makes that difficult at the best of times. However, your bars have made my obsession very possible – thanks! And Spring – it is my favorite season of all. Everything is starting to get green and the flowers smell wonderful and the SNOW and ICE are gone – or will be soon since I leave in the frigid north where it can still snow in May! So your Key Lime bars and that fantastic Island coffee would do 2 things – help me deal with the end of winter and rush me into spring. Thanks very much Carolyn.

  171. My favorite thing about Spring is that it’s not Winter!

  172. Oh yes, some key lime bars and some coffee, maybe a frappacino.

  173. I absolutely love key lime. I cannot wait to try this!!!

  174. The best part of spring is when the baby cows are born. They run around like they were little cats and dogs. They don’t know they will soon be too big to be able to play like that. I love to watch them have so much fun.

  175. Spring is a beautiful time to see flowers..

  176. JennCutt says:

    Favorite thing about spring is being able to open the windows and let the breeze through. These look really good and can’t wait to try them. Thanks!

  177. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  178. Rebecca R. says:

    My favorite thing about spring is much like many others, especially after this year’s winter – the snow is gone! I like it a little deeper into the season, after the seeds have been sown, and little wispy sprouts start to spring forward in the garden, as well as when the trumpet vine begins to green out and bud…

  179. Sunshine and flowers

  180. Kimberly says:

    I love the huge temperature fluctuation that lets you be super warm in the sunshine of the day, and still snuggle down in your blankets for the night.

  181. Denise C says:

    I love any lime and will give these bars a try. Just made lemon bars last week! Citrus just sounds so good right now!

  182. My FAVORITE thing about spring is all of the beautiful colors that are popping up all over the place. And I just love the fresh flavors of spring also- lime, lemon, asparagus…the list goes on and on!

  183. My favorite thing about spring is the warmer weather & sunshine

  184. My mom LOVES key lime. She also LOVES good coffee!

  185. patricia says:

    Oh m gosh, do these bars ever look good. Will definitely have to try them.

  186. Mangoes – but they are not low carb…maybe a recipe challenge/request Carolyn? And using Ataulfo/Champange mangoes.

  187. Debbie Bray says:

    warmer weather

  188. More time for baking!

  189. Kris in Alaska says:

    Flowers, grass and anything NOT white like snow!

  190. Sunshine and color! Making these bars soon, they look great.

  191. After this LONG winter…I love EVERYTHING about Spring!!

  192. Favorite thing about Spring is Spring Cleaning! I need to purge STUFF. And I love Key Lime Pie soooo (grew up in FL and now live in MN). I’m going to go make these right now!!!

  193. abbi williams says:

    lemon is spring…hello? yes! love the flavor and color. its like the new apple a day rule.

  194. Kiesha Newsom says:

    My favorite thing about spring is that sense of clean and new. I love spring cleaning, planting things, renovations on our starter home. All in spring :)
    These key lime bars look delicious, can’t wait to try. Thanks!

  195. My favorite thing about spring? All the flowers that pop out and the warm temps! Looking forward to tasting these. They are currently cooling in the refrigerator. I love every recipe of yours that I have tried. Thanks so much!

  196. Carolyn- do you have any of your own cookbooks for sale? Love your blog.

  197. I love when everything greens up and flowers start blooming. Also love the warmer temperatures.

  198. All the beautiful shades of green as the trees get new leaves, and the grass and flowers start to grow!

  199. Stephanie Wagner says:

    My favorite thing about spring is the warmer weather!

  200. Clear sidewalks for running, and not having to bundle up to go outside.

  201. Can’t wait to try these! I love all of the fresh green colors of spring.

  202. Just found your blog while looking for new low-carb resources. Can’t wait to read more!

  203. Julie B. says:

    Longer days, and seeing bulbs bursting out of the ground makes me so happy.

  204. Oh my word!!!! Key Lime Coconut Bars and a cup of coffee made in my new Keurig coffee maker (I am winning by the way!)….what a combination!!!!

  205. Oh…I forgot to state my favorite thing about spring!!!! I love all the flowers that are blooming…my daffodils starting blooming during one of our late snows…and the birds singing!!!! All this new birth…but none equals the new birth found in our Lord…and we celebrate Easter in the spring…the new life He gives us is the BEST!!!!

  206. The warmer air and the delightful smells of spring.

  207. Love key lime! Looking forward to trying these.

  208. I live in California. So in spring I get to enjoy the green hills around my town for a short while until the become our well known “amber waves of grain”


  209. Corisa Jubinsky says:

    the beautiful weather and flowers!

  210. My favorite thing about spring would have to be just getting outside in the warmer temperatures (not too hot and not too cold) and nice days. Whether it is reading under a tree, taking a stroll through the woods, or having a picnic, the weather just screams relaxation.

  211. the weather for sure!! The vit D fromt he sun gets me out of my seasonal depression and on my way to spending more time outside.

  212. If SPRING ever makes an appearance in the Northeast this year, my favorite thing is all the trees and flowers blooming – I love my lilac bushes!

  213. Sarah Kurtz says:

    The smell of fresh flowers and green grass.

  214. Maria Reaser says:

    I love the regeneration of life that comes with spring

  215. my favorite thing about spring is the smell of outside after it rains, with all of the new growth & blooms

  216. planting the garden!

  217. The farmers market opens!

  218. Robin the Book Nerd says:

    Being able to have my garden veggies!

  219. I love open windows and the sounds of mowing grass and birds singing!

  220. Would love to win the Keurig for my work office!!! Cant wait for Spring- the smell of flowers, clothes on the line, and fresh cut grass! Hope it comes soon!

  221. Kristin Kaufmann says:

    Warm weather!

  222. Maria Schwarz says:

    I love the weather! Not too cold & not too hot!! Love all your recipes too!

  223. The changing weather for sure!

  224. Tammy Demers says:

    These look divine. I cannot wait to try them. Just need to pick up more Swerve!

  225. I bet these bars will taste even better with a nice cup of coffee!

  226. Debra Schramm says:

    Warmer weather!

  227. Christina Johnson says:

    I love everything about spring but my favorite thing would have to be planning/planting the garden!

  228. Those look fantastic! I’ll be making those very soon!

  229. Dottie Armour says:

    Fun, fun, fun and more fun in the sun!

  230. Donna Hardin says:

    Thank you for all the work you do here – I love, love, love your recipes!

  231. Usually I am all about the chocolate recipes…but this one looks awesome! And my favorite thing about spring? Everything!

  232. YUM! My husband loves Key Lime Pie! I’m sure he’ll be excited about these!

  233. Crystal Sheckles-Gibson says:

    My favorite thing about Spring is when the March Lilies start blooming.

  234. Being outdoors again now that it’s warmer!

  235. I love the smell of fresh cut grass and seeing my tulips start to appear

  236. Key Lime Coconut Bars and Green Mountain Island Coconut Coffee, and a Keurig to boot!!! Favorite things about Spring….opening up the house, Harley riding, gardening and all outdoor activities! I’m in upstate NY, we had -5 below last night, and I still have 3 1/2 foot of snow in my yard, Spring, hurry up and get here :)

  237. Seeing the sun, and not a sky full of clouds. That’s my #1 favorite thing about summer. Though a close second would be getting to plant my garden.

  238. Amanda Aspling says:

    Warmer weather.

  239. my favorite thing about spring is the transition from the winter season to summer, bulbs are coming up, veggies are being planted, playing outside and enjoying the things around us.

  240. Favorite thing about spring is gardening!

  241. My favorite thing about spring is when the rain stops.

  242. I love to see the flowers blooming and feel the sun on my face!

  243. The SUNshine!!

  244. I love me some key lime! And bars. And deliciousness.

  245. My favorite thing about spring this year, is that I was so ready to start going outside more, I didn’t start my weight loss journey until the beginning of September 2013, so I was counting the days when i would be able to go outside, fish, hike and take long walks with my husband and my dogs. Go on picnics and do whatever it is that people do outside when it’s beautiful outside. You see..the things is I never used to go outside, I was always inactive, unwilling to do things and I was ashamed of being outside. In September I went to my Doctor, and after being pricked with needles, lots of blood tests taken and what not..she told me I am Insulin resistant and I had borderline Pre-Diabetic, and told me if I didn’t change my eating habits and go on a strict lowcarb diet (Less than 30 carbs a day, cutting out all breads,noodles,sugars,rice,ec)I would become extremely sick. Another sad thing is. I am only 23, and just got married last year, so I am just starting my life, and I have begun to love myself, your recipes have also helped me out tremendously when I am in need of some yummy snacks that I can have! I have lost a total of 59 lbs and I am still going, but now, I love spring, I am no longer depressed, and I look forward to long walks with my husband..pretty soon when i get stronger I will be able to start jogging with my dogs…
    Wish me luck, and thank you for this giveaway opportunity!!!

  246. The warmer weather and beautiful flowers blooming!

  247. Michaela says:

    Going to our local botanic garden to read books on the weekend

  248. I love the better weather so I can ride my bike

  249. My favorite thing about Spring issss…Spring Break!! lol unfortunately that doesnt exist in my adult life, but one can dream :)

  250. catriona says:

    Made them yesterday, toning down the sweetener cause i only had regular limes.
    They’re a keeper! Delicious. Thank you so much.

  251. These look like the perfect summer treat!

  252. EVERYTHING!!! warm weather, everything turning green, flowers, gardening, sunshine!

  253. Those look great! Can’t wait for spring!

  254. Jessica D says:

    I love the warmer weather

  255. tina d reynolds says:

    Favorite thing is being back outdoors more in the warm weather it has been so crazy bitter cold here in MN can not wait to feel the sun.

  256. These look sooooo yummy!

  257. allison gismondi says:

    This year has been a very long cold and snowy winter. This year my favorite thing about spring will be the snow is finally gone!! Also love the longer days of sunlight!

  258. My favorite thing about spring is warmer weather finally yay lol

  259. Favorite thing about spring? Warmer weather!! Except for today…when it’s snowing….again…in Maryland. Yuck!

  260. I made these over the weekend. They were amazing. THANKS for such amazing recipes. My new favorite spring activity – a key lime bar, and a cup of coffee on the deck watching the river…….

  261. My favorite thing about spring are the flowers starting to bloom and of course the warmer weather!

  262. heather r says:

    I love seeing the flowers popping out in the garden soil, and taking my bunny out for a long overdue outdoors brushing!

  263. Seasons sort of mix together here in the south. But I would have to say seeing all the wildflowers blooming on the side of the road or in fields. Most common are Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes.

  264. Okay, I am totally giving these a try…and thankfully I am the only one in the house who loves coconut – so they are all MIIIIIIINEEEE! Thank you for all the wonderful things you come up with!!

  265. I plan on making these this weekend. I am also going to make a lemon version because my neighbor (who is gluten and lactose intolerant) was given some home grown lemons that she shared with me.

  266. I live in Florida, so the weather is beautiful here. Cool mornings and evenings with warm days!

  267. yum! and spring? the first flowers! thanks kmassman gmail

  268. Lori Bihler says:

    Love the recipe and would love to win the Keurig!!

  269. I love hearing the birds sing and chirp and twitter! It sounds like they’re all excited that it’s spring again!

  270. These look so yummy I love lime! Spring is warmer weather & growth & greenness all around!

  271. Help! I tried making these, but it went all wrong! when I added the lime juice and eggs to the cooled coconut milk it got all streaky and “curdled” (it looked curdled even though there was no milk in it), and gloppy. Any thoughts as to what I did wrong? I followed the recipe exactly. Could it not have cooled enough? Could the xantham gum not have dissolved enough? It looked fine before adding the lime juice… any thoughts are appreciated.

  272. I love lime and these bars look amazing!

  273. they look great!

  274. I agree with everyone that these bars look great – but no-one seems to be replying with any feedback on they worked out for them. For me they were a disaster, despite following the recipe precisely. I did use a convection over, so that may have been a cause, but it is supposed to work like a normal oven. I had to cook the base twice as long at a higher temperature than the instructions, and it took forever to bake the coconut/egg mix in the oven. In the end, half of it was burnt, while the other half was undercooked. Highly possible it was my fault, but rather than commenting on how pretty the pictures are (which indeed they are) it would be good to get others’ feedback on any challenges faced when actually cooking in their own kitchen. Certainly not to be a criticism of this site :)

    • Actually, several people have said they made them and they turned out well (some of those comments may have been on Facebook, though). I haven’t worked with convection ovens much, but it might be the problem, not sure.

  275. Crystal Sheckles-Gibson says:

    Has a winner been announced?

  276. So first, I absolutely love your sight…I have made several recipes and they have turned out just awesome. I think your site has been a life saver for me…
    I did have a problem with this recipe though. First my crust didn’t want to brown at all. It was in the oven for 20 minutes and I just pulled it out because it was twice as long as your directions. Then I cooked the whole recipe in the oven, following all your directions. It looked just about perfect. I chilled it for two hours but found that my crust had turned to mush…any ideas about what I did wrong?

    Thanks for all your hard work and delicious recipes. You make a world of difference to those of us who are diabetic and gluten free.

    • Carolyn says:

      I have a dark pan, so it may have baked faster than yours. this is good feedback, I think in the end, your crust didn’t bake long enough but I can’t pinpoint why.

      • Thanks, I am going to take another shot at them. I have to say….even though they were mush, they still tasted wonderful. ;).

        • Carolyn says:

          I’d say go by your gut. Since I can’t pinpoint what the problem is, bake the crust until it seems mostly done, however long it takes. Then add the topping and bake again.

  277. My friend is allergic to corn, soy, milk and gluten. I thought these would be perfect, but researched the xanthan gum and found its made from soy and corn. Could I substitute the xanthan gum with guar gum? Have you ever worked with guar gum?

  278. mary bee says:

    I bought a key lime tree from the sad and neglected table in the nursery section at Walmart last fall for $2.00. It bloomed all winter and I had to pollinate it with a small artists brush, being of course I have no bees living in my house. It now has 17 limes on it with tons of blossoms still coming. I was able to put it outside today for the first time after this endless winter we’ve had. Cannot wait to make this recipe !!! Thank you.

  279. Mine are in the oven now.
    I had to bake the crust about ten minutes longer than written but waited till it turned golden (I had foil-lined my pan) I too had a “curdling” problem when adding the lime juice and eggs. I had waited 20 minutes after boiling, but next time I’ll wait longer or pour it from the saucepan into a cool bowl to cool down. Hoping they will bake OK anyway!
    Also, to juice all those little limes, I quartered or halved them and used my garlic press!
    Loving these recipes!

    • Carolyn says:

      Hmmm, strange about the curdling. It didn’t happen to me at all. Love the idea for juicing those little limes!

      • They baked up fine, though the top is still pretty soft. I’ll bake them longer next time. I’m enjoying one right now and thinking this would make a pretty good key lime pie!

  280. I made these yesterday. They were fantastic. The crust took a little longer, however I was using a glass pan. I also only had one lime so I added lemon juice. They were a big hit with everyone at the party, even the non low carb folks. I had no problems with filling curdling or separating, but it took me longer then I expected to get the gum completely mixed in. Thanks for the great recipe.

  281. Wow!!! Holy yum. With snow all around me I could TOTALLY go for one of these bars!! Coconut + key lime = HEAVEN!! Pinned!

  282. Thank goodness these delectable bars are dairy free. I can eat as much as I want. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  283. Hi. What can I use instead of the coconut oil in the base? Butter? Thanks.

  284. Ok, just tried this out. Used a pyrex 8×8 pan and baked the crust for ~18mins to get it golden brown.

    The filling appeared to curdle a bit when the lime juice was added but didn’t seem to be a big deal. I baked it all for ~38mins at 325. It set up fine and tastes good. The crust is sort of soft but is fine.


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