Fruity Cherry and Coconut Bars for Secret Recipe Club

Hi folks. Today is reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club. I am going to do something very un-Lunatic like and make this a snappy post though. I am quite sick and it’s late, and I really need some rest. I have to go out tomorrow even though I am sick. Mini-me’s last class of her first semester of Uni so I am driving her in. So here’s hoping I can sleep tonight and tomorrow goes smoothly.

I was assigned the blog Bizzy Bakes this month. I had a hard time finding a recipe to do simply as there was so much yummy goodness to choose from. I almost picked the whoopie pies but due to my flu like state I went another route. Something simpler, easier to make. I choose her fruity bars and just tweaked it mildly. More due to trying to cut the prep time due to my feverish state than anything else. Not to self, make the assigned blog recipe weeks in advance. That way when you get the flu you are covered. Live and learn. Make sure you stop by Bizzy Bakes to see the original and to say hello. Lots of goodies over there to tempt you.


Fruity Cherry and Coconut Bars
Recipe type: Dessert, Breakfast
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • ½ cup flaked coconut
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • Pinch vanilla salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pop all your ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined. ( I know you should separate and do this more carefully but I was sick and figured this type of recipe could withstand haphazard ingredient tossing, I was so right, worked perfectly!)
  3. Pour into a greased cast iron pan and smooth out.
  4. Stick in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Remove and let cool.
  6. Serve with a smile.
  7. Go lay down cuz your sick!

So please swing by and say hello to Bizzy Bakes today. And if you’re interested in joining the Secret Recipe Club swing by there and sign up.

Also make sure you visit some or all the other SRC people linked here. It would make me feel better. But no pressure or anything. I mean it’s not like I am sick and you should feel bad or anything. No…really.

Okay I am now officially woozy and off to bed. Night all.

Toodles and smoochies.xx

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  1. 1

    Cherry and coconut do make for an awesome dessert. Very surprising that this has so little ingredients, yet well worth indulging. Great pick for SRC.
    I have got the yuck too-took some sinus medicine yesterday and slept for 4 hours. My sinuses are even making my teeth hurt. I hope you feel better soon.

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    Tina (PinayInTexas) says:

    Your version of Fruity Cherry and Coconut Bars looks fabulous, Kim! I must say you nailed it! Hope you're feeling better…
    Take care!

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    Yummy Mummy says:

    LOVE that you make this in a skillet! Awesome!

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    Emily Malloy says:


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    What delicious looking bars. Your pictures really make them shine.

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    Oh shoot! Sorry to hear you are sick. Here's hoping that you are able to beat down the bug soon! I am loving the bars in the cast iron. Somehow cast iron makes everything look just that much more yummy.

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    Dee at Deelicious Sweets says:

    Great choice! This looks so warm and cozy. Just what you needed for your sick like state of fluiness. Sorry you were feeling bad. Hope you're feeling tip top today!

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    Jane Bonacci - The Heritage Cook says:

    This looks beautiful. I LOVE the cast iron pan for baking. Wonderful choice for SRC!

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    I love that you used the cast iron pan for baking!
    Hope you are feeling much better now!

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    I'm SO sorry you're feeling yucky, still. These look delicious and if you have to eat something while you're sick…..these sure are delicious! Feel better soon!

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    Cherry and coconut bars???? I'm in!!!! Delicious sounding recipe! :-)

    I hope you get well soon!!! <3

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    Bizzy B. Bakes says:

    I am impressed that you made these, when you are sick and I thank you for pulling it off.

    I love that you made these in the cast iron pan. I love mine and don't use it enough. I have to change my ways.

    Thanks for your kind words.

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    Curry and Comfort says:

    If you can cook like this when you have the flu… I bow to you!! I don't even want to step into the kitchen when I feel that bad. You made this awesome dish and took those fantastic pictures while you were feeling so poorly. You are a marvel! Great Job! Hope you feel better soon.. the flu stinks!

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    Oh my, seeing as to how I'm still (!) riding the coconut high, this sounds to die for! :)

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    Ruth @ Spring of a Curiouseed says:

    Aww! I hope you feel better very soon! I love the recipe, it must have been a great effort! I know I hate doing anything when I'm sick! I'm sending you good vibes to speed up your recovery :)

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    This looks soooo good! Perfect recipe for the SRC!! These look delicious. Hope you feel better soon! :)

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    @Tina- I love cherries and coconut. I thought the same thing when I saw this one, low ingredients which worked well for what I wanted. Super yummy too. Sorry you are sick too. Nothing worse than being sick. Except being sick with a puppy who will not leave you alone for 2 seconds. Arg! Lol!

    @Pinay Tina- Thanks so much. I loved this one. Super easy to make. And thank you. I am hoping to be right as rain soon.

    @Yummy Mummy- Thanks. I love my skillet. Just got one this year and am wanting to use if for everything. Lol!

    @Emily- Thanks!

    @Lisa- Aw, thanks so much!

    @Kristen- Thanks, just feeling super yucky lately. Hopefully it goes away soon. Cranky as heck today which I hate. I agree, cast iron just makes things look homey and old fashioned or something.

    @Dee- Thanks doll. Feeling like crapola but I'm sure it won't last long. I lucked out getting Bizzy, lots of yummy stuff to make.

    @Jane- Thanks so much my dear. I had fun with it even though I was sick. Nothing like baking to cheer a gal up. Looking forward to next month already, lol.

    @Sylvia- Thanks, I love this pan. Should have bought one eons ago. I'm sure I'll be my old self in a day or so. God help you all. Lol!

    @Ann- Thanks so much. Looking forward to hearing all about your trip!

    @Manu- Lol, it's such a great combo. I'll save you a slice. And thanks. Sure it won't last long.

    @Bizzy- I am SO glad you stopped by to see them. I had a blast doing them. I really wanted to make your whoopie pies but just didn't have the energy to tackle something I've never made before. I think I may buzz back and try them out when I feel better. I was honored to get your blog and had lots of fun poking around.

    @Curry and Comfort- I get weird when I'm sick. I want to cook and crave thigns like tacos and BBQ chips. No idea why. It's so flipping weird. I am tired though. I started to run out of steam while I was shooting the pics. Which is why there isn't a gazillion like there usually is. Lol!

    @Kiri- Coconut highs are the best. Lol! I could eat/drink/ and bath in coconut I swear. I should be living on an island somewhere. I'd fit right in.

    @Ruth- You are so sweet. Thank you so much. I am an oddball when it comes to be being sick. I still like to cook. It's very strange. Lol!

    @Jennifer- Thank you so much. I am loving the SRC, so much fun.

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    Anne@frommysweetheart says:

    Kim…you are such a trooper! This really looks like a perfect and easy recipe for something comforting when you are not up to snuff! Get some rest and feel better soon! : )

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    Anna @ hiddenponies says:

    Aw, feel better! Way to be a trooper and slave away in the kitchen no matter what :)

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    Parsley Sage says:

    Gosh, I hope you're feeling better soon! Soup. I hear soup is required in this situation :)

    Brilliant Secret Recipe post! These bars look fabulous

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    Great recipe! I love anything that utilizes my fav kitchen tool, the cast iron skillet. Cherries and coconut are wonderful.

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    Yummy, I love cherry and coconut together. Good pick for the SRC. Sorry you aren't feeling well!

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    Ooh, that looks good. Love that it's cooked in a cast-iron skillet. It could be killer gourmet camping food!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Cherries and coconut are a great combo! Wnderful SRC pick!

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    Yikes, I'm so sorry you're sick, Kim :( Not a good time of year for that. I wish I could bring you over some soup (except you don't like soup!)…well, something so you could rest. You picked out an excellent recipe…I love Bizzy Bakes :)

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I'm sorry to hear you are sick. Hope by now you are little better after your daughter's being home. It's amazing you can pull this off when you are sick. It must be very easy recipe or you are very good at baking (I'd have no energy or motivation to bake – even without sick no motivation to bake arh!). I'm going to check Bizzy Bakes. It's very catchy name!

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    Reem | Simply Reem says:

    I hope you feel better soon my dear, this time of the year is so full with flu and stuff…
    These bars look so so delicious..
    You did a great job my dear…

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    @Anne- Thank you so much. I really enjoyed this one.

    @Anna- Lol, I have weird habits I know.

    @Parsley Sage- Thanks so much. Soup would be good.

    @Dara- Thank you. I love this cast iron pan, I've only had it a few months and I love it for everything.

    @Carolyn- Thank you so much. Feeling better already.

    @Cucina- Thanks. That's a great idea.

    @Stephanie- Thank you so much!

    @Lizzy- Lol, I love that you remember that. Bizzy is great. So glad I found her through the SRC, she does super cool stuff on her blog.

    @Nami- Thanks my dear. It was simple and I am weird and don't mind cooking when sick. Odd I know.

    @Reem- Thank you so much, you are so sweet. I had fun with this even being sick.

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    Dried cherries are such a treat (and high in vitamin C too, so good for your immune system). Get well soon!

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    scratch-made wife says:

    Mmmmm … I love baking with my cast-iron skillet and absolutely love anything with coconut, so this dessert looks like a winner for me (though I really *not* should lay off the baked goods soon!).

    Hope you feel better soon! :)

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    Cherry and coconut, how decadent is that. Wonderful!

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    Spicie Foodie says:

    This sounds like a great breakfast alongside a cup of black tea. YUum! Thanks for sharing.

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    @Juanita- I knew there was a reason I liked them so much. Thanks.

    @Asmita- Thank you!

    @Spicie Foodie- Would be perfect with tea. Thanks for coming by.

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    Magic of Spice says:

    I am so sorry that you are sick, I hope you feel much better very soon.
    Interesting combination with cherry and coconut…looks delicious :)

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    Katherine Martinelli says:

    This looks delicious!! Great SRC pick :-D I hope you feel better!!


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