This Lime Frosted Coconut Bars Starbucks Copycat recipe is super easy to make! Chewy and soft coconut bars made with oatmeal and white chocolate, topped with a delicious and tangy lime cream cheese frosting.
I went to Starbucks last week and got these delicious Lime Frosted Coconut Bars, but there was one little problem, the frosting wasn’t as delicious as I had imagined it would be. And because I really loved the concept of the bars, I imagined what it would be like if I made a homemade delicious version of them!
According to Starbucks, the Lime Frosted Coconut Bars are a delightful combination of chewy coconut and oatmeal with mini white chocolate chips, topped with lime frosting made with cream cheese, drizzled with a white chocolate coating and sprinkled with coconut.
I didn’t have any mini white chocolate chips, so I just chopped some white chocolate and used that instead.
I feel like I really nailed the texture of these bars, they were super close to the Starbucks version, but I am still going to say mine were better. Probably because more often than not homemade baked goods are better than mass produced ones. They just are.
But the biggest difference that really made my homemade bars stand out was the frosting on top.
The lime in the frosting of the store bars was artificial tasting, because I don’t think they use real lime juice in it. They probably use extract, and that’s what it tasted like.
For my lime frosting, I used real cream cheese, real lime juice, and also lime zest.
This recipe is super easy to make, and you can have it in just 90 minutes from start to finish.
I do recommend letting the bars cool down all the way before frosting them, or the frosting will melt. It only takes about 15 minutes for the bars to be cool enough once you take them out of the oven before you can frost them.
It is also a good idea to store the bars in the fridge because of the cream cheese frosting, but make sure to take them out at least 10 minutes before eating them, to give them a chance to soften up.
Before I made this recipe, I looked all over the internet for a Starbucks copycat recipe for these Lime Frosted Coconut Bars, but all the ones I found were lacking essential elements of the recipe such as oatmeal in the dough, or cream cheese in the frosting.
So I am fairly convinced my version is the best recipe you will find online.
If you like this recipe, you may also like the following recipes:
- Almond Cherry Bars
- Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars
- Coconut Chocolate Bars
- Lime Thumbprint Cookies
- Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes
Lime Frosted Coconut Bars Starbucks
- 1/2 cup butter unsalted (113 grams)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar 100 grams
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup rolled oats 40 grams
- 1 cup all-purpose flour 127 grams
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup shredded coconut 57 grams
- 1/3 cup mini white chocolate chips 56 grams (or chopped white chocolate)
- 1/4 cup cream cheese 56 grams
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter 28 grams
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar 187 grams
- 1 tbsp lime zest
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- One drop green food coloring
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips or chopped (42 grams)
- 3 tbsp shredded coconut
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
- Line a 8×8 baking tray with parchment paper and spray with oil. Set aside.
- Beat the butter with an electric mixer for 1 minute until creamy. Add the brown sugar, beat for another minute.
- Add the egg and beat until incorporated.
- Add the oats, flour, baking powder, salt, coconut, mix until combined.
- Add the chocolate chips and mix.
- Pour the batter in the prepared pan. Spread it around in an even layer.
- Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes, until golden on top and around the edges, and if you touch the top it shouldn’t feel too soft or like it’s wet underneath. It should feel somewhat firm, and your finger shouldn’t leave a dent on the bar.
- Remove and let it cool down completely.
- Beat the cream cheese and butter together for 2 minutes until creamy. Add the powdered sugar, lime juice, zest, and food coloring. Mix until incorporated. The frosting should be soft and smooth.
- Spread on top of the cooled baked bars.
- Place it in the fridge. Once cooled down, melt the chocolate in the microwave then place it in a piping bag, or use a spoon to drizzle it on top of the frosted bar. Sprinkle coconut on top.
- Slice and serve.
- It’s always best to let them sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before eating, so they have a chance to soften up.
- In the fridge for up to 4 days.