These Carrot Cake Gooey Bars are sweet, full of pineapple, coconut and white chocolate, and super moist!
Can you believe Easter is less than a week away?! It has totally snuck up on me! I am not at all prepared. I will probably be running around like a crazy person on Thursday or Friday night trying to get everything together.
Normally my mom pretty much takes care of meals when we are all together for holidays – even when it’s at our house. She prefers doing it and since I work full-time, she likes to take the load off of me.
I do not complain. I tend to be a bit of a control freak and little OCD about certain things, but we pretty much do things the same way anyway. I am her daughter after all. I totally grew up cooking with her. So much of what I do is simply because she did it that way.
This year we have my mother and sister-in-law coming for Easter. It’s going to be great and I can’t wait to see them, but now I’m in charge. Eek!
Is cake for dinner ok? Yes? No? How about gooey bars?
It would be for me, but I’m guessing most would find that unacceptable.
Plus, I’m kind of on a whole eating better kick. Totally lame, but necessary. I don’t even want to see myself in a bathing suite right now.
In fact, I did walking lunges for the first time in…oh I don’t know, maybe 6 months, last night and I’m pretty sure I pulled a butt muscle. #ouch
I will totally make an exception for a holiday though. I mean, each one only comes once a year. Gotta celebrate and eat all the goodies, right?
I know one thing that will be on the list – one of my faves – Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole. Think hash browns are only for breakfast? Think again. These are amazing and I totally put crushed Frosted Flakes on top instead of Cornflakes. Added sugar = sweet and salty perfection. I’ll be making this ahead of time.
And speaking of sugar – these Carrot Cake Gooey Bars are deliciously sweet and oh so yummy!
They start with a carrot cake box mix, and then you ramp up the flavor with some extra cinnamon and sugar, plus the stuff that really makes carrot cake great – pineapple, pecans and coconut.
These bars are just full of flavor and so moist. The chunks of pineapple, coconut and pecans are totally necessary – such great added texture!
You certainly don’t have to add the pretty pastel sprinkles on top, but they are a nice touch, don’t you think?
So in the interest of being more prepared than I, you should probably go get these ingredients…like, now.
You might also like:
Super Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
Some great treats from friends:
Carrot Cake Blondies with cinnamon cream cheese icing from Crazy for Crust
Carrot Cake Muffin Tops with cream cheese frosting from Shugary Sweets
Carrot Cake Cheesecake Brownie Bombs from The Domestic Rebel
Carrot Cookie Cups from Lemon Tree Dwelling