Key Lime Cheesecake Bars with Coconut Macadamia Crust
Key Lime Cheesecake Bars with Coconut Macadamia Crust are creamy cheesecake bars bursting with fresh key lime flavor!
I had a big celebration for you on Monday, and there’s another one going on today — it’s been one special week!
I made these Key Lime Cheesecake Bars with Coconut Macadamia Crust to celebrate a Virtual Baby Shower for not one, not two, but THREE lovely ladies!
This post is in honor of 3 blogging friends of mine that I’ve come to know the past year. It’s so exciting that all of them are first time moms — Natalie had her adorable baby boy in the fall, Isadora is expecting a boy, and Jessica is expecting a girl.
My blogging friends and I couldn’t let these three ladies go without a virtual shower, and I’m so happy to be a part of it!
You can find these ladies and their wonderful recipes as follows:
Natalie at Tastes Lovely
Isadora at She Likes Food
Jessica at Flying on Jess Fuel
Key lime cheesecake bars
In honor of this occasion, we decided to bite-sized food. I was going to do mini cheesecakes, but quite honestly, I’ve done so many the past few months with the holidays that I decided to give my mini cheesecake pans a rest and use a good old 8×8″ square baking pan instead.
Yes, these cheesecake bars are a bit bigger than bite-sized….I could have cut them smaller, but I couldn’t help myself. 🙂
One of my favorite ingredients to use is key limes, and I remember several years ago that the thought of juicing tiny key limes was a ridiculous notion to me. Why would I do that when I could use regular limes or buy bottled juice?
I thought that because I’d never tried the real thing, and after I used fresh key lime juice in my key lime pie, I noticed the difference right away. Fresh is best — hands down, and no comparison. If you can’t find them in your grocery store, you can always use bottled or regular limes in a pinch.
I’m a bit obsessed with key limes which you may be able to tell if you’ve hung around here for a while. I’ve got a whopping 14 key lime recipes not counting this one, and I’m sure I’ll keep adding more. Every time I see them in the store I grab a bag, juice them, and stick the juice in my freezer for key lime emergencies.
It really is a thing. 🙂
I’ve got many cheesecake recipes here, but oddly enough, this is the first one that’s key lime flavored. These cheesecakes are so creamy with loads of fresh key lime flavor to brighten them up, and then there’s that crust.
This crust is no ordinary graham cracker crust….we’ve got some finely chopped macadamia nuts and some finely shredded unsweetened coconut added to make it really special. If you’re not a fan of either, simply omit them and substitute it with an equal amount of more graham cracker crumbs.
These bars came together so quickly, and even if you have to juice the key limes you’ll have this dessert prepped in no time. You’ll have them eaten even faster, because yeah…cheesecake!
These key lime cheesecake bars are cheesecake without the fuss. They’re creamy with a key lime pop of freshness and a mild coconut-macadamia flavor that takes the crust over the top.
This could be my favorite key lime recipe ever, but I think I say that about all of them. 🙂
And don’t forget to visit the other amazing recipes for bite-size food from the following wonderful ladies:
Caprese Cups – Pumpkin ‘N Spice
Almost No Bake Pineapple Squares – The Recipe Rebel
Lemon Macarons – Life Made Sweeter
Lemon Lime Bars – Bake. Eat. Repeat.
Chocolate and Salted Caramel Swirled Meringues – Floating Kitchen
Prosciutto-Wrapped Avocado Crostini with Balsamic Glaze – My Sequined Life
Mediterranean Stuffed Mini Peppers – Kristine’s Kitchen
Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes – My Kitchen Craze
Pepper Jack and Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes – A Latte Food
No Bake Baileys Smores Mousse Cups – With Salt and Wit
Strawberry Shortcake Bread – Maebells
Banana Cream Pie Dessert Nachos – Whole and Heavenly Oven
Lemon Cream Pie Bites – Bakerita
Balsamic Strawberry Wonton Bites – Sweet Peas & Saffron
Love cheesecake? See all of my Cheesecake recipes.
More key lime recipes to love!
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 247 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 60mg Sodium: 69mg Carbohydrates: 27g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 22g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g