WHY SPEND TIME BAKING WHEN YOU CAN JUST BE MAKING?!?!
Oh no, now don’t worry. I’d never give up baking. Ever. But some days, it’s so great to make something that doesn’t require turning on the oven, you know? Like when it’s super-hot outside. That’s when it’s a good time to bust out these no-bake coconut pecan chocolate bars that I found. They’re nutty and chocolaty and coconuty and just plain wonderful. You keep them in the refrigerator so they’re perfectly refreshing during warm weather.
Because whether the weather is warm or not, it’s always wise to have a stash of yummy desserts handy, isn’t it? That way, when you’re making dinner and you open the fridge, you’ll see them and be like, “ZOMG! I have GOT to have one of these things NOW!” And really you should. You deserve it. Because you’re making dinner and keeping the kids from killing each other and you know how to restrain yourself when your husband acts like you did nothing all day except eat these bars. Which may or may not be true but I won’t judge you.
NO OVEN OR STOVE NEEDED!
So you don’t need to heat up your kitchen with the oven or the stove to make these. And that really is all kinds of nice when it’s so hot out that your air conditioner doesn’t even seem to be doing anything to help cool things off inside. For someone that likes to cook and bake as much as I do, I despise being hot. You’ll just be using your friendly microwave, which doesn’t heat up your kitchen. It only heats up what it’s cooking. Brilliant!
You can make these in just 10 minutes. No kidding! Just mix the chocolate, peanut butter, honey, and butter together and microwave for 2 minutes. Then you’ll add the rest of the ingredients. And then you spread it in a pan lined with parchment paper. So easy! Then the refrigerator takes over and gets these babies to set. And that, my friends, is the downside to no-bake items. The waiting time as it sets in the fridge. But it will all be worth it soon. And hey, if you start now, they’ll be ready even sooner!