I gave my 3-year-old an piece of an Almond Joy the other day. He said, "What is this white thing in here?" I said, "That's called coconut." He grins at me and says, "It's my FAVORITE!"
Now the "WHAM-O" moment-- "My almost-4-year-old has never had coconut? Are you kidding me?"
I realized where I had gone wrong--one of my older children didn't like coconut, so I hadn't thought to give it to my poorly-coconut-deprived youngest son! And to think he might have missed out on some of life's most delectable desserts (in my humble opinion). So in honor of you, dear son, here is a well-loved family recipe from South Africa, filled with coconut and love!
2 c. rolled oats
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter
1 T. heavy corn syrup
1 tsp. baking soda
2 c. coconut
1 c. flour
1. Melt sugar, butter, syrup, and soda in a saucepan.
2. Mix oats, coconut, flour, and salt together in large mixing bowl.
3. Add melted mixture into dry ingredients, and mix until like fine crumbs.
4. Press into greased 9X13 baking pan.
5. Bake at 350 deg. for 15-20 min., or until golden brown.
6. Cut into squares immediately, then store in airtight container once cool.