Sweet Bean Bars #recipe

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Sweet Bean Bars with Coconut Syrup

It is very typical in Dominican Republic to make Sweet Cream of Beans (Habichuela con dulce) this year I am sure I will be making some the traditional way, but before I wanted to put a twist to it and make something somewhat different.

I had the idea of making a “bar like” of sweet cream of bean and after giving it to a couple of critics I can say they have been a total success.

They turned out to be a sweet, smooth bar, interesting enough to keep wanting more Keep reading to find out how easy they are to make.

Ready in: 55 Minutes (5 Prep - 50 Cook)  |  Serves: 8 - 10  |  Complexity: Medium
  • 3 cans of Red beans
  • 6 oz of Cream Cheese (soften)
  • 1 can Condense Milk
  • 1/2 can Evaporated Milk
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 pack of roll out pie crust (room temperature)
  • tbs Powder Cinnamon
  • Coconut Syrup (Optional - topping)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F. Spray a 9” square baking pan with cooking spray and line pan with parchment paper, leaving enough extra to extend over the sides.
  2. Strain and rinse red beans, place in a blender with evaporated milk.
  3. Add to a large pot with condense milk and cinnamon sticks, cook at medium-hight heat for about 15 minutes, stirring every 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add cream cheese, mix well, continue to cook at low heat, stirring occasionally until it has a thick consistency .
  5. Meanwhile unroll the pie crust and make a 9" square and place into the oven safe pan. Set aside
  6. Remove mixture from stove and let cool for at least 30 minutes
  7. Spread a layer of bean mixture over the pie crust
  8. add a layer of raising and cranberries (1/4 cup each), and a layer of shredded coconut.
  9. repeat layers starting with a layer of pie crust and bean mixture
  10. Make strips of about 1/4” thick and 3” long of pie crust set them as the very last layer.
  11. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, open oven and sprinkle with remaining shredded coconut bake for 10 more minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and let it cool before serving
  13. After it has cool-down cut as desired and garnish with coconut syrup

I love to have them with a glass of milk.
These Sweet Bean Bars (Barras de Habichuela con dulce) are a great conversation starter.
Sweet Bean Bars with Coconut Syrup
Sweet Bean Bars with Coconut Syrup

Have fun, and Enjoy!!
Author: Jay
"Friend, companion, wife, and modern mom to 2 beautiful baby girls. Loves to travel and enjoys the outdoors, likes to cook and bake, enjoys doing crafty things and spending time with her family.

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Jessica Claudio, DVM
# #GetToughJessica Claudio, DVM 2015-04-08 23:12
Yum, this looks great.

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