Coconut Eggnog Bars and Safest Choice Eggs Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of my blog and Safest Choice Eggs. I was given the opportunity to post an eggnog recipe featuring Safest Choice Eggs –  read the post to learn why pasteurized eggs are vital when cooking with raw eggs. Please note that I was compensated monetarily for this post. I also received coupons for free Safest Choice Eggs, and a handy dandy pot holder complete with an eggnog recipe. That said, I believe that pasteurized eggs are an important product when cooking with raw eggs and therefore, am excited about featuring them here. Thanks for reading!

I’ve never enjoyed alcoholic drinks made with milk or cream. This persuasion may have started in college, after hearing about a shot that literally curdles in the mouth (I had long forgotten the name but Google is quick to remind me that it’s called a Cement Mixer). I never tried it, and will forever stay far away from any bartender mixing one up. That said, I actually want to enjoy drinks like White Russians (if only to be like The Dude), but something about alcohol mixed with dairy products makes my stomach turn.

I bet right now you’re thinking, “Why would she start a post celebrating eggnog by totally grossing us out with the Cement Mixer?”

I apologize for that, but I wanted to impress upon you the significance of my dislike of creamy booze. This eggnog? This eggnog is a game changer. A creamy, frothy game changer that made me tolerate, nay enjoy, a milky boozy treat. I used the classic recipe from Safest Choice and would use it again and again, year after year.

Then, after a glass (or two) and a clearly present eggnog mustache, I poured the rest into a mixing bowl and made these bars. Coconut oatmeal bars to be exact, adapted from The Purple Carrot. These bars are a (delicious) contradiction in and of themselves…dessert or breakfast, they ask?

To which you reply, “Both, please.”

So if you have a sordid history with eggnog, or any other creamy drink, give this recipe a shot. It’s worth it, raw eggs and all (Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs helps with the raw part…see below).

Just don’t ask me to drink a Cement Mixer.

Coconut Eggnog Bars | everylittlethingblog.com

Because eggnog uses raw eggs (a risk for salmonella), it is recommended that those making it at home use a cooked egg base or pasteurized eggs (a process that heats the eggs in a water bath to kill any salmonella, which can live on the shell of the egg). Safest Choice Eggs are pasteurized, making them perfect for eggnog or any other raw egg recipe (raw cookie dough? check). Read about their pasteurization process and check their store locator to see if Safest Choice are available near you.

Coconut Eggnog Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups eggnog (made from Safest Choice Eggs classic recipe)
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • Extra shredded coconut and honey to drizzle on top

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread coconut on a pan and toast in the preheating oven for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and set aside.
  2. Melt coconut oil, if needed. In a large bowl (or stand mixer), beat the oil with the brown sugar, vanilla, and salt until thoroughly mixed. Add the flour one cup at a time and mix until well combined and the mixture crumbles. Add oats, toasted coconut, flax seed, pecan pieces, and eggnog. Mix until well incorporated. The dough will still be crumbly.
  3. Press parchment paper into a 9X13 baking dish (or grease, but the parchment works well in pulling the bars out once cool). Press dough with your hands into the baking dish and even out across the top. Top with a handful of shredded coconut and honey as desired
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown (check at 20 minutes). Let cool completely before slicing or the bars will crumble.
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Coconut Eggnog Bars | everylittlethingblog.comThese bars are crumbly, even after cooling, but it’s part of their charm. The eggnog helps keep them together, but I’m not promising you won’t need a napkin.

And though yes, they straddle the line between breakfast and dessert, I believe they’re a great anytime snack too. With only a cup of sugar in the entire recipe (split between 16 bars or so), it’s a snack you don’t necessarily have to feel guilty about.

Well, there’s the eggnog. But it’s the holidays, no need to feel guilty about eggnog!

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And now, a giveaway! You could win one of two Safest Choice™ prize packs! Each prize pack will include:

(1) $200 Amex gift card
(1) Sur La Table® Platinum Professional Bakeware, 7-Piece Set
(1) Sur La Table® Silicone Snowman Spatulas, Set of 2
(1) Better Homes and Gardens Baking: More than 350 Recipes Plus Tips and Techniques cookbook
52 coupons for a free dozen of Davidson’s Safest Choice® Eggs
Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $501.96 each

Good luck!

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Comments

  1. Jennifer Miller says:

    One of my favorite ways to enjoy eggnog is by the fire with some of our favorite holiday records playing on our hand-me-down record player. Sure, it feels extremely nostalgic and somewhat Norman Rockwell-ian, but it’s what my husband and I really like to do during eggnong “season”.

  2. Eggnog fudge!

  3. Eggnog reminds me of the holidays – love enjoying it with family!

  4. ive never had eggnog!

  5. I’ve never had eggnog, but those bars look delicious!

  6. I’ve actually never ever tried egg nog before. Thinking I will have to if I plan on making those bars. Delicious.

  7. guernsey eggnog… wouldn’t be Christmas without it.

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