Milk and Coconut Bars (Tabletas De Leche y Coco)


A popular snack food from Honduras, these coconut bars are easy to make and even easier to enjoy!

milk and coconut bar

Please your sweet tooth with these milk and coconut bars, or tabletas de coco. These bars are a traditional sweet treat enjoyed by young and old alike! In the northern coast of Honduras, tabletas de coco are traditionally made and sold by the Garifunas­—the Afro-Indigenous community.  They only require a few ingredients and are easy to make. In this recipe I swapped some of the brown sugar cane for condensed milk, but this is totally optional.


  • 1 lb grated coconut frozen (avoid using coconut flakes)
  • 8 oz panela or piloncillo sugar
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 2 sticks cinnamon


  • In a heavy bottom pot, over medium heat, combine coconut milk, water, cinnamon sticks and piloncillo until sugar dissolves.
  • Add condensed milk if using, stir well with a wooden spoon.
  • Add grated coconut.
  • Cook over low-medium heat stirring constantly until mixture thickens. This could take up to an hour.
  • Remove from heat when the mixture acquires the texture of refried beans.
  • Spread over a clean wooden cutting board.
  • Allow it to completely cool before cutting.



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July 22, 2018 |

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