Aloha! I am back from Maui and life has been absolutely nuts since coming back to reality. Sick kids, putting in a 600 square foot garden, planting my spring crops, getting my new website and branding done, and so much more. I have had to put new recipes on the back burner in order to get everything behind the scenes done. But I am back now and I am so excited about this new recipe!
Maui was incredible, it is tied with New Zealand for the most beautiful place on earth (that I have been to). We spent 8 days playing hard, sun up until sun down. We literally were only in our hotel room to sleep at night and that was it. We were able to make our way around the entire island and saw and did so much! We swam with turtles, hiked waterfalls, drove the Road to Hana, went to a luau, hiked through tropical rain forests, went on a helicopter tour of Molokai and so much more. It was truly incredible. I am already planning my next trip back. One of the very best parts of our trip was the food.
The food was absolutely AMAZING. We ate so much food its not even funny! Fresh seafood, coconut macadamia nut pancakes and all things guava and lilikoi. Lilikoi and guava are my two favorite fruits on the planet and they are nearly impossible to find in my home state of Utah. Lilikoi is Hawaiian for passion fruit and both passion fruit and guava are tropical fruits and therefore not grown anywhere near me. Lilikoi has a super tart almost citrus taste but it doesn’t really compare to anything else. Once you try it, you will fall in love with it. I ate lilikoi everything while I was in Maui and one of the treats I ate was a Lilikoi Bar, just like a Lemon Bar but made with lilikoi juice rather than lemon juice. I knew I wanted to try and recreate this dessert at home but the challenge was finding lilikoi juice to be able to make it. Luckily I found a company that ships Hawaiian made food products all over the United States. Tastes of Aloha carries a few different brands of lilikoi juice and lilikoi puree so I ordered way more bottles than I’d like to admit and after 3 tries, I nailed these Lilikoi Bars. Think Lemon Bar but WAY better. Tastes of Aloha has graciously offered you guys free shipping to be able make them as well, which is huge because shipping is normally $15-$20. You can find the puree/juice needed for this recipe by clicking here, use code shaemakes for free shipping!
Tips & Tricks:
- If you want a GREAT Lemon Bar recipe, use this recipe but substitute the passion fruit juice for lemon juice and keep everything else the same.
- Make sure and line your pan with tinfoil or else the bars will be really hard to get out of the pan.
- I chill my bars for a couple of hours in the fridge before cutting them, I find this makes it WAY easier to cut them. I also prefer to eat the bars cold too so make sure and store leftovers in the fridge.
- The cream topping on top is really what sets these bars apart but if you are in a hurry you can just dust the tops of the bars with powdered sugar instead.