Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I hope you had a great time with your family and friends. We sure did, with a whole meal of Goan foods. Recipes will follow the next couple of weeks. If you are looking for some dessert ideas and something different for the New Years, then this recipe definitely wont disappoint. Plus its gluten-free.

This popular Christmas sweet in Goa is also called a Doce de Grão(Gram Sweet) in Portuguese and Chonya Doce in Konkani( Local language in Goa). The garbanzo coconut bars has 5 ingredients. Its super easy just a bit of patience is all you need :-).

Ingredients for Gabanzo Coconut Bars | Goan Imports


4 cans of No Salt Added garbanzo beans ( do not wash, drain well and peel of the shell)

8.2 oz of frozen grated coconut defrosted

3 cups of sugar

  (if you want the bars to be softer and less sugary then add 2 cups as I did in this recipe)

13 cardamom ground to powder (prefer the fresh powder)

1/4 tsp of salt

4 tbsp of butter


* Mash the shelled beans to a paste as shown

Mashed Garbanzo for the Garbanzo Coconut bars | Goan Imports

* In a non-stick pan add the grated coconut, mashed beans, cardamom and sugar on medium heat stir with a wooden spatula it will become softer as the sugar melts. Keep stirring slowly and continuously for 45 minutes. Add the butter and stir till the mixture pulls of the side of the pan and does not stick to the spatula.

* Butter either a 9×9 pan or 9×7 pan and flatten the mixture evenly. Cut diamond shapes and cool. Once cooled take each piece out carefully with a flat knife and you can store refrigerated for about a week or two.

Garbanzo Coconut Bars | Goan Imports

If you make this sweet once’s I am sure you will make it more. For more Christmas Sweet ideas you can check out recipe for Bebinca

Garbanzo Coconut Bars | Goan Imports

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