Qumbe (Coconut Bars)

1 cup milk
2 cups sugar
2 1/4 cups unsweetened coconut; shredded
6 Tbs. flour

1. Boil the milk and the sugar in a small non-stick pot.
2. Add the coconut and cook over medium heat; stir occasionally.
3. Cook until the mixture thickens and sticks together, about 1/2 an hour.
4. Gradually add the flour and continue stirring until all the liquid is evaporated.
5. Spread the mixture out between 2 sheets of wax paper and flatten with a rolling pin. Piece
should be between 1/4 to 1/2 an inch. Lightly flour the wax paper.
6. Cut into shapes once the mixture has cooled a little.


  1. Hi I was wondering how long it takes to become a hard.

  2. Hi samal alikum Tammy I was wondering how long is it supossed to take to harden.

  3. Jazakallah for posting this recipe, I love coconut bars.

    Masha allah am married to a wonderful husband and cooking is one of his hobbies, I told him about ur site and how we could try some of the recipe's am really looking forward to it.

    Thank you!

  4. I am so in awwhe for what you doing and believe me i am so grateful for you teaching someone like me, i dont know you yet i feel we have something in common both somali hubby and bridgingthe gap to adapt to our live choices...

    thanks for the recipe i will try them regards


  5. Interesting to know about Qumbe because we also make them here in India. Coconut bars are made from sugar or jaggery (brown sugar/molases sugar/Panela in Latin America) both of them have varied taste and they are yummy. Those bars in the pic are quite tempting. Eid Mubarak to you and your family :)

  6. Amazing ( maasha Allaah ) Maow from helsinki


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