Grain-free Magic Cookie Bars—sugar-free, dairy-free too? You bet!
One of my all time favorite family treats, you know, the ones that really invite you down memory lane? That is what Magic Cookie Bars are to me. Making these with my mother are some of my fondest and earliest memories. Eating most of the pan, that’s a memory of mine too! Dad, Brother and I all fighting to lick the last crumbs out of the pan, yep, we did that.
We loved those cherished treats and I was so sad when I thought I could never have them again. I mean, how can you make these dairy free and sugar free without sweetened condensed milk? Seriously, not an easy task! I won’t pretend that it was easy either. It took some time, but it can be done. And the end results are well worth it.
I decided to give this a whirl by first looking for some helpful blog posts. However, even the ones I found were not sugar-free. I had to tweak it myself and get the desired result.
Some of you know that I am a huge fan of Trim Healthy Mama and a contributing blogger to their wonderful Ezine magazine, when I can. Well I thought I’d bless the ladies of Trim Healthy Mama with this recipe. So you will have to follow the link to their great site to see what I have come up with.
Now if you are not needing to be sugar free, you don’t care about dairy, you don’t have the time and you’re not a Trim Healthy Mama. Then by all means use the regular ol’ sweetened condensed milk if you’d like. I promise, I won’t be there to police you ;).
Day 13: Magic Cookie Bars
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup butter (dairy-free options: 1/2 cup nut butter or coconut oil)
*8 to 14 oz. of sweetened condensed milk (dairy-free and sugar-free sweetened condensed milk here)
1 1/3 cup coconut flakes, finely shredded, no sugar added
1 cup chopped pecans
1 2/3 cups chocolate chips (dairy free, soy free, sugar free and homemade chips work well)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a food processor or with a fork, combine almond meal with butter.
- Press the almond meal mixture in a well greased 9 x 13 " Pyrex dish.
- Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top of the almond mixture.
- Spread the coconut and chocolate chips evenly over the sweetened condensed milk.
- Press down evenly with a fork.
- **Alternatively, you can add half of the sweetened condensed milk, then the coconut and chocolate chips, with the second half of the sweetened condensed milk on the top of those.
- Either way works nicely.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until bubbly and brown.
- Cool well.
- You may even refrigerate overnight.
- Slice, serve and enjoy!
*A note about the sweetened condensed milk: I used only a little over 8 oz. (so about 9 oz.) of my homemade sweetened condensed coconut milk. The Eagle Brand recipe for Magic Cookie Bars calls for a full 14 oz. can of their sweetened condensed milk. Use what you think will work best.
**For me, layering the homemade sweetened condensed coconut milk, a layer on the crust, and a layer over the top of the chocolate, nuts and coconut flakes, worked perfectly.
(Make sure you pay attention to the notes in the recipe found at the bottom)
These are so delightful. I am tasting bits of heaven here on earth now that I can have my Magic Cookie Bars again. Thank you Lord!
If you are following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, these are every bit an S. I would choose to have a Fuel Pull dinner just so I could eat a couple of these. I might even be known to have some eggs and a couple of these on the side for breakfast, just maybe.
Enjoy these babies soon!
What are some of your favorite treats that bring you the fondest of memories? Have you found a way to tweak them? If not, let us know how we might be able to help you!
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