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Grain-Free and Sugar-Free Magic Cookie Bars

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 12 -15 bars
Author: Amanda Espinoza

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 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

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk: Sugar-free and Dairy-free

  • 27 oz coconut milk 2 13.5-oz cans
  • 4 tablespoons Truvia or equivalent sweetener

Instructions

  • Make the sweetened condensed milk:
  • Place the coconut milk and Truvia in a small pan and bring to a light boil.
  • Reduce heat to maintain a steady simmer for approximately 4 hours. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.
  • It is done when reduced by about half, and thick in consistency like store-bought sweetened condensed milk.
  • Make the bars:
  • 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!

Notes

*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.
courses: Dessert
cuisine: dessert
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