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Healthier Magic Cookie Bars


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16

Description

Healthier magic cookie bars made grain-free, gluten-free and vegan with homemade sweetened condensed coconut milk. 


Ingredients

Crust:

  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil, liquid
  • 1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Layers

  • 1 can (13.5 oz) full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
  • 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a square (8×8) glass baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients for the crust in a large bowl and press firmly into the prepared pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until your crust is golden brown in color. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  3. While crust is cooling, in a saucepan over medium heat bring coconut milk and sugar to a low boil, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 45 minutes, stirring frequently until the mixture has reduced by half. The coconut milk mixture should be thick reduced to about 3/4 cup. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Pour the sweetened condensed coconut milk over the crust and spread to the edges.
  4. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the condensed milk, then the flaked coconut, and then the pecans. Using your hands, press the mixture down a tiny bit until the milk soaks upward into the layers.
  5. Place in oven (still at 350°F) and bake for about 30 minutes, until edges are browning a bit. Remove from oven and cool for 30 to 60 minutes on a cooling rack. Once the bars have cooled a bit, place the pan in the refrigerator to allow the bars to set-up for at least two hours (or overnight). If you’re in a rush you could put the bars in the freezer for an hour instead.
  6. After cooling, lift the parchment out of the pan and place bars on a cutting board or other flat surface. If the bars are coming from the freezer, you may need to let them thaw for a few minutes before cutting as they will be pretty firm. Cut bars into 16 squares and dig in! Any leftover bars should be wrapped or placed in a sealed container. They can be left out for a couple days or stored in the fridge or freezer for longer storage.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Simply Living Healthy.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 333
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Fat: 27g
  • Saturated Fat: 19g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 3g

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