SUGAR ALERT!!! I'm taking this opportunity to make a treat to bring to a New Year's Eve party tonight so that I am sure there's at least one dessert of which I can grab a little bite. Without a doubt, Magic Cookie Bars (often called 7-Layer Bars) are one of my FAVORITES! I think the fact that they're almost more of a candy than a cookie is what does it for me. I have always been a fan of really dense flavors in my food and these are no exception. I realized after baking grain-free pumpkin pies for the holidays this year that a nutty crust layer on Magic Bars would be divine! I also substituted peanut butter chips for butterscotch chips since I was able to find a high quality brand of peanut butter chips and figured that would taste pretty great too. Note: These are also often called 7 Layer Bars, but when I look at the ingredients, I can't count 7 layers that would be in there, so it seems to be an illegitimate name!
Grain-Free Magic Cookie Bars
Yield: Approximately 12 servings.
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1 Tsp honey
1/4 Tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp butter
2 large egg whites
1 cup finely ground nuts / nut meal – almonds, pecans, hazelnuts – your choice
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup shredded coconut (3/4c go into layers, 1/4c goes on top)
1/2 cup chopped walnutsPreparation
Preheat the oven to 350°F
Simmer coconut milk with honey and vanilla over medium heat for approximately 20 minutes whisking regularly to keep it smooth until it's reduced by half. The milk should be very thick after this – see photos to the right.
Beat the egg whites in a small mixing bowl and mix in almond or other nut meal and melted butter. Pat the crust mixture down evenly in a 9 x 9 pan (ungreased – parchment paper lining works well to help remove the bars). It will be a bit sticky but keep spreading it until it's even and reaches all edges.
Layer chocolate chips, coconut, peanut butter chips and walnuts.
Drizzle condensed coconut milk over the top.
Sprinkle the top with a little bit of extra coconut.
Bake 30 minutes. Cool completely then cut into bars or mini bites.
BS, Certified Nutrition Educator, C.H.E.K. Holistic Lifestyle Coach
San Francisco Nutritionist & Paleo Nutritionist serving the Bay Area and beyond via phone & Skype consultations.