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Magic Bars

These Magic Bars are a simple dessert that has been around for a long time. With a graham crust, chocolate and nut filling, and topped with a creamy coconut mixture, we've given this classic treat a gluten free update, so you can enjoy it once more.

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Melt butter and add in just enough graham crumbs until they are just moistened with the butter (or save some dishes and mix it right in the baking dish!).
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Press graham crumbs in a 9x13 baking dish (or 7x11 - depending on how thick you want the bars).MagicBars3

Layer over crust remaining ingredients (in order listed), then bake at 375°F for 25 minutes until golden and bubbly.
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Allow to cool, then cut into squares.MagicBars5

Magic Bars
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Serves: 24
This layered bar is filled with chocolate, nuts and chewy coconut.
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ - 2 cups GF graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • 1 ½ cups GF semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup pecans, whole or coarsely crushed (or a mixture of pecans and hazelnuts)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded coconut
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. Melt butter and add in just enough graham crumbs until they are just moistened with the butter, then press into a 9x13 baking dish (or 7x11 for thicker bars).
  2. Layer over crust remaining ingredients (in order listed), then bake at 375°F for 25 minutes until golden and bubbly.
  3. Allow to cool, then cut into squares.

 

15 Responses to Magic Bars

  1. Gene December 28, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    Being on Weight Watchers -Is it possible to get the Nutritional info for your recipies?

    • Angie Halten (Admin)
      Angie Halten (Admin) December 28, 2014 at 10:01 am #

      We do have nutritional information for all our recipes, and it is available to all our Premium Members. Check out the link for more information.

  2. Miriam December 28, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    Can't make this, loaded with sugar for a diabetic, any substitution?

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley December 28, 2014 at 9:54 am #

      No I don't think this one can be substituted. With only a few ingredients in this recipe, the condensed milk adds thickness (so it can set into bars) as well as sweetness.

  3. Lise December 28, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    je vais surement car elles ont l'air d'etre franchement délicieuses (I'll probably try these because they seem to be downright delicious)

  4. Dan December 28, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    As far as I know, milk isn't gluten free. What's the story?

    • Lina December 28, 2014 at 11:03 am #

      Unh!??

    • Angie Halten (Admin)
      Angie Halten (Admin) December 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

      Milk is naturally gluten free. Gluten is a complex protein found in wheat; similar proteins are found in barley and rye and should also be avoided.

  5. Sharon December 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    i believe their is a way to make sweetened condensed milk with coconut milk, and artificial sweetener, which is great for diabetics and for candida, but cannot locate the recipe

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley December 28, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

      I came across this recipe (although I have never tried it):
      14 oz can full-fat coconut milk
      ¼ cup honey, agave, sugar (or other sweetener to taste)
      Heat the coconut milk (stirring occasionally) over medium-high heat until begins to boil. Reduce to a simmer and stir in honey.
      Simmer for 30 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced by half. Cool completely before using.
      Let me know if you try and how it turns out!

  6. Marilynn December 28, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    Bars look good, except I see sweetened condensed milk is used. One brand out there has corn syrup in it and carregenean in it, both of which are bad for us. So I found an organic sweetened condensed milk that is only milk and sugar. Guess I can have it ONCE in awhile because I have Candida. Thanks.

  7. Melody December 29, 2014 at 12:09 am #

    Where do I find GF Graham crackers?

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley December 29, 2014 at 9:12 am #

      Your local large grocery store should carry them, or you can find them at a health/organic foods store. In the recipe above, I have also included a link to our recipe to make your own.

  8. Muriel December 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    Our nearest city has a population in excess of 50,000, there are at least 6 large grocery stores and at least 5 health/organic food stores - NONE of them carry GF graham wafer crumbs or wafers and NONE of the stores' customer relations representatives have ever heard of them
    therefore
    in future, I suggest you include the recipe for the graham wafer crumbs along with the recipe that they are being called for.

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley December 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

      Kinnikinnick brand makes gluten free graham crumbs. If you talk to your grocery store food manager they should be able to order it in. You can also order them online at places like amazon.com (they have a ton of gluten free products on their site). There is already a link to our own recipe for gluten free graham crumbs in the recipe for Magic Bars. If you hover your mouse over the word 'graham cracker crumbs' in the recipe box (its highlighted in blue) it is a link and will redirect to that recipe.

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