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.


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!).

Press graham crumbs in a 9×13 baking dish (or 7×11 – 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.

Allow to cool, then cut into squares. MagicBars5


Magic Bars

Marla Hingley
This layered bar is filled with chocolate, nuts and chewy coconut.
2 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 24


  • 1 1/3 - 2 cups GF <a href="" title="Graham Cracker-Style Crumbs / Pie Crust Grain Free">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


  • 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).
  • Layer over crust remaining ingredients (in order listed), then bake at 375°F for 25 minutes until golden and bubbly.
  • Allow to cool, then cut into squares.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
See also
Chocolate & Pecan Cookie Bars


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

  2. 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. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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. 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. 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. 2 stars
    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
    in future, I suggest you include the recipe for the graham wafer crumbs along with the recipe that they are being called for.

  9. 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 (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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