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Healthy Magic Cookie Bars

These sweet and decadent healthy magic cookie bars are tiny squares of heaven. The bars have an almond flour graham cracker crust and layers of chocolate chips, coconut flakes, pecans, and sweetened condensed coconut milk. Perfectly chewy and totally paleo + gluten free!

Prep: 30 minsCook: 25 minsTotal: 55 mins
Servings: 12 bars 1x

Ingredients

Filling

Crust

  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the coconut milk, honey, and vanilla over medium heat. Once the milk starts to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. Allow the mixture to simmer until it’s reduced by half, about 25 minutes, stirring frequently. If thicker sugar pieces begin to stick to the sides, whisk to incorporate.
  2. Once the coconut milk has thickened and coats the back of a spoon, remove the pan from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. For the crust, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the almond flour, coconut flour, salt, and cinnamon until combined. Add the melted coconut oil and honey and mix everything together until a crumbly dough forms. 
  5. With a spatula or your hands, press the crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish until spread evenly. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow crust to cool for 2-3 minutes before topping with ingredients.
  6. To assemble the bars, sprinkle ¼ cup chocolate chips evenly over the crust, pressing the chips into the crust. Layer the chopped pecans, chopped almonds, coconut flakes, and chocolate chips evenly over the crust.
  7. Gently whisk the coconut milk and pour it over top of the bars. Sprinkle the bars with 1-2 tablespoons coconut flakes.
  8. Return the pan to the oven and bake the bars for 25 minutes, or until slightly golden on top. Let bars cool, then place them in the refrigerator to set for one hour. Cut into squares, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

  • I like to sprinkle extra dark chocolate chips on top before placing them in the oven to make them look a little more insta-worthy. 
© Coconuts & Kettlebells
Recipe By: Noelle

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