Healthy Magic Cookie Bars – A healthier version of the classic magic cookie bars that are sometimes called seven layer bars.
I’ve been baking cookies for the holiday season! Last week I baked Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies for the Sweetest Season virtual cookie exchange. And this past week I participated in #ChristmasCookie week with some of my blogging friends for six days of Christmas cookie goodness. My contributions were Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies and Oatmeal Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies. Today I am finishing up my cookie posts for #SundaySupper with one of our favorites that’s lightened up.
Some people call these cookies seven layer bars and some people call them magic cookie bars. Whatever you want to call them, they are GOOD, even though they’ve been healthified. They are layers of chocolat-y rich, sweet and coconut-y goodness.
Healthy Magic Cookie Bars
I haven’t had anything like a magic cookie bar since I kicked the refined sugar habit a few years ago. I decided it was time to give them a make-over so I could add them back to my Christmas cookie collection. These cookies are gluten-free, vegan, lower in sugar and made with natural ingredients. Here’s how you make them…
- 1 cup pitted dates about 15
- 2 cups walnut pieces divided
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- place the dates into a food processor and process until they are in tiny pieces or form into a ball and remove
- place the 1½ cups walnuts into the food processor and process until they become crumbly
- add the dates back to the processor and process until they form a stiff dough
- line an 8X8 baking dish with parchment paper and press the dough down using your hands. Take another piece of parchment paper and place it over the dough and run your hands or back of spoon over to smooth it out
- layer the chocolate chips, coconut flakes and walnuts on top of the "crust"
- mix the coconut milk with syrup and pour it over the layered mixture
- place in oven and bake for 20 minutes - until coconut begins to turn golden and chocolate melts
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