Cookie #3: Magic Coconut Bars

These bars are a knock off of Eagle Brand Magic Cookie Bars, and I made them at the suggestion of a Facebook fan.  If you haven't already, you should "Like" my facebook page, I update it with any posts I put on the blog, so it's easy for everyone to follow.  The difficulty with this particular bar was coming up with a graham cracker like crust, and also trying to imitate sweetened condensed milk.  I ended up using Nutiva Coconut Manna and honey to replicate the sweetened condensed milk.  I also tried using Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate thinking it was the same as manna, but it turned into a clumpy mess, so I don't recommend that.  Coconut manna is more like coconut butter than coconut cream concentrate from what I've read.  It is readily available at all the stores I shop at (Sprouts, Whole Foods, Jimbo's), and also online.  I wish I had made this recipe a bit bigger, I know the rest of the 8x8 pan is going to be gone by the time I get home from work.  Ian said "oh wow, that's good", those things are not long for this world.

Magic Coconut Bars
(Print Recipe)

For Cookie Base:
1/2 cup Almond meal
1/2 cup Coconut flour
1/3 cup Maple syrup
1/3 cup Coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 Egg

For Topping:
1/2 cup Coconut manna
1/4 cup Honey
1/2 cup Coconut flakes, slightly toasted
1/3 cup Chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
1/3 cup Nuts, chopped (I used walnuts)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cookie base ingredients and mix well.  Spread evenly into the bottom of a greased or parchment paper lined 8x8 baking dish.  Bake for 9 minutes.  Pull from oven and allow to cool slightly while you make your topping.
In a microwave safe dish, combine coconut manna and honey.  Microwave on high for 35 seconds to soften.  Mix well and pour over cookie base, spreading evenly.  In a small bowl, mix together coconut flakes, chocolate chips and nuts.  Sprinkle mixture over base and gently press down with your fingers so the topping sticks into the manna and honey.  Allow to cool and cut into bars!




Comments

  1. Just made these and they were very yummy! I highly recommend them. I didn't have any chocolate chips, so I just added some cocoa to the topping "batter".

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