Do you remember in your old life when you ate everything? Well I do. I cooked and baked all the time, not unlike now. Although then, I didn’t need to worry about substitutions. Everyone could eat everything… I used to make Magic Bars all the time! My daughter and her friends would love to come over and eat them. I had been thinking about them recently. First I had to make the sweetened condensed milk. After a couple of tries, I was able to get that to work. The rest was actually very easy!
Now these are not exactly the same as my old ones, but if I do say so myself, they are a fantastic substitution!
Magic Bars (Paleo/ Vegan/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)
2 c. almond flour
1/2 c. dates (pitted)
1/4 c. coconut oil
1 batch sweetened condensed coconut milk
1 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
1 c. chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
1 c. dairy free dark chocolate -chopped (I used Enjoy Life)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Soak dates in boiling water for 5 minutes to soften them. Drain dates and add them as well as the almond flour and coconut oil to the food processor. Pulse until mixed thoroughly. Press mixture into a parchment paper lined 9″ by 13″ pan. Top with sweetened condensed milk, then coconut, nuts, and chocolate.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool completely, then cut into squares. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Freezes well.