Healthyish Magic Bars | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Jan. 29. 2019

Healthyish Magic Bars

Jan. 29. 2019
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

Try these Healthyish Magic Bars if you love coconut, dark chocolate, pecans, and gooey desserts.

If you’ve had the classic Magic Bar or seven layer magic bars as they’re also called, then you’re in for a treat. These healthyish magic bars contain most of the ingredients used in the traditional recipe, yet with a spin without sacrificing any of the flavors.

What’s A Magic Bar?

Growing up in Ohio, we had magic bars at every holiday party every year since I can remember. One of my aunts would always make her version which is pretty representative of the traditional recipe using sweetened condensed milk, sweetened shredded coconut, butter, graham crackers, chocolate, and walnuts. All of those ingredients layered to make one magical, delicious, and super sweet decadent dessert.

A little goes a long way when enjoying magic bars even the healthyish magic bars!

Healthyish swaps

The motivation to making a spin on this recipe was based on decreasing the overall amount of refined sugars added to the recipe, increasing even in small amounts, the fiber, and protein, while keeping the flavor reminiscent of the original.

Instead of using sweetened condensed milk, which is basically milk and sugar reduced to make a super sweet thick sauce, we’re going to use the famous Raw Caramel sauce. The Raw Caramel will give it that super sweet flavor and thick texture using maple syrup and the other star ingredients in that caramel.

The based of our healthyish magic bars is a mix of ground pecans, coconut flour, ground flax seed, and coconut oil or you can use ghee for that buttery flavor. On top of that you’ll add your favorite dark chocolate chips, then a layer of unsweetened coconut flakes, and top with the Raw Caramel. What you’re left with after baking and cooling, is a delicious bar everyone will love!

The Recipe

Serves 20



1 cup ground pecans

1 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup coconut flour

2 tablespoons ground flax seed

1/2 cup melted coconut oil or melted ghee

1 cup organic dark chocolate chips

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup of Raw Caramel sauce:

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup organic coconut oil

1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons of raw almond butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

dates, pitted

1 tablespoon of local honey

1/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F

Step 1

In a food processor, bring pecans to a fine flour. In a large mixing bowl, add coconut flour, ground pecans, almonds, and melted coconut oil/ghee and stir to combine.

Step 2

Transfer this crust mixture into a well-greased 9×9 baking dish and firmly press the crust evenly into the bottom of the dish.

Step 3

Next layer the dark chocolate chips on top of the crust, followed by the shredded coconut, followed by drizzling the Raw Caramel sauce.

Step 4

Bake for 20 minutes or until everything is melted together, it might look very melty on top, that’s okay!

Take out of the oven and let cool completely in the baking dish — let cool to room temperature before covering and moving into the fridge to cool overnight or at least 8 hours before serving.

Step 5

Cut into Magic Bars, you can cut as many servings you’d like from this baking dish, I recommend about 20 smaller bites since this is such a rich treat.

Have Leftovers? Here’s What To Do With Them:

As always, store in an airtight glass container that we recommend from the NS Shop for up to a month in the freezer, or in the fridge for two weeks.

You can make this ahead of time for any gathering or party!

Can’t wait to see you try it!

Did you know that you can submit your own photo of whatever recipe you make from NS? Scroll down to the bottom right and you’ll see a section for you to show off your creations from home!

Can’t wait to see how you make these and share your meal with me! Tag us on Instagram @nutritionstripped #nutritionstripped


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