Gluten Free Magic Bars Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on January 30, 2009

It is a blustery rainy day here in Southwest Florida. The skies are dark, the vista dreary and the frigid, pelting rain is relentlessly beating against the window panes.

OK, so 55 degrees doesn’t necessarily foreshadow the next ice-age and while the temps in some parts of the country and the world are sub zero I guess I really shouldn’t complain. But just because I shouldn’t doesn’t mean I won’t.

Seriously! Doesn’t the fact that we here in Florida suffer through summers that would make Lucifer homesick with mind numbing heat and air so thick with humidity a salamander would be at home mean that we get cut a little slack in the winter? And what’s up with this rain? It rains EVERY DAY in the summer here and extra during hurricane season. Do we really need to suffer through drizzly days in the winter when any self respecting Floridian should be at the beach?

Well it is enough to drive me in doors, under a duvet, watching a DVD of a burning Yule Log. And while I am at it, I better be smelling chocolate baking in the oven.

All the shivering has burned up so many calories that I hardly have the energy to make even the simplest of gluten-free cookies. I have no strength for rolling and slicing or even dropping cookie dough on to a sheet. The only solution for this severe choleric depletion is something sweet and very, very easy. This got me thinking about those Magic Bars from my gluten-eating days. Throw some ingredients in a pan, bake for 30 minutes and viola! Pure chocolaty nirvana.

This is my own gluten-free version of those Magic Bars with a more grown up flavor mix. I used dark organic chocolate chips, dried cherries and almond slivers. For the graham cracker crust I substituted a delicious, toasty almond base. Not only gluten-free but grain-free as well.

Ahhh, now I am all set for a blustery afternoon under a thick throw in front of my fake fire.
Simply Gluten Free Magic Bars

Gluten-free Magic Bars

Ingredients

¾ cups unsalted butter, melted
2 cups whole raw almonds
½ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground cloves
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup dried cherries, chopped
1 cup slivered almonds
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Coat a 13×9 inch glass baking pan with gluten-free non-stick cooking spray.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add the whole raw almonds. Toast until browned but not burned, about 3 minutes, shaking pan frequently.

Process almonds in a food processor until finely ground. Add granulated sugar, salt and ground cloves. Mix well. Add melted butter and mix well. Press into bottom of prepared pan.

Layer evenly with chocolate chips, dried cherries and slivered almonds. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the whole thing. Top with the coconut and press down firmly with a spatula or fork.

Bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut into squares or triangles.

I like to put mine into the fridge to harden up but you can eat at room temp.

Servings

Makes about 36 gluten free servings.

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Alisa - Frugal Foodie January 31, 2009 at 9:33 am

Oh yum! I make magic bars with sweetened condensed coconut milk, but have never added cherries, sounds delicious!

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Peter G February 1, 2009 at 4:07 am

A wonderful, fruity and healthy combination Carol! Beautiful!

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Absolutely Not Martha February 2, 2009 at 9:39 am

they look and sound amazing–I may need to feature them in my weekly roundup (w/linkback of course), if that’s ok with you. :)

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Maureen "Hold The Gluten" February 2, 2009 at 5:05 pm

These sound “magically delicious”!!! What a fantastic recipe :) PS – send some of that 55 degree weather up here to NJ!

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The Peanut Butter Boy February 2, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Those do look magical! They remind me exactly of these things we simply called “Chocolate Squares” that my mother used to make for my dad. Everybody loved them but they were always his and he was the only one that could distribute them. In fact, other than the cherries and the almond meal instead of flour, these would be exactly them! I gotta try these, maybe with some PB!

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Sophie February 18, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Oooh! I’ve yet to come across a gluten free bars recipe, yuuum! These would magically disappear in my house :D.

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chefandrea February 22, 2009 at 3:51 am

These look delicious. My boyfriend always talks about his mom’s magic bars and I never try to make them because I know I won’t be able to eat them. I will give your recipe a try and see if we both love them!

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Lynnylu February 22, 2009 at 3:25 pm

I didn’t realize that “gluten free” could look so tasty! I will definitely make these bars. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

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Brian March 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm

These bars look great. I’ll have to make them soon. Thanks for the recipe.

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CDM March 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I love the use of nuts as a base, instead of trying to replicate a graham cracker crust. The bars look amazing and are on my list of things to try. I just made GF Samoas the other day and they reminded me exactly like magic bars. Unfortunately they were not as ‘grown up’ and fancy as yours. Just a delicious cookie :)

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Sandrabag March 15, 2009 at 1:01 pm

These look fantastic! I will be adding this to my list of “must try” recipes.

Thank you!

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Jas. June 18, 2010 at 8:03 pm

wow – these look amazing! I'm definitely trying them out when I feel just as ermm…. depleted or maybe just slack :)

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