Christmas is coming! And so are all those gatherings with ultra tempting goodies. Magic Bars were one of my favorites from my pre-paleo days. I know that these would not technically be paleo. Treats are more paleo-ish, but you decide what you put in your mouth.
After Christmas, I’ll be cleaning up my diet for two reasons. The first is for my wedding coming up…that’s right, I’m getting hitched. The second is for the CrossFit Open. Even though I only started CrossFit in June of this year (2012), I want to do well. Got my first ring dip yesterday. Which means I am getting closer to that elusive muscle up.
Back to what you came for, the recipe. The original recipe was from Balanced Bites. I changed it to make it a bit more paleo compliant.
“Sweetened Condensed Milk”
1 – 400mL can coconut milk
1 t. honey
0.25 t. vanilla extract
2 T butter
2 egg whites
1 c. almond meal/flour (or nut flour of your choice)
1.5 c. dark chocolate chips (divided into two – 3/4 c.)
1.25 c. unsweetened shredded coconut (divided: 3/4 c. to go into layers, 1/2 c. goes on top)
0.5 c. walnuts (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
2. To prepare the sweetened condensed milk, simmer coconut milk with honey and vanilla over medium heat for approximately 20 minutes. Whisk regularly to keep it smooth until it’s reduced by half. The milk should be very thick after this. Keep going, this will take a little while.
3. While the “milk” is being prepared, start on the crust. Beat the egg whites in a small mixing bowl. Mix in almond meal and melted butter. Pat the crust mixture down evenly in a 9 x 9 pan lined with parchment paper. It will be a bit sticky, keep spreading until it’s even and reaches all edges.
4. On top of the crust, layer 3/4 c. chocolate chips, 3/4 c. coconut, 1/2 c. chopped walnuts (if you want), then the second 3/4 c. chocolate chips.
5. In the meantime the milk should have reduced. I took it off for a little bit to let it cool a little. Drizzle condensed coconut milk over the top.
6. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/2 c. coconut.
7. Bake 30 minutes. Let cool and cut into approximately 12 pieces…or more…or less…