7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts Recipe

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Friends, today I’m re-sharing one of my faaaaavorite recipes, 7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts! I originally posted it way back when I only had approximately two regular readers (hi Mom & Dad!) and I finally got around to taking some new (and much improved photos) so I wanted to update it. But honestly, these magic bars without nuts are so addictive and delicious and perfect for anyone who has nut allergies that hopefully you won’t mind reading about them twice! Enjoy! 7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts! | Peanut and Tree Nut Free! | littleredwindow.com

I had to bring a dessert to a ladies’ night out recently and decided to go with these 7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts because I haven’t made them in a while. You might be familiar with 7 Layer Bars, right? Also known as Magic Bars?  Once upon a time, this was a Magic Bar recipe.  But after O’s diagnoses with peanut and tree nut allergies, I had to adapt it to be safe and peanut/tree nut free and it became Magic Bars without nuts! Over time I ended up changing some amounts and ingredients so they became a little more coconutty and caramel-y and now they are chewy and addictive.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

(As an aside,because this is a question I get a lot, coconut is NOT a tree nut. There seems to be some disagreement over whether it’s a fruit or a seed but according to my allergist anyway, it is not a nut . BUT to add to the confusion, the FDA DOES classify coconut as a tree nut so sometimes things containing coconut have tree nut warnings on them. If you plan to give these to someone with a nut allergy, just let them know it contains cocounut. As always, if you have food allergies, talk to you doctor if you have questions about any food.)

Anyway, back to 7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts!

 

7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts Ingredient List

  • 13 graham crackers
  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) of butter, melted
  • 1 cup of mini semisweet chocolate chips, divided in half (I use Enjoy Life brand which are peanut, tree nut and dairy free)
  • 1 1/2 cups of Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup of shredded sweetened coconut
  • 2 14 oz. cans of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract

7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts Instructions

Line a baking sheet with foil and spread out the shredded coconut. Toast at 350 degrees for about ten minutes, stirring frequently and watching carefully until it’s golden brown.

 

Toasted Coconut 7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts! | Peanut and Tree Nut Free!

 

You should probably taste it, you know, just to make sure it tastes ok, right?!

Next prepare an 8″ x 8″ baking dish with a parchment paper sling.  This is so you can get the bars out of the pan later.  Basically you take one long rectangle of parchment a little wider than your baking dish in one direction and lay it down, pushing it into the corners like this:

 

Lining a Baking Dish with Parchment for 7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts!

 

 

Then do it again in the opposite direction:

 

Lining a Baking Dish with Parchment for 7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts!

 

Mine looks a little funny because all we had was that weird stuff that’s parchment paper on one side and foil on the other. It’s not my favorite.  But anyway, once you have your sling, make sure there are no gaps in the corners and then butter the parchment paper thoroughly.

Next you’ll make the graham cracker crust. (Aside: does it get better than graham cracker crust? I think not!) Break up 13 graham crackers and put them in a food processor.

 

Graham Cracker Crust for 7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts! | Peanut and Tree Nut Free! | littleredwindow.com

 

 

Pulse until you get fine crumbs.

 

Graham Cracker Crust for 7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts! | Peanut and Tree Nut Free! | littleredwindow.com

 

 

Drizzle in the melted butter while the food processor is running

 

Graham Cracker Crust for 7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts! | Peanut and Tree Nut Free! | littleredwindow.com

 

 

Mix until it’s evenly incorporated and starts to stick together.

 

Graham Cracker Crust for 7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts! | Peanut and Tree Nut Free! | littleredwindow.com

 

 

Pour the crumbs into your baking dish and use a small measuring cup to pat them down into an even layer.

 

Graham Cracker Crust for 7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts! | Peanut and Tree Nut Free! | littleredwindow.com

 

 

Bake for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

While the crust of your 7 layer magic bars without nuts is cooking, mix your two cans of sweetened condensed milk with 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract.

As soon as the crust comes out of the oven, sprinkle 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips evenly over the top.

 

Chocolate chips on 7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts! | Peanut and Tree Nut Free! | littleredwindow.com

After about five minutes, the chocolate chips will be soft, gently spread them out with a rubber spatula.

Chocolate chips on 7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts! | Peanut and Tree Nut Free! | littleredwindow.com

Layer 1 1/2 cups of Rice Krispies over the top, sprinkle on the rest of the chocolate chips and then add 1 cup of your toasted coconut over that.

7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts! | Peanut and Tree Nut Free! | littleredwindow.com

Then pour the sweetened condensed milk/vanilla mixture over the top.

Sweetened Condensed milk on 7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts! | Peanut and Tree Nut Free! | littleredwindow.com

When you put it in to the oven (still at 350 degrees) it will look like this:

Sweetened Condensed milk on 7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts! | Peanut and Tree Nut Free! | littleredwindow.com

Bake for about 30 minutes until the top turns golden brown (this is the YUMMY part) and then it will look like this:

7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts! | Peanut and Tree Nut Free! | littleredwindow.com

Let the 7 layer magic bars without nuts cool for at least two hours, if they are still warm or not all the way firm, put them in the fridge for a while.  When they feel firm, carefully and slowly lift the bars out of the baking dish using your parchment sling and put them on a cutting board. It may be sticky, just go slowly. Using a big sharp knife, cut into squares.  If it’s too sticky, clean the knife with hot water between cuts.

Then try not to eat them all. Good luck!7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts! | Peanut and Tree Nut Free! | littleredwindow.com

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12 thoughts on “7 Layer Magic Bars without Nuts Recipe

  1. I made this for a church gathering and it was an absolute hit! I’m literally making it again right now for guests that are coming over. I’m just happy that it was such a big hit and everyone ate majority of it, because I could eat the entire pan myself! They are that delicious! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  2. My daughter is also allergic to dairy (along with peanuts and tree-nuts), so I was going to make this using sweetened condensed coconut milk, instead of the dairy milk. Any thoughts on how this might turn out? Btw, I love that you use the Rice Krispies. I use them a lot to get the crunch missing due to no nuts.

    1. Oh gosh, I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner, Marie! I have never tried sweetened condensed coconut milk (I actually didn’t even know it existed, but that’s awesome!)
      I guess, you’ll just have to try it. Even if it doesn’t set up as well, I’m sure it would still taste delicious. I’d love to hear how it turns out!

      1. Hi Cassie May,

        Sorry for my late reply but the sweetened condensed coconut milk works wonderfully. The bars come out sooo yummy, we’ve been making them and eating them ever since. Do try it!!!! Thanks so much!

  3. Perfection! I think i needed to cook mine a little longer than 30 minutes… simply because i have a very old oven.. but they came out delicious! Thank you so much!

  4. I love seven layer bars, but especially love this nut-free version. Although I love nuts, two people in my house have nut allergies so we go nut-free! Thanks for a delicious recipe! Love it.

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