Friday, December 24, 2010

No Butter Magic Layer Bars

I had a hankering for something sweet today, and I really wanted to bake.
So I opened up the refrigerator door only to find... No butter. 
But I saw apple sauce...but didn't feel like making cookies...and I recently made brownies (Raspberry Chambord Brownies, mind you...coming soon!)....I wanted another bar like treat. Like Seven Layer/Magic Bars.

So I looked in my pantry and found all the necessary ingredients...again, but no butter.
I decided to use maple syrup instead to bind the graham cracker crumbs together, and it came out pretty well!

I hope you enjoy these delectable treats! Warning: These are not low calorie, but the fat in them comes from the coconut and walnuts, which are better fats for you then those from butter!

What you need:

    • 1/2 cup 100% pure maple syrup
    • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup butterscotch chips
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts
    • 1 (14 ounce) can low fat sweetened condensed milk
    • 1  cup shredded coconut
    How you do it:

    Preheat oven at 350.
    In a bowl, mix graham crackers and maple syrup.

    Line a 13x9 dish with foil, and spray with cooking spray.
    Press down graham cracker crumb mixture at the bottom of the pan.
    Sprinkle on the chocolate chips, followed by the butterscotch, and then the chopped walnuts.
    Now, layer the sweetened condensed milk on top of that.
    Lastly, sprinkle the shredded coconut on top.

    Bake for about 30 minutes, until golden brown. TIP: Let the bars sit in the pan they cooked in, on a cooling rack, for a minimum of one hour before cutting into them. They need to solidify.

    Yields about 36 small bars; under 250 calories and 10 grams of fat per bar. 'Tis the holiday season, you're allowed to indulge. Pardon the less-than-pretty photo; I couldn't wait the full hour before I could cut into them to share these with you!