These Keto Magic Bars really live up to their name and no…it’s not an illusion. Yes, they are “keto”, yes they are delicious and yes they will disappear without a trace! Now if I could only figure out a way to pull them out of a hat I could have an interactive magic show/restaurant in Vegas (note to self: that’s actually not a bad idea, I’ll have to get my hands on a copy of Magic for Dummies). And my stage name could be, wait for it… Food-dini.
I’ve wanted to make these dessert bars for a long time, but until recently every attempt I had made to make them, the end product just didn’t meet my expectations. Then the keto gods smiled upon us and we were blessed with an erythritol brown sugar substitute. I knew immediately when I saw the bag I had to buy it, and I soon as I opened and smelled it I knew I had to make keto magic bars.
To make the sweetened condensed milk substitute for these bad boys I basically made a caramel sauce with the Swerve Brown Sugar. Talk about delicious.
Honestly, these little bites of joy remind me of a tiny pecan pie with just a teensy bit of coconut cake mixed in. They are great with your favorite keto friendly ice cream for a dessert, and in my humble opinion, the best dessert currently on Cast Iron Keto.
HOW TO MAKE KETO MAGIC BARS
- start by making your shortbread style crust – this is super easy, all you need is blanched and finely ground almond flour, salt, an egg, and butter. You’ll pre-bake the crust.
- next, make the caramel – this uses heavy cream, butter, brown erythritol, vanilla extract and salt. Watch it carefully!
- mix up the fillings – chocolate chips (we use Lily’s), unsweetened shredded coconut, and pecan pieces and add them to the pre-baked crust.
- top the fillings with the caramel and bake one last time.
That’s it! Don’t let the caramel scare you, it’s super easy!
CARAMEL NOT MIXING INTO THE FILLINGS?
Some folks have mentioned that their sauce just sits on top like a crust. If this happens your “condensed milk” probably cooked just a little too long.
No worries though, just mix the sauce into the toppings a bit before placing back in the oven so that everything mixes together.
WANT MORE FILLINGS?
Any type of nut or seed is delicious in these Keto Magic Bars! We love using pepitas, sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts, or even hemp seeds!
Low Carb Magic Cookie Bars! One of my all-time favorite treats now comes in a keto and grain-free recipe. Use my easy sugar-free condensed milk to make this classic dessert in a healthy form. This is an updated recipe, now even easier and more delicious!
And these homemade chocolate chip magic bars are such an easy party dessert, because they’re super quick to make (just 6 ingredients!) and people always go crazy for the recipe!
Especially in these current times, there’s bound to be at least one guest at the party who’s following a special diet. This recipe lets them–as well as the guests without any dietary restrictions–enjoy the same dessert, so you don’t have to end up making two different recipes in order to please everyone. Less work, way more fun!
The recipe came about thanks to multiple reader requests for a grain free substitution for the graham crackers in my original magic bar recipe.
I based the crust of these keto magic bars on my favorite Keto Cookies recipe, which uses almond flour (or almond meal) instead of spelt or white flour. The new version can be low carb, paleo, grain free, and even sugar free. Of course there’s still the original version too if you’d prefer the recipe to be oil and nut-free. So you have options, which is always a good thing when it comes to chocolate.
And speaking of chocolate, you can even turn these bars into chocolate magic bars – all you have to do is stir 2 tbsp of cocoa powder into the coconut milk!