Seven Layer Bars

Seven Layer Bars are a classically UNhealthy dessert, with the graham cracker crust packed with butter, the sweetened shredded coconut covered in sugar and the condensed milk full of even more sugar…  it’s a calorie bomb, fat bomb and sugar bomb.

Seven Layer Bars

While nothing is wrong with fat, per se — because healthy fats are good for you! — it’s just ridiculous how much can fit into one little square.  I want my food to energize me and make me feel good, not weigh me down and make me feel like I need a nap.

Seven Layer Bars

So I made a healthier version without the butter and the added sugars, but most importantly, no partially hydrogenated oil or trans fats…  just simple, pure, natural and wholesome ingredients.  From the looks of it, can you even tell that these are good for you?  No.  These are sinless Seven Layer Bars, a healthier alternative that sure doesn’t taste healthy at all!

Seven Layer Bars

Yield: 9 bars (or 16 small)

Ingredients

Instructions

    For the Crust:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8" brownie pan with parchment paper both ways.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the graham cracker crumbs and salt.
  3. Top with the pumpkin and the butter extract. Stir together (I used my hands)
  4. Dump the mixture into the prepared pan, flatten and dock the crust with a fork. Bake for ~5 minutes.
  5. For the Toppings:
  6. In a large bowl, add the condensed milk. Stir in the coconut, both chocolates, pecans and butterscotch chips (it should look a little bit like cookie dough).
  7. Spread/flatten this over the crust and bake for ~33 minutes, or until the surface is set and no longer wet, and the edges have just begun to brown. Let cool in the pan.
  8. Remove from the pan when completely cooled, then slice and serve!

Notes

If you want weight measurements of the ingredients, here they are: 176g homemade graham cracker crumbs, 60g shredded coconut, 60g mini dark chocolate chips, 50g pecans, 65g homemade butterscotch chips

This recipe is: low sugar, high fiber, gluten free, vegan!

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/seven-layer-bars/

Seven Layer Bars

Chomp.  Yum.  Delicious.

Chewy yet crunchy, sweet and rich, buttery with gooey chocolate.

I think my heart is melting.

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Labels: Bars-Blondies-and-Brownies, Butterscotch, Chocolate, Coconut-Flakes, Coconut-Oil, Eggless, Gluten-Free, Graham-Crackers, High-Fiber, Low-Sugar, Pecans, Pumpkin, Vegan

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Comments (5)

  1. madscar: July 27, 2013

    This is amazing!I love it:)

  2. MY heart is melting! These look incredible. I have never had a 7 layer bar, but by the looks of these, I have to soon! I love that you used some homemade ingredients so that these bars truly are healthy!

  3. What a great recipe makeover! I haven’t had 7 layer bars in so many years, and never have any of the traditional ingredients in my pantry. I can definitely get behind these.

  4. Vera Lima: August 6, 2013

    Wow!

    These bars look Yummy!

    I have to try this one of these days.

  5. Kelly: November 3, 2013

    This looks so very good!, I can not wait to make this!

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