Desserts

Vegan Magic Cookie Bars

Vegan Magic Cookie Bars are made with healthier ingredients and have a gluten free almond flour crust. They are topped with walnuts, vegan chocolate chips, and coconut and have chewy texture. This is a sweet treat that everyone will love!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Vegan Magic Cookie Bars are also gluten free!
  • This sweet treat is made with healthier ingredients compared to the original.
  • The crust also has ground flax mixed into it which is great for added fiber.
  • They are very addictive, and perfect for those who love tons of texture.
  • Cookie bars are moist and soft with a little gooeyness and a crunchy exterior.
  • If you loved this one, be sure to check out my Vegan and Gluten Free Samoa Girl Scout Cookies!

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Vegan Magic Cookie Bars. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

The base of this recipe is made with almond flour which keep this recipe gluten free. I always snag a large bag from amazon for my baking. Alternatively, oat flour will work as well, but please note texture will differ slightly.

Ground flax helps to provide a good texture and also adds a fiber to this recipe for some nutritional value. You an omit it, and just use more almond flour.

Tapioca flour helps to bind all the ingredients together, it works like the glue. If you don’t have any on hand, you can swap it out for arrowroot powder or cornstarch.

I like to use melted coconut oil but you can use any type of oil or even melted vegan butter. If you aren’t vegan, regular butter works too.

Pure maple syrup is different than pancake maple syrup, look for one where the only ingredient is maple syrup. Otherwise, you can use agave, date syrup or even honey but it won’t be vegan anymore.

Vanilla extract is for added flavor.

After the crust is baked, top it off with chopped walnuts or any other favorite nut such as pecans, chopped cashew, etc.

Use vegan chocolate chips to keep this recipe vegan, otherwise you can use any chocolate that you prefer!

Use unsweetened or sweetened shredded coconut.

Finish it off with coconut condensed milk. I get mine from my local Sprouts. Otherwise, if you aren’t vegan you can use regular condensed milk. This works as the glue to hold the entire recipe together.

How To Make

ONE: In a large mixing bowl, combine all crust ingredients and mix with a spatula until a dough starts to form. Evenly press dough into pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

TWO: Remove from oven and top with chopped walnuts, vegan chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and coconut condensed milk in layers.

THREE: Return to oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove and let cool for 1 hour. Remove from pan and place in the fridge for another hour or until completely cooled and firm. Cut into bars and enjoy!

Tips And Tricks

Fully cover the crust with each topping ingredient to create those layers once baked.

Slowly drizzle the coconut condensed milk over the top, making sure to get all corners and every inch. This is to ensure everything is held together and the coconut doesn’t burn immediately when baking.

Remove the bars from the pan after about an hour of cooling to prevent it from sticking to the edges.

If it does stick, use a knife to gently release it from the pan.

Use a serrated knife to cut the bars into equal parts.

How To Serve And Store

Serve these magic cookie bars once they have completely cooled and are ready to be cut. Slice into bars and enjoy with a cup of coffee or glass of milk.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy up to 5 days. Bars can also be frozen and enjoyed up to 30 days.

Taste And Texture

These Gluten Free and Vegan Magic Cookie Bars are sweet and filled with chocolate and coconut flavors.

The texture is crunchy on the edges and chewy in the center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use graham cracker instead of almond flour?

Yes totally, that’s what the original calls for.

Can I use regular flour instead of almond flour?

I have not tested this so I cannot say for sure if it will work the same.

What is coconut condensed milk?

It’s the same concept as regular condensed milk, but it’s dairy free and made from coconuts.

Other Recipes You May Like

If you make these Vegan Magic Cookie Bars, I would really appreciate a comment and rating down below, under the recipe card. Don’t forget to take a picture and tag me over on Instagram, Tiktok or Pinterest!

Vegan Magic Cookie Bars

Vegan Magic Cookie Bars are made with healthier ingredients and have a gluten free almond flour crust. They are topped with walnuts, vegan chocolate chips, and coconut and have chewy texture. This is a sweet treat that everyone will love!
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PREP TIME:
1 hour
COOK TIME:
30 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
2 hours
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 2 Tbsp tapioca flour
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 

Topping

  • 1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped 
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1.5 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 11.25 oz coconut condensed milk, about 1 cup

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

12 bars

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare an 8×8 baking dish by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine almond flour, ground flax, tapioca flour. Then, add in melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix with a spatula until a dough starts to form.
  4. Evenly press dough into pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and top with chopped walnuts covering the crust fully, then with vegan chocolate chips, followed by shredded coconut, and lastly drizzle the coconut condensed on the top making sure to fully cover it, even in the corners and edges. 
  6. Return to oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the tops of the coconut are golden brown.
  7. Remove and let cool for 1 hour on a wire rack. 
  8. Remove from pan and place in the fridge for another hour or until completely cooled and firm. Cut into bars with a serrated knife and enjoy! 

Notes

  • Fully cover the crust with each topping ingredient to create those layers once baked.
  • Slowly drizzle the coconut condensed milk over the top, making sure to get all corners and every inch. This is to ensure everything is held together and the coconut doesn't burn immediately when baking.
  • Remove the bars from the pan after about an hour of cooling to prevent it from sticking to the edges.
  • If it does stick, use a knife to gently release it from the pan.
  • Use a serrated knife to cut the bars into equal parts.

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Rating:

I was hesitant to make this recipe seeing it was vegan and gluten free but OMG it was amazing. I made it for Friendsgiving and we scarfed all the bars down. An amazing amazing recipe that I can’t recommend enough.

This was a delicious recipe! It has that magic cookie bar flavor I loved growing up but I appreciated how it tasted more wholesome with better ingredients. I could tell a good difference in that way!

These were so so delicious! My friends and family all agreed. Love the chewy texture of the crust with the crunch of the walnuts. I’m not vegan, so just subbed normal chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk!