Grain-Free Magic Cookie Bars! An easy, PALEO treat made with coconut milk sweetened condensed milk! 

Cookie bar with a bite taken out of it on parchment paper

I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner! My parents are coming to our house for Christmas this year and I couldn’t be more excited. My toddler is almost 3 and truly believes in Santa.

Last year he didn’t quite get it, so this year it has been so fun to read Christmas books, watch holiday movies, and make treats for our neighbors and friends in anticipation.

It’s awesome how being a parent makes all the little things more fun again!

Here is one last Christmas cookie recipe! My Dad loves Magic Cookie Bars and I want to make them when he comes in town. He actually calls them Hello Dollies. And others call them 7-layer bars!

Whatever you call these, they are delicious. I was inspired by making sweetened condensed coconut milk for my fudge recipe.

Sweetened condensed milk is a crucial ingredient for magic cookie bars and I thought they were a thing of the past now that I eat dairy-free.

I was happy to find sweetened condensed coconut milk works great for these!

For another gluten-free treat try these s’more magic bars. These paleo almond joy and paleo vegan brownies also look delicious!

Aerial view of cookie bars on a white sheet

These bars have a grain-free cookie crust that is softer than the traditional magic cookie bar graham cracker crust.

The layers of chocolate chips, pecans, and coconut all smothered in sweetened milk are a true indulgence!

These are grain, dairy, and refined-sugar-free, making them an indulgence I can actually eat!

Stack of two cookie bars

More Paleo Recipes:

Paleo Pumpkin Magic Cookie Bars from Food Faith Fitness

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookie Bars from Flippin’ Delicious

Paleo Banana Bread

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5 from 22 votes

Grain-Free Magic Cookie Bars {Dairy-Free, Refined-Sugar-Free}

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 18 bars
Grain-Free Magic Cookie Bars! An easy, PALEO treat made with coconut milk sweetened condensed milk!


For the Coconut Sweetened Condensed Milk:

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the Cookie Crust:

  • 1/2 cup hazelnut flour almond flour will work too
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil or butter melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Bars:

  • 1 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9x9 inch baking pan.
  • Make the coconut milk sweetened condensed milk by placing the coconut milk, maple syrup, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture has reduced to 1 cup of liquid. The milk may splatter when it starts to boil, so just stir it and lower the heat slightly. Check how much liquid you have by pouring it into a glass measuring cup.
  • While the coconut milk reduces, make the cookie crust. Place the hazelnut flour, coconut flour, salt, and baking soda in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, egg and vanilla and process until smooth. Press the dough into the prepared pan in an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes, until set.
  • When the crust is done pre-baking, remove it from the oven and top it with 1 cup of chocolate chips. Press the chocolate chips into the crust slightly. Top with the chopped pecans and shredded coconut. Pour the reduced coconut milk mixture over everything. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips and a little more coconut over the top. Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Allow the bars to cool for at least 1 hour before slicing. Enjoy!


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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  1. 5 stars
    Such a good recipe! I am always so excited to find a recipe that is does not taste like the gluten free version of something that is better with gluten.
    A few alterations I did that worked: I swapped 1 for 1 honey instead of maple syrup in the condensed coconut milk and I didn’t have almond flour so I just put the same amount of whole raw almonds in the food processor and it ground it up just fine.

  2. 5 stars
    These were AMAZING!!!!! I used an 8×8 pan and dark chocolate chips. Simple to make and very tasty. We’ll see what the girls at work think. Thanks. I’m going to pin it.

  3. 5 stars
    These are truly amazing. One of keeper and repeater. Thank you very much for posting this recipe. I used 2 eggs instead of 1 and also used walnuts instead of pecan. Hubby loved them and gave me 10/10

  4. 5 stars
    Hi! These look amazing! We have always made the Gluten and processed sugar filled ones, but now that we are GF I am soooo excited to try these!!! I had a question though….1 can of coconut milk….does that mean just shake up the can and fill 1c. Measuring cup with the milk and cream combined or do I scrape all the cream off and only use the milk underneath? I’m hoping to make these soon so hopefully I get a quick response! 🙂 thanks!

    1. You actually just use the entire can! You start with it all an reduce it down. Let me know if you have any more questions. I hope you like the bars!

  5. These look like the closest thing to gluten filled magic bars and I want to try them! I only have a 8×8 pan. The bars would be thicker…how long do you think I should increase baking time by?

  6. 5 stars
    Oh-em-gee! These are decadent! Thank you so much for posting yor recipe. I just finished having one with my boys (3 & 5 years-olds) who loved helping me make them. The hubs is going to flip over them! Delicious!

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