These bars are magic. And they are seven layers. And they taste so much like the real thing that I am squealing with delight! Way too much testing went into this recipe, but it works now.
This recipe is in my next cookbook, Sugar-Free, Flour-Free, because, believe it or not, it doesn’t require flour. How cool is that? Just grind up some low carb/healthy/sugar-free/grain-free tortillas, lavash, or pitas that you have crisped in the microwave, and you’ll be ready to go…oh, and make the sweetened condensed milk (“Eagle Brand”)—everything good is worth the extra work, right?
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- ¾ cup melted butter
- 1½+ cups of homemade sugar-free graham cracker crumbs* (recipe below)
- 1 can of sugar-free, homemade Eagle brand condensed milk (1⅓ cup)
- 1 to 1 ½ cup sugar-free chocolate chips (depending on how chocolaty you want that layer)
- 1 cup peanut butter, melted/loosened in microwave or stove top until almost “pourable”
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- Heat oven to 350.
- Line 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment allowing extra to be able to pull bars out of the pan easily to cut them on a cutting board.
- Melt butter and pour into parchment lined pan.
- Mix in “graham cracker” crumbs. Press into butter in pan.
- Note: In remaining steps, when pouring ingredients over layers, be sure you do not skip the corners and outside rows. Bars will not hold together without all of that gooey goodness everywhere!
- Pour half the condensed milk over the crumbs and then layer the remaining ingredients (except for other half of milk) evenly, pressing slightly after each addition. (Don’t press so much that remainder of milk will not drizzle down into the bars.)
- Pour remaining sweetened condensed milk over all.
- Bake for 25 minutes regular oven (20 minutes convection).
- Cool. I like to cool mine in the fridge and cut when chilled so that bars hold together better. Do not cut until fully chilled as warm bars will not hold their shape.
- Store in fridge or freezer or counter.
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Sugar-Free, Low-Carb “Graham Cracker” Crumbs
I make “graham cracker crumbs” with Joseph’s lavash. (All of my crusts, crisps, and crumbles are in my upcoming book next year by that same name!).
You may use crisped tortillas, low carb wraps (not egg wraps or my low carb crepes), Joseph’s pitas, or other mild crackers of your choice to make “graham cracker crumbs.”
With Joseph’s lavash, one package contains four rectangles. These four rectangles yield 1 ½ cup finely ground crumbs after crisping. Follow instructions below.
- 4 rectangles of Joseph’s lavash
- ¼ cup granulated Pyure* (or Gentle Sweet or Homemade Pyure or other stevia blend) *Or double of a cup-for-cup sugar sub
- 1 tsp maple extract
- Crisp lavash in oven or microwave. I tear one lavash into a few pieces and crisp on high for 30 seconds, turn over then 30 seconds more, etc. until crisp enough to grind up. Repeat for all lavash rectangles.
- Finely grind the crisped lavash (cooled) in food processor.
- Measure out 1 ¼ cup ground lavash; ¼ cup granulated Pyure; and 1 tsp maple flavoring. This will yield just over 1 ¼ cup “graham cracker” crumbs.
Very Low Carb (VLC): Low carb? Yes. Low calorie? Most definitely not! There are a lot of calories (and fat!) packed into these little bars! I mean….chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk (i.e. cream and butter!), coconut, peanut butter, butter…..yum!
Family-Friendly (FF): These are what I call “adult bars.” Yes, oftentimes kids will like them. But many kids do not care for coconut in things, so before you spend the time and money making them for the family, you might want to make yourself a small batch first. They are delicioius—and hubby will probably love them.
Store-Bought-Stella (SBS): This recipe is very involved. You have to make the graham cracker crumbs and the “sweetened condensed milk.”
Homemade Hannah (HH): Lots of steps and homemade processed included in this recipe. These bars are worth them!
Freezer Cooking (FC): These will be fine in the freezer, but they will keep a long time in the refrigerator too. I like to keep many of my sugar-free bars in the refrigerator because the cold helps the bars keep their shape. I do the same with these.
Trim Healthy Mama-Friendly (THM) (www.trimhealthymama.com): Delicious S treat. I won’t try to E it! 🙂
Sugar Free (SF): Yes. If you use lavash for the graham cracker crumbs, you can control the sweeteners better. Store bought sugar-free graham crackers might be filled with a less-than-healthy sweetener.
Gluten-Free (GF): Joseph’s Lavash and pitas do contain gluten. I am sure you could use a gluten-free tortilla to crisp and make your graham cracker crumbs—or your favorite gluten-free graham cracker will also work.