Mini Magic Bars

I’m beginning today with an apology. That’s because I feel bad that every time I write about a recipe it seems I’ve had to adjust it this way or that, not because I’m inspired to do so, but because I’m lacking some key ingredient. And usually when I’m baking, it’s in the evening. That means one more trip to the grocery store sounds a little like heading to the dentist’s office for some voluntary exploratory drilling.

So today I started with a vision to share with you one recipe and that vision quickly morphed into something entirely different. That said, I don’t think you’ll mind one bit. That’s because whatever the source of inspiration, the results were nothing short of spectacular!

Mini Magic Bars are a vegan treat that taste so good, everyone will want one.

I know that sounds a lot like tooting my own horn, but take a look at that treat. Isn’t that a horn that deserves to be tooted? Besides, my first boss, Frank (I think that was his name), once told me, “You might as well toot your own horn…it’s not like anyone else is gonna.” Thanks for that pithy, on the mark advice, Frank.

A perfect dessert to take to a party, Mini Magic Bars.

So although I started with a different recipe in mind, what I ended up with were these Mini Magic Bars. Some people might refer to these as “dream” bars, but to me that name doesn’t do them justice. A graham cracker crust topped with sweet milk, coconut, chocolate chips, and chopped nuts. Doesn’t that sound magical?

Vegan Mini Magic Bars...a lot of magical taste in a muffin-sized bar! #vegan #vegandessert #magicbar

I’ve normally made this recipe more like a traditional bar dessert, in a 9 x 13 pan. Today I couldn’t resist the temptation to make mini individual serving-sized treats. Maybe that’s so it’s easier to have more than just one. If you ask me, that’s the trick to any dessert — to find a way to fool yourself into thinking you’re eating more than you really are. Well, it’s either that or not to eat any at all and I bet even Frank would agree, that’s no way to live!

Mini Magic Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 24-30

Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz. can coconut milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup margarine
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 12 oz. package dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup nuts, chopped (I was out of pecans so I used a mixture of things – almonds, Brazil nuts, and even sunflower seeds)

Instructions

  1. Combine coconut milk and sugar in a small saucepan and cook on medium-low heat while regularly stirring to dissolve sugar. Once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla, stir, and refrigerate the mixture to allow it to cool.
  2. Next, heat your oven to 350F and prepare muffin pans with veggie cooking spray.
  3. Combine the margarine and peanut butter in a medium-size bowl and cook in the microwave until the margarine is melted, approximately 15-30 seconds. Stir the margarine and peanut butter until well combined. Next add the graham cracker crumbs and press the crumb mixture into the bottom of each muffin tin.
  4. Layer over the top of the graham cracker crust sweetened coconut milk, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and chopped nuts.
  5. Bake in the warmed oven for about 15-17 minutes or until lightly brown.
  6. Store these at room temperature or chilled.
  7. Makes approximately 24 – 30 (depending on the size of your muffin pans) Mini Magic Bars
  8. Try to remember what your mom always said and share!

 

If you’re into magic bars, why not try these Butterfinger Magic Bars

Butterfinger Layered Dessert Bars

 

Or these Magic Bar Cookies

All the favorite ingredients from Magic Bars in a cookie - Magic Bar Cookies

 

Whatever form of magic entices you, enjoy!

Posted 3 years ago by Marly on Friday, May 6th, 2011 · Permalink

20 Responses to Mini Magic Bars

  1. Marly these remind me of squares my girlfriend Vicki used to make, I think she called them Hello Dolly Squares, have you heard of them? Can’t remember what all the ingredients were but your treats have the same flavours I remember except the peanut butter. Are there any left? I bet not!

  2. Toot that horn all you want because these little treats look positively addictive.

  3. The pictures kept getting bigger. I was ready to take a bite! Yum…can’t wait to try them.

  4. I love Magic Bars. I call them Hello Dollys.

    What a great idea to make a mini version. I just might have to steal your idea. Thank you. ~ Ann

  5. What a fabulous idea to make these mini-sized!

  6. Pretty sure that I would think, aw, they’re so small, I can have two, or three, or more! :-) They look delicious! Will have to give this recipe a try!

  7. Mmmmmm……

  8. These look truly a.ma.zing! Thanks for sharing!

  9. They look magical indeed!

  10. christina

    WOWZA!!! Those aren’t just magic… that’s a dream brought to life!!! I eat amazingly healthy but now… I want some magic. Magic that I eat it and it’s every bit as dreamy as it appears to be but then POOF the calories won’t stay with me. LOL Amazing!!!

  11. Yes indeed these do look super delicious, the perfect little sweet treat and I’m going to have to try them!!

  12. Hi Marly:)
    I really want to make those bars right now! They look so so good. Thank you for sharing!

  13. If this is magic, I’m in ;-)

  14. This is the first recipe I’ve seen in a long time that didn’t list real butter. After a quick look through the rest of the post…I figured out why. It’s not matter to me because I’m always looking for a dairy free dessert.

  15. My grandmother used to make these and they became a family tradition. There were called Holiday Magic Cookie Bars and the recipe came right off the package of one of the ingredients–I think it was the can of sweetened condensed milk. Other than the cow’s milk it was exactly the same as these. Thanks for showing it can be done vegan!

  16. wow these look great! i love magic bars!

  17. I’m DROOLING! That looks crazy delicious!!!!

    New to your blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  18. I suppose to leave them to cool completely before popping them out? I let them cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and the bar just completely feel apart. should i stick them in the oven for a little longer?

    • well I allowed them to completely cool, but when I popped them out again it just fell apart. Did I do something wrong? the graham cracker crust is soggy and didn’t hold.

    • Hi Queenie – It’s hard for me to tell what happened with that crust. I’ve made this several times and haven’t had any problems with it. This is one part of the recipe that would be the same whether it was vegan or not. I was using organic, natural peanut butter. I guess it’s possible that might have made the difference. I do usually allow the crust to cool a few minutes before taking them out of the pan. That said, I’ve had a recipe here or there that didn’t turn out to look like what I wanted…but usually tastes fine. Hopefully that’s the case for you.