These candy-like, sweet, chewy bars have enough fiber in them to enjoy one or two pieces a day without feeling too indulgent.  These are along the lines of those favorite childhood bars called Magic Bars.  It's always fun for me in the kitchen to create some of our old favorites...only low-carb.  These were so yummy!

Crust (Substantial):
11/2 cups Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, OR Keto Bake Mix, OR (375 mL)
  mostly almond flour and 2 tbsp (30 mL) coconut flour 
1/3 cup powdered sweetener (75 mL)
1/8 tsp salt, optional (0.5 mL)
7 tbsp butter, melted (105 mL)
1/8 tsp almond, OR vanilla extract (0.5 mL)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (125 mL)
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut (75 mL)
1/3 cup sugar-free chocolate chips, OR this one (75 mL)
Condensed Milk (see recipe below)

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

Crust:  In medium bowl, combine Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, OR Keto Bake Mix (or other alternative), powdered erythritol and salt.  In samll bowl, combine melted butter and almond, or vanilla extract.  Stir together.  Press into an 8-inch (20 cm) square baking dish.  Bake 8 minutes.

Filling:  Sprinkle baked crust with pecans, coconut and chocolate chips.  Pour Condensed Milk over all and bake 10 to 15 minutes.

Helpful Hints:  In crust, skip the salt if not using a granular sweetener. There is enough salt in the butter.  You want a slightly sweet crust, not a salty-tasting one.  Note the analysis shows whether whole milk powder, coconut milk powder or heavy cream powder was used in the condensed milk recipe below.

Yield:  25 bars
1 bar:  Milk/coconut/cream powder
131.1/137.6/176.0 calories
2.8/2.1/2.8 g protein
11.0/12.9/13.5 g fat
0.4/0.4/1.7 g fiber
3.8/3.1/1.8 g net carbs


The condensed milk is very could use it in a number of recipes that require condensed milk.  I actually think this condensed milk tastes better than the real thing!  Try it and see if you agree with me. 
1/3  cup PLUS 1 tbsp boiling water (90 mL)
2 tbsp unsalted butter (30 mL)
2 tbsp regular butter (30 mL)
1 cup whole milk powder, OR heavy cream powder* (250 mL)
Liquid sweetener to equal 1/2\ cup (125 mL)
3 tbsp powdered erythritol, OR (45 mL)
  2 tbsp granulated xylitol (30 mL)
1/tsp vanilla extract (2 mL)

In blender, combine boiling water, unsalted butter and regular butter; process.  Add whole milk powder, OR heavy cream powder, liquid sweetener, powdered erythritol, OR xylitol and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides occasionally.

Helpful Hints:  *I have not tried it, but there are other alternatives to milk powder.  Nowadays it is possible to purchase coconut milk powder or heavy cream powder on Amazon.  The latter two will be higher in calories but lower in carbs than whole milk powder.  

Yield:  11/cups (280 mL)
1 tbsp milk/coconut/heavy cream powder
58.2/67.4/120.7 calories
1.9/0.9/1.8 g protein
4.5/7/7.9 g fat
0/1.8 g fiber
2.8/1.8/0 g net carbs 

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