• Alta

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Amy, these look absolutely divine. I love magic cookie bars. A sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free version just sings to me!

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  • Shirley @ gfe

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Oh, Amy, I do love your condensed milk substitution! I made a version of Magic Cookie Bars using oatmeal that we love, but hadn’t subbed the condensed milk yet. I will next time for sure! These look fabulous! :-)

    This is such a great event that Diane is hosting. I truly hope folks will see how easy living gf can be.

    Belated happy 2nd blogiversary wishes! Time really does fly in our blogging world, doesn’t it? ;-)

    Shirley

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  • Debi

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I so want to try these! I’ve never had magic cookie bars before. Never even heard of them! I feel a little deprived. :D Great post as always, Amy. I’m loving the ramped up nutritional value of these!

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  • Megan Hassen

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 11:12 am

    These bars look mouthwatering! What a beautiful creation!

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  • Jessica

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 11:14 am

    WOW! These look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  • Kim @ Cook It Allergy Free

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Yum! These look divine! I have a recipe for magic bars that I have converted to be gf and over the years have also started to convert it to be a bit healthier as well. But I love your version of the sweetened condensed milk. What a great idea!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kim @ Cook It Allergy Free, That’s quite a compliment coming from the Queen of Cooking Alternatives. :)

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Alisa Fleming

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    No one healthifies dessert recipes better than you Amy! These look AWESOME!!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Alisa Fleming, You’re so sweet, Alisa. Guest posting on Go Dairy Free has forced me to think outside the box even more than I would have before. Thanks for including me in Sweet Sundays!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Ricki

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    These were one of my childhood favorites! Now as soon as I can eat dates again, I can try out your new recipe. Yay! :D

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    Amy Reply:

    @Ricki, I’m sure you could use something besides dates – stevia would work I think. :)

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Chris

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Amy, these look scrumptious! Since cherries are in season, I may try using them to make the magic cookie power bars. Yummmm!

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  • Katie

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    YUM! I am going to put these on the list of things to try very soon. Any ideas for a substitute for the palm sugar? I am supposed to be relatively refined and natural-sugar free right now (not even dates, I fear!). I am going to do some experimenting though because these look too good not to try! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Katie, Stevia?? Just use a gentle hand…it can overpower quickly. The texture won’t be the same but it should be close.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Maggie

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Fantastic Amy! I love the ingredients you used :) These babies are right up my alley.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Maggie, I was thinking of Callum when I made them. I’ll have to be able to cook for him when you guys come to Dallas. :)

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Kimberly

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    This looks wonderful. Hello, I am new to your blog and I was wondering what brand of carob chips you used that is safe?

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kimberly, I get unsweetened carob chips from the bulk section at Whole Foods. They don’t have any barley or malt in them. They don’t cause a problem for me – if it doesn’t work for you and you can eat a small amount of white sugar (I can’t….) you might try an 85% chocolate.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    These sound amazing! I love that you used almond milk, dates and chia instead of sweetened condensed milk! Thanks Amy!

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  • Sue K

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Can flax seed meal be substituted for the chia seed meal??

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    Amy Reply:

    @Sue K, Yes, but you’ll need to use about two times as much.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Heather @Gluten-Free Cat

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I LOVE your substitution for sweetened condensed milk! Brilliant!!! You are getting me closer and closer to committing to go sugar free!

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  • Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I’ve wished for something like a Magic Bar without much hope of finding, till I saw these…they just might do the trick! Thanks, Amy!

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  • Gigi

    posted on May 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Amy,
    Absolutely brilliant! Thank you for sharing this amazing sub for sweetened condensed milk. I’m going to try it with an alternative milk (nut allergy). Can’t wait!

    xo,
    Gigi

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  • glutenfreeforgood

    posted on May 11, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I remember these little magic cookie bars, but we called them “Nummies” back in the day. I used to love these, but rarely made them because of the unhealthy ingredients, especially the sweetened condensed milk. Your alternative of the dates, almond milk and chia is brilliant! I can’t wait to try that. You’re so right, adopting a GF diet prompts you to have more fun with your food. Experiment and enjoy new options! Great post, Amy.
    Melissa

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    Amy Reply:

    @glutenfreeforgood, Thanks, Melissa. It’s fun to remake recipes…..I can’t seem to stop playing alternatives through my mind until I come up with something that works. :)

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Iris

    posted on May 11, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I’ve been working on a cookie bar recipe, and needed some tips on how to perfect it. This recipe showed me what to do. Thanks!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Iris, Can’t wait to see your cookie bar recipe, Iris. :)

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Cara

    posted on May 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I love those magic bars too – so thrilled to see this “recipe makeover!” I’m really intrigued by your substitute for the sweetened condensed milk. I’ll have to give this a shot!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Cara, Have fun, Cara! Would love to know if they feel ‘healthier’ to you when you eat them…I think our palates are about the same.

    Much love,
    Amy

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  • Katie

    posted on May 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Amy! These look so delicious! I’m wondering about the chia seed meal – I have chia seeds, can I turn them into meal somehow? Or, what brand and where do you get chia seed meal? Chia is new to me. :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Katie, Hey Katie!! Great to hear from you! Just throw your chia seeds into your coffee mill and grind them up. They take no time at all so be careful you don’t get chia paste. :)

    Hugs!
    Amy

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  • Linda

    posted on July 12, 2011 at 11:40 am

    HI Amy,

    Several of your recipes call for quinoa FLAKES…I have not been able to find these. Where in Dallas can they be purchased?

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    kathy Reply:

    @Linda, I bought them at Whole Foods, I’m sure you have one in Dallas.

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  • kathy

    posted on August 13, 2011 at 7:32 am

    I made these yesterday. They are awesome! Love the chia seeds. Can’t wait to try them in other recipes. Thanks!

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    Amy Reply:

    @kathy, Thanks for coming back to share, Kathy! :)

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  • Greta

    posted on May 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Wow! I just made these and they turned out fantastic! I have to admit that I usually want to “tweak” every recipe that I find. But this one is perfect, as is. It was easy and came out exactly as advertised.

    My daughter is gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free + peanut and almond free, among a number of other things. (I used unsweetened hemp milk) So I rarely find a recipe that fits the bill. I will be trying many more recipes from your site. Thanks for all the effort you’ve put into it.

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