Dreamy Magical Bars Made Skinny

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Many of you know these outrageously delicious bars as Magic Bars or Hello Dollys.  I’m calling them, “Magical Bars” because they are just that!  In fact, they’re probably the best bars ever created, even this skinny version is pretty amazing. Super rich and decadent and just six ingredients layered right in the pan.  They’re a whole lot skinnier because I’m using reduced-fat butter, fat-free sweetened condensed milk and a lot less chocolate, nuts and coconut. Each delectable bar has 133 calories, 6 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  They freeze great too!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time: 25-30 minutes


¼ cup reduced-fat butter

1¼ cup graham cracker crumbs

½ cup flaked coconut (sweetened)

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 (14oz) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk

½ cup chopped walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a 13×9 baking pan, generously coat all sides with cooking spray with flour, add the butter and place in the oven to melt. This will take no more than a minute or two.

3. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs evenly over the top of the butter and pat down a little. Do not mix.

4. Sprinkle the coconut evenly over the crumbs.

5. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the coconut.

6. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the chips.  To make the milk easier to drizzle, place the can in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes.

7. Top with the nuts.

8. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

9. Cut into 24 squares while still somewhat hot.  If you let them cool they become very difficult to cut!

Makes 24 bars

Food Fact
Sweetened condensed milk is what binds all of the ingredients together in these Magical Bars.  It’s normally made from a mixture of whole milk and sugar that has about 60% of its water removed.  Its consistency is thick and sticky like honey and is very sweet tasting. I’m using a fat-free version made with nonfat milk.

Shopping Tip
You’ll find graham cracker crumbs in a box in the baking section of most supermarkets.

Weight Watchers
(old points) 3
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 skinny magical bar
133 cal, 5.7g fat, 3g protein, 19g carbs, 1g fiber, 61mg sodium, 16g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 magic bar made with full fat ingredients
356 cal, 22g fat, 6g protein, 38g carbs, 2g fiber, 163mg sodium, 31g sugar

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55 Responses to “Dreamy Magical Bars Made Skinny”

  1. Scott Kramer Says:

    these magical bars are absolutely magical…

  2. Soma Sengupta Says:

    This looks great! Thanks!

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  4. The Better Baker Says:

    You are just brilliant! I love lightening tasty recipes like this one. Soooo glad you shared.

  5. admin Says:

    From one baker to another, thank you!

  6. Ilene Says:

    I love these bars. I cut them up and put them in the freezer for a yummy snack any time I want. I do share them too!

  7. admin Says:

    I love your idea Ilene. I’m going to do the same this week…Yum!

  8. Lindsay Says:

    Can you substitue walnuts for almonds or peanuts?

  9. admin Says:

    You sure can Lindsay. This recipe is so versatile. Sometimes I even swap the nuts for butterscotch chips.S o yummy that way too. One thing I know for sure, everyone loves these!!!
    Have fun!
    With best wishes,

  10. Liz Says:

    Making these now. They smell so good. gonna have one after dinner for dessert. Thanks skinny kitchen for a wonderful recipe.

  11. admin Says:

    Thanks Liz. Just make sure you cut them while still warm. They tend to stick to the pan, if you don’t. And, they freeze great! I store them in a plastic container in my freezer. It makes for a quick defrost in the microwave. Enjoy!
    With my very best wishes,

  12. Snowbunnie Says:

    These sound incredible , I think I will make with pecans …thanks skinny kitchen for all your great alternative recipes

  13. admin Says:

    My great pleasure. Enjoy!

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  15. admin Says:

    I had such a good time with you during our interview. You are a true professional Heather and a very sweet lady. Thanks so much for interviewing me. I hope everyone enjoys it!
    With my very warmest wishes,

  16. LB Says:

    Can you take out or sub the coconut?DH isn’t a fan :(

  17. admin Says:

    You sure can. Just add a little more chocolate chips. I’m sure he’ll love that!

  18. Christi Says:

    Is there enough sweetness in this to use unsweetened coconut?

  19. admin Says:

    I’m not sure Christi. Sorry…I’ve always made it with sweetened coconut.

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  21. Carol Cassara Says:

    Oh, now these have my name all over them. Will try soon!

  22. admin Says:

    Carol, these are my favorite. Since they freeze great, I always have some on hand in my freezer. Enjoy!

  23. Diane Roark Says:

    I would love to try these. Thanks for sharing on Saturday Dishes. I pinned them.
    Diane Roark

  24. admin Says:

    Thanks for pinning and for hosting your wonderful link party Diane!

  25. Kerry C Says:

    I love magic bars! And a skinny version recipe is a great thing to have. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes.

  26. admin Says:

    You bet…Thanks for the party Kerry!

  27. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life Says:

    These look seriously yummy! Can’t wait to make them! I’m so glad you shared them with us at Foodie Fridays! Pinning and yumming!

  28. admin Says:

    I love sharing at your Foodie Fridays link party Michelle!

  29. Joanne T Ferguson Says:

    G’day these sound dreamy indeed!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  31. admin Says:

    They are easy, dreamy good Joanne. I hope you get a chance to make them!

  32. Rena McDaniel Says:

    Oh these look so good! My husband will go crazy over these. I can’t wait to try them.

  33. admin Says:

    I hope you both love them Rena! :)

  34. Lisa at GrandmasBriefs Says:

    I’ve always loved these bars, but I haven’t had them in years — because my husband won’t eat coconut in anything and I’d eat the entire batch myself. (Maybe it would be OKAY to eat the entire batch myself since this is a “skinny” version. You think?)

  35. admin Says:

    I love them so much I could join you in eating the whole batch Lisa! :)

  36. Kim Says:

    What are you meaning by reduced fat butter? I make magic cookie bars every year, but was trying to avoid this year. I’d love a healthier version!

  37. admin Says:

    I suggest using reduced-fat butter. It has half the fat and calories of regular butter. Plus, my recipe uses much less than a regular full fat recipe.
    So you can enjoy this recipe guilt-free Kim!

  38. Lindsay Holmes Says:

    These are fantastic! It was hard to share them with my husband. He does not like sweets at all, but he really enjoyed these! Thank you for sharing!

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  40. Haralee Says:

    All calories are removed from just looking and drooling? Another hit!

  41. Ellen Dolgen Says:

    I am a big WW fan! Thanks for this recipe!

  42. admin Says:

    My pleasure Ellen.
    Enjoy and best of luck to you!

  43. admin Says:

    You are so funny. Thanks Haralee!

  44. Platter Talk Says:

    I’m pretty sure I could live on these bars; magical indeed!

  45. admin Says:

    He He!

  46. Kecia Says:

    These make me smile remembering the bars my mom used to make when I was a kid! But these are (shhhh) even better because they are Skinny!

  47. Chris B Says:

    The reduced fat butter i use is brummel brown which is made with yogurt would that work in this recipe?

  48. admin Says:

    Chris, I’ve never tried that brand for this recipe but I’m pretty sure it will work just fine. I’ve made it many times with Smart Balance light and have always been happy.
    My best,

  49. Linda (Meal Planning Maven) Says:

    I can’t wait to make these for holiday gifts! They look so fun and YUM!

  50. admin Says:

    Thanks Linda. They’re so simple so they would be fun to make with your grandkids!

  51. christine Says:

    magic bars are one of my classic favorite desserts. I make some variation every holiday. I’ve never tried the fat free sweetened condensed….I’ll have to give tht a try. They look delish.

  52. April J Harris Says:

    I love how you have made this recipe healthier and skinnier, Nancy! Your Magical Bars look and sound delicious. I’m featuring them at this week’s Hearth and Soul Hop. Thank you for sharing them!

  53. admin Says:

    Hope you enjoy these April!

  54. Nicole Says:

    These bars sound absolutely fantastic!!!

  55. admin Says:

    I hope you get a chance to try them Nicole! :)

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