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


Ingredients

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


Instructions

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
4

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. 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!

  2. Chris B Says:

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

  3. 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,
    Nancy

  4. Linda (Meal Planning Maven) Says:

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

  5. admin Says:

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. admin Says:

    Hope you enjoy these April!

  9. Nicole Says:

    These bars sound absolutely fantastic!!!

  10. admin Says:

    I hope you get a chance to try them Nicole! 🙂

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