Weekly Digest

Search This Blog

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dairy Free Magic Cookie Bars

Guys. I'm going to tell you a secret! Shhhhh....come in close. Closer ... Closer ... There. Stop. Ready?

I CAN'T EAT DAIRY.

Did you already know that? Maybe. And when I say "can't" I should really say "shouldn't," because I actually do eat it. But, if I eat too much, it makes me sick. Boo. It's an intolerance - not an allergy - so I justify eating it that way! Ha ha. There are several things I will cheat for:  a Wendy's frosty, ravioli and a beefy 5 layer from Taco Bell. On an every day basis, though, I don't eat it. At my house, we drink soy & almond milk, eat dairy free cheese & butter, and ice cream is replaced with sorbet. It's a pretty simple life style change, really. You get super used to it {yes, when I first tried soy milk I wanted to BARF, but it's so good now, I honestly don't remember the taste of cow's milk!}.


The hardest part about being dairy free is the lack of yummy treats. It's not that they aren't out there, it's just that I don't ever make them! I do have a Dairy Free board on Pinterest, though, loaded with scrumdiddlyumptious treats I could make dairy free {you can follow it HERE}. I've learned over the years that it's pretty simple to substitute dairy free ingredients for "normal" ones to make most recipes dairy free - and they taste about the same - if not better! 



Growing up, my oldest sister would make Magic Cookie Bars, and they were seriously MY FAVE. Think coconut...chocolate...more COCONUT...more CHOCOLATE...YUM! But I've never made them in my adult years, because one MAIN ingredient is sweetened condensed milk, which is a GIANT NO NO if you can't eat dairy. UNTIL NOW! I made > homemade dairy free sweetened condensed milk < that changed the way I look at baking & desserts! These Magic Cookie Bars are 100% dairy free - and 100% DELISH.


Here is the recipe! You can right-click + SAVE + PRINT this little recipe card for quick reference. Don't forget to > PIN < as well! 

Ahhhh - you guys - just seeing these photos again makes me want to make them NOW!


originally guest posted at No Biggie

Do you have any favorite allergy-friendly recipes? Link them up in the comments! I'd love to PIN them!

xo

+1 me and I'll +1 you >> Daniela on Google+

27 comments:

  1. Amanda // Happily Ever AfterApril 2, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    O my, these looks amazing!!!! I have to try them!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. You will eat the whole pan. I'll warn you. ;) xo

    ReplyDelete
  3. You are just so DIY, I love it. I would never think to try and make my own ingredients like that! You inspire me! ;)

    ReplyDelete
  4. they look delicious. I don't think I've ever noticed Dairy Free butter anywhere!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks, Amberly! When you can't eat certain foods, you're kind of just forced to make your own versions. I don't feel that DIY and I eat at Chick Fil A waaaaay too much, ha ha. But thanks for saying that! :) xo

    ReplyDelete
  6. It's in most stores! It doesn't always brag about being dairy free, but if you check the "healthy" butters - most of them are made with oil, so they don't have milk in them. Earth Balance is the brand I always get. It's a harder consistency than regular butter, but they do make a "whipped" version that is smoother, and you can just zap it for a min in the microwave to soften it up. Have a great week! xo

    ReplyDelete
  7. Yum. We aren't a completely dairy free house, but if I have to make any treats for my husband dairy free. I just shared my link for lactose free eggs benedict (http://www.cookiecrumblesblog.com/lactose-free-eggs-benedict/)
    in the Linkn Blogs post.

    I can't wait to try out the dairy free sweetened condensed milk

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love Earth Balance too. Tastes just like real butter. I haven't tried baking with it though, but I will now!

    ReplyDelete
  9. These look amazing. Going to have try this out one day. I can't have dairy either but I still do. Which I end up paying a price for it and so do the people around me.

    ReplyDelete
  10. That looks sooo good!! Kind of reminds me of a samoa cookie! I'm the same way with gluten. I have an intolerance to it, but not to the point like people with celiacs. It's pretty challenging avoiding gluten O_o lol! I think I could make this GF too...I'll have to see if I can come up with a graham cracker alternative. Thanks for sharing!! :)
    -Tahnee

    ReplyDelete
  11. Yum!!! We limit dairy, so these are going to be a hit in our family!!! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Ha ha same here girl. You will LOVE these. For sure. ;) xo

    ReplyDelete
  13. Nice! My husband has a dairy intolerance too, but sadly LOVES all thinks dairy. It has been a struggle to remove it from our diets. Little tricks like this make it way easier though! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    ReplyDelete
  14. YUM. I love samoas - I may have bought way too many boxes last month from the girl scouts. :) My sister has celiac disease and makes the most delicious things. She is the sister I'm referring to in the post that used to make these magic cookie bars - but she made them gluten free! She just used a GF graham cracker. It should work pretty much the same. Maybe add a little more butter to help hold it together! It's so much easier in today's world to be allergy free than it used to be. Take care!! xo

    ReplyDelete
  15. It's crazy how many people are dairy free or limit it that have been commenting here. I had no idea it was such a "thing" to not have dairy. It's kind of awesome knowing there are so many people out there having to make similar recipe adjustments. Glad you liked it, Katie! xo

    ReplyDelete
  16. Man - I feel your husband's pain! It's almost harder when you CAN'T eat dairy to limit it than if you just simply chose not to. It's like - because you can't have it - you want it even more! But I'm seriously finding that DF options almost taste better and they are usually healthier, too. Have a great weekend, Meredith! xo

    ReplyDelete
  17. I'm so glad you found a recipe for dairy free sweetened condensed milk, because so many awesome desserts are made with that! Thanks
    for linking up with the Tasty Tuesday's Link-up. I have pinned your
    post to the Tasty's Tuesday's Pinterest Board!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Seriously - that DF sweet. cond. milk saved my life. Love your link party! xo

    ReplyDelete
  19. Aww thanks! I've also linked it up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board. Thanks or linking up there!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Just dropping by to let you know that I'm featuring YOU today over on my blog! Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @ GingerSnapCrafts.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. Thanks, Ginger! You're the best! xo

    ReplyDelete
  22. I'm so psyched for this recipe. My 2 year old daughter, was diagnose at age 11 months or so w/ allergy to dairy, soy, egg, peanut, tree nut, sesame and chick pea. So I am always on the lookout for allergy friendly recipes. I just had to feature this at The Wednesday Roundup this week. Come by and grab your badge and link up again. This week we are also hosting a G+ hop! http://bit.ly/1t9lg4S

    ReplyDelete
  23. It is so much easier these days to find yummy allergy friendly recipes. I'm glad you can add this one to your list! Good luck! And thanks for the feature! :) xo

    ReplyDelete
  24. April @ 100lbcountdownApril 26, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    I have no allergies and thankfully, neither do my kids. You've given me a look into a whole new world of alternatives to typical dairy based foods. Thank you for sharing with Countdown in Style.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Kim Daniels LewisMay 3, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Yum! Love it! Pinned! Thanks again! Lou Lou Girls

    ReplyDelete
  26. Thanks! Enjoy eating without allergies - I sure miss it. But I cheat enough, ha ha, so I can't complain. Thanks for stopping by, April! xo

    ReplyDelete
  27. Yay! They are so good. Take care, xo

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for the chat!

Blog Design By Brand Me Beautiful