Friday, December 9, 2011

Gluten Free Dairy Free Hello Dolly - Magic Bars

  These cookies are known as Hello Dolly Bars if you add butterscotch morsels, or Magic Bars, the recipe found on the back of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk can.  The usually are made with a graham cracker crust, but this version uses gluten free oats instead.  These take a little effort to make if you are dairy free, because you need a couple of hours to make the sweetened condensed milk but they are totally worth it.  I make the condensed milk while I am busy cooking other things in kitchen and then it doesn't seem so bad.

1/2 cup of oil
1 cup dairy free sweetened condensed milk
2/3 to 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
2/3 to 1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts

Make the dairy free sweetened condensed milk first.
You will need:
 *2 cups of your favorite dairy free milk 
(I used 1 cup of hazelnut milk and 1 cup of coconut milk.  
I have tried this with rice and hemp milk and they all worked.)
*1/2 cup sugar
*dash of vanilla and salt

Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan.  
Over low to medium heat stir the milk until it is reduced by 50-60%.  
 This takes a couple of hours.  
Note:  Realistically, I didn't have time to sit and stir this for two hours.  I stirred it every five minutes or so while I was cooking a meal.  In between stirring it would form a film on top, but it easily dissolved back in.  If you have time, it is best to stir it constantly.  The milk will be slightly thicker then when you started but will still be thin.  Let it cool before using and it will thicken up a bit.  

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
Combine oats and oil.  Stir until the oats are well coated.

Press the oats into the foil lined pan.

Pour the dairy free condensed milk on top.
Spread lightly with a spoon.  
 The condensed milk is thin but firms up when baked.
Sprinkle the chocolate chips, coconut, and walnuts on top. 
 Press all the ingredients firmly down into the oat mixture.
Bake at 350˚F for 20-25 minutes or until it is lightly toasted.
Let cool completely ( about 30 min.)  Cut into bars and serve.

Cook's notes:

  •  If you end up with a little more than a cup from your condensed milk, it is fine to just use all of it.
  •  When spreading your condensed milk, try not to lift up the oatmeal as you spread.
  •  Add as much or as little toppings as you like.  I liked mine with the 2/3 cups of toppings but my kids liked it with a full cup of all the toppings. 

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