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Gluten Free Magic Bars Recipe

It is a blustery, rainy day here in Southwest Florida. The skies are dark, the vista dreary and the frigid, pelting rain is relentlessly beating against the window panes.

Okay, so 55 degrees doesn’t necessarily foreshadow the next ice-age and while the temps in some parts of the country and the world are sub zero, I guess I really shouldn’t complain. But just because I shouldn’t doesn’t mean that I won’t.

Seriously! Doesn’t the fact that we here in Florida suffer through summers with heat so mind-numbing it would make Lucifer homesick and air so thick with humidity that a salamander would be at home mean that we get cut a little slack in the winter? And what’s up with this rain? It rains EVERY DAY in the summer here and extra during hurricane season. Do we really need to suffer through drizzly days in the winter when any self respecting Floridian should be at the beach?

Well it is enough to drive me in doors, under a duvet, watching a DVD of a burning Yule Log. And while I am at it, I better be smelling chocolate baking in the oven.

All the shivering has burned up so many calories that I hardly have the energy to make even the simplest of gluten-free cookies. I have no strength for rolling and slicing or even dropping cookie dough onto a sheet. The only solution for this severe choleric depletion is something sweet and very, very easy. This got me thinking about those Magic Bars from my gluten-eating days. Throw some ingredients in a pan, bake for 30 minutes and viola! Pure chocolaty nirvana.

This is my own gluten-free version of those Magic Bars with a more grown up flavor mix. I used dark organic chocolate chips, dried cherries and almond slivers. For the graham cracker crust, I substituted a delicious, toasty almond base. Not only gluten-free but grain-free as well.

Ahhh, now I am all set for a blustery afternoon under a thick throw in front of my fake fire.

Gluten Free Magic Bars Recipe

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Gluten Free Magic Bars Recipe
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Gluten-Free Magic Bars

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36 servings
Calories: 232kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 2 cups whole raw almonds
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter - melted
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cherries - chopped
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut


  • Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Coat a 13x9 inch glass baking pan with gluten-free non-stick cooking spray.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add the whole raw almonds. Toast until browned but not burned, shaking pan frequently -- about 3 minutes.
  • Process almonds in a food processor until finely ground. Add granulated sugar, salt and ground cloves. Mix well. Add melted butter and mix well. Press into bottom of prepared pan.
  • Layer evenly with chocolate chips, dried cherries and slivered almonds. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the whole thing. Top with the coconut and press down firmly with a spatula or fork.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut into squares or triangles.


I like to put mine into the fridge to harden up but you can eat at room temp.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Magic Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 49mg2%
Potassium 192mg5%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tags: Almonds Cherries Chocolate Coconut Cookies
  1. Alisa - Frugal Foodie
    January 31, 2009

    Oh yum! I make magic bars with sweetened condensed coconut milk, but have never added cherries, sounds delicious!

  2. Peter G
    February 1, 2009

    A wonderful, fruity and healthy combination Carol! Beautiful!

  3. Absolutely Not Martha
    February 2, 2009

    they look and sound amazing–I may need to feature them in my weekly roundup (w/linkback of course), if that’s ok with you. :)

  4. Maureen "Hold The Gluten"
    February 2, 2009

    These sound “magically delicious”!!! What a fantastic recipe :) PS – send some of that 55 degree weather up here to NJ!

  5. The Peanut Butter Boy
    February 2, 2009

    Those do look magical! They remind me exactly of these things we simply called “Chocolate Squares” that my mother used to make for my dad. Everybody loved them but they were always his and he was the only one that could distribute them. In fact, other than the cherries and the almond meal instead of flour, these would be exactly them! I gotta try these, maybe with some PB!

  6. Sophie
    February 18, 2009

    Oooh! I’ve yet to come across a gluten free bars recipe, yuuum! These would magically disappear in my house :D.

  7. chefandrea
    February 22, 2009

    These look delicious. My boyfriend always talks about his mom’s magic bars and I never try to make them because I know I won’t be able to eat them. I will give your recipe a try and see if we both love them!

  8. Lynnylu
    February 22, 2009

    I didn’t realize that “gluten free” could look so tasty! I will definitely make these bars. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

  9. Brian
    March 2, 2009

    These bars look great. I’ll have to make them soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. CDM
    March 8, 2009

    I love the use of nuts as a base, instead of trying to replicate a graham cracker crust. The bars look amazing and are on my list of things to try. I just made GF Samoas the other day and they reminded me exactly like magic bars. Unfortunately they were not as ‘grown up’ and fancy as yours. Just a delicious cookie :)

  11. Sandrabag
    March 15, 2009

    These look fantastic! I will be adding this to my list of “must try” recipes.

    Thank you!

  12. Jas.
    June 18, 2010

    wow – these look amazing! I'm definitely trying them out when I feel just as ermm…. depleted or maybe just slack :)

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  14. August 29, 2014

    I always make magic bars at Christmas, and since going GF this year, was wondering how we would survive without them, thanks so much for your recipe.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      September 2, 2014

      I’m happy that you’ve found me! These bars are delish indeed, enjoy!

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