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7th Heaven in 7 Layers

Posted Mar 02 2011 9:00am

I am so glad you all liked “ A Day in the Life of a Sugar-Free Girl ” post! You all had some great questions, and I tried to answer them to the best of my ability. There were a few people who requested me to do a post about my vitamins and supplements, and I think it is a great idea! I will get to work on writing a post about this.

Also, here is the Sugar-Free 7 Layer Bar recipe I taunted you all with on Monday!

It started out with me buying a bag of unsweetened carob. I don’t why I didn’t try this sooner! I thought I didn’t like carob, but I was so wrong! This stuff is amazing, and extremely sweet naturally (I can only handle a few pieces before I get a sugar-headache). However, I think it tastes more like butterscotch rather than chocolate.

Here is a breakdown of the seven layers of a regular 7-Layer bar and my healthy 7-layer bar:

Regular 7-Layer Bar: ***************************My Healthy 7-Layer Bar:

1. Graham Cracker crust                                                 1. Oatmeal Crust

2. Chopped walnuts                                                         2. Chopped Walnuts or Pecans

3. Chocolate chips                                                            3. Unsweetened Chocolate Chunks

4. White Chocolate chips                                                4.  Dried Fruit

5. Butterscotch chips                                                       5. Unsweetened Carob Chips

6. Sweetened Shredded Coconut                                   6. Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

7. Sweetened condensed milk                                       7. Coconut milk

Healthy 7-Layer Bars

~These 7-Layer bars (or Magic Bars) are gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and, of course, sugar-free!

Makes 18 Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (blend oats in blender until smooth)
  • 1/2 cup chia gel (mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 1/2 cup water and let sit for 20 minutes, or until they “puff up”)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped unsweetened chocolate (I used Baker’s bars)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened carob chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (like dates, apricots, raisins, or cherries. Optional. They taste fine without the fruit, too!)
  • 1 (14 oz) can of coconut milk

Preheat oven to 375*. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and line with parchment paper or foil to help lift the bars out of the pan.

Mix the oats, oat flour, and chia gel together and spread on bottom of pan. Then sprinkle the walnuts in a layer, chocolate chunks, carob chips, fruit (if using), and coconut shavings on top. Pour the coconut milk evenly over the dish.

Bake for 25 minutes or until the coconut is golden brown. Let the bars cool at room temperature for 2 hours (or in the fridge for less). If you try to cut the bars before they cool, they will crumble. Once they are done cooling, cut the bars and serve to hungry people :)

In the pan cooling....the agony of having to wait! Ugh!

Health Benefits:

  • Carob: Unlike chocolate, carob contains no caffeine and it contains a number of nutrients, including vitamins A, B, B2, B3, and D. It contains a good dose of Pectin that helps to eliminate toxins from the body.
  • Chocolate: Click HERE for a post I wrote on all the benefits of Chocolate.
  • Coconut: Coconut is widely misunderstood because of it’s high fat content; however, coconut’s saturated fat is made up of medium-chain fatty acids. These medium-chains are easy to absorb and digest, and are converted quickly into energy. Coconut is also a great source of dietary fiber with a whopping 5 grams per oz.!
  • Oats: Click HERE for a post I wrote on al the benefits of Oats.

Ready to eat!

MMmmmm! Yum Yum!

What was your most memorable birthday dessert as a kid?

I remember my mom making me a birthday cake shaped like a jewelry box! It was my absolute favorite! It had candy necklaces, gold coins, and ring pops in it. It also had a beautiful ballerina on top that I got to keep. I wasn’t always sugar-free ;)

Guess whose birthday is tomorrow!!!



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