Some of you may know that during the summer after graduating from college and before starting my dietetic internship I was a lost little soul needing something to do for 3 months. So what did I do? Worked in a bakery of course. Those were some early 4:30 am mornings but I loved it. One of the great things about working there was that my boss let me be very creative. She would let me experiment and create recipes to sell. Awesome. She wanted me to come up with some gluten-free options because more and more of our customers were eating gluten free diets and they needed options too. Thus, the Amazing Gluten-Free Layer Bars.
Now. I’ll only get on my soap box for a moment. I keep seeing “gluten-free” foods as a way to eat “healthy”. Guess what friends…unless you have celiacs disease (an immune reaction to gluten) or a gluten intolerance. there is nothing wrong or unhealthy about eating gluten. It is just a protein found in wheat and some related grains. Anyways, that’s a topic for another post. But if you are eating a gluten-free diet for whatever reason, intolerance or by choice, you have got to try these. If you aren’t eating a gluten free diet …you’ve still got to try these! In fact, they aren’t gluten-free because you’re replacing any wheat-containing product, they just don’t call for any flour or other wheat containing ingredients so there are no weird ingredients that you have to go searching for. And although they aren’t exactly an incredibly healthy choice they are dang good. So here you go…and you’re welcome.
Gluten-Free Layer Bars
- 7 ounces flaked coconut
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup ounces unsalted peanuts
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Generously grease a 9×13 pan (of a 9×9 for thicker bars)
- Spread 2/3 of the flaked coconut evenly on the bottom of the baking pan.
- Sprinkle the butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, and peanuts evenly over the coconut layer.
- Pour condensed milk evenly over the whole pan.
- Top with sliced almonds and remaining coconut .
- Bake for 15-20 minutes (or until the coconut starts to brown) in the preheated oven.
- Cool completely before cutting into squares (refrigerate or freeze to speed up the process).
Recipe and Photo via: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/11570/amazing-gluten-free-layer-bars/