Sunday, February 1, 2015

'Skinny' Magic Bars {WW Points}

FYI: We are on the road headed South to warmer temps for a few weeks...God graciously laid this opportunity in our laps just a couple of weeks ago.  I will be slowing down on the lookout for some great guest posts while I'm away...and for new recipe posts on Sundays and Tuesdays.  I won't be online as much, so just wanted you to be aware.  Maybe I'll even share a photo or three of our fun in the sun. *-* As always - thanks for your support and interest in TBB blog. 

If you want to splurge, but stop from going overboard....
These luscious bars would be perfect for the upcoming Valentine's Day celebration.  They are fantastic and sweet, but the reduced-calorie version. 

It seems I am always trying one more recipe from Nancy's Skinny Kitchen. Must be because they are ALWAYS a winner right?

With so many sweets over the holidays, I was tickled to find this 'reduced sugar/fat' recipe for those amazing layered bars...called Magic Bars, and sometimes called Hello Dollies. 

We lived a very frugal life when I was growing up, so when mom made rarely made these, it was SUCH a special treat.  I've had a fondness for them for years. 

They were very easy to put together because you just layer everything, there's no mixing.  Using fat free sweetened condensed milk 
reduced fat butter, and less chocolate, coconut and can enjoy these and count 4 Weight Watchers Points per serving also. 

I always appreciate the fact that Nancy allows me to share the nutritional info from her wonderful website too.  Trust you'll pay her a visit and stay a while. 
Just look how she reduced the calories...from 356 to 133!  These special treats really ARE Magic! 

Weight Watchers (old points) 3

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 4

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 bar
133 cal, 5.7g fat, 3g protein, 19g carbs, 1g fiber, 61mg sodium, 16g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 bar made with full fat ingredients
356 cal, 22g fat, 6g protein, 38g carbs, 2g fiber, 163mg sodium, 31g sugar


1/4 c. reduced fat butter
(like Smart Balance)
1-1/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 c. flaked coconut, sweetened
(I used unsweetened)
1 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 (14 ozs) can fat free sweetened condensed milk
(click here for my homemade sweetened condensed milk)
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
(I used pecans)

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray 9" X 13" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray with flour, being sure to spray sides as well. Add butter to pan; place in oven to melt. (will take about a minute)

Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over butter, patting down, but do not mix. 
Sprinkle coconut evenly over cracker crumbs, then do the same with the chocolate chips. 

Drizzle sweetened condensed milk evenly over all. (You can place can in a cup of warm water to make spreading easier). Top with nuts. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown. 

Cut into squares while still warm, otherwise, they'll be difficult to cut. 

Yield: 24 squares 

Linked to Weekend Potluck

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