Magic Cookie Bars

by Jill Dalton

Magic cookie bars are an old fashioned classic recipe that we have recreated into a healthy sugar-free plant-based dessert. Layers of coconut, nuts, and chocolate chips make them magically delicious. We also pay tribute to Mister Rogers today to celebrate his upcoming birthday on March 20th.

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Magic Cookie Bars

Print Recipe
Serves: 9 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 3.4/5
( 183 voted )


1 cup (120g) almond flour
1 cup (80g) rolled oats, ground into a flour
1/2 cup (112g) pitted dates
1 teaspoon Braggs liquid aminos

1/3 cup (26g) rolled oats
1/3 cup (75g) pitted dates
1 cup (236ml) water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup (47g) shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup (85g) vegan chocolate chips
1 cup (150g) chopped pecans 


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Blend crust ingredients in a blender or food processor until mixture almost sticks together when pressed together. 
  3. Press crust into the bottom of a parchment lined 9" x 9" brownie pan.
  4. Blend the filling ingredients in a blender until dates are completely pulverized.
  5. Pour filling over the crust.
  6. Sprinkle the toppings one at a time over the filling and lightly press the toppings down with a fork so that a little of the filling comes through.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes.
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Sheryl March 19, 2022 - 8:11 pm

Hi Jill! The Magic Cookie Bars look delicious and seem very easy to make. Could I substitute pitted prunes for the dates? Which would be less carbs because I’m on a low carb diet.

Jill Dalton March 20, 2022 - 4:01 pm


Asha Hassija March 21, 2022 - 5:38 am

What can I substitute for chocolate chips?

Jill Dalton March 22, 2022 - 11:15 am

You could use cocoa nibs but I would use a bit less because they are pretty potent.

Robin Tait March 21, 2022 - 8:50 am

I’m allergic to chocolate. What can I use as a substitute?

Jill Dalton March 22, 2022 - 11:14 am

You can leave them out and the bars will still be tasty. I don’t really know of a non-chocolate substitute for chocolate chips that is healthy

C April 6, 2022 - 2:42 pm

Have you tried carob Caroboo is a nice brand to try

Kaitlyn March 22, 2022 - 12:34 pm

These turned out amazing! I knew I had to make them when the video came out and they were exactly what I had imagined. The only changes I made were I added a little salt to the crust with a few tablespoons of water to help it stick together and I used 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts instead of pecans because that it what I had. I will be making these regularly.

Sandra Marks March 22, 2022 - 3:35 pm

Oh my goodness! So good! I do remember these bars, so sweet. (Made them and loved them.) So I really had my doubts when I was watching! Lol. But I still rushed to try, ’cause I always have hope!
You made a grown up version! (Can taste the ingredients instead of just sweetness!)
Great job!!

Jill Dalton March 28, 2022 - 10:01 am

I’m so happy you enjoyed it =)

Amy March 22, 2022 - 9:48 pm

My son and I made these this afternoon. They are delicious and easy! Thank you for another great recipe!

Pat March 23, 2022 - 1:16 pm

I already have oat flour and would prefer to use it rather than make it from rolled oats. That said, how much flour should I use in place of the oats? 80g?

Jill Dalton March 28, 2022 - 9:58 am

Yes, 80g oat flour

Shelley Wilson March 24, 2022 - 3:48 pm

Carob chips can sub for the chocolate chips 🙂

Jill Dalton March 28, 2022 - 9:52 am


PAMELA M SLOAN March 26, 2022 - 4:34 pm

Made these the other day. Delicious!!! Will make again for sure on Passover!

Jen March 27, 2022 - 10:16 am

What can I sub for the aminos?

Jill Dalton March 28, 2022 - 9:45 am

You can leave them out

RC March 29, 2022 - 2:44 pm

This is a great recipe, Jill. I will definitely make this recipe again. Thank you so much.

Annemarie Danieu March 29, 2022 - 8:14 pm

Absolutely dynamite! My husband and I had them after dinner. 2 servings.!! 🤦. Tried to hide them from him but he found them. 😂

Mary April 3, 2022 - 3:05 pm

Just made the magic cookie bars and they were so easy to make and they are delicious 😋

Lala April 4, 2022 - 9:56 pm

The only complaint I have about these is…..I CANNOT STOP EATING THEM!

Danielle April 7, 2022 - 2:09 pm

My grandson is allergic to nuts, what could I sub for the almond flour?

Jill Dalton April 9, 2022 - 10:59 am

There are also pecans on the top. With there being so many nuts in this recipe it is difficult to replace them without the bar just being barky and bland, sorry

Felicia April 8, 2022 - 8:32 pm

Can you tell us what the nutrition information on these would be? Fat/carbs/protein etc. thank you!

Jill Dalton April 9, 2022 - 10:56 am

Sorry, we don’t do the nutritional breakdowns of our recipes yet.

YK April 11, 2022 - 9:40 pm

What could I substitute for the oats? I’d like to make them for Passover. Do you think Quinoa flour & potato starch or tapioca starch would work somehow? Love your show!

Jill Dalton April 12, 2022 - 10:14 am

I haven’t really tried any substitutes, sorry

Nora Kleckner April 14, 2022 - 7:08 pm

These are delicious! I am making them for the fourth time already and I did 1.5 x the measurements for a 9x 13 pan! The cooking time is the same. Thank you so much for this recipe!

Ms Sonia C Meade June 9, 2022 - 4:59 pm

Looks really nice and easy recipe I would like to try BUT I’m not a chocolate lover, can I substitute the chocolate with pieces of fruit ie ‘Blueberries’ or maybe dried fruit like ‘Sultanas’,

Jill Dalton June 11, 2022 - 5:02 pm

Absolutely. If you use the blueberries, it might take a little extra baking time.

Ms Sonia C Meade June 11, 2022 - 5:31 pm

Thanks, will be trying out tomorrow!

Zibby Bassett June 12, 2022 - 3:41 pm

How do you store them?

Jill Dalton June 14, 2022 - 7:20 pm

In and airtight container in the fridge.

D. Jeffrey June 28, 2022 - 6:58 pm

Just made these this afternoon. My husband and I each had two for dessert! Very very yummy! Thanks for another great recipe.
I think this recipe could be altered to make a lemon bar. Maybe add lemon juice and zest to the filling and leave out the chocolate chips.

Lydia Keys July 2, 2022 - 12:21 pm

I made these and they’re sooo good! Even my partner who has a super sweet tooth loves them and is always pestering me to make them! Well done Jill!

Debbie September 14, 2022 - 12:03 am

This recipe looks really good. But I have a question. Having CKD limits how much dates I can consume. Like your delicious zucchini coffee cake, I’m wondering if I can substitute figs for the dates?

Jill Dalton September 16, 2022 - 11:01 am

Yes, I think that would work

Karen Fortin September 20, 2022 - 2:25 pm

Oh my…I just made and ate this! I used 1/8 cup chopped up 100% cocoa wafers instead of the vegan chocolate chips. The bitterness of the chocolate and the sweetness of the dates hit this one out of the park. I am making this for my next friend get-together. YUM. Thank you Jill!


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