Thursday, December 12, 2013

Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free German Chocolate Cake Bars

 Do you have any recipes that are from really random places? I have a bunch. One of my favorites is for German Chocolate Coconut Bars. I first found the recipe in a Hannaford flyer we received in the mail. I'm not sure what inspired me to make them, but I am so glad I did!

The base of the bars is a cake mix with butter and eggs mixed in and pressed into a bar pan. On top of that you layer sweetened condensed milk, an egg, coconut, nuts, and chocolate chips to get a delicious German chocolate-y dessert. 

The recipe is also very flexible. I make mine gluten-free, dairy-free, and I use walnuts in place of pecans. For the cake mix, feel free to substitute a store-bought gluten-free cake mix, or whip one up yourself. I used a recipe from America's Test Kitchen for a chocolate cake, substituting Jules Gluten-Free Flour for the gluten-full stuff.

For the sweetened condensed milk, I simmered almond milk down and let it completely cool.

Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free German Chocolate Cake Bars 

1 german chocolate cake mix (or a regular chocolate cake mix works as well)
1/3 cup butter or margarine
2 large eggs
1 can sweetened condense milk (14 oz) or the same amount of reduced almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350*. Pour cake mix into large bowl; cut in butter or margarine and mix 1 of the eggs until crumbly. Using wax paper or clean fingers, press this into the bottom of an ungreased 13 x 9 bar pan.

Combine sweetened condensed (or almond) milk, the 1 remaing egg, and vanilla; beat well. Stir in 1 cup of the coconut, nuts, and ½ cup of the chocolate chips. Spread mixture over cake mix in bar pan. 

Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips and coconut over top. (I usually add a little more coconut and chocolate chips than the recipe calls for)

Bake in pan for 30-32 minutes, or until center is almost set. The center will firm up when cool. Once cool, cut into bars. Enjoy!

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