Gluten Free Seven Layer Bars and a Recap of My BIG Birthday

by Katie on August 3, 2012

A month or so ago, we were on vacation and I was privileged enough to make it to two, yes two, gluten free bakeries/restaurants.  Aghhh- I was SO beyond excited to be able to try some gluten free places out. Desserts are a hard thing to come by when a gluten free girl is dining out. 

The first place we stopped was Something Savory in Maryville, Tennessee that had several gluten free options – including sandwiches made on homemade gluten free bread! I had a nice gluten free sandwich and a gluten free seven layer bar – both delicious. I also got to talk to the sweet owner who operated her business out of her home for years and she gave me great encouragement in my dream of moving my baking business out of my home eventually.

The next day we were in Knoxville so we stopped at Benefit Your Life.  It was my birthday and  we were in a city I absolutely LOVE – could it get any better?  Yes, it did…just as soon as I got my Starbucks and headed to the GF bakery.  I ate a donut and it was so good I ran back in and got a cupcake, a muffin, and a seven layer bar for the road.

What can I say…it was my 30th birthday and I don’t get gluten free treats very often. From my 29th birthday on I was a little upset about turning 30.  BUT –  I got a Silhouette Cameo for my birthday, we spent the day in my fave place, and I ate lots of good food – and that made me happy.  Turns out that 30 doesn’t feel different than 29 0r 24 did, really?!?  I actually think I feel better…

After eating gluten free seven layer bars at both locations I decided that they should be my newest gluten free dessert. SO – I came home and made my own version and I must say that I like them better than the original that start with a graham cracker crust.

Gluten Free Seven Layer Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups crushed Honey Nut Chex
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/3 cup lightly toasted coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut onto baking sheet and toast lightly - about 5 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the crushed Chex and the melted butter. Grease the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish and press the mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  3. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the crust. Layer the walnuts, white chips, butterscotch chips, and chocolate chips over the top. Spread the coconut over the top and bake for 20-25 minutes.
http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/2012/08/03/gluten-free-seven-layer-bars-and-a-recap-of-my-big-birthday/

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cherie August 4, 2012 at 7:58 am

WOW…those look DELICIOUS!!!!
I LOVE 7 layer cookies anyway…and maybe I’m not doing it right…but my graham cracker crust usually isn’t “crust”….it ends up just being graham cracker crumbs underneath all that gooey yummy stuff!!! You pretty much have to eat them with a spoon….:(

Maybe I should give these a try….I think the Chex might give them an extra “crunch” factor!!!!

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Katie August 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

Hi Cherie! The Chex does kind of make a little bit of a crust so they are plenty stable to pick up and eat! I also kind of preferred the honey nut flavor…but I never was much of a graham cracker fan. Hope you like them :)

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