These decadent 7-layer bars are SO rich but full of simple ingredients you likely have in the pantry! Totally vegan and ready in under an hour.
Recipe inspiration is a tricky thing to come by. I’ve found that my best/most fun ideas tend to arise very organically, without a strict brainstorming session. Recipe blogs are really a dime a dozen; nearly any food has a step-by-step tutorial somewhere in cyberspace (most recently, banana peel pulled pork?).
So what do I consider best place to get recipe ideas?
The real world, of course!
The idea for these overloaded 7-layer bars originated from a trip Dan and I took to an indoor farm market near his parent’s home. While I did not buy one of these bars (pictured below), I remembered the idea and was determined to recreate once back in my own kitchen.
If you’ve never had a seven layer bar, you’re in for a real (and decadent) treat. It’s essentially a candy-bar inspired confection with a layers of shortbread, chocolate, caramel, coconut, and various nuts and nut butters.
Ingredients in Healthy 7-Layer Bars:
- an oatmeal-almond base
- one-ingredient date caramel
- almond butter
- chopped walnuts
- coconut whipped cream
- coconut shavings
- chocolate chunks
The nice things about these treats is that they are SO rich, you really don’t need more than a small piece to feel satisfied.
I recognize that the ingredient list does look like this recipe would take ages, but believe it or not it comes together in less than an hour! As a bonus, the food processor does most heavy lifting and only a quick bake is needed to firm up ingredients. The hardest part for me was waiting the 30 minutes of required cooling time, but this can be sped up slightly in the fridge.
These bars would be a great party dish (they are messy, so bring napkins), and they feel a little more special than usual brownies.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I have! Using an 8 x 8 pan, these can be cut into eight large pieces or 16 smaller. As I mentioned, I do recommend smaller pieces as there are a LOT of flavors happening.