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Magic Bar Inspired Baklava (Magic Bar-klava) (Vegan)

You may have tried the classic magic cookie bars that inspired this recipe, but I doubt you've tried them like this!

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce package phyllo dough
  • 1 cup 2 sticks melted vegan butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped dairy free semisweet chocolate chunks or chips
  • 1 cup coconut flakes I use unsweetened but sweetened will work
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed coconut milk

Optional topping:

  • 1/2 cup chopped dairy free semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F(180 C) and grease a 9x13 inch pan very well.
  2. Divide the phyllo sheets into fourths and layer 1/4 in pan, brushing each piece with a generous amount of butter in between each layer. Fold in any of the overhang from the sheets.
  3. Sprinkle about 1/3 of the chocolate chunks, nuts, and coconut as evenly as possible over first layer of phyllo.
  4. Repeat last 2 steps twice, layering another 1/4 of the phyllo sheets and brushing with butter then sprinkling chunks, until all the sheets have been added. Use a sharp knife to cut halfway through layers and cut into diamond shaped pieces (or squares if you prefer).
  5. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until the top is nice and golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for 3 to 4 minutes then pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over baklava and allow it to cool completely, at least 45 minutes.
  6. Cut pieces apart and if desired melt chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler or microwave safe bowl and drizzle over pieces, then sprinkle with nuts and let chocolate set.