Seven-Layer Bars

7 layer bars

I promised you all that I would share this recipe from my cookbook Against all Grain if it won in the Paleo Magazine Best of 2013 Treat category and it did! I also won Best New Cookbook, which I am so excited about! So all of you without the book, it’s your lucky day! If this recipe doesn’t make you have confidence to go and grab a copy, I don’t think I’ll ever win you over!

caramel sauce

These bars take a little work as every layer has to be prepared separately, but they are so worth the time and effort. An egg-free graham cookie crust is the base for a layer of rich chocolate ganache, followed by caramel sauce, then chopped walnuts, coconut cream, shredded coconut, and finally more chocolate. You can make the crust and caramel sauce the day before to save time, and there’s also nut-free adaptation notes in the book on page 266.

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Seven-Layer Bars

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com

SERVES: 1 dozen

PREP TIME: 60 mins

COOK TIME: 45 mins TOTAL TIME: 105 mins


Caramel Sauce



Coconut Cream




  1. Make the caramel sauce. Bring the honey to a low boil in a deep saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer on medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, swirling the pan occasionally to ensure even browning and a dark amber color. Remove from heat and carefully whisk in the palm shortening, coconut milk, and salt. Return to heat and continue cooking for 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Make the crust. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the crust ingredients in a bowl and mix until a dough forms. Press the dough into an 8-by-8-inch ovenproof dish. Bake for 10 minutes. remove and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  3. Make the ganache. Melt the chocolate slowly over a double broiler or in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water. stir in the milk and honey. spread the chocolate mixture over the crust.
  4. Drizzle cooled caramel sauce over the chocolate layer. sprinkle chopped walnuts over the chocolate layer.
  5. Sprinkle chopped walnuts over the chocolate layer.
  6. Make the coconut cream. Place the coconut cream ingredients in a small bowl, whisk, and then drizzle over the walnuts.
  7. Sprinkle shredded coconut over the cream layer.
  8. Finish with a layer of chocolate chips.
  9. Place the bars in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then refrigerate for 1 hour to set. cut into 12 even bars.


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  • Kylie Jones

    Made these bars today… They are chilling in the refrigerator now. These took me all afternoon and a couple extra trips to the health stores for more stuff… so make sure you have everything prior. The caramel recipe is ridiculously good. I wish I had made a bit more f the crust recipe and a bit less of the caramel… but that caramel would be fantastic on pie, ice cream or baked apples. Thanks for the recipe… I’m looking forward to trying these.

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  • http://batman-news.com Rachel

    Hi Danielle,
    I am so greatful for your blog. I am new to paleo and from Wales so paleo is relatively unheard of here!
    Quick question – coconut butter – is that the same as creamed coconut? and the unsweetened chocolate…as long as I get the highest % cocoa solids will that be ok?
    Thanks again, my next paycheck is going towards your book!

    • Againstallgrain

      They are not the same Rachel. This article by Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple discusses all things coconut.

      • http://batman-news.com Rachel

        thank you! So helpful and has cleared up al of my coconutty queries :)

  • savanah

    Danielle, these look delicious. I’ve noticed you use the Enjoy Life chocolate chips often in your recipes. They contain sugar which is neither paleo, or SCD. Is this just a cheat for you? I’m trying to decide how to handle chocolate chips. Thanks for your insight!

    • Jayne

      There are some super yummy sugar-free chips from Hershey. I found them at Wal-Mart and they work perfectly for baking unless you are against all artificial sweeters.

    • http://yourbodyofhealth.com Jason Young, DC, MS

      The point of “Paleo treats” is not to make something that you will eat everyday. It is to make a food that is a treat without all of the trade-offs of eating a
      “normal” brownie, cookies, or cake. REALLY there is no such thing as a “Paleo Cookie” or a “Paleo Brownie”. They are all exceptions to the rule. The point is just to make them as good as possible without breaking all the rules. I mean 1/2 cup of honey is not “Paleo” from the standpoint that if you are truly following a Paleo philosophy then the Paleolithic man ate maybe 1 cup of honey in a whole year.