No bowl chocolate pecan bars (magic bars)

Really quick and easy chocolate pecan bars recipe with a Graham Cracker crust followed by layers of chewy coconut, chocolate and nuts. They taste like you've spent hours making them, but you can pretty much make them one-handed. No bowl required!
Course Sweets
Cuisine American
Keyword bars, chocolate, pecan bars, pecans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 20 (at least)
Calories 258kcal
Author Helen


  • 3.5 ounces butter melted
  • 1 cup Graham cracker crumbs (UK - use Digestive biscuits - about 10 digestives - not sure how many Graham Crackers!)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1.5 cups chocolate chips
  • 1.5 cups pecan nuts
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk (1 can)


  • Line a 9 inch square or equivalent baking pan with non-stick baking paper and preheat the oven to 350 F / 175C.
  • Pour the butter into the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle over the crumbs. Mix around a bit with a metal spoon, then press evenly into the pan.
  • Sprinkle over the coconut in an even(ish) layer, then sprinkle over the chocolate chips, followed by the nuts. Finally, pour over the condensed milk.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is starting to go golden brown.
  • Cool in the pan, then lift out and cut into small(ish) squares. Store in an airtight container.


I like to make these with pecan nuts, but you could use any kind of unsalted nuts you like, or a mixture of many!
These sorts of ‘magic’ bars are very versatile. The amounts don’t really need to be exact. Maybe you’ve got lots of chocolate chips but not so many nuts. No problem – why not add a few pretzels or mixed dried fruit instead?


Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 0.6mg