5-layer bars without 500,000 layers of carbs!

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So I posted up on the FB group the other day some things I was thinking of trying out. One of them was 5-layer bars, I had never made the ‘real’ ones before, only scarfed down hundreds of them at potlucks, birthday parties, etc. Damn, I like those things. Talk about rich and sweet and oh-my-god-tasty slabs of … honestly, I had no clue what was in them. I looked them up.

On top of sugar.
With a side of sugar…

I now know why these taste so freaking good, oh my. Chocolate. Butterscotch. Graham crackers. Coconut. Sweetened condensed milk. The ‘real’ way is stupid easy to make, too. Make a run through the baking goods aisle at the store, toss it all in a dish and bake it. How simple is that? You know I LOVE SIMPLE!
I’m keto.

Chocolate I’ve got covered, I always have some made up for fat bombs (if you need recipes, check out these posts – WMDs or Twix bars hacked) or other goodies sitting in the freezer. I strongly recommend making stuff in batches if you find you like something, then tossing it in the freezer for those days when you don’t feel like getting motivated to do squat. I have plenty of those days :).
Butterscotch? Hmmm. That’s a new one on me. I wonder if I can hack it keto?
Graham crackers, I already had something in mind for those, got that covered 🙂
Coconut? LMAO. Coconut is pretty much a keto staple!
Sweetened condensed milk. Ugh. Hmmm. This is a toughy. Or is it? Looking around, many have attempted it in some pretty complex ways. Now, you know me – complex and cooking do NOT make good friends. I wonder if I can come up with a simpler, yet keto-friendly alternative to this?

Since I’m posting this as a recipe, I’m going to assume you can guess that, yes, I was able to work all this stuff out :). Oh yet, and only 3 net carbs per square.

While this seems like a lot of work on the surface, everything here is pretty simple to make. If you do some regular prep, it is even easier. Think about it. Make up some chocolate, toss in the freezer, same with the butterscotch. Graham crackers are always nice to snack on, and if you have chocolate and with my upcoming keto marshmallow recipe…S’MORES!! Coconut should already be a staple (fantastic as an addition to breakfast), the keto sweetened condensed milk, pop it in your coffee! Once I get this recipe posted, I’ll break out the ingredients into individual posts for easy reference (look for the blue links throughout this post for the links).

As a disclaimer, I used FLAKED coconut but if I was to bring these out into public, I probably would use shredded instead. I love the taste and texture of the flaked, but I think the shredded would give a more visually appealing touch to the dish. Your call :).

Want to make some sweet, rich decadence? Let’s roll!

Keto 5-layer bars.

Graham crackers:

  • 1/2 cup Whey Protein Isolate – Vanilla
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Flour
  • 1/4 cup Butter, melted
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1.50 tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • 1/3 cup granulated stevia

In a bowl, combine the eggs and melted butter, whisk until well combined and the eggs a little frothy. Add the dry, then with a rubber spatula or large spoon, mix well while scraping the sides. You want this to all combine into a stiff dough.

keto 5 layer bars

Wrap it in plastic wrap, put in fridge for 15 minutes while you go get a cup of coffee and pat yourself on the back :). Once chilled, remove and place between two silicon mats or sheets of parchment. Roll out the dough into a rectangle about the thickness of 2 quarters:

keto graham crackers

Now here’s a great hack for making these. Traditionally, graham crackers come in sheets and you snap them apart, hell, that’s half the fun. So, instead of cutting these with knife or pizza cutter, break out your serrated bread knife.

keto graham crackers

Press it down (not slice) on the dough in rectangles that look right to you. This will perforate the dough without actually cutting it up.

keto graham crackers

Toss in the oven for 15 minutes or until the edges brown. Hopefully you watch yours better than I did, my oven doesn’t heat very evenly and I should have remembered that…

keto graham crackers

Once cooled, break them up and line the bottom of a baking dish with one or two layers. Alternatively, you could crush them and make a crust. I chose not to as I figured there is enough oils in the rest of the recipe that adding more butter was probably not that important.

keto graham crackers

While the graham crackers are baking, make the chocolate and butterscotch chunks. If you don’t already have chocolate made, we will tackle that first. Alternatively, if you can find sugar-free, low carb chips of each, you could use those. I’ve had zero luck in our area so kitchen Hobbit is my solution :).


  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup granulated stevia
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave until completely liquid. Wisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Add stevia slowly while whisking until smooth. Add heavy cream, whisk until incorporated. Let sit for a couple of minutes, then whisk again. Get out what you are going to use for a mold and pour into the mold. I use a silicon bread pan but anything will work – muffin tins, bar molds, even ice cube trays. Put the mold in the freezer.

Butterscotch chunks:

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/3 cup granulated stevia
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream

Melt the butter in a sauce pan over low to med-low heat. You want it to be lightly bubbling. What we want to do is brown the butter slightly but not burn it. Stir often until it darkens some, about the color of caramel. Remove from heat, whisk in the rest of the ingredients until well combined. Immediately pour into your mold, then put in freezer with the chocolate. While you’re at it, if you are going to chop the chocolate and butterscotch up instead of hoping you can smash into pieces, put your knife in the freezer too. Yeh. Do it. It will keep the chunks from sticking to the knife when you prep it. You’re welcome 🙂

Keto Sweetened condensed milk:

  • 1 14 oz can of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup granulated stevia
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp xantham gum

Heat the coconut milk and cream in a sauce pan on medium heat, whisking occasionally until it starts to bubble. Once bubbling, add the butter and whisk in. Once butter is combined, add the stevia a little at a time, constantly whisking so it doesn’t clump up.


Continue to heat and whisk while bubbling, about 15 minutes or so until it starts to thicken and goes from white to a pale amber. Shut off heat, whisk in xantham gum. Let sit for about 5 minutes on the burner with burner off, whisking every 30 seconds or so. Remove from stove and pour into container. Let cool completely.


Now the good part, let’s put this together. Take your chocolate and butterscotch out of the freezer.


Cut into chunks


Mix the chunks together by shaking in a pan, then dump on top of graham crackers. Cover the chunks with about 1/2 cup of flaked or shredded coconut.


Pour the cooled condensed milk over the top, making sure to cover it all. It will soak down when baking so don’t worry about stirring it up. Put in the oven for about 30 minutes at 350F or until the edges firm up and it starts to brown on top. Remove from oven, let cool in pan. Once cool enough to touch pan without burning, put in fridge to finish cooling. Do not put in the fridge hot, it will collect moisture and get all nasty. Ask me how I know….

Once cooled, slice up and enjoy!!


Nutritional info per bar – 16 total (based off my ingredients, check yours!): Calories: 210, Fat: 20g, Protein: 2g, Carbs: 6, Fiber: 3, Net Carbs: 3

Hey, if you read this and like it, feel free to give me some feedback in the comments. I’d love to hear from everyone on what they think of my ‘creations.’ If you have questions, ask! If you hate them, tell me 🙂. If you do your own tweaks, let me know, I love to learn new things!!

~The Hobbit

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