Sensational Low-FODMAP Dream Bars; Gluten-free, Dairy-free

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Who isn’t a fan of Dream Bars? They are my favorite dessert squares served around the holidays, that I could never get enough of.

Buttery, chewy, brown sugary-and chocolatey. Yummy!

This low-FODMAP recipe for Dream Bars avoids the sweetened condensed milk often found in this confection. That way, it can also be dairy-free and low-FODMAP!

I love this low-FODMAP Dream Bar recipe, and I guarantee you and your friends will too. It is super easy, you just need a little patience with the 2 bake times. Of course, you can always pre-bake the bottom layer and freeze it if you want to make the low-FODMAP Dream Bar topping at later date.  Also feel free to mix it up- you can modify with butterscotch chips (check ingredients to make sure low-FODMAP), peanut-butter chips, any low-FODMAP nuts or your other favorite low-FODMAP stir-ins!

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Delicious Low-FODMAP Dream Bars; Gluten-free, Dairy-free

Although this recipe has not been tested, a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients

Serves 24

Prep time: 30 min, plus 20 minutes cooling

Bake time: 20 minutes for bottom layer, 40 min for final version

Total time:1H 50M

Bake 350 F

Equipment: 13 by 9 inch baking pan


For the low-FODMAP Dream Bars bottom

  • 2 cups low-FODMAP, gluten-free flour (I used Authentic Foods GF Classical Blend, my favorite low-FODMAP flour)
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum if not added to your flour
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, or vegan margarine such as Earth Balance (for dairy-free version) chilled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    • I used vegan margarine
  • vegetable shortening for greasing

For the low-FODMAP Dream Bars topping

  • 1 & 1/2 cups finely shredded sweetened coconut (check ingredients to ensure no high-FODMAP additives)
  • 1 cup canned coconut cream (either canned coconut cream or the cream layer from the top of canned coconut milk)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons low-FODMAP, gluten-free flour
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet dairy-free chocolate chips


Make the low-FODMAP Dream Bars bottom

  • Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and pre heat the oven to 350°F
  • Line your 13 by 9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil in 2 strips, allowing the excess foil to hang over the pan edges
  • Coat the foil lightly with vegetable shortening
  • Process the flour, sugar, pecans, and salt in a food processor with the steel blade until the pecans are coarsely ground, about 10 seconds
  • Add the butter or margarine and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal
  • Press the mixture firmly into the prepared baking pan
    • use the bottom of a glass to help with this
  • Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes
  • Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes

While this is baking/cooling make the low-FODMAP dream bars topping

  • Combine the coconut and coconut cream in a medium bowl
  • In another large bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla, and salt until smooth, by hand or with a small mixer
  • Stir in the chocolate chips, then spread this mixture over the cooled crust
  • Take the coconut/coconut cream mixture and using a tablespoon, drop heaping scoops over the filling
  • Then spread the coconut mixture as evenly as possible over the bottom layer
  • Bake until the topping is a deep golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes
  • Cool on a wire rack, about 2 hours
  • Using the foil overhang, lift the dream bars from the pan and serve- so much easier to cut this way!

  • Refrigerate unused portions for about 1 week (as if they will last! Ha)

low fodmap dream bars stack

  • Look at that gorgeous topping!

  • And that buttery-crunchy low-FODMAP bottom is soooo good…

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  • Here is one delicious bite!  Hope you love this low-FODMAP Dream Bar recipe as much as my family does!

low fodmap dream bar bite

Comments Rating 5 (2 reviews)

4 Responses

  1. Worth the Effort

    A little time consuming but ever so worth the work and patience. The base is to die for and I can easily just eat the base alone ?. That is not to say the rest of the layers aren’t as delicious. Not too rich if you keep to your serving limits. I chose this recipe cos I was itching for some chocolate.
    Just a note to say that when it comes to the coconut cream topping, it was too stiff to spread over the chocolate. So I just used my fingers to dot it all over the chocolate layer. It turned out lovely and golden! Will be making it again. Yummilicious!

    1. LOVE this!
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and tips. Hope to hear from you again soon 🙂

  2. Made these for years

    The recipe may take a bit of time but they are SO delicious.
    This is a homemade snack I have not stopped making since I found it back in 2020

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