Idiot-proof doesn’t come close to describing these bars. I mean, you don’t even need a bowl to make them! It’s a simple case of layering 5 ingredients and banging the tray in the oven. No stirring, no mixing, and no effort. But I don’t promise that waiting for them to bake won’t take effort because it will. It will in fact be torture. Now I hear you asking, ‘But Kate, why are they magic?!’ Well, because you just layer the ingredients in the baking tin, and while they are in the oven, they magically split into a crumbly biscuit layer, a sticky caramelised toffee layer and a nutty, chocolatey layer on top. What I love the most about these magic bars, besides the fact that they’re ridiculously easy and decadent, is that they’re just as versatile. Don’t like coconut? Swop it out for oats, or puffed rice or granola. Add more nuts, take out the chocolate, sprinkle in smarties or chocolate malty balls, the sky is the limit!

5-Ingredient Nutty Chocolate Magic Bars

No mixing, no washing up, simply layer the ingredients in a baking pan and the bars magically come together during baking.

Makes 24


125g butter, melted

150g chocolate or digestive biscuits, crushed

1 tin (395g) sweetened condensed milk

1 cup The Kate Tin Dark Chocolate Chips or The Kate Tin Baking Chocolate, chopped

2 ½ cups chopped nuts, coconut or oats (or a combination of all)


Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 20 x 20cm non-stick baking pan. Pour the melted butter into the tray and sprinkle the biscuit crumbs over evenly. Pour half the condensed milk over. Layer the remaining ingredients on top one at a time and press down firmly with the back of a spoon then pour the remaining condensed milk over. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until light brown. Loosen from the sides while still warm and cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.