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Buttery and Crumbly Toffee Bar Bites

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I am desperately missing my girlfriends.

And by girlfriends, I mean my actual friends that are girls, not the imaginary friendships I have with Taylor Swift, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I’m talking girlfriends that I used to drink copious bottles of cheap wine with while sitting on my back porch playing cards, taking shots and talking about boys.

Oh, those were the days.

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Now I’m a married old fart who can’t stop talking about her cats, who gets an excruciating migraine if I drink draft beer, whose Facebook feed is filled with people who are complaining about the neighbor’s kids shooting off fireworks past 9pm, and whose back aches and knees pop as I walk down the stairs.

On days like this I need chocolate…lots and lots of chocolate.

I need like Forrest Gump types of chocolates too. No, not ones where “you never know what you’re gonna get”. Huh, uh…I’m talking chocolate milk, chocolate oatmeal, chocolate cookies, chocolate cake, chocolate popsicles, hot chocolate, cold chocolate, frozen chocolate, chocolate fondue, chocolate booze, chocolate frogs, chocolate crickets, and chocolate covered ants.

Ya feel me?

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The good news is I don’t have any chocolate in my house at the moment which is probably a Godsend b/c I just finished my 7 day cleanse, and if the gooey goodness was anywhere in my vicinity right now I’d stuff my face with it until I was impregnated with its delightful splendors, and then I’d wake up tomorrow morning all bloated and pimply like Pizza the Hut.

Not pretty.

So, sometimes, I’m not a total procrastinator, and I actually think ahead and have an extra recipe and photos in my arsenal for later use. Ok, so this is actually the only time this has ever happened, but believe it or not I had this recipe and photos in my arsenal for later use.

And it just so happens to be chocolate.
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This dessert is super decadent and perfectly rich and, although the word buttery is in the title, the recipe has none whatsoever. That’s right…I’ve given this bad boy a healthy spanking. The original recipe called for buttered flavored shortening, refined sugar, and all purpose flour, and I’ve omitted every last bit of it.

Instead, I’ve loaded it with almond flour, coconut oil, and stevia so you can eat a couple of these without breaking your New Year’s resolutions too badly.  So, if you just so happen to be having a day like I am and you want nothing to do with anyone or anything other than some guys named Ben & Jerry and Magic Mike, then go ahead and bake up a batch…you’ll see no judgement from me.

PS. These would be fabulous with my Thin Mint Julep’s featured today on Guiliana Rancic’s website FabFitFun!

Getting to know you…

Do you have days when you just need chocolate?

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Have you seen Magic Mike?

Buttery & Crumbly Toffee Bar Bites

Serves 24
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 18 minutes
Total time 28 minutes
Website Recipe Adapted from Crisco
*WWpts= 3 pts per serving* *WWpts+= 4 pts per serving*

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cups extra virgin coconut oil (measured solid)
  • 1/2 heaping cup Nunaturals stevia for baking (or regular brown sugar & omit molasses )
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 Large egg (Let me know if you try a flax egg!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 2/3 cups Ghirardelli chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup toffee candy bits
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped unsalted nuts (I used pecans)

Note

*WWpts= 3 pts per serving*

*WWpts+= 4 pts per serving*

Directions

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350ºF, and line a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan with parchment paper, making sure to leave some hanging over the sides for easy removal from pan.
Step 2
In a large bowl, combine solid coconut oil, stevia, molasses, egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Mix in flour and salt. NOTE: Don't worry if there are some small chunks of oil in the batter. Just try to break them down as much as you can.
Step 3
With lightly floured fingers, press dough evenly in prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown in color.
Step 4
Remove crust from oven, immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips, and return to the oven for 1 minute to melt chips. Spread the chocolate chips evenly over the crust, top with chopped toffee bits and nuts, and return to the oven for another 3-4 minutes or until nuts are slightly toasted.
Step 5
Let cool slightly, then gently lift out of the pan using the extra parchment pieces as your handles. Cut into 12 bars then cut each bar diagonally across into two triangles. Let cool completely.
Step 6
Enjoy!

Love y'all!

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8 Comments
  • ML Bishop
    January 10, 2013

    This post is hilarious! I’m so happy that someone finally editorialized that feeling, when you’re married and still young and yet you somehow feel like a dinosaur. I’m fairly new to your blog, thanks to the vortex of Pinterest. Love it! Thanks for being awesome!

    • amber
      January 10, 2013

      Thank you!!!! Ugh, feeling like a dinosaur is the worst…and when you’re stuck out in the middle of BFE in your husband’s home town where you know no one but his parents, sick at home with mono for 2 months while your he goes to work for 12 hrs a day everyday, you’ll start to go a little stir crazy and start letting your feelings out any way you can! This blog is like therapy! Hope you enjoy the ride 😉

  • I am such a fan of toffee! This is amazing.

    And I hear ya with the girlfriends… even just having a boyfriend is making me lazy about girl time. And Magic Mike… ugh. No amount of abs could save that movie.

  • Anna @ the Guiltless Life
    January 10, 2013

    Wow these look wonderful and low in cals too and no sugar! Love! I need these on days that I’m starting to feel like the world is racing ahead without me…I’m certainly at the age where I log onto Facebook and 100 more people are engaged…sigh!

    • Anna @ The Guiltless Life
      January 14, 2013

      Girl I want to make these so bad for my book club! But I have no almond flour and no molasses – do you think they’d be screwed if I used maple syrup/agave with them instead of molasses and regular spelt flour instead of almond? Or I have coconut on hand…reckon that would work??

      • amber
        January 14, 2013

        No, you are not screwed at all! The original recipe used all purpose flour and no molasses at all so I think they’ll be fine making any of those substitutions. I’ve never worked with spelt flour before, so I’m not sure of its texture. I’d try making it with that first just because coconut flour can tend to be so dry sometimes. Or maybe mix them?

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
    January 11, 2013

    I completely feel old too, right down to the knee poppin’, cat talkin’. And I don’t really know anyone here (well, at least anyone my age!), so I totally get it. But hey, toffee bar bites! They make everything better, right? 😀

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