Chocolate Walnut Bars (Low Carb,THM)

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These simple cookie bars were born out of the need for something chocolate. Yes, I needed it and needed it fast!  It had been a long day of home school lessons and working on our home business when I felt a sudden need for a steaming cup of strong coffee and something sweet. You know those moments right? Those moments when the stresses of the day have piled up and you know if you can just get a minute or two to pull yourself together (and of course get a snack) things will all seem well again. Or at least well enough to get you through the next few hours!

You know those moments right? Those moments when the stresses of the day have piled up and you know if you can just get a minute or two to pull yourself together (and of course get a snack) things will all seem well again. Or at least well enough to get you through the next few hours!

IMG_1489As a food blogger, having desserts in the fridge is the norm,  but on this particular day, of all days, I had nothing. NOTHING! How is that even possible? Maybe I have had more stressful moments lately than I am willing to admit to myself and had eaten them up faster than normal.  YIKES!

So anyway, here I was, on a hunt for something to snack on and to satisfy my stress I mean sweet tooth. I had no choice but to raid the pantry and see what I had that could be whipped up quickly. After all, I was just on a snack break from school lessons and the last of the first-grade lessons was not going to teach themselves… darn it.

By using the things I had in my pantry I was able to put together these little bars together in just under 50 minutes. Okay, okay, that might be slightly longer than your average break but we made up for it later.  The longest part was waiting for the cookie base to bake and cool. Once they baked and cooled the melting and spreading of the chocolate topping is as easy-peasy!

Chocolate Walnut BarsThese simple bar cookies just need to be baked then topped with some melted chocolate and walnuts before putting them into the freezer to set. Once the bars have set you can cut them into small bars and keep them in the fridge. I cut mine into 22 small bars with my 9×11 pan and ate two small bars per serving. If you want to cut them in larger pieces just enjoy one bar at the time. Not only are these simple to throw together they are also a pretty balanced snack with a low carb count and 5 grams of protein per serving.

They were just what I needed that day and they even got better over the next few days in the fridge.

Oh! You might be wondering if I ever got back into those lessons that day. Well, we not only finished the day’s lessons that evening but we also got ahead! See, isn’t it just amazing what a little coffee and chocolate can do for a girl? It can make the stresses of life just melt away…for a few minutes anyway!

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Chocolate Walnut Bars (LCHF,THM-S)

Yield: About 22 small bars

Serving Size: 2 bars

Chocolate Walnut Bars (LCHF,THM-S)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of Almond Flour
  • 1/2 cup of oat fiber ( I use THM Brand)
  • 2 tsp of pure vanilla
  • 2 oz of chopped toasted walnuts (reserve half for topping)
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 Tbsp of Pyure (or 2/3 cup of THM Gentle Sweet)
  • 1 1/2 sticks of melted unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup of Lily's Chocolate Chips (or any sugar free brand)
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

Instructions

  • In a medium bow mix your almond flour, oat fiber, vanilla, half of the walnuts and sweetener and mix them together well.
  • Next pour in your melted butter and make sure all the ingredients are combined. The mixture should be moist and stick together well when pinched between your fingers.
  • Pour your mixture into a 9 x11 pan that you have sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Press the mixture down firmly in an even layer covering the bottom of the pan and bake it for 30 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. Let it get golden brown but be careful not to burn it.
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool completely.
  • To make the topping melt together the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Taste the mixture and add a touch of sweetener if you desire a sweeter chocolate, but I like the dark taste.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture over the top of the cooled cookie base. Make sure to spread it around as evenly as possible leaving not areas uncovered. Top with the remaining walnuts.
  • Place the dish in the freezer to set for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Once firm cut the bars into small squares and store in an air tight container.
  • Store them in the fridge.

Notes

Please note if you use different sweeteners than I mention in the recipe your result may vary. I would recommend tasting as you go to make sure it meets your taste approval. Using a online app and the ingredients I use here I did the math and the nutrition per 2 small square bars were as follows: 281 calories, 5 grams of protein and 5 net carbs.

http://mytableofthree.com/chocolate-walnut-bars-low-carbthm/

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