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Holiday Sweet Sticky Nut Bars

April 10, 2017

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Jules gives this dessert five stars. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons honey

Filling

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup walnut or pecan halves, or chop in pieces, you decide
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons butter or butter substitute
  • pinch of Kosher salt

Just a few ingredients. I like to use vanilla extract with bourbon infused into the extract. There’s no bourbon flavor in the dessert, but somehow this addition, enhances the vanilla. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. If you want the nuts chopped, do that now and set aside.

Chop your nuts or keep them in whole pieces, you decide. I’ve done my recipe with chopped nuts and whole halves. It doesn’t matter. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

3. Mix the crust ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until combined. Press mixture evenly into an 8” or 9” square baking dish, covering the bottom and sides.

Mix well, the three crust ingredients. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Press the crust mixture down with the type of spatula I have above, or the back of a wooden spoon. Keep pressing until the mixture takes on a solid look and feel and it no longer looks like crumbs. After you’ve gotten a solid dough-like crust, then try to push it, up the sides of the baking dish or pan, just a little. Push it up the sides all around the baking dish. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Next put into oven to bake. As I continued to perfect this recipe and, therefore, made it a number of times, it didn’t seem to matter how thick this crust was. In this photo, for example, on the right side of the baking dish, the crust is thicker than in the middle. I thought this would not taste good. However, it was wonderful. Because the crust is so flexible, I am assuming that you could use any shape baking pan or dish, and even the size could vary. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Coming out of the oven, nice warm browned crust. (smells wonderful). ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

4. Bake for 10 minutes or until the crust starts to brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

5. Using an electric mixer, whisk the eggs with the coconut sugar until you get a pale brown foam. Add the vanilla extract. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan. Add the butter and maple sugar. Cook over medium-low heat for about 8 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Turn off the heat. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.

Best to crack your eggs into a separate, small dish, in case a tiny piece of shell falls in. Easier to pick shell out of a small dish than the big mixing bowl. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

To the eggs, add the coconut sugar and vanilla extract. Beat until well combined and you see, (above) some light brown foam. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Transfer the egg mixture to a saucepan, and add the butter and maple syrup and medium-low heat, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring constantly so it doesn’t stick, but does thicken. After this mixture has reached a nice thick consistency, remove from heat and allow it to cool for five to ten minutes.

6. Fill the crust with the warm, thick filling. Arrange walnut or pecan halves (or chopped nut pieces) over the filling.

After filling, has cooled down a little, pour it into the baking dish over the browned crust. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Over the warm filling, add all the nuts (either chopped or whole halves or both). Then put into oven. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

7. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350°F.

Going into oven. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

8. Let cool to room temperature and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours before serving.

9. Serve the pie with cool whip or your favorite garnish.

Just out of the oven. Let it cool just a bit before you cut the bars. Cut the bars as large or as small as you wish. But wait until this delicious dessert has cooled down. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Warm and gooey and irresistible! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Serve on dessert dishes, plain or with whipped cream or ice cream or Cool Whip, which is what we opt for. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

This is one of the first times I experimented with this recipe. I didn’t wait long enough for the crust to cool. I poured the filling over a warm crust. Just so you know, it didn’t change the flavor at all. Some of the filling seeped into the crust, as you can see here, and it didn’t matter. Wanted to let you know this, so you can see how flexible the recipe is. Great flexibility. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Every bite is delectable! :) ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Cheers to Spring, which is beautiful here in Manhattan. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

This weekend we’re going to see the new Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerie. We saw a Broadway revival of this play 3 years ago and didn’t like it. We’re going again because NY has a new young, extremely talented director, Sam Gold, whose ascent has been remarkable. Sam Gold is directing Menagerie, and we want to see how he deals with the challenges of this great play. Already, he has eliminated all intermissions, in order for the acting to go smoothly without interruption.

He always has some creative surprise in each play he directs. Sam Gold won a Best Director Tony recently for Broadway’s Fun House. His interpretation for off-Broadway, Look Back in Anger, a few years ago was awesome.

One way or another, we’ll have a good time.

Hope your weekend is restful and filled with the beauty of Springtime!

From Our Table to Yours !

Bon Appetit!

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