Monday, November 11, 2013

Healthier Texas Bourbon Pecan Almond Bars

There are so much energy calorie packed ingredients in this recipe that I am always tempted to cut sugar or butter out.  This time, I added home made coconut flakes and Organic Hemp Hearts as substitute filler.
Then, I made half Almond and then the other half Pecan to offer choice to friends who may be allergic to almond or pecan or their like or dislike.
It turned out pretty good.
INGREDIENTS and Procedure:
Crust:
1-1/2 Sticks Butter
1/2 C Brown Sugar
2 C Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
 
Filling:
8 eggs
5 C Brown Sugar + 1 C Truvia
1/8 C or 1/4 C Bourbon -- depending on your family's taste
6 TB melted Butter
1 TB Vanilla
1 C Flour
1 tsp salt
1 C coconuts flakes, home made  
1 C Organic Hemps 
1 C Pecan halves, broken
1 C Almond slices, broken
Use Paddle attachment, beat butter, 1 min; add sugar, beat 1 min; Add flour & salt; mix slow till crumbly.
Line the bottom of the 12x17" baking sheet with buttered parchment paper.  Press the mixture down to the sheet. Roll down gently with the rolling pin like the ones in this picture would do also.  
Bake at 350'F, rotate the pan at 5 minutes.
While the bottom crust is baking till light brown for 10 min, mix the filling.   I didn't want to bake the bottom crust too long because I noticed the last couple of times when I baked them in my large gas oven, the crust tasted a bit too done.
Whisk eggs & sugar in a large bowl until blended.  In a separate bowl - Stir in Bourbon, butter, vanilla, flour, salt, coconut.  Pour them into blender bowl and mix well - or by hand with rubber spatula.
  Crush the nuts slightly so they are broken.  Set them aside to sprinkle on top of the filling later.
 Crushing the nuts a bit helps cutting the bars out more smoothly.
 I don't like the store bought coconut flakes because they are waaaaay tooooo sweet for nothing.
1 C coconut flakes
 1 C Organic Hemp Hearts
 Mix them all into the butter sugar, flour, and egg mixture, Except the nuts.
Fill the baked crust and sprinkle with nuts.
 Sprinkle half with pecans, the other half with almonds.
 Press the nuts gently down a bit to cover with the filling.
 Bake until set.  350'F
Cool at least 30 minutes before cutting with Pizza cutter.

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