Friday, June 27, 2014

Butterfinger Bars (S)

No, not the candy bar, but the cookie bar version.  This is a healthy recreation of something that our family has been making ever since I can remember.  Every time my sister made these for a social event or for those in my family who are not on THM, I thought, "I just have to find a way to recreate those."  They're some of my favorite bar cookies.  They might even make the top of the list.  Thankfully, a healthy version wasn't hard to make at all, and it came out shockingly close to the real thing.  That's always a plus.
This is the shredded coconut I used for this recipe.  It is actually a reduced-fat, finely shredded product.  The reduced-fat part is nice because you've already got a lot of butter, peanut butter, and coconut oil going on.  The fine shreds hold together well.  I'm sure you could substitute regular unsweetened coconut flakes, but your butterfinger bars might not hold together as well.

Important: here is this same recipe on my new site; pin it from there because I will be deleting this old site
Butterfinger Bars (S)
1.5 cups old-fashioned oats
2 sticks butter, melted
1 tsp. molasses
Sweetener equal to 3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup almond flour
1.5 cups finely ground unsweetened coconut flakes (reduced-fat is great)
Mix together (with your hands or a pastry cutter) and press into a greased 9x13 inch pan.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.  Do not overbake.
Make a double batch of Skinny Chocolate from the book Trim Healthy Mama.  Add 3/4 cup of natural peanut butter, as creamy as possible.  Keep the chocolate in a liquid state.  When the bars have cooled, pour the chocolate over the top and then refrigerate until hard.  Cut into bars and store in the fridge.  Yields 15 servings (which keeps the carbs from the oats to under 5 grams/serving).
Note: You could try using just a single batch of Skinny Chocolate with 1/2 cup of peanut butter for the topping if you want to cut down on the richness of the bars.  Obviously they wouldn't be as good, but I don't see why cutting down on the chocolate layer wouldn't work.

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    1. Yes, if you cut them into 15 servings, there are less than 5 grams of carbs/serving from the oats. :)

  2. Just made this today and it is very good! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. So the Molassas is it Backstrap?

    1. Yes, that would be the best option. It's just there to give a little "brown sugar" flavor.

  4. These are so yummy! And super easy to make! I really needed a 'candy bar' tonight, thank you! You helped me stay on Plan! :)
    Definitely will be making these again... They were a hit with the whole family! Also, we cut them into 20 squares, and they were very satisfying. ;)

  5. My favorite THM dessert ever. ~Laura