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Caramel Chestnut Cream Cheese Crumble Bars.

Chestnut cream cheese crumble bars.

Caramel Chestnut cream cheese crumble bars.

For the ultimate sweet treat, try these Chestnut cream cheese crumble bars; a sweet nutty cookie base is topped with an unctuous chestnut cream cheese mixture, some puddles of white chocolate and more lumpy crunchy crumble on top. And in case that wasn’t enough,  a caramel drizzle on top.
The nuttiness is elevated by adding toasted Pecans in the crumble. I love these as an afternoon snack with a cup of tea or as a dessert. Chestnuts are so delicious and pair very well with savoury and sweet.
They’re a breeze to make; first you toast your pecans, then to a food processor add all the dry ingredients and pulse, including the pecans, add the wet ingredients and pulse again. You spread out 2/3 of the crumble onto a cookie sheet and pre bake the base. You make the filling and spread on top, covered by the remaining crumble and bake. That easy. The caramel drizzle is added once the bars have cooled and are cut into squares. So simple, right?
Lusciously decadent but oh so good.

The ingredients are very straight forward, oats (any kind will do), flour, pecans, cream cheese, cooked chestnuts, sugar, butter and some white chocolate chips….


Prep time : 10 min

Cooking time : 30

Serves : 16

INGREDIENTS:

Crumble:

  • 2 cups / 200 gr. oats (any kind)
  • 1 cup / 120 gr. all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup / 30 gr. toasted pecan halves
  • 2/3 cups / 140 gr. butter
  • 1/4 cup / 50 gr coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup / 60 gr maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Filling:

  • 1 cup / 200 gr cooked chestnut drained* (see note)
  • 1 cup / 200 gr cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup / 60 gr maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup / 50 gr white chocolate chips (more or less)

TOP:

  • Pecans
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup / 60-70 gr ready made caramel from jar or similar

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre heat your oven to 350 F / 180 C. Line a 8″x 8″/ 20cmx20cm baking tin.

Toast your in pecans in a dry pan until lightly golden. Transfer to a food processor, add the flour and oats and pulse until very fine crumb. Next add the butter, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon. Run the processor until it comes together and when you take a bit of crumb between your thumb and index finger , it should stick together. Add a little bit of water if it’s still to crumbly.

Press 2/3 of the crumb mixture into the prepared pan and pierce with a fork a few times. Bake for 10 minutes at 350F/180 C.

Meanwhile make the filling. Wipe the food processor clean with a paper towel, and add the chestnuts. Run the processor until the chestnuts are very fine. Next add the cream cheese, vanilla and maple syrup. Process until creamy. Add the white chocolate chips and pulse just once or twice to combine. Spread the filling over the base, and top with the remainder of the crumb mixture. Scatter with some pecans. Place back into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool completely. Cut into 16 squares and drizzle with the caramel.

Enjoy!

NOTE: the chestnuts usually come in a tin or in packs, either one is fine as long as they are cooked and drained. Even fresh ones cooked at home is fine too.

If you make this recipe please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love hearing from you.  And please don’t forget to tag me on Instagram so I can see your creations!

Salted Peanut Caramel Bars

Salted Peanut Caramel Bars

This one is for all the candy bar lovers out there. Make them at home and don’t feel guilty about it, you totally deserve it. Besides, they’re pretty healthy.
With a crispy cookie-like base and heaps of gooey salted peanut-laden caramel, these bars are three layers of WOW!
Yep, three layers of WOW, that’s right! It’s a sweet-and-salty lover’s dream come true.
You need to make these at least once in your life, or twice or a hundred times, who’s judging?
I can tell you one thing, our self-control was taken to test, we had a hard time not scoffing them down all at once.

INGREDIENTS:

COOKIE BASE:
• 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
• 1 1/3 cup oats
• 1/2 cup shredded dry coconut
• 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
CARAMEL PEANUT FILLING:
• 1/3 cup rice syrup
• 1/2 cup coconut cream (fat on the top of a can of coconut milk)
• 1 tbsp peanut butter
• 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
• A pinch of salt
• 3/4 cup lightly salted peanuts
CHOCOLATE TOPPING:
• 3.5 oz (100 gr) dark chocolate bar, chopped
• 1 tbsp coconut oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

COOKIE BASE:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8-inch square pan with greased foil or parchment paper with overhanging sides.
2. In a food processor, combine all the ingredients for the crust and pulse until fine crumb. Test by pressing some “dough” between your thumb and index finger, when it sticks together, it’s ready for the next step. Press evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Prick all over with a fork
3. Bake until edges are golden and center is set, 15 minutes. Let cool completely.


CARAMEL PEANUT FILLING:

1. Add the rice syrup, coconut cream and peanut butter to a heavy bottomed pan and cook over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes, until very thick. Add the vanilla and stir. Let it cool a little bit. Sprinkle some peanuts over the cookie base, then spread the caramel evenly on top and sprinkle with more peanuts. Let it set in the freezer for 20 minutes before finishing with the chocolate layer.

CHOCOLATE TOPPING:

1. In a medium saucepan over medium low heat melt chocolate with coconut oil until smooth. Immediately poor chocolate over the top of the bars, using a spatula if needed to spread it out evenly. Chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes until filling and topping are set
2. Use overhanging foil or parchment to lift bars out the pan, and slice as desired. Bars are best stored in the fridge.


Enjoy!

Myra

More Bars to make:


Healthy Salted Caramel Twix Bars

These home-made Twix Bars are a nutrient powerhouse!

Aside from being an easy, on the go snack, these nutrient powerhouses contain essential vitamins, minerals, protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Yes, they are super healthy and super delicious.  And they keep you full and satisfied for a long time.

The base of the twix is made with healthy oats, nuts and some maple syrup.

The caramel layer is made out of dates, some of the most impressive benefits of Medjool dates include their ability to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, aid bone strength, protect cognition, boost metabolism, ensure proper hormone production, optimize digestion and help with normal growth and development.
Medjool dates also contain notable levels of magnesium, manganese, copper and calcium, all of which are required to improve bone mineral density in the body. Even if blood tests show that you are not deficient in minerals, this could be because your body is extracting minerals from your bones, especially women are prone to calcium deficiency so adding essential minerals in every snack is an important health decision.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s make some Twix!
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🔪 Prep time : 15 minutes
⏰ Cooking time : 25 minutes
🍪 Makes : 16 Twix


INGREDIENTS:
BASE
• 1 cup cashew nuts, preferably soaked for a few hours
• 2 cups oats
• ½ Cup (pea) protein powder
• ¼ tsp. salt
• ¼ cup flax seeds
• ¼ cup coconut oil melted
• ¼ cup peanut butter,
• ½ cup maple syrup or agave syrup or a combo of both (I use 50/50)
CARAMEL
• 1 cup (heaped, well packed) pitted medjool dates
• ¼ tsp. instant coffee granules
• A few drops of natural caramel extract (optional)
• A few tablespoons of water
CHOCOLATE TOP
• ½ cup roughly chopped 80% dark chocolate
• 2 tsp. coconut oil
• Flaked sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Pre heat the oven to 350° F / 180° C
2. Drain the cashew nuts and pat dry.
3. Place all the dry ingredients in a high powered food processor and process until fine.
4. Transfer to a bowl.
5. Place the cashew nuts in the food processor and blend until smooth.
6. Place the dry ingredients back into the food processor.
7. Heat the peanut butter, syrup and coconut oil briefly in the microwave until just softened. Add to the rest of the ingredients.
8. Mix everything well.
9. Line a square 8” / 20 cm. baking pan with parchment paper
10. Place all the base ingredients in the baking pan and press down firmly.
11. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden on top and firm to the touch.
12. Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack in the pan.
Meanwhile make the caramel.
1. Place the dates in a sauce pan with a thick bottom to prevent burning and add the water.
2. Add the coffee granules
3. Cook slowly, stirring often to break down the dates completely. Add a little water if necessary.
4. This can take up to ten minutes depending on the dryness of the dates
5. Keep stirring until you have a thick paste. (that smells heavenly)
6. Add the caramel extract
7. Let cool completely.

When ready to assemble, spread the date caramel all over the cookie base, evenly.
Place in the refrigerator until firm and cooled. Or in the freezer if you are in a hurry
Melt the chocolate in 20 second intervals in the microwave until melted.
Spread evenly over the caramel and return to the fridge until set.
When you are ready to cut the Twix bars, make sure to immerse a sharp knife in hot water before cutting thru the chocolate or it will break unevenly. Cut into 16 squares.
Sprinkle over some flaked sea salt.
And I’m really wondering how long they will last in your home…..let me know, ok?

Enjoy!

Myra XO

berry cheesecake crumble

Berry Cheesecake Crumble Bars

Berry Cheesecake Crumble Bars

These Berry cheesecake crumble bars are an amazing treat. They combine all the things I love in one. Cheesecake being number 1, crumble…because who doesn’t love crumble and obviously the cookie like bottom. And then the layer of juicy fruit. Which of course you can adapt to your favourite fruit.

They are super easy to make and a real crowd pleaser too.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup cashew nuts
  • 3 cups oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup natural oil or butter
  • 1/2 cup plain sugar or coconut blossom sugar

  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened and at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose or spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg at room temperature

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  • 2 cups frozen berries of choice
  • 2 tbsp. corn starch dissolved in two tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. sugar (or more to taste)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F . Line an 8-inch baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, combine the nuts, oats, and salt and process until you have a coarse flour. Leave it in the processor.
  3. In a small pot, melt the oil or butter with the sugar over low heat, until the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Pour the wet mixture on top of the oat mixture in the food processor and process until the mixture comes together.
  5. Set aside 1 cup of the crumble mixture for the topping.
  6. Place the remaining oat mixture over the base of the baking tray and push down with your (slightly wet) fingers. Press the dough down tightly. 
  7. Pre bake the crust for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile make the fruit layer by placing the berries in a saucepan and bring to a slow boil over medium heat. Add the corn starch slurry and sugar and cook until thickened. Don’t stir to vigorously , try to leave some berries whole.
  9. Let cool slightly.
  10. Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  11. Spread all the cream cheese mixture over the oat base
  12. Spread the slightly cooled fruit in an even layer over the cream cheese.
  13. Crumble the reserved cup of oat mixture evenly over the fruit.
  14. Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes more, until the topping is lightly golden and firm. Let cool in the pan on a cooling rack for at least an hour, then transfer the pan to the fridge until completely cool and firm (preferably over night). If you can’t wait, put the slightly cooled tray into the freezer for about 30 to 40 minutes. Lift out and slice into squares. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. They freeze well too. 

Enjoy!

Myra XO

Almond Cherry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Almond Cherry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Almond Cherry Chocolate Chip Bar, an easy recipe for fat free and sugar free bars. Great for breakfast or as a snack. High Protein!!! SO Good.

With Halloween behind us it’s time to get back on track, at least until Christmas. Can you believe it’s only seven weeks away.

These bars are the bomb. No refined sugar and no added fat whatsoever, just a tiny bit from the sunflower seeds. The chocolate I’ve used is sugar free which you can get at any health store or good supermarket.

Basically super healthy and trust me, you really can’t tell they’re sugar free and fat free, they taste as if they are very naughty. So it’s a win win.

Almond Cherry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Almond Cherry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

      

Makes : 16 squares

Needed: Baking dish 8 x 8″

Ingredients;

  • 2 C. Gluten Free Oats
  • 1/2 C. Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/2 C. Xylitol (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 C. Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/4 C. Ground Flaxseed
  • 1/4 C. Almond Flour
  • 1 tbsp. Stevia Extract
  • 1 tbsp. Lucuma Powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. Psyllium Husk Powder
  • pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 2/3 C. Applesauce
  • 1/4 C. Unsweetened Soy milk
  • 1 C. Frozen Cherries, cut in half
  • 1/2 C. Sugar Free Chocolate Chips

Decoration:

  • 2 oz Chocolate
  • 3 – 4 Pistachios
  • chopped Goji Berries (optional)

Almond Cherry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Instructions;

Preheat oven to 400° F/ 200° C

prepare your baking dish by spraying it with oil, then lining it with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients in the order stated above. Mix well but carefully. Press firmly into the prepared baking dish with the back of a spoon. I find that metal spoons stick less than wooden spoons.

Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before decorating.

To decorate, chop the chocolate fine and put in a glass bowl. Microwave until melted at 20 second intervals. When melted spoon over the bars with a zigzag motion. Grate pistachios over the bars with a fine mandolin.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

Almond Cherry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Almond Cherry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Almond Cherry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Not quite what you’re looking for? How about these bars Macadamia-Cashew Bars

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