Sunday, October 23, 2011

Grain-Free, Sugar-Free Raspberry Cookie Bars!

Totally switching gears- we had plans last night to go to dinner with two other couples and then head back to casa GFG for drinks/dessert.  Yes GFG has a drink once in awhile and no it's not the end of the world, though I do usually regret it the next day.  Oh well.  Anyways- we had to schelp S along with us to dinner and we probably should have guessed how it was going to turn out.  She is teething pretty bad and at this point we know better than to make her wait even a minute passed 6:30pm to eat dinner.  Combine the two and it's a recipe for a meltdown.  Soooooooooo MKG ended up taking her home while I stayed and hung out with our friends!  Don't ask me how that ended up happening!  Anyways- I wanted to have a few choices for dessert and made one regular dessert and one GFG-approved dessert. 

Grain-Free, Sugar-Free Raspberry Cookie Bars
1 cup almond meal/flour
2 egg whites
2 tbsp butter
1 can coconut milk
10 drops vanilla creme stevia
3/4 cup raspberry just fruit spread (or strawberry, or whatever you have)
3/4 cup chopped pecans, or walnuts, or hazelnuts etc
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
3/4 cup chopped sugar free chocolate covered almonds (they sell these at TJ's)

Preheat oven to 350.  Line a 9x9 with parchment.  Combine almond meal with egg whites and butter and then spread mixture evenly on parchment to make a very thin crust.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until it starts to turn golden.  While it's in the oven, pour your coconut milk into a pot and add stevia.  Cook for 25-30 minutes until it's realllllly thick and condensed.  Once you've removed the crust and let it cool for a minute, sprinkle coconut, chopped nuts, fruit spread, and chocolate covered almonds liberally.  Pour condensed milk over toppings, then sprinkle a bit more coconut over the top.  Bake for about 30 minutes.  The cookie bars are killer!  Really delicious with a thick cookie crust.  I personally really liked the strange combo.  This would be awesome too with apricot spread, dried cherries, and chopped almonds.  If you are lucky enough to have sugar free choc chips on hand, throw those in too!  Or some peanuts and blobs of PB.  Go crazy! 

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