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Walnut Chocolate Chai Bars

These buttery Walnut Chocolate Chai Bars are part nostalgia and part combination of all of my favourite things. Do enjoy friends!

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When I was a kid one of my all time favourite treats was a butter tart. Flaky pastry, creamy, buttery and beyond sweet filling. With or without raisins I just loved them. I guess you’re wondering WHY I am blathering on about butter tarts when clearly these are more like pecan pie. Well I don’t know what to tell you, except that the creamy buttery sweetness that’s in those butter tarts also reside in these bars. Good story right? 

walnut chocolate chai bars on a cooling pan

I love pecans but I also adore walnuts. Walnuts are the health nut. They look like little brains, high in good fats (omegas), protein and antioxidants and may even improve brain and heart health. Pretty powerful nut if you ask me. That is why even though pecans usually get to shine in this type of dessert I moved them to the side for my new PECAN CHOCOLATE CHAI GRANOLA (coming soon)and focused on walnuts.

Store these vegan bars in the fridge and TRY not to eat them all at once.

TERI ANN CARTY

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Walnut Chocolate Chai Bars

Teri-Ann Carty
These buttery Walnut Chocolate Chai Bars are part nostalgia and part combination of all of my favourite things. Do enjoy friends!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Course Desserts & Sweets
Servings 12 bars

Equipment

  • oven
  • 8x8 inch pan

Ingredients
  

CRUST INGREDIENTS

  • cup almond flour
  • ½ cup gluten-free oats
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp chai spice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 flax egg (2 tbsp ground flax+2 1/2 tbsp warm water)
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil

FILLING INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp cashew milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • chocolate chips
  • maldon sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare flax egg and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
  • To make the crust, combine almond flour, oats, maple syrup, chai spice and salt. Melt coconut oil and add it to crust ingredients. Lastly fold in a flax egg. Line parchment into an 8x8 pan and press the crust firmly into the pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  • While the crust is baking, Make your filling. In a small pan combine almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and coconut sugar. Heat until it has melted completely. Add in vanilla, cashew milk and cacao powder. Stir till everything is well combined. Add in the walnuts and toss to coat. Spread filling mixture over prepared crust (crust does not have to be cooled) spreading evenly. Sprinkle chocolate chips and maldon salt evenly over the surface of your bars. Bake for 35 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely and then place in the refrigerator to set. Once cold, slice into bars.
Keyword bars, chai, chocolate, dairy free, donuts, gluten free, squares, vegan

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