Maple Walnut Bars

Hello Friends. I hope your week is off to a great start!

Russ and I spent this past weekend up at our Maine cottage. I truly love Maine. We tried out a new restaurant, a fun wine bar in Kennebunkport, dined at our all time favorite, Earth at Hidden Pond and enjoyed 2 long walks with Lucy to the beach. I also did a little more writing for my latest low FODMAP diet book that I have been working for over the past year. My manuscript is due next month. Seems like I had all the time in the world…then, here it is…almost September!

Today, I thought I would share my latest kitchen experiment...Maple Walnut Bars. Honestly, this was a true experiment. I kind of just tossed ingredients together…and with my beginner’s luck …the recipe came out pretty darn good. LOVE it when that happens!

maple walnut mixture

This mixture looked so good, I truly wanted to just eat it up.  But…I decide to forgo the risk…and instead….baked it right up! 🙂

maple walnut brownie

Slightly sweet, with a hint of pure maple syrup, this cake-y bar is perfect for a light dessert or afternoon snack with a cup of tea. I hope you enjoy these yummy bars like I did!

Maple Walnut Bars

Ingredients

  • Yield: 16 bars, serving size:1 bar
  • 1 3/4 cup gluten free baking mix ( I used King Arthur Gluten free baking mix, this is a self rising gluten free flour blend; Orgran gluten free self rising flour might work well too!)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons;112-113 gms.) butter, melted (could sub in oil, if desired)
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare 8 x 8 pan by lining of parchment paper or with a little oil.
  2. In medium bowl, mix gluten free baking mix, brown sugar, maple syrup and butter to blend.
  3. Add in eggs and vanilla until just blended.
  4. Fold in walnuts.
  5. Spread mixture into prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until cake tested comes out clean and slightly browned on the edges.
  7. When cooled, cut into 16 squares.
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