6/8/19

Sugar Free and Low Carb - Caramel Bars! Buttery Goodness - can be made into "salted caramel" easily




Although February through mid May were on target for healthy low-carb, sugar free eating, as most of my readers know we had a huge wedding and reception to host in May (see the rustic birch bark wedding cake I made, here).  We had about 16 guests staying with us and another 15 or so using our home as 'home base' while they stayed at local hotels.  I had done a huge grocery shopping trip to prepare for feeding on average 25 at any given time for a week.  Naturally, all that food wasn't used up... and although I sent home 3 coolers and 3 grocery bags full with people, we still had things left at our home.

Finally, now all the 'bad' food is pretty much gone from our house and we've gotten back into the swing of things.  Sugar free, low carb, gluten free and keto based.

It's nice to keep snack options or dessert options on hand for when you get a craving, because when you eat low carb and sugar free, you end up doing all your own cooking and baking.  This is time consuming, so it's easy to sabotage yourself when you are craving something NOW and it's easier to find, eat or buy something quick and easy instead of staying on track with healthy. 

We do have some options in the house right now;  cheesecake, homemade keto ice cream, a cinnamon coffee cake and brownie bites

But last night I didn't want any of those.  I'm tired of cheesecake, not in the mood for coffee cake and I don't like chocolate so those were made for my husband.  It was also about 8:00 pm already.  I wanted something quick and easy.  I recalled seeing a caramel bar recipe that I had printed off in a pile of collected recipes and I knew just where I put it.  Looking over the recipe, I knew with a few tweaks and short cuts it would be just the ticket.

I thought the recipe was included in the keto dessert book I bought from Amazon a couple months ago but as I glanced through it, I didn't see it.  It must have came from the authors website instead but I'm going to link to her book below this post because I own 3 of her books and even if you only like a couple of the recipes in them, those recipes alone will pay for the costs of the book!  At least I feel that way.

Here is a link to the exact trio of books I bought in January from Amazon;  Under the main book you'll see the "frequently bought together" area and there are 3 books featured - those are the 3 I personally bought. 
I never follow recipes exactly, so here is how I made the caramel bars and the recipe as I'm keeping it in my files for personal use...

Caramel Bars - Sugar Free and Low Carb

2 c almond flour
2 T coconut flour
1/3 c So Nourished Erythritol with Monk Fruit (I used So Nourished, you can use a sweetener of your choice)
1/4 c Ideal natural sweetener (because I like a mixture of 2 or 3 sweeteners for best taste!)
1/4 t sea salt
6 T butter, melted
1 t vanilla
1/2 c sugar free caramel sauce like Smuckers Sugar Free Caramel 

Whisk together the dry ingredients; almond flour, coconut flour, sweeteners and salt.  Melt the butter in cup in the microwave and add the vanilla to it.  Pour this into the dry mixture and mix with a spatula until it starts to come together.   Press just over half the dough into a greased 8X8 inch pan.  Bake this bottom crust for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Take it out and let it cool for about 10 minutes.  Drizzle the caramel sauce all over the crust, getting up into the corners and sides as well.  Now crumble the rest of the topping over it all and press down lightly just to adhere to the caramel but don't flatten it.  Return to the hot oven and bake for 25 minutes until turning golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool completely to cut.  (I was craving these immediately so I used a fork and ate it warm from the pan... it would be great over vanilla ice cream this way too!)  And then this morning, when they were totally cool, I sliced them into bars... and had one for breakfast with my coffee. 

You can add extra salt sprinkled over the caramel layer if you like 'salted caramel' desserts.  I thought they were delicious as is.








You might be interested in these related items, available through Amazon or possibly your local stores;

Easy Keto Desserts: 60+ Low-Carb, High-Fat Desserts for Any Occasion


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The sweetener I used - which is new to me for 2019 and I'm LOVING it... So Nourished brand.

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I make awesome homemade sugar free caramel but I didn't have any made when I got the urge to make these bars; however I did have Smuckers brand sugar free caramel topping on hand!  Yay!  It made these bars SO quick and easy to whip up. 

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Smuckers Sugar Free Caramel should be available at your local grocery but you can get it from Amazon too. 






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