Four-Nut and Maple Bars

Whole wheat flour gives whole grain goodness to these rich, nutty bar cookies crowned with chocolate-hazelnut frosting. Feel free to mix and match the nuts that go in the batter and on top of the frosting any way you like.

Four-Nut Maple Bars
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cup whole wheat flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 egg whites

  • ¾ cup pure maple syrup

  • ½ cup canola oil

  • ½ cup fat-free milk

  • 1 ½ cup toasted chopped cashews, almonds, walnuts, and/or pecans

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces

  • 1 recipe Chocolate-Hazelnut Frosting, (recipe below)

  • cup toasted pecan halves, chopped cashews, slivered almonds, and/or chopped walnuts

Chocolate-Hazelnut Frosting

  • ¼ cup chocolate-hazelnut spread

  • 3 tablespoon fat-free milk

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and lightly flour a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. In large bowl combine flour, baking powder, and soda. In medium bowl whisk together egg whites, maple syrup, oil, and milk; add to flour mixture. Stir to combine. Stir in the 1-1/2 cups nuts and the chocolate. Spread in prepared pan.

  2. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Spread with Chocolate-Hazelnut Frosting; sprinkle with the 2/3 cup nuts. Cut into bars. Makes 24 bars.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Frosting

  1. In a bowl combine chocolate-hazelnut spread, fat-free milk, and pure maple syrup. Stir in unsweetened cocoa powder. Stir in powdered sugar until spreading consistency.

From Our Test Kitchen:

If you like, line your baking pan with foil, extending the foil over edges of pan. Grease foil and set pan aside. Cool bars as directed in recipe then simply use the edges of the foil to lift the uncut bars out of the pan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

241 Calories
14g Fat
29g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 241
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 81mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 4g
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 183mg 4%
Folate, total 12.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.