This recipe came to be with a little bit of inspiration and direction from my mom, the woman who nurtured my passion for baking. She and I are the two “bakers” of the whole extended family.
These aren’t very sweet, and that’s just how I like them. Sweet and decadent enough to be a treat, but still healthy enough to not be guilty about it.
German Chocolate Cake Bars
2/3 c. oat flour (oats ground in food processor)
1 c. brown rice flour
1/3 c. dark cocoa powder
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 stevia packet
1 tbsp coconut sugar
1/2 c. plain unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c. vegan butter (like soy-free Earth Balance)
3 tbsp cornstarch
1 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tbsp brown rice syrup (or maple or agave)
(optional) just under 1/4 tsp of maple extract
1/2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 c. pecan pieces
1. Preheat oven to 325°. Prep an 8×6 or 8×8 baking dish with non-stick spray and some parchment paper, with the parchment slightly longer than necessary on two sides. (To help remove the bars later.)
2. Add all bottom layer ingredients except vegan butter into a large bowl. Stir until mostly combined.
3. Add in vegan butter. Mix into other ingredients using your fingers.
4. Press mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out cleanly.
5. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, whisk together cornstarch, almond milk, brown sugar, and brown rice syrup.
6. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. Once thickened, remove from heat and add in maple extract, shredded coconut, and pecan pieces. Set aside.
7. Once the bottom layer has finished baking, cover evenly with coconut/pecan topping. Allow to cool completely on a cooling rack before removing from pan and cutting.
8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week (but they won’t last that long.)
If you know your taste buds are still accustomed to much sweeter things, try throwing in an extra stevia to both the bottom and top layers.
Regardless, make these and let me know how it goes!