Chocolate Chunk Toffee Bars

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Eric says I make my best recipes when I’m pmsing.

Wait, is that a back-handed compliment?

Errr…

And how did he know I was pmsing?

“Well,…remember the other night when you started to cry watching that wedding dress show…?”

“When the Dad cries, everyone cries.”

“…and the other day, I caught you with chocolate all over your face talking about some chocolate river…”

“….and how is that different from any other day?”

“Good point. Or yesterday, when you were yelling on the phone with the phone company…”

“She was a phone robot, that doesn’t count! Robots have no feelings, pulse,…or comprehension of the English language, evidently.”

“Or this morning when…”

Ooooooook, no need to live in the past. I’m sure we all get the point. ;)

After some careful thought, his statement did make sense.

PMS –> increase in calorie expenditure (yay, eat more) –> increase in hunger –> empty stomach feeling 24/7 –> chocolate river dreams –> cooking/baking success.

Now, let’s look for concrete proof of his claims over the past week:

 

Guilty as charged.

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If that is hard evidence, these Chocolate Chunk Toffee Bars are the final nail in my coffin. Eric declared the recipe ‘in the vault’ and mumbled something about chocolate while his eyes glazed over. Typical. The stash quickly disappeared in the span of 3 days. Not surprisingly, more by him than me!

I guess he’s suffering from Male Menstrual Syndrome. I better keep my distance…there’s nothing worse than MAN-MS, right ladies?

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And don’t worry, I pointed and laughed at the chocolate smudges on the side of his mouth.

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These granola bars took me a few tries, but I finally got the outcome I was looking for- a crispy, toffee-like exterior with a chewy, chocolaty middle. They have a slight toffee flavour and are like a less sweet, more natural candy bar!

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The bars will firm up a bit once cooled which is exactly how I prefer to eat them. Their flavour and chewy texture gets better with age. :)

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Ok, I just Googled ‘male PMS’ for fun and there’s an actual term for it called Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS).

I can’t wait to tell Eric I found his diagnosis!

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1 Andreea August 24, 2011

These just look AMAZING!

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2 kaila@ healthy helper blog! August 24, 2011

Mmmm I love bars that are filled with walnuts! Nothing’s better than a big bite with tons of crunchy toasted walnuts!

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3 Svetlana August 24, 2011

OMG I want them NOW lol….they look amazing!!! :-o

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4 josephine August 24, 2011

these look amazing, adding them to my ‘must make very soon’ list ;)

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5 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life August 24, 2011

These look awesome, girl! YUM!
I may just have to try them with another flour and/or nut butter. I’ll be sure to let ya know if I do. ;)

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6 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 24, 2011

HAHA I laughed out loud about the chocolate all over your face and “Something about a chocolate river.” We seem to have a PMS chocolate love in commons, Angela ;)

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7 Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa August 24, 2011

Wow – I need to tell my boss I am taking the morning off so I can make these right away!

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8 Emily August 24, 2011

Lol I love this post! :)
These sound/look incredible!

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9 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 24, 2011

These look perfect Ange! And I agree on the IMS – I’m not married but I certainly know some males that suffer from it! I’m sure these bars would do the trick though…. ;)

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10 Faith @ For the Health of It August 24, 2011

Hahaha those reasons are priceless! I’m not even “there” yet but gah I could pack back quite a few of these bars right now!

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11 Amy @ The Whole Sweet Scoop August 24, 2011

Yum, these look amazing! So funny, I always tell my new husband he has male pms, and I looked it up and sent him an article a few moths back as a joke! I think we’re onto something here. Mean boys always teasing us.. We’ll show them!

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12 The Purple Carrot August 24, 2011

These look fabulous! Wish I could reach in my computer, grab one, and eat it up right now.

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13 katie@ KatieDid August 24, 2011

haha this is too funny. I polished off an intense dark chocolate bar in a day last week… same logic that you outlined above lol!

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14 Apron Appeal August 24, 2011

The thing with PMNS is it’s always PMS because as soon as the other is over, we start counting down to the next one – so lucky US we ALWAYS have an excuse for “off” behavior.

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15 Cait's Plate August 24, 2011

HAHA! I literally just laughed out loud at the first part of this post. I can see it though – it’s always when I crave chocolate/sweets/deliciousness so it COULD make sense! :)

And these really do look incredible.

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16 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 24, 2011

Male PMS is definitely real! And – like women – they all get it at the same time. You should see my office this week. LOL!

Those bar look amazing. I bet they’d be good with coconut four!

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17 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

lol…a room full of males with IMS…shudder.

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18 Lenna August 24, 2011

Those bars look really perfect! I love walnuts, they are my favorite kind of nuts :)

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19 Holly @ The Runny Egg August 24, 2011

Angela these look so good — I love the BIG hunks of walnut in them!

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20 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh August 24, 2011

These look amazing and the toffee taste sold me for sure! Oh yeah and IMS…SOOOO a real thing! When it’s my time, my hubby has this habit of making annoying noises he NEVER makes any other time. *smack!*

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21 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing August 24, 2011

This definitely had me laughing — I can definitely relate! My vice during that…time… happens to be more in the salty and crunchy realm though. Like, a whole bag of sweet potato chips.. haha. My husband would go crazy over these too! Maybe I need to find a way to make ’em GF. Mmm. Yes. :)

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22 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

Speaking of sweet potato chips, I recently tried the ‘Food Should Taste Good’ SP chips and they are to DIE for! http://www.foodshouldtastegood.com/flavors.html#/home/ Have you had them?
My only complaint is that there arent many chips in the bag and they are expensive.

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23 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing August 25, 2011

I haven’t had them, as they contain corn and it messes with me :( BUT I have had the Terra SP chips (actually, my favorite is the Sweets and Beets kind) and whoa… ri. dic. u. lous! So good! But, they, too, are a bit on the pricy side, so they’ve become a special occasion treat :)

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24 Andrea B. @ Vegvacious August 24, 2011

Haha — what a great post to start the morning off with! These look utterly amazing!!!

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25 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

Thanks Andrea! :)

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26 Kelley Forbes August 24, 2011

I dream about the chocolate river from Willy Wonka all the time!! When I was young I was jealous of Augustus for getting to drink it – until he got sucked up that tube – then I was scared. How totally awesome would it be to have a chocolate river (w/o a strong suction tube, that is) ?!

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27 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

haha same here…I LOVE that movie!

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28 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy August 24, 2011

I need to make these now! And I love this post because it is so true for women!

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29 Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com August 24, 2011

Great recipe and I totally agree with you about IMS. It really does exist and once a month!

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30 Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove August 24, 2011

I love anything that resembles a granola bar. I can’t wait to try these!!

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31 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine August 24, 2011

This post completely cracked me up. All true. And those look delicious!

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32 Suzie August 24, 2011

Hey I’m new to your blog.
Your pictures are simple to die for. Well, die’s dramatic…let’s say DROOL for ;)

I love your recipe section. Going to look through it and print some treats off, they look yummy and ‘easy’.. i will pretend the end results resemble yours…!
S.X

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33 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

Thank you Suzie!

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34 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} August 24, 2011

Oh IMS is very real! :-) Just wait until you get pregnant and he starts having sympathy cravings…

These bars look amazing and I can’t wait to try them! I’m sure they’ll be a hit with my husband and 2 year old.

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35 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

sympathy cravings..lol…I bet!

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36 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 24, 2011

I had no idea there was a legit name for it, can’t wait to tell my husband about that! He suffers as well ;)

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37 thehealthyapron August 24, 2011

hahahah irritable male syndrome! I wil have to remember that! too funny! These bars look great!

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38 Kate August 24, 2011

these look fabulous i definitely bake better when I pms too :)

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39 Lindsay@Cookveganlover August 24, 2011

Wow these sound incredible!

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40 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 24, 2011

These look delicious!! Can’t wait to make them :)

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41 Heather (heathers dish) August 24, 2011

I’d say you come up with some rockin’ recipes all the time but these take the cake! Holy yum!

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42 Renee R August 24, 2011

Anyone know if there is a way to make these toffee bars gluten- free? Could you just substitute gluten-free flour?

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43 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

Im not sure but I would try GF oats and then for the flour, just process the oats into a flour.

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44 Angela August 24, 2011

I’m going to make them today with gf oats and my gf flour blend of rice/potato/tapioca. Will let you know how they turn out!

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45 Renee R August 24, 2011

Great! Thanks Angela!

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46 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

Cool look forward to it!

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47 Nicola August 24, 2011

I too was imaging what I would do to make these gluten-free. Instead of the GF oats I might try quinoa flakes.

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48 Angela August 25, 2011

So the gf flour turned out great. Also made them with 3/4c almonds and 1/4 walnuts and flax instead of chia seeds. Awesome!

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49 Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner August 24, 2011

I love homemade granola bars but these… these look great!! love your recipes!

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50 Beach Bum Beauty August 24, 2011

hahahaha this post made me chuckle like a snorting hyena. Soooo true – all of it. The PMS, the IMS and the gorgeous, delightful chocolate chunk toffee bars YUM!

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51 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

:)

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52 Jazz August 24, 2011

There is an episode of IT crowd featuring Male PMS.. it’s awesome!

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53 Minnooo August 24, 2011

I would have to agree, I made your Five Ingredient Cheeze sauce (over quinoa and bbq tofu) last night and it was perfect and filling comfort food :)

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54 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

Hi Minnooo, glad you enjoyed the cheeze sauce! Ill have to try it over quinoa!

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55 Eat Hike Sleep Repeat August 24, 2011

These look like a delicious addition for hiking. Off to the kitchen to try them with almond butter, agave (vs. rice syrup) and macadamia nuts!

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56 Alison (Fueling for Fitness) August 24, 2011

No…way……… I love how simple the ingredients are, and how DELICIOUS these look! If only these could magically appear in front of me right now…

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57 Lindsey @ Why Just Eat August 24, 2011

Holy cow do these look delicious! The only part of the recipe I’m having a problem with is the “cool completely before cutting” – I don’t think that’s gonna happen. LOL :)

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58 Lindsey @ Why Just Eat August 24, 2011

Oh my gosh I love that – irritable male syndrome!!! That’s perfect :)

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59 Ellie@fitforthesoul August 24, 2011

LOL IMS! I feel like more and more males these days are just as irritable if not more than women! Hmm but that’s my opinion :P Mmmm! These are basically cookies, but healthier! <33

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60 Erin @ The Grass Skirt August 24, 2011

Thanks for this, Angela! I’m currently in PMS mode, so this is very timely. :)

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61 OSGMOM August 24, 2011

I’m all for trying any recipe that gets better with age :)

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62 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

:D

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63 Liz @ IHeartVegetables August 24, 2011

That looks crazy delicious! I have to try making these!

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64 Hayley @ Oat Couture August 24, 2011

I am definitely not complaining about all the PMS recipes! :) Only problem is now I have a monster craving for all of them! :)

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65 Marcia August 24, 2011

Those look divine!
Haha! I call it MANstruation!

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66 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

oh good one!!!

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67 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 24, 2011

Male Menstrual Syndrome!? bahah I know so many guys with this problem….great recipe! I can’t wait to try :)

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68 tessam@amazingasset1 August 24, 2011

You are too funny Angela, I seem to have the best treats in mind when I am PMSing as well :) These look like absolute perfection!

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69 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots August 24, 2011

Keep on pmsing, girl! ;-) These look awesome!

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70 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

bahaah

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71 Suzanne August 24, 2011

These look amazing and I would love to make them, I just have one questions—where would I find whole grain spelt flour and chia seeds? OR are there substitutes to use for these?

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72 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

You can find spelt at Superstore in the natural food section, bulk food stores, or whole foods, among others. Im not certain about substitutes until I hear from others who try it out!

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73 Ellen August 24, 2011

Were these very crumbly? I have had a really hard time trying to find a recipe for granola bars that don’t end up falling apart when you slice them. Thanks!

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74 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

Nope, not when they are cooled before slicing anyways. :)

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75 Sonia (the Mexigarian) August 24, 2011

You are a saint. :drool: These would have been devoured in a heartbeat last week, but now I get to enjoy them for a while without being nutzo. lol.

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76 Jenny @ Simply Be...me August 24, 2011

I wonder if I can come up with a good excuse to leave work early to go home and make these ASAP! The end of the day seems so far away now. Maybe if I promise to bring some to work tomorrow they’ll let me go… :)

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77 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty August 24, 2011

Mine gets it BAD!! About 2 weeks every month! haha A friend of mine and I always talk about how our hubbys are like that! :)

Anyways, pretty sure I’m going to make this right now!!

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78 Sara (The Veggie Eco-Life) August 24, 2011

They even LOOK chewy + crispy. I love! I’m gonna try!

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79 Katrina August 24, 2011

These sound heavenly! Can’t wait to try!

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80 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 24, 2011

Weirdly, I never get serious cravings, I guess I don’t get much PMS anymore! Haha but love your recipes for the week, and love your husband’s diagnosis! Very funny. Can’t wait to try that chocolate smoothie!

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81 Jessica August 24, 2011

Women are always pointed at when we are moody – but what about men?! When their team loses it’s like the world is going to end! lol
The bars look delish and perfect for this month – just sayin’ ;)

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82 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

heh :)

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83 Sarah August 24, 2011

bahahaha so true!! There is no consoling my husband after a terrible loss. Haha funny, maybe we should start pointing it out!

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84 Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) August 24, 2011

I have chocolate cravings 24/7, PMS or not- these look amazing! Going to go make them … now… ;) xo

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85 Ashley August 24, 2011

These look outstanding!!! I love all of the texture. You can really tell this is an amazing bar, just by the photos. Well done my friend. Oh Eric…you are so funny. ;)

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86 Amber K August 24, 2011

IMS, LOL!! :) Too funny, I’ll have to tell my husband about that one.

These look delicious, truly yummy.

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87 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit August 24, 2011

I was interested to learn in school that chocolate cravings can sometimes be because us women get low on magnesium during that time of the month. Chocolate is high in magnesium so we naturally crave it. These remind me of my trail mix bars I made back in the winter – with roasted walnuts and dried fruit, but there was no chocolate. Gawsh, how could I have forgotten to add chocolate!

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88 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

thats interesting! I take a magnesium pill every day so I hope I’m not low in it.

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89 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit August 24, 2011

It’s one of those things… if you get a couple of dietitians or doctors together the arguments start flying!
Some say its the mood enhancing chemicals like dopamine or serotonin, or others say its the minerals like iron and magnesium. There was a study done that compared cacao to chocolate (like in the bars) and people chose the bars over the real cacao. So, in the end… maybe it just makes us feel good, simple as that.

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90 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

Yea I agree it’s hard to pinpoint, like any type of health issue I guess. I’m sure it’s a result of many factors, physical and mental!

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91 Bev Weidner August 24, 2011

I need those in my face RIGHT NOW.

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92 Amykinz (foodie4healing) August 24, 2011

IMS — hahaha, ROFL! It’s a very real thing in our house, too!!! :)

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93 Sarah with Veggie Kids August 24, 2011

Anything with “chocolate chunk” in it gets an A+ in my book! If only we were on similar schedules… I needed this desperately about a week ago..ha!

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94 Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission August 24, 2011

I am PMSing.
Post-menstrual-syndrome.
I just need these to happen in my kitchen right now.

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95 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 24, 2011

So we’re having a party at work tomorrow and I signed up to make cookie dough balls. Because of this post I had to go in, scratch that off, and add these to the list instead – I need to have a reason to make them tonight! ;)

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96 Lauren at Keep It Sweet August 24, 2011

LOL IMS is no fun! These would have been very helpful for me this week where I was living a no chocolate left behind kind of week!

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97 Tracy @ Trac'y's Treats August 24, 2011

Hahah, I am so glad you found out about IMS! I have been convinced for years that men go through their version of PMS and now I have proof! :-)

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98 Bethany August 24, 2011

lol!!! Your wit just made my day! We can all relate to the PMS and IMS :0P Those bars look absolutely divine. Massive baking session imminent!

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99 Fallon August 24, 2011

I wish I could grab one of those through this computer screen! Those look delicious. I love a good size granola bar and especially when they taste like a dessert!

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100 Ashley August 24, 2011

LOL! It’s an actual condition?! Who knew? That was supposed to be our excuse, dang it! Don’t let word get out to our significant others. Haha!

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101 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 24, 2011

These toffee bars look awesome! I have a recipe on my site for NoBake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2011/03/no-bake-toffee-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-bites.html

Just delete this if you don’t want the link drop…sorry!!

But yes, I Love love love toffee. And with chocolate. I used heath bar bits, so it’s not vegan, but i know you can make toffee at home from scratch that is, I just didnt want to be bothered.

But I am loving your recipe…obvi vegan and obvi awesome looking. And PMS…at least it’s good for recipe development :)

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102 Sarah @ inspirebeautiful.blogspot.com August 24, 2011

Mmm! These look amazing! You are so inspiring!

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103 Emilie August 24, 2011

Yum! Every guy makes chocolate disappear, so I know that women aren’t the only ones who love tasty treats like these. Thanks!

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104 Lauren @ The Raw Cure August 24, 2011

Ugh, these look SO GOOD. I want some NOW. & yes, I’m PMSing too. Or MSing. Who knows, my body is messed up.

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105 Moni'sMeals August 24, 2011

amazing! I am a huge toffee fan plus them being in a bar form is my favorite.
Bless you and your uh-umm…PMS! :)

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106 Jenny @ Simply Be...me August 24, 2011

I made a batch of these on my lunch break. I used agave instead of brown rice syrup and peanuts instead of walnuts. I also added in 1/3 cup of coconut flour (my mixture wasn’t stiff enough – because of the agave maybe – and needed some more dry ingredients.) I haven’t had a chance to try them yet but my house smelled delicious when I left to go back to work :)

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107 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

How’d they turn out?

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108 Jenny @ Simply Be...me August 25, 2011

We have officially found our new granola bar recipe! I can’t wait to try them with other nuts. The agave worked well and so did the coconut flour. I just wish there were more of them because they won’t last long :)

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109 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

yay so happy to hear that!!!
Eric and I ate so many this week. I had to hide them in the freezer!

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110 Amy@ahealthyandhappyheart August 24, 2011

ok i love Toffee! These look so good!..

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111 Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 24, 2011

ooooh another delightful creation to add to my ‘must make’ list!

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112 stephanie August 24, 2011

delicious!! I love the PMS/baking connection :) I always said older men have MANopause…

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113 Molly @ RDexposed August 24, 2011

My heart is weeping with joy while reading this recipe right now.

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114 Angela August 24, 2011

My husband so has it, he even admits it during his time! We both enjoyed your post :-)

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115 Olya August 24, 2011

Oooh, aren’t both of you sweet teasing each other :)
And you had a week of such a fantastic set of recipes!

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116 Ricki August 24, 2011

You know, I made a recipe almost exactly like this back in 2009. . . KIDDING. :D This looks incredible!! My hubby would love these, too, whether Man-PMSing or not (and let’s not even start talking about MAN-colds. . . ) ;)

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117 Char August 24, 2011

hahaha I loved this post :P I can’t wait to try these! Pretty sure my man will help me polish ’em off, too :D

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118 Impaire August 24, 2011

This looks so awesome… I added it to blogshouts.com to share the healthy love!

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119 Lia August 24, 2011

YUM-MMY! Those look ridiculously good! I totally agree with the IMS thing btw haahahaha! I’m going to make these for my Boyfriend when he visits next…..

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120 Rachel August 24, 2011

Your phyllo roll post got me thinking……Have you ever made baklava?? I’m a HUGE fan but I’ve never tried making it before. Might be interesting?

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121 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

Nope but it’s on my list!

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122 April August 24, 2011

PMSing. Maybe that was my snacking problem today. I think I need to try your bars. It might be the cure I need. :)

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123 blossjoss August 24, 2011

*drools*

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124 Paige @ Running Around Normal August 24, 2011

Aww, hehe you and Eric are so cute. And these sound phenomenal! Love the addition of the toffee!

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125 Dafina August 24, 2011

I have these in the oven right now and they smell AMAZING!!!!!!!! I hope I can wait for them to cool, it’s going to be sooooo hard.

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126 char @ char on a mission August 24, 2011

This post was a funny one :) I swear my husband doesn’t get when I’m more cranky than usual (and maybe that’s a back-handed right out slap!) and doesn’t get why that happens. Oh boys! I think I might need to get some brown rice syrup tomorrow because these are looking mighty fine. PMS or no PMS…these need in my belly!

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127 Living, Learning, Eating August 25, 2011

As always, they look delicious. I’ll have to wait until December to make them, though, because peanut butter is *so* expensive in Germany ($10 for a regular jar, and $20 for almond butter! AH! I think this means a nut-butter-less fall? Only Nutella? I don’t think I’ve ever done that before…)

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128 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

Have you ever tried making your own peanut butter with roasted peanuts and a food processor? Peanuts in bulk are dirt cheap here and it works out to being so much cheaper than buying from a store.

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129 Living, Learning, Eating August 25, 2011

Wow, somehow I *hadn’t* thought of that. Thanks a ton! Especially since we have a hazelnut bush and a walnut tree…and 200g of almonds are only 99 cents here!

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130 Lorin August 25, 2011

All your posts make me want to move in so I can be taste tester. Yum!

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131 Amanda August 25, 2011

Yummy, can’t wait to make some! I love your posts. My hubby suffers from IMS every once & a blue moon!! ;-)

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132 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 25, 2011

I don’t know whether to consider these a candy bar or a healthy granola bar… but it’s made with whole grains, so I’m going to say it’s healthy, right? ;) Don’t correct me if I’m wrong because I plan on baking these and eating the whole batch. :P

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133 Jen @newellnd August 25, 2011

These look amazing! And I can justify eating more since they are “healthy”, love that.

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134 JenATX August 25, 2011

ANGELA! I only just now realized how much I missed you & your blog after 5 weeks in Mexico… I was so distracted by learning Spanish, eating Mexican food, and taking beautiful pictures that I lost touch with all my fav blogs, but I’m so happy to have your daily words back in my life! anyway, glad to be back :)

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135 Jenny | Floppycats.com August 25, 2011

I’m moving in with you.

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136 Jamie August 25, 2011

Made these last night! They are really good! Unfortunatelly mine were pretty brown/black on the bottoms after 25ish minutes in the oven and are pretty crunchy.. So improvisation struck me… I cut off the bottom/sides and then crumbled it into granola when it was cooled…. had it over greek yogurt and fresh blueberries this morning and OOHH MYY it is ever delicious. Thanks for the amazing recipe! :)

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137 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

Really? hmm I wonder why that happened to you. Did you make any changes to the recipe?

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138 katie August 25, 2011

Wow – these look phenomenal! I am so impressed!

Would crunchy PB work well with these? Or do you think that they are better without the extra crunch?

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139 Noelle August 25, 2011

ROFL, hilarious! Male Irritable Syndrome….mine totally does not get this. He is the calmest person ever! You are too funny! I am making these for sure!!! Thanks for the recipe. By the way you inspired my recipe yesterday, thanks! http://www.singerskitchen.com/2011/08/mango-spelt-pancakes-with-mango.html

These will have to be my snack bars. I have been getting hungry every 3 hrs with this baby! :D

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140 Amy August 25, 2011

I did not have brown rice syrup so I used half local honey and half Grade B Maple Syrup. These were delicious!!!! I am making them for my daughters cross country team as I write this. What a great snack for after their run! Love, Love, Love your blog. Thanks for all the great tasting recipes that are also good for me!! :-)

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141 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

yay!

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142 suzanne August 25, 2011

Angela – these look great – and I would love to make them tonight to take to a friend’s tomorrow – However, my boyz not like nuts in their treats – do you think they would work without the walnuts (or if I processed them so they no longer resenble walnuts – they can detect a nut if I am not good about
this ;-)

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143 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 25, 2011

Made these with coconut flour & date syrup and they came out very cakey, not chewy or toffee-like, but still yummy and healthy!

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144 Manderley August 25, 2011

It must sooo good!

xox

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145 Coco August 25, 2011

These look great- perfect for when you need a little treat. Love that IMS actually exists, I think I know a few men who totally suffer from this!

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146 Carolyn August 25, 2011

I made these with the following subs… regular whole wheat flour, almonds, coconut oil, almond butter… to avoid buying new supplies. I also only baked them for 20 min. They are delicious!!! I almost don’t want to switch back to the original recipe! Thanks for the inspiration and the base recipe! Yum!

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147 heather July 6, 2014

oh thank goodness for this comment! I just ran out of butter today, but I have a lot of coconut oil! You’ve given me the strength to experiment!

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148 Kathy August 25, 2011

I lol-ed at the last two lines! XD
This looks yummy :3 I must try -puts on raaa–wait…bake face :D-

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149 James Pencharz August 25, 2011

Hi Angela
I’m the husband of one of your loyal readers. My wife just finished baking this. One word: outstanding. Thank you for this recipe. Thank you.
Sincerely,
James Pencharz

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150 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Hi James, Thanks so much for your feedback! :)

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151 Maggie August 25, 2011

Hey Angela! Looks yummy :)

I was wondering if you could recommend a blog that specializes in vegan and gluten-free cooking. I can adapt lots of recioes, but it seems like lots of gluten-free blogs use a lot of dairy in their baking-and the recipes don’t translate well into earth balance and chia eggs!

Thanks!

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152 Amber August 26, 2011

Try xGFx (http://recipes.xgfx.org/) as a starting point. Its a community recipe site dedicated to gluten free vegan recipes. If you click around you’ll find links to a lot of the main contributors’ food blogs and more resources that will help you branch out a little. If you find blogs that are either gluten free or vegan that you like, try clicking through their blogrolls. I know I found a lot of great ones that way, but can’t remember which ones are both gf & vegan off the top of my head. Good luck!

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153 katie August 25, 2011

Made these today with crunchy PB and added a bit of extra chopped peanuts into the mixture.
30 minutes was far too long in my oven – it must be a bit on the hot side.

They are rock hard, but also too sweet for my liking! I think that this is also because I don’t eat sweets too often… I’m sure everyone else will gobble them up (hard or not!).

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154 Elizabeth August 26, 2011

These are my favorite dessert now! I can’t stop eating them! I couldn’t wait the 30 mins – cut and ate them and they fell apart…you were right! When I let the rest sit the RIGHT amount of time – they were firm and perfect – which is why I can’t stop eating them.

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155 Kristiana August 26, 2011

I made these yesterday and was tempted to eat the whole bowl-ful raw! It smelled and tasted so good. I did bake it, however, and they turned out awesome. I used maple syrup and a little honey instead of brown rice syrup and I used sliced almonds as I did not have any walnuts on hand. I love the chewy, crunchy texture. I am looking forward to making them with walnuts (the almonds were fine, but I think walnuts would be even better!) Thanks for the recipe.

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156 Victoria August 26, 2011

Ok, so I was good. Waited for them to completely cool. YUM!! Thank you for this fantastic recipe. Next time, I think I will add coconut and some cashews.

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157 Cindy August 26, 2011

no PMSing but received a layoff notice today…looking for something yummy to make…just for me!

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158 Jaclyn August 28, 2011

Hi Cindy,
This comment warrants a response. I hope you made these bars and your otherwise lousy day found some sweetness!

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159 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 28, 2011

Sorry to hear about your news Cindy. I hope the bars bring some joy your way. All the best,

Angela

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160 Cindy August 28, 2011

The bars turned out great (mood greatly improved). Thanks for the good vibes.

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161 Nancy August 26, 2011

Ok…made these this morning and was slapping away small and big hands from the batch! I substituted white rice flour and cashew butter and made half the batch with white chocolate chips for the little ones. I also used coconut oil to grease the pan and the bars popped right out-sans parchment paper. Put these in my toaster oven at 350 for 25 minutes. Perfect, thank you!

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162 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

nice! :) Thanks for letting me know

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163 Kristina August 26, 2011

Made these last night and they are delicious! I used whole wheat flour, skipped the chia seeds (I didn’t have any) and used Sunspire peanut butter chips instead of chocolate. Soooo good Angela!

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164 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Nice! :)

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165 Katie August 27, 2011

These look so good and I will probably make them tonight! I discovered your blog via interest a couple wks ago and you have revolutionized the way I eat already! I had all the right elements there but partially lacked the motivation. Your recipes have made it easier for me to go dairy free as well! Thank you so so so much! My husband thanks you as well for the delicious healthy recipes:)

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166 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 28, 2011

Thank you for your kind words Katie!

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167 Amélie August 27, 2011

Really good recipe!!! I’ve added some puffed rice in it too, it was nice! :)

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168 Leslie@nuthingbeetskale.com August 28, 2011

I made these yesterday and the only sub I made was using buckwheat flour instead of spelt flour to make them GF. I didn’t have a 8″ pan so I used 2 loaf pans. I decreased the cooking time to 28 minutes but should have decreased it more since they were a bit over cooked. Still very tasty though :) They crumbled a bit when I cut them so I put all the crumbs in a bowl and added a little almond milk. It tasted like a dessert granola, yum! I definitely plan to make these again, great recipe. Oh, and I also made your rustic banana oat cake yesterday for my sisters birthday. I’ll be serving it tonight provided hurricane Irene doesn’t cancel our dinner get together. Can’t wait to try it!!

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169 Deb August 29, 2011

These were extremely tasty!!! The only thing for me was that I had trouble lifting them out of the pan and then getting them off of the parchment paper without cracking (though I let them first cool in the pan and then cool on the paper)…maybe I should have let them cool even longer. Regardless of the funny shapes they ended up being cut into, they were delish!!!!

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170 elisa August 29, 2011

Great recipe! I played with it a little bit and used whole wheat flour, almond butter, coconut butter and pumpkin spice to replace some of the ingredients. I used raw acai flavored chocolate instead which was nice but looking back on it I should have just bought dark choc. morsels bc its kind of a waste to put raw chocolate in the toaster lol. I also don’t have a proper over, just a mini toaster oven so I just baked them at 250 for like 10-15 mins and that was enough for them to be warm and hold together. Great though, loved the flavor and the nuttyness of it all:)
Keep posting, I look forward to these everyday!

Elisa (from Hong Kong)

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171 jenny braun August 29, 2011

What could you substitute for spelt flour? whole wheat pasty flour?

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172 Mandy August 29, 2011

I can’t believe how easy these are to make!!! you are amazing by helping all us ‘women’ beat this evil PMS!!! haha

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173 Jessie August 30, 2011

Hi Angela,
I made your bars the other day and they turned out great. I did change up the recipe a bit because it was what I had on hand. I replace the chia seeds with hemp seeds, the brown rice syrup with honey and the chocolate chips with raw cacao nibs. I also doubled up the batch to give some to a girl friend. I’m loving your recipes and your blog. Keep up the good work! Mini doughnuts are coming out of the oven now!!

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174 Alyssa August 30, 2011

I made these using regular old Jif PB and instead of spelt flour I used wheat. I also halved the chocolate chips but used mini ones so that way they were still all throughout the bars. They still turned out great and chewy. I’m thinking of taking the bars and making them into granola crumble for oat and yogurt topping!

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175 Alyssa August 30, 2011

Oh and I used molasses in place of the brown rice!

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176 Marcy August 31, 2011

I made these today and I used honey in place of brown rice syrup, butter in place of Earth Balance, and chopped almonds in place of walnuts. Fantastic!!! These bars are addicting!!

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177 Becky September 1, 2011

Angela – I made these exactly as you wrote the recipe (minus the walnuts) and I’m afraid they didn’t turn out. I baked them for 30 minutes, but the edges burned and then as the bars cooled, they turned out hard as rocks. But – the bar I ate when it was still warm and soft out of the oven was delicious! Maybe I need to try again and bake them for a shorter time.

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178 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011

Sorry to hear that Becky! Hmm I wonder if it was b/c of the walnuts? It calls for 1 cup so that is a large portion of the recipe to leave out. I hope you have better luck next time!!

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179 Max@flavortogofast September 1, 2011

toffee is the one of the best things ever. you should sell this as one of your glo-bars!

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180 Tara September 2, 2011

YUM! I just finished eating one of these (waiting for them to cool was the longest 40 minutes;) ). They were delicious. I just wanted to share a substitution that I made, in the event anyone else wants to make the same. I simply used maple syrup for the brown rice syrup, and chopped up some almonds to replace the walnuts, as I didn’t have those on hand. Fantastic- thanks again! :)

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181 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 3, 2011

So glad they worked Tara!

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182 Julianne September 15, 2011

I’m so glad you said that because I have nowhere near me that sells brown rice syrup and wondered if the recipe would still work if I used maple syrup instead. Can’t wait for the weekend, definitely going to bake up a batch!

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183 Tara September 15, 2011

Oh, great! I’m glad I could help :) I’ve made them 3 times since then- they work great both as granola bar squares, and crumbled into a bowl with almond milk on top :) Yum!

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184 Shady September 8, 2011

I’ve made these twice in the last 3 days and I’m ashamed to admit, I live alone. I have lofty plans to cut them up and freeze them and have them on hand to use as afternoon pick-me-ups after my return to school next week. But they are sooooo good, I instead eat a lot in a single sitting. Fingers crossed this batch lasts longer than 2 days.

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185 Katy Taylor September 25, 2011

our 12 year-old loved these, but i agree with someone above–only baked 30 minutes and they dried too hard. i’ll try 25 minutes next time. my substitutions: ww pastry for spelt, flax for chia and sucanat for brown sugar (i always use a whole sugar), and no microwave (keep the food whole so the body can recognize it). very yummy! thanks, katy

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186 BEP April 27, 2012

I just made these with Agave instead of the brown rice syrup, and they taste really good! However, I think the baking time is a little long, at least for my oven, as the edges and bottom got burned after 30min!

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187 Martina May 13, 2012

Made these again today and they’re still AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing these delicious recipes I’ve been addicted to for the past two years!

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188 Allison October 2, 2012

I made these using sunflower seed butter and ground flax. They make a very tasty and satisfying snack. Thanks for another great recipe!

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189 Sondra November 3, 2012

These are addicting! I triple the batch, keep them in the fridge, and they last about 10 days before we’ve eaten them all. I use honey instead of the brown rice syrup and almond butter instead of peanut butter.

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190 Vegan Olie November 27, 2012

I just used this recipe today with my Food and Nutrition 11/12 class (Home Ec). We subbed whole wheat flour, agave nectar, shortening, and almond butter for cost reasons, and because we’re not allowed to use peanuts in the classroom. They were a huge hit! The kids loved them! Thanks for making it easy to find vegan recipes that high school students will actually eat!

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191 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 27, 2012

So glad they worked with those subs! Thanks for letting me know :)

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192 Amy December 17, 2012

To avoid a trip to the store, I made these yesterday with a number of substitutes. I replaced spelt flour with almond flour, replaced chia with flax, replaced 1/2 c. rice syrup with about 1/3 c. maple syrup, skipped brown sugar, replaced peanut butter with raw almond butter and replaced chocolate chips with cacao nibs. The bars held together fine after a night in the fridge and they are plenty sweet. This is a very versatile recipe. Thanks, Angela :).

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193 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 17, 2012

Im so glad to hear that Amy!

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194 Tiffany January 14, 2013

I decided to try these out over the weekend, I had been comtemplating it for quite a few days, I made some additions to it that made them super tasty. I found some Bobs Red Mill dried apples at the store and I also picked up some dried cranberries and I used chunky peanut butter instead of smooth to go along with the walnuts. Yes, I still used the chocolate :) I got a very filling bar that can easily hold over between meals, its also still got the hard top and soft inside as well. which I love and can definitely see myself making these very often.

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195 Meredith February 3, 2013

Angela – Just tried these today for the SuperBowl and they are DELICIOUS!

Few subs: 1/2 the chia seeds for ground flax, white whole wheat flour for spelt (could probably easily use brown rice as well to be GF), and pecans for walnuts. I also used Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips and they worked super-well!

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196 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 3, 2013

Im so happy to hear that Meredith! I forgot all about those bars!

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197 Amanda February 15, 2013

will whole wheat flour work ? i am intolerant to spelt

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198 Amanda February 15, 2013

never mind i see someone else also used whole wheat, perfect . off to the kitchen i go :)

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199 Cindy March 12, 2013

I just found this recipe, although I have been following your blog for a while now. I used teff flour instead of spelt because that is what I had and I omitted the brown sugar and added 2T maple syrup. They came out delicious! Love your website and recipes!

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200 Alex May 2, 2013

Could I use brown sugar instead of brown rice syrup? and how much?

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201 Lynn June 7, 2013

Made these last night and substituted succanat for the brown sugar, have not cut them yet as I can’t find the serving size anywhere. Any suggestions? They do look great!

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202 Adrianna July 11, 2013

They are amazing!! But…the wax paper is stuck to them and I don’t know how to remove it and keep the integrity of the bars:-(

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203 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2013

I use parchment paper – I suggest to use that because it doesnt stick!

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204 Emma September 11, 2013

Ahaha I forgot the flour when making these… Of course they fell apart when I cut them. Let’s just say I have some extremely tasty granola now :D

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205 Krystel February 25, 2014

Best bar ever! And everyone love them :)

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206 Lyndsie April 28, 2014

Does anyone have any idea what the nutritional info is for the original recipe?

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207 Tessa | Balancing Active June 13, 2014

I think the vanilla in the ingredient list never made it into the actual recipe process–just noticed it sitting on my counter untouched as I put these into the oven. Regardless, the “batter” tasted great and I’m sure it won’t affect the outcome much!

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208 Kate Bateman August 8, 2014

The parchment paper is a huge issue.

When I took the pan out of the oven, I let the bars sit for 15 min before removing them. The parchment paper seemed well-adhered already when I pulled on the edges. After letting the bars cool completely, I went to pull off the wax paper, but it was stuck like glue. 45 min later, with some serious sideways-sawing with a knife, I surrendered defeat that my bars would have little bits of parchment attached, especially on the edges.

Too sad! The bars otherwise are incredibly tasty.

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209 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 9, 2014

Hi Kate, I think you may have mistaken parchment paper for wax paper? They aren’t the same thing. Wax paper will definitely stick but parchment will not. Hope this helps and hope the bars can still be enjoyed! :)

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210 Kate Bateman August 9, 2014

I’m a bozo! I just checked and you’re right, I used wax paper not parchment!

Thank you for following up on that. I’m making ’em again today!

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211 Ayumi March 24, 2015

Mjam, I just made these – they are awesome. I don’t know if anyone did it already (couldn’t exactly force myself to read through 210 comments!), but I subbed the syrup for mashed banana to reduce the sugar. They turned out delicious! Thank you for all your awesome recipes, Angela! <3

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212 mandy May 14, 2015

Hi
Can I replace the brown rice syrup by agave or maple syrup? will it take away from the toffeeness of the recipe?
thanks!

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213 Mona August 7, 2015

Is it possible to use maple syrup instead of brown rice syrup? or Honey?

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214 Sharon Herbitter December 25, 2015

I just realized that I’ve been making these bars for forever and have never thanked you. My husband cycles each weekend — 40, 60, 100 miles, whatever. And he needs snacks along the way to refuel. I was buying a granola bar at Costco that was plant-based and he liked it and then — of course – Costco stopped selling it. So I decided to find one that I could make. There are two main requirements (besides being plant-based, of course): it can’t melt (we live in Alabama and it gets HOT in the summer) and they have to be sturdy. He’s been carrying these for at least a year now and has given them to his cycling buddies and they’re a huge hit. So — thanks!!! (I have a pan in the oven right now.)

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215 Mac D May 31, 2016

These are the BEST granola bars of ALL time!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been making them for about 4 years now, and I always come back to it.

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