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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Andreea August 24, 2011

These just look AMAZING!

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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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Svetlana August 24, 2011

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

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josephine August 24, 2011

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

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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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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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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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Emily August 24, 2011

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

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

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Lenna August 24, 2011

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

Thanks Andrea! :)

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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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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

haha same here…I LOVE that movie!

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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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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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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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Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine August 24, 2011

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

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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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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

Thank you Suzie!

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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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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

sympathy cravings..lol…I bet!

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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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thehealthyapron August 24, 2011

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

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Kate August 24, 2011

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

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Lindsay@Cookveganlover August 24, 2011

Wow these sound incredible!

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Estela @ Weekly Bite August 24, 2011

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

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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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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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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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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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Renee R August 24, 2011

Great! Thanks Angela!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

Cool look forward to it!

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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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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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Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner August 24, 2011

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

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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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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

:)

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Jazz August 24, 2011

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

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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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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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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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