Unbelievable Low(ish)-Cal Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

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Dana Wigdor

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@danawig7

These are soooo amazing, decadent and addictive that you won't believe that they are not 500 calroies each! Just make sure you stick to one or two..but I bet you won't be able to!

I made these for my (now-ex) boyfriend and he was in HEAVEN with them. ACtually asked me recently, in these words..."I know I don't deserve it, but maybe you could make me those pecan bars you made that time, maybe for my birthday next month???" HAHAHA!!!

I got this recipe from A Taste of Home's Comfort Food Diet magazine, but I tweaked it a bit to make it even more low-cal when I made it. I'll mention both.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
Yields about 3 dozen, depending how you cut them
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
30 Min

Ingredients

  • CRUST

  • 1 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour (i may have used whole wheat or a combination)
  • 1/2 c
    packed brown sugar (i used splenda brown sugar blend)
  • 1/2 c
    cold butter, cubed (could use a lower cal/lower fat substitute)
  • FILLING/TOP

  • 3
    eggs
  • 3/4 c
    sugar (could try with sugar sub...i went with regular)
  • 3/4 c
    dark corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter, melted (again, could use lower-cal/lower fat sub)
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 c
    semisweet chocolate chunks (could use cacao if you really wanted to...but nah!)
  • 1 1/2 c
    coarsely chopped pecans

How to Make Unbelievable Low(ish)-Cal Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Step-by-Step

  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla until blended. Stir in chocolate chunks and pecans. Pour over crust.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  4. Yield: about 3 dozen.

    Nutritional Analysis (Based on cutting into 3 dozen bars): 1 bar equals 176 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 25 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.
  5. If you are less concerned with the calories, I found a similar recipe that added a chocolate drizzle to the bars. These are the ingredients and instructions, although that recipe says it yeilds 4 dozen so you may end up having some extra chocolate. Which, to me, would not be considered a problem! haha Save it and warm up to drizzle over ice cream, or dip fruit, pretzels, nuts..whatever!...into it!

    DRIZZLE/GLAZE:
    •4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
    •1-1/4 teaspoons shortening

    In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over bars.

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