Thursday, April 2, 2009

Lightened Up Butterscotch Praline Bars

I found this recipe in my Cooking Light April issue (2009, pg. 150). I added my own twist by sprinkling unsweetened coconut on top. They are rich and delicious. Your family will love to snack on these! They contain about 5 grams of fat per serving.

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
cooking spray
1/3 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup butterscotch morsels (found in the baking section with the chocolate chips)
dash of salt
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
unsweetened coconut for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the sugar, butter, vanilla and egg in a large bowl. On top, spoon in the flour, outs, 1/4 tsp salt and baking soda. Combine until a crumbly mixture forms (it helps to use a fork or your hands). Place 1/2 of the mixture in the bottom of a greased 8 x 8 inch square baking pan. Press to form a crust. In another bowl, combine the chips, sweetened condensed milk and dash of salt. Microwave for 1 minute, stirring once, or until chips are melted. Stir in walnuts. Pour mixture over the crust and spread to form an even layer. Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture on top, gently pressing it into the melted chips. Sprinkle coconut on top. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Cut into 18 bars. Serves 18.

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