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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Cappuccino-caramel-pistachio oat bars


I've been planning to make ice cream out of the pistachios that I bought last time .

After chucking out the shells and munching some , all that's left is less than 100 grams ....

I should have stopped eating before I weigh it up ....

I never thought I could munch that much ! 

Yeah , right lol 

Since , I've got this bookmarked recipe that calls for nuts , well , pecans actually , but any nuts will do  , methinks , so I just used it to bake this ooey  gooey yumminess ! 

Using pistachios are so much prettier , right ?! 

The bright green and slightly salty nuts really go well together with homemade dulce de leche that I've used instead of  caramel ice cream topping .

But less sugar will be much better , about 2/3 cup , as I find these bars too sweet for my taste ....


Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens 

*** I made half of the recipe and used a 9 x 9-inch square pan 

3 cups regular rolled oats
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans ( lightly salted pistachios ) 
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter , softened 
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon instant coffee crystals ( 2 teaspoons isntant espresso granules ) 
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping ( homemade dulce de leche ) 
/12 cup broken pecans
1 recipe **Coffee glaze , optional ( too lazy to make this ) 

* Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C . Lightly grease a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan ; set aside .

* In a large bowl , stir together oats , flour , the 1 cup nuts , baking soda and salt ; set aside . In another large bowl , beat butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds . Add sugar and beat until combined , scraping sides of the bowl occasionally . Beat in eggs , coffee and vanilla until combined .  Beat as much of the oat mixture as you can . Using a wooden spoon , stir in any remaining oat mixture  . Reserve 2 cups of the mixture for the topping . 

* Using floured hands , press remaining oat mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan . Spread top with caramel to within 1/4-inch of the edges . Drop spoonfuls of the reserved oat mixture onto the caramel topping , sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 nuts . 

* Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are set ( do not overbake ) Cool in pan on a wire rack . If desired , drizzle with coffee glaze . Let stand until glaze is set ; cut into bars .

**Coffee glaze - In a small bowl , combine 2 tablespoons very hot milk and instant coffee , stir well until dissolved . Stir in 1 cup of powdered sugar until smooth . Drizzle over bars in pan ; let stand for 15 minutes to set glaze .

18 comments:

  1. i have chopped pecans here, just made some butter pecan snowballs :D

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  2. Drooling...Nice recipe..bookmarked it..

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  3. Oh this is too tempting, pass me some please..

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  4. Mmmm... those bars look pretty and delicious! Sound good to have coffee flavour in it. Can share some with me?

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  5. Anne, It's so pretty with those green pistachios peeping out from those yummy squares...that was a good idea to replace pecan nuts with pistacios:) I'm all for it!! Thumbs up!!

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  6. Buying something for a purpose and ended up "somewhere" else is not new to me! hahaha!
    Those bars are looking good! Caramel sounds yummy to me! I bet the top must be deliciously gooey!

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  7. What fabulous photos! these look and sound a very special treat :))
    Mary x

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  8. Hi Anne! These oat bars are so irresistible! How many pieces can you make with this recipe?

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    1. Hey ! Is that a dig from my less than 40 cookies last time ? lol ...The full recipe makes 48 bars but in my own opinion , you can make more than that , cut it much more smaller since these bars are bit rich and don't forget to reduce the sugar !

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  9. Hi Anne, by looking at the name of this bar... I already in love with it. How can I reject your offer to invite me over for chi chat, drink coffee and eat this awesome, heavenly oats bar? I'm coming.... :)

    Have a nice week ahead.

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  10. Gorgeous bars, Anne! The pistachios add a beautiful bit of color...and the dulce de leche makes these so decadent and delish!

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  11. Hi Anne,

    Totally agree that nuts munching can be very addictive... You should buy more pistachio to make both pistachio ice cream and these delicious caramel pistachio bars. Like you, I think most caramel baked goods are usually too sweet to eat but I think the sugar amount has been sufficient enough to create its gooey texture. Confusing, isn't it?

    Zoe

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  12. Oh my those bars look yummy! I totally agree with you Anne, the pistachios look pretty in these bars, I don't have many recipes that call for pistachios, This will be a welcome change.

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  13. This looks really good, love the pistachios on top. And the syrup sounds delicious with these healthy bars.

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  14. Oh my goodness!! This sounds like a fantastic combination of ingredients, yum!!

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  15. Oh Annie,
    If my kids sees these yummy, gooey pistachio bars they will keep digging the cookies can non stop..:p

    This will be really addictive to munch with..:D
    I must try this too :p

    mui

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  16. yes, they look very pretty with pistachios! too sweet? maybe i can go with bitter coffee! what do you think? hehe..

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  17. When comes to oats and nuts, I have absolutely no power to resist them.

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