Two Nut Maple Bars

Thanks for all the comments on the giveaway! Would it be weird if I emailed people for recipes? Yes, probably. Anyhow, speaking of recipes, I have a good one today. It’s a new cookie from Better Homes and Gardens with kind of a healthy slant to it. It’s a whole wheat bar cookie with a ton of nuts, dark chocolate and maple syrup as the major sweetener.

Maple Nut Bars

The recipe had only one review from a person who thought the bars had no flavor. Hmmm, maybe because the recipe doesn’t call for salt? I don’t know, but if I see a recipe that lacks salt and doesn’t have any salted butter, I usually add it anyway. I also cut the recipe in half and made it in an 8 inch pan, then quibbled over the icing because I thought it was too sweet (at first) and that it would be weird without the butter. In the end, I made it as written (with a little extra Nutella) then piped it over the bars so it was more like a glaze and I wouldn’t have to use it all. Blah, blah, blah. Heres’ the recipe!  I wouldn’t bring these bars to a cookie exchange, but I’d make them again for myself to go with a cup of coffee.

BHG’s recipes uses four nuts and is called BHG’s Four Nut and Maple Bars.

I used hazelnuts and pecans and made a smaller batch with a little salt and a dash of vanilla.

Two Nut Maple Bars
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Fall themed nut bar sweetened with maple syrup.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup canola oil or light tasting olive oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cups toasted hazelnuts and pecans
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate pieces or dark chocolate chips
  • Chocolate-Hazelnut Frosting
  • 2-3 tablespoons chocolate-hazelnut spread (Nutella!)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch square metal pan with foil and spray with flour-added cooking spray.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt in a large mixing bow; set aside.
  3. In medium bowl whisk together egg whites, maple syrup, oil, milk and vanilla; add to flour mixture. Stir to combine. Stir in the cooled toasted nuts and the chocolate. Spread in prepared pan.
  4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack and then lift from pan. Spread with Chocolate-Hazelnut Frosting or put the frosting in a freezer bag, snip off the bottom corner, and pipe stripes of it over the top.
I didn't use all the frosting.

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  1. says

    Looks like my kind of cookie! I love the combo of hazelnuts and chocolate and I’ve found a less sweet alternative to Nutella — Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut spread. This recipe would make a good holiday cookie, so I’ll need to bookmark this one.

  2. Meredith says

    Okay-I HATE maple flavor; there seem to be so many recipes at this time of year that call for maple syrup as the primary sweetener. What’s your experience; think that I could sub honey? Thanks for your thoughts…..

  3. says

    Lisa, you would love these!

    Meredith, have you tried grade A maple syrup? It’s not as strong as grade B. However, if you hate the flavor you might still detect it. Honey would probably work, but it would be super strong. Maybe you could try agave or a mixture of honey and agave?

    Dawn, the combination of maple and Nutella reminded me of the glaze they use on chocolate doughnuts.

  4. Martha in KS says

    I like the name “Two Nut”. lol. How much Nutella do you use – 2-3 Tablespoons, cups, teaspoons? Thanks

  5. says

    I’m not usually a fan of nuts in baked goods but these look delicious!

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