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Foodie Friday: Salted Chocolate and Pecan Cake Bars

Posted Mar 04 2011 12:44pm

I know I’m a little late on the whole “salted sweets” craze, but better late than never, right? I’ve been reading blog after blog about salty cupcakes, cookies and cakes and decided it was time to give them a whirl in my own cucina. I found an AMAZING recipe for salted chocolate chip bars from Jessica of  How Sweet It Is and decided to whip up a tasty batch for dessert last night. Because I only had one bag of chocolate chips [I realize I just made a very offensive statement to some of you, I hope you'll still like me] I omitted the chocolate glaze for powder sugar.

I ate, like, 6 of these last night. Plus licked the batter. It’s no big deal though, not like I’m getting married in 3 weeks! But these were just THAT good. What I didn’t realize though was that all of the chocolate chips sunk to the bottom while baking. Normally this would have been a disaster but they formed such a tasty and gooey crust on the bottom. So in each bite, you get chocolate, nutty-ness from the pecans, moist vanilla cake and salt!

This is the love child of vanilla cake, chocolate chip cookies and salty pecans. Three amazing snacks in themselves become the world’s best dessert once combined. It sufficiently blew my mind. So now, I’ll let it blow yours! Oh and they call for NO butter or oil. So they aren’t loaded with extra fats. And have less than 7 grams of fat. You’re welcome.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 and 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp.  sea salt
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • Sprinkles of powdered sugar

How to Make Them:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8 inch square baking pan.
  • In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a larger bowl, mix eggs, vanilla and brown sugar until lumps are gone.
  • Mix flour and sugar/egg mixture together. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.

  • Pour batter into greased 8 inch pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes until cake is soft.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and extra sea salt and enjoy!

Sweet, salty deliciousness! I brought one for lunch and devoured it before I even got to my ‘actual’ meal. Looking at these pictures really make me wish I brought another one!

Nutritional Information per bar: 150. 2 calories, 6.2 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein and 1.5 grams of fiber.

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