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Brown Sugar Gooey Bars

Soft, buttery, gooey brown sugar bars so sinfully melt-in-your-mouth delicious…

SO EASY to make - ooey gooey brown sugar bars... they melt in your mouth! https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com @choccoveredkt

You’ll swear up and down they MUST BE terrible for you…

But with a secret healthy ingredient and over 17% of the RDA for Vitamin A packed into one bar, they’re actually not at all!

SO EASY to make - ooey gooey brown sugar bars... they melt in your mouth! https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com @choccoveredkt

You will be completely shocked to find out the secret ingredient in these gooeylicious brown sugar gooey bars…

And I promise no one will ever guess!

Gooey Brown Sugar Bars

Brown Sugar Bars

Are you ready for the secret ingredient?

It’s carrot! Yes, really! Just like in your favorite carrot cake, the powerhouse carrot adds sweetness and moisture to these gooey bars, and you’ll never, ever know!

Side Note: Here’s a list of all my recipes that contain carrots.

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Brown Sugar Gooey Bars

Adapted from Almond Butter Brownies

Brown Sugar Gooey Bars

Total Time: 14m
Yield: 12-16 bars
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup jarred baby food carrots OR steamed and pureed carrot (80g)
  • 1 cup almond butter OR allergy-friendly alternative
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp flour (I have had success with spelt, white, sorghum, buckwheat, and ww pastry) (50g)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut, optional

Instructions

Preheat oven to 200 F, grease an 8-inch baking pan and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, gently heat the almond butter if it is not already stir-able, then stir in the pureed carrot and vanilla. Set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, stir together the baking soda, cinnamon, salt, flour, and sugar (and coconut, if using). Pour the dry ingredients into the wet, then keep stirring. It will seem dry at first, so break up the nut butter and stop occasionally to scrape it off the spoon. It will eventually get gooey like cookie dough. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and smooth down evenly with a spoon or spatula. Place in the oven, close the oven and immediately increase the temperature to 350 F. Bake 14 minutes. When you take the bars out, the top will look set but they will still be undercooked underneath. This is okay! Let them cool for at least 20 minutes, during which time they’ll firm up.

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Published on November 12, 2015

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  1. Kristina says

    This is great! I first tought you used apple sauce or black beans, but carrots make a lot of sense as well. Could you make these with other puree’s (fruit, pumpkin, sweet potato…) using the same ratios?

  2. Ray says

    Hi Katie – would it make a huge difference if I replaced the almond butter with peanut butter? I saw this recipe and wanted to make it right away, but we only have PB!

  3. Nathalie says

    Hi Katie!

    I was wondering what happened to hug a fat month? Didn’t hear back from you or did I miss something?
    Thank you

  4. Cathy says

    I was wondering what website or program you use to get the nutritional breakdown. I sometimes change parts of recipes and want to see how it affects the nutritional breakdown. Plus I can then calculate for my WW points. Thanks in advance for any help!

  5. Sherry says

    Mmm, looks great!! I wonder how sunflower butter (instead of the almond butter) would affect the taste? I have a daughter who can’t have nuts. I guess I’ll just have to try it and let you know 🙂

  6. Hannah says

    These look delicious! Anything with chocolate is always good, though — especially when it’s from your blog.
    So cool that you were able to “sneak” in the healthy ingredient, too! Will have to try — although they may not even make it into the baking dish with me around. =D

  7. Ann says

    Caitlin!! Did you use regular butter???? Like the yellow stuff? comes from cows?? Girl you have to use almond butter or peanut butter, NOT just regular butter- butter. Try it again 🙂

  8. Jennifer says

    Sadly, I felt I had to add extra sweetness (1/4 c brown sugar) as the almond butter added a bitterness that I knew wouldn’t get past my kids. Any suggestions to fix this for next time? (I had the same issue with the equivalent brownies)

  9. Elisabeth says

    oh wow these are delicious and so velvety ! They crumbles a lot but I coulnd’t wait 20 minutes for them to cool so I guess this one is on me 😛 I ran out of almond butter so I used WOW sunflower butter, which is much less runny than almond butter, and I used gluten-free flour, which makes everything more crumbly, so perhaps that also explains it. However, the taste and texture were amazing, and that is what counts ! Thanks for such a great recipe !

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