Holiday Almond Bars

One of the most traditional events during the holidays is a cookie exchange. If you've never been lucky enough to take part in one, you don't know what you're missing! What you do is arrange a get-together with your friends or family and everyone shows up with enough homemade cookies, brownies or other treats for the whole group. Then, everyone takes a few (or more than a few) of each variety, leaving at the end of the evening with an amazing assortment of goodies. Basically, it’s bring one, bring home A LOT.

I am invited to a cookie exchange coming up at a friend’s house. I want to make something a little bit different than the usual sugar or gingerbread cookies, so I'm bringing these Holiday Almond Bars. They're soft like a cookie on the bottom with a crunchy almond topping and no refined sugar, making them a refreshing change from the sweets you're used to this time of year.

Perfect to give as a gift for your little one’s teacher, as a unique surprise for a cookie party or just as a treat to share with you kids, these bars are a special treat that may just become a new holiday baking tradition for you!

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Holiday Almond Bars (Makes 24 Bars)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 Cup honey or agave
  • 1/2 Cup butter, melted
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup Raw Almonds, sliced thin
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tsp water

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Place flour, salt and nutmeg in a bowl and stir to combine.

3. In another bowl, whisk together egg, honey, butter and vanilla.

4. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet and stir.

5. Place batter into a 7×11 inch baking dish lined with parchment paper.

6. In a bowl combine 1 tbsp of honey with 1 tsp of water to loosen the honey, and toss with the almonds.

7. Sprinkle the almonds on top of the batter to cover.

8. Bake for 25 minutes.

9. Cool, cut into bars and serve.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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25 comments

  • Michelle

    Those look wonderful! Thank you for making them with no sugar! I can't wait to try them!

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  • Retro Sweets

    Looks yummy indeed! And without sugar this is clearly my healthiest cookie of the month. Wonderful, wonderful!

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  • Maureen

    Thank you for such a wonderful recipe! My father is allergic to chocolate and when I showed him this recipe this morning he smiled and said ooh chocolate free brownies!

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  • Lisa

    How did you slice your raw almonds? or, do I just buy the sliced almonds? Thanks for this recipe, especially with no sugar. These look amazing!

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    • Catherine

      I buy them at Trader Joes raw and sliced. Most groceries carry them this way too.

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  • Sophie

    If only I could send this in my son's lunch. He LOVES all nuts and this is a great 'treat' without being too unhealthy. I am starting a campaign at our school to allow nuts and have a nut-free lunch area.

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  • Amber

    I can not wait to try these! Thank you so much for making them without sugar. As always, you have amazed me :)

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  • Natalie

    Any thoughts on using an alternative to wheat flour in these? They look really yummy but my son's just been diagnosed with a wheat (not gluten) allergy.

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    • Catherine

      Can he have spelt flour. It would be a good substitute. I use it all the time!

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    • Joy

      Natalie,

      I have been using white spelt flour for all of my Christmas baking. I have used it for shortbread-based squares and my very discerning young adult kids said they could taste no difference and the texture was the same. I very successfully use whole spelt flour for every-day baking such as muffins.

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  • Caitlin

    Do you think this recipe is worth trying with an egg substitute(i use ground flax seed \"egg\")? Anyone try this recipe without using an egg? They look yummy!! I always use flax eggs for your muffin recipes and others and they turn out great but this one i'm not sure if it would work any advice would be great :)

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  • Sue

    Ok, this might be defeating the purpose of creating a healthy cookie/bar, but what do you think of the idea of adding chocolate chips to the batter?

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    • Catherine

      Love it!

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  • Sarah

    What about using Almond Extract in place of Vanilla?

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    • Catherine

      sounds amazing! I would add the vanilla too!

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  • Nikki

    Made these earlier this week and they were a big hit with the adults and kids. And I didn't feel guilty letting my little one have seconds.

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  • Patty

    These were really tasty, but I can't help feel like something went wrong.

    I made exactly to the recipe (using honey, not agave), and I barely had enough batter for thin 1/4\" bars in an 8x8 pan. It would have never covered a 7x11.

    Ideas?

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    • Catherine

      I tested this recipe 3 times, they should be about an inch thick. Hmmm

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  • Mignon

    These are foolproof. I ran short on honey and grabbed the maple syrup (the real stuff) to use too. Also was short on the flour and topped off with bread flour! Substituted almond extract for the vanilla. All in all, they are very good! Not overly sweet. Used a 9 X 9 baking pan. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Sally

    how far in advance can I make these? Are they \"freezable\"?

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  • manin76

    Just did this few days ago and they were a big hit with everyone! As someone suggested here, I added chocolate chips to half the batter and is really good !! Great recipe! Thanks,

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  • Terri

    I added 1/2 tsp. almond extract and 1/2 tsp. vanilla to replace the 1 tsp. vanilla. Added a more almond flavor. Really rich \"cookie\" but delicious. Thanks Catherine!

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