Low-Carb Coconut Lime Bars


When I first saw these bars in Martha Stewart Living, I had died and gone to coconut-lime heaven. I am such a fan of Martha’s, and I especially love their emphasis on seasonal food choices. On top of that, I am seriously crushing on the way they are starting to embrace a little bit of the gluten-free vibe in their recipes.

This makes it super wonderful to put together the small changes I was able to make to bring this recipe the rest of the way to work with sugar-free, lower-carbohydrate needs.

The clincher? Since each serving contains only 1.5 carbs each, you can enjoy this guilt-free bar cookie with coffee, with friend, but, as always, without the guilt.



Low-Carb Coconut Lime Bars

6 Tbsp cold, salted butter, cut into 1 Tbsp pats
1/2 cup hazelnut flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
3 Tbsp brown sugar equivalent in a substitute
1/2 cup finely shredded dessicated, unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup white chocolate chips, coarsely chopped

3 large eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar equivalent in a substitute
3 Tbsp coconut flour
1/3 cup lime juice
1 Tbsp confectionery sugar substitute for dusting

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper. Lightly coat with non-stick spray.

In a medium mixing bowl combine flours, brown sugar substitute, and mix to incorporate ingredients. Add butter and use forks or a pastry blender until butter is the size of peas. Add coconut and white chocolate. Mix. Press into the pan evenly and bake for 15 minutes.

Change oven temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, sweetener, coconut flour, and lime juice until blended. Pour into the pan to cover the crust. Bake until set, 15 minutes. Let cool completely in the refrigerator overnight.  Lift out parchment carefully and cut 1″ squares. Keep cool (and the bars, too). Before serving, sprinkle with confectionery sweetener.

Makes 64-1″ x1″ bars, or 32-1″ x 2″ bars.

Per 1″ bar: 33 Cals.; 3 g Carbs.; 1.4 g sugar alcohols; 1.6 g Net Carbs. ; 0 g Protein; 3 g Fat
Per 1 x 2″ bar: 66 Cals.; 6 g Carbs.; 3 g sugar alcohols; 3 g Net Carbs. ; 1 g Protein; 5 g Fat

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