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O’HENRY EASTER BARS

ANNIE’S O HENRY EASTER EGGS
It’s again one of my favorite times of the year for many reasons; the most important being because “He Arose, He Arose, Alleluia, Christ Arose.”
And then, it is spring and the beginning of another year of planting, growing and harvesting food for our family and to share.

This weekend we are celebrating another Easter season and for 10 years now I have been making this recipe for “O Henry Easter Eggs” that friend Annie shared with me.
These past few years, life has just been so busy that I just pressed the mixture into a greased 9 by 12 pan, melted the chocolate and then cut the recipe into squares. Our children are older now and they don’t mind; as long as I make this favorite treat for them.

This year with our family diets, I know many of them shouldn’t have sugar or dairy so I altered the recipe again & made 2 different recipes.

I bought the special dark chocolate chips that are sweetened with stevia for one pan, I used maple syrup as I know it is a healthier syrup (even though it isn’t on Melvin’s to-eat list), I made one pan with mixed nuts as some can’t have peanuts, I used “Taste Like Sugar” in one pan & “Xylitol” in the other pan and I added oat flour as the maple syrup is thinner than corn syrup. We will eat these treats sparingly and I will share some with a few friends.

SUGAR SUBSTITUTE
We often use stevia when sweetening sour fruit or jam, but when I am making some recipes, I am using “Taste Like Sugar” from Amazon or “Zylitol” from The Bulk Barn. We try to eat less foods that need added sweeteners This recipe has become a tradition in our house so I just felt the need to include it, but cut the pieces very small.

PEANUT O HENRY BARS – cut into 36 pieces or even 72

1 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup “Taste Like Sugar”
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups crushed Corn Flakes
2 cups Rice Krispies
2 cups peanuts
1 cup oat flour
Bring the maple syrup and sugar substitute to a boil, stirring to dissolve. Remove from heat, add &amp stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Stir in Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, then peanuts and oat flour. Mix well and press into a greased 9 by 12 inch pan. Refrigerate.
Over low heat, melt 1/2 inch cube of paraffin, add 1 3/4 cup chocolate chips and stir as they melt. Spread over the hardened mixture. Refrigerate again, cut into squares and store in a covered container in the fridge.

MIXED NUT O HENRY BARS – cut into 36 or 72 pieces

1 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup “Xylitol”
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups crushed Corn Flakes
2 cups Rice Krispies
2 cups mixed nuts
1 cup oat flour
Bring the maple syrup and sugar substitute to a boil, stirring to dissolve. Remove from heat, add & stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Stir in Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, then mixed nuts and oat flour. Mix well and press into a greased 9 by 12 inch pan. Refrigerate.
Over low heat, melt 1/2 inch cube of paraffin, add 255 gram (or 1 3/4 cup) bag of Lily’s Dark Premium Baking Chips; stirring as they melt. Spread over the hardened mixture. Refrigerate again, cut into squares and store in a covered container in the fridge.
MIXED NUTS
Nuts were a big part of our forefather’s diets. They have a good number of beneficial nutrients that can keep our bodies healthy with less chance of disease so eating a small portion of a variety of different nuts each day is a very good idea.

Have a Blessed Easter!
Winnie