Bean & Maple Syrup Bars

Bean & Maple Syrup Bars


Yield: Makes 24 bars

Nutrition (For 1 bar)

Calories 271 ;
Protein 4 g;
Fat 14 g;
Carbohydrates 34 g;
Total Dietary Fibre 1.6 g;
Sodium 96 mg;
2 cupsall-purpose flour500 mL
1 cupbrown sugar250 mL
1/2 cupbutter, cut into pieces, at room temperature125 mL
1 1/2 cupsWHITE PEA BEANS, soaked and cooked or canned in water: drained and rinsed375 mL
2/3 cupmaple syrup150 mL
1/2 cupbrown sugar125 mL
1/2 cupmelted butter125 mL
1 cupchopped pecans250 mL
2 oz.semi-sweet chocolate60 g
24halved pecans24

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
In a food processor or mixing bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Add the butter pieces and pulse or cut in until crumbly. Transfer into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan and press evenly into bottom. Set aside.

Filling: In a food processor or blender, puree beans and maple syrup. When smooth, add the eggs, sugar and butter and blend well.
Sprinkle chopped pecans evenly over base then pour filling over top. Bake for 30 minutes or until set in the middle and lightly browned. Cool to room temperature.
In a double boiler, melt chocolate over barely simmering water. Drizzle chocolate over bars in a criss-cross pattern. Refrigerate the bars until chocolate has set. Cut bars into triangles and garnish each one with a pecan half.