Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Chocolate Chip - Walnut Squares

This is a much-beloved recipe that's very delicious and very healthy!  They have no margarine or butter but instead use nuts for body,  which makes the calories worth more nutritionally. It makes an 8x8 inch pan, which can be anything from 16 small squares to one very  large one.One pan usually lasts about five minutes.

I first found the recipe in Jeanne Lemlin's Vegetarian Pleasures. Here it is with a few adaptations.

1/2 cup whole wheat flour (yes, white will work, but it takes a bit of character and nutrition away)
 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3/4 cup brown sugar (or 3/4 cup white sugar and 1 tablespoon molasses)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup or more chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, finely chopped

Oven : 350 degrees F

1 ) Grease an 8x8 pan.

2 ) Beat the egg in a medium-sized bowl. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat a bit more.

3 ) Stir in the flour, soda and salt.

4 ) Stir in half the chocolate chips and the nuts. (If you forget and add all of the chocolate chips, your bars will be barely held together by chocolatey goodness, but otherwise fine. Poor you! Just use more chocolate chips on top, or try another type of chip.)

5 ) Scrape into the pan, top with the rest of the chips, and bake for 18 to 20 minutes. The center should still be a bit soft. Cool and cut. Watch them be demolished in an instant by hungry people  of all ages.