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Paleo-ish Fudge Bars

I have one last Christmas treat recipe for you. I was holding this one back for next Christmas, but decided that was very selfish. We only make these at Christmas, but you feel free to make them anytime your heart desires.

This bar cookie, simply called “fudge bars” is sort of a cross between pecan fudge and oatmeal cookies. I made these last week and just sat down to taste test the two different batches (it’s tough work- feel sorry for me) and realized that they are so much better than when they were fresh. Don’t you love it when leftovers taste even better?

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So these are technically not paleo because they contain oatmeal. Gluten free oatmeal, but oatmeal none-the-less. And oatmeal is a grain. I feel like I’ve said this before, but this once a year indulgence of maybe a couple tablespoons of oatmeal is not going to set me back. I toyed with the idea of making something oatmeal-ish, but thought that was silly. If you can handle this little bit of grain, make these cookies. You will not be sorry.

There are a couple steps involved in making these, so read the recipe carefully and plan accordingly. A little time consuming, but totally worth it!

The story with these cookies is that my Grandma gave my mom the recipe, but apparently left out an important step in the process. Mom’s never turned out the same and she always wondered why – until she watched Grandma make them one time and learned the secret step!

I will not keep secrets from you, but freely share all the details you need to make these for your own family.

Enjoy!

Fudge Bars
Print Recipe
Fudge and oatmeal cookies swirled together into one delicious treat.
Servings Prep Time
60 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
60 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
Fudge Bars
Print Recipe
Fudge and oatmeal cookies swirled together into one delicious treat.
Servings Prep Time
60 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
60 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. To make the sweetened condensed coconut milk, empty entire can of full fat coconut milk in a small sauce pan. Add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, for about an hour. You want it to condense to about one cup. If you end up with a little over or a little under one cup, that's totally fine.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Combine the molasses, dates and coconut sugar in a blender or small food processor* and chop thoroughly.
  4. Prepare cookie dough by mixing sugar and date mixture, shortening, eggs, vanilla, almond flour, arrowroot, baking soda and salt. You can use a stand mixer, food processor or hand mixer, whichever you prefer. I used a hand mixer and a great helper to mix mine. Then add the oatmeal and mix until well combined.
  5. Take 2/3 of cookie mixture and pat this into the bottom of a greased 9x13 baking dish. Leave remaining cookie dough in bowl to use for topping.
  6. To prepare fudge filling, add all ingredients except vanilla and nuts to a saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and add nuts and vanilla. Pour over cookie crust.
  7. Dot remaining cookie dough over fudge filling.
  8. Using a table knife, swirl cookie dough pieces into the fudge filling. Swirl it really, really well. You don't want to see any cookie "globs" left at the end of this swirling process. (This was the secret step my Grandma did not share!)
  9. It should look like this when you're finished swirling.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes.
  11. Cool completely before cutting. These are quite rich so cut into small pieces.
  12. Store in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

Ingredient Notes:

  • You can find coconut milk in the Asian section of most grocery stores. If I plan ahead, I buy it from Thrive Market. 
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips are gluten, dairy and soy free, which is why I like them. You can find them most places now. I've purchased them from Thrive Market, Whole Foods, Target, Kroger and Food Lion.
  • You can find Medjool dates in the bulk section at Whole Foods, in the produce section at most grocery stores and even at Costco. I got my last bag at Costco and have been very pleased with the quality and price.

*One of my favorite kitchen tools is the Cuisinart Mini Food Processor. I use it several times a week for chopping or mixing small batches of ingredients. And it really holds more than it looks like.

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