Much like butterscotch, I never thought I liked maple syrup. The taste just wasn’t appealing to me at all. It was a bit too sweet without a lot of substance. Then at some point I realized that I was basing my opinion on pancake syrup. Trust me, that’s not maple syrup.
But once I tried real maple syrup, I realized that it is actually quite lovely. A good quality maple syrup has a nice sweetness and a rich flavor that’s tough to beat. Now I happily embrace it and use it in my baking and even in making granola. It’s good stuff!
These Maple Nut Bars are a delicious twist on traditional pecan pie bars. The maple syrup adds a wonderful flavor while still maintaining that trademark gooeyness of the bars. You’ll get a great sweet/crunchy combo that is really irresistible.
I used a combination of nuts from my pantry – pecans, cashews, almonds. You can, of course, just use one kind of nut or a few of your favorites. I like the look of whole nuts with these. But chopping them works just as well and will make them a little easier to cut.
If you don’t already have a favorite maple syrup, there are a few things you need to know for choosing one. First of all, check the ingredients and make sure it’s maple syrup. Then, there are the grades of maple syrup. Just remember that the darker the syrup, the bigger the flavor. For baking, I tend to like Grade A Medium Amber (also known as Grade A Amber Color with Rich Taste) but that’s just my preference.
Whether you have a long-standing love of maple syrup or are a newbie fan like me, you’ll enjoy these sweet, nutty, rich, crunchy bars. They are great year round, but they seem to say fall to me in a big way!
9 Comments on “Maple Nut Bars”
yuuummmm!! I attempted to make something similar last year for Christmas … mine definitely didn’t turn out as pretty as yours 🙂
Oh wow! These sound so good! Can I eat them with vanilla ice cream?! Yum!
you’ve hit a number of my favorite food flavors here. I consider this recipe a winner and I haven’t even tried it yet!
These bars look glorious!! 🙂 And I agree with you about real maple syrup-SO good!!
Maple is defintiely one of my favorite flavors of full. THe fact that these are extra nutty makes me love them all the more!
I wonder if Kayro Syrup would work. It comes light or dark. I use the light quite often, especially in Pecan pie. These bars look delicious!!
Yes, you should be able to substitute corn syrup.
a friend of a friend brought them to our Gilmore Girls afternoon last fall and I loved them. He sent me to your blog and I’m gonna bake them for my Mum’s birthday this week, because this will be right up her ally. Thanks for the gorgeous recipe! Lara
I’m glad you like them, Lara! By the way, I’m betting your Gilmore Girls afternoon was tons of fun!