Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars
2 cups flour (we use Costco's unbleached and multi-grain flours blend)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup vegan margarine, softened or room temperature
1 cup pecan halves, unchopped (I tried walnuts, but pecans seemed to taste better)
1/2 cup plus 3 Tbs. vegan margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
For the crust: In a large mixing bowl put all of the crust ingredients. Mix on low speed, slowly working up to medium, and mix until well-blended, about three minutes. Press mixture into a 9 x 13 cake pan, making sure it is as level as possible and pressed down.
For the caramel layer: Spread the pecan halves over the crust, making sure that they are only in one layer. In a small pot, melt the margarine and add the brown sugar. Stir constantly over medium heat, until it is bubbling. Continue stirring and letting it bubble for one minute. Pour over the crust and pecans. Bake in the oven for 22 minutes.
Topping: Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of everything as soon as possible after removing from the oven. Take a butter knife and carefully press down a few chips here and there. Cool on a rack. Once completely cool, refrigerate for at least 20 minutes before serving to harden the chocolate. Cuts into 24 to 28 bars.
So good. I like to scour baking books and veganize recipes, and this is one of the lucky ones. Feeds more than five hungry vegans, if those other people hurry before we eat them all!