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Cranberry Bliss Bars (Low-Carb & Gluten-Free)

Cranberry Bliss Bars (Low-Carb & Gluten-Free)

Carolyn is one deliciously creative baking diva. She dreams-up a low-carb gluten-free version of Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, and scores! "These turned out just as I had hoped and they make a wonderful low carb holiday treat." All the flavor without the sugar rush!

Recipe: Cranberry Bliss Bars (Low-Carb & Gluten-Free)

Awesome Brownies

Awesome Brownies

After searching high and low, the Spicie Foodie finally finds her absolute favorite brownie recipe: "These brownies are soft, moist, addictive, chocolate heaven awesomeness... Don't worry you can do an extra hour of yoga this week to burn off all the oh so worthy extra calories. Brownies for breakfast, oh yes that's the breakfast of champions." So true!

Story and Recipe: Awesome Brownies

Cinnamon Chip Chai Shortbread Bars

Cinnamon Chip Chai Shortbread Bars

Everything you love about shortbread is in these bars - the butter, the crumb, the deliciousness... What you might not expect is the zing of chai spice and cinnamon chips - perfectly festive and potentially impossible to resist!

Recipe: Cinnamon Chip Chai Shortbread Bars

Sweet Potato Crumble Bars

Sweet Potato Crumble Bars

I'm a sucker for spiced sweet potato desserts, and this one is no exception. Layering an oatmeal crust, a creamy sweet potato filling and a crunchy crumble topping, it is truly a whole foods dessert that we can feel good about eating. And the best part is that it's also vegan, gluten-free, free of refined sugars and packed with extra protein. Well, I'm sold. Are you?

Recipe: Sweet Potato Crumble Bars

Pecan Bars

Pecan Bars

Shanon took everything there is to love about pecan pie (and a few extras - bourbon, anyone?!) and translated it into these festive pecan bars. A brown sugar crust and bittersweet chocolate drizzle complete the scrumptious flavor profile.

Recipe: Pecan Bars

Cranberry Turtle Bars

Cranberry Turtle Bars

Shanon's recipe "combines some very wonderful things: a buttery shortbread-type crust, golden caramel filling, sweet and tart cranberries, slightly salty pecans and rich bittersweet chocolate. Plus, they are gorgeous. Completely festive and appropriate for any type of holiday get-together."

Recipe: Cranberry Turtle Bars

Dulce De Leche Bars

Dulce De Leche Bars

Attention caramel lovers: these are for you! These decadent dessert bars are "buttery and sweet" and everything you need for a good "caramel fix."

Recipe: Dulce De Leche Bars

Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Bars

These dreamy bars could be the last word on Thanksgiving sweets - smooth pumpkin deeply infused with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice...all covered with a cream cheese and butter frosting that in no way distracts from the rich pumpkin flavor. And because the batter fills an entire jelly roll pan, true pumpkin enthusiasts have plenty to share! 

Recipe: Pumpkin Bars

Chewy Banana Granola Bars

Chewy Banana Granola Bars

from MuffinEgg

"When life gives you smashed bananas, bake something!" I just love Rachel's attitude - and if you read her story, you'll know why. I also love her healthy baking styles! These filling healthy bars star oats, flax, banana, and almonds - and they're quick and easy to make.

Recipe and story: Chewy Banana Granola Bars

They're also gluten-free (if you use gluten-free oats) and optionally vegan/egg-free.

Chewy Butterfinger Bars

Chewy Butterfinger Bars

If you're anything like me and Natalie, the trick-or-treaters were scarce this year, and you still have some Halloween candy hanging around. It taunts you every time you walk past the bowl. You don't really want it, but you eat it anyways. It's a vicious circle.

But Natalie has a genius idea for using the rest of those mini candy bars up: she mixes Butterfingers into a brown sugar batter and bakes up these decadent bars. And she's totally right; somehow, taking them out of the wrappers "makes you feel better about eating them!" Go figure.

Recipe: Chewy Butterfinger Bars