Healthy Millionaire’s Shortbread Bars
Shortbread. Caramel. Chocolate.
No wonder these are called Millionaire’s Shortbread Bars… they’re so rich you feel like royalty when you taste it. More than anything, though, you will feel like a real winner when you remember that this bar you are eating isn’t so bad for you. That’s right. The decadence you see here is actually good for you! Unlike the original recipe, which contains refined flour, white sugar, butter and other unhealthy ingredients, this recipe is whole grain, low sugar, free of butter and contains fiber and antioxidants. Yeah, in dessert. Life is good, yes?
I honestly wasn’t expecting this recipe to be such a success as I was making it (nothing like expecting defeat before you even started the battle). I mean, how could I possibly healthify caramel with the substitutions I was making? Using no heavy cream, sugar and butter is likely a recipe for disaster (hah, no pun intended)
So when the shortbread bars were finally ready to slice, I was a nervous wreck. Knowing my luck, something was bound to go wrong. As I sliced the bars and caught a glimpse of the caramel, I squealed like a little kid. The caramel didn’t gush out, the chocolate layer wasn’t too thick, and the shortbread crust didn’t crumble into dust. Yeah, I kind of imagined all of those things before I even brought out the knife. I quickly snapped some photos (aka, three) and had to put the camera down.
The looming question: does it taste good?
I took a bite and did a little happy dance (or prance?). That was my very first “happy dance” and I certainly hope it was my last… I’d be quite embarrassed if you saw me do that. It was deeelicious. The shortbread crust was exactly like shortbread–nice and buttery with a slight crumble. The caramel was sweet, smooth and creamy. And the chocolate? Oh, the chocolate… rich and undeniably decadent. A real millionaire’s treat.
Because everyone who tried these Millionaire’s Shortbread Bars had a hard time believing they were actually healthy, I thought I’d include the nutrition label for my recipe and compare it to the original to convince you!
The original recipe‘s label is on the left, my recipe’s label is on the right:
Unlike what everyone thought, my Millionaire’s Shortbread Bars don’t have “500 calories and 50g of fat per slice.”
Compared to the original recipe, my recipe is:
- lower calorie
- lower fat (and lower saturated fat too!)
- lower carb
- lower sugar
- cholesterol free
- higher fiber
And my recipe tastes just as rich and sweet and decadent and satisfying as the original… if not better. Not to mention, this recipe doesn’t contain any butter, whole milk, refined sugar and refined flour! Oh, and it’s gluten free and vegan (but you’d never know it)
The richness of the chocolate helps balance the sweetness of the caramel, and the shortbread crust provides a lovely textural contrast. This is my family’s new favorite dessert, and I assure you, it will be yours too 🙂