Holiday Toffee Bars

A few of the ingredients I used in the toffee bars

A few of the ingredients I used in the toffee bars  ** Note these specific nuts ARE gluten-free, some Fisher brand nuts are NOT.  Read labels, and be informed on any item not labeled GF specifically.

I’m blessed to host a Bible study in my home weekly…

We’re a group of moms who have connected to study what God’s Word says about being the wife He wants us to be, the Mom he desires in us, and the friend and servant He wants us to be.  We study, learn, share, cry and always share laughter together.  The other thing we share… is food.

When we started out years ago, we always had cookies, brownies or some type of chocolate.  The unspoken rule was… it HAD to be chocolate.  {maybe that was my rule!}  Well, then you might recall, I shared the Danna Demetre study “Scale Down” a few years back…  and we really started to take a long hard look at our calories in/calories out…  and the quality of those calories.

We decided we’d still have treats, but we ate less, our portions were smaller and we were much more in tune with what we were consuming… That was going great until… I became so sensitive to every food under the sun, and gluten was off the table.  Then another member also realized she too, had issues with gluten that have subsided being gluten-free.

So… what to do?

Well… first a few tried to lovingly make treats… but a few ingredients were off… then the ingredients were right, but it became a concern that the kitchen wasn’t gluten free with my sensitivities being so crazy.  Then I couldn’t eat any grains (which I now realize is a rice sensitivity due to leaky gut issues)

So, needless to say, it became less of a “fun” time of treats, and more of a hassle and stress…  on them, and on me.  We weren’t sure what to do…  I felt like a burden, and they didn’t want me to have to make a treat each week.  Honestly, I was fine with them eating whatever…  I just knew I couldn’t – and that was fine with me… but they didn’t want to leave me out.  We knew our study wasn’t about food… but at the same time, it was a nice part of our fellowship time that we wanted to make work.

Now we just mix things up – and everything seems to work out ok.  Sometimes we have fruit… sometimes I make a treat… some times someone else brings a treat – {and usually I pass}.  No hard feelings, no stress… all is well.  It certainly makes you realize that life IS more than food, and our relationships are thicker than a chocolate-fudge brownie!  We were even able to have our Christmas celebration gluten-free… and there was plenty of food for all.

Recently, I shared with them a Holiday Toffee Bar from  I changed up a few things, by using vegan butter, and coconut sugar – but you get the idea.  You could also use any other baking mix, like King Arthur or Pamela’s Baking mix instead of Bisquick.



1 cup butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla

1 egg yolk

2 cups GF Bisquick

1 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

1/2 cup chopped nuts (if desired)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray.  In large bowl mix butter, sugar, vanilla and egg yolk.  Stir in baking mix.  Press into pan.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until very light brown (crust will be soft).  Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips on hot crust, and let stand 3-5 minutes – then spread chocolate evenly.  Sprinkle with nuts.  Cool 30 minutes.

Cut 8 rows by 4 rows – 140 calories each/16 carbs/10 sugars

Mmmmm yummy, melting, chocolate on top!

Mmmmm yummy, melting, chocolate on top!

For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.”

Luke 12:23

Posted on December 27, 2012, in Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity, Food To Try, Our Struggles and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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