German Nut Bars with Chocolate

November 26, 2020Melanie

This german nut bars recipe taste so delicious and they are even vegan! The dessert is not only super delicious during the Christmas season but at any time of the year. The short pastry makes the nut bars crunchy. The nut filling gives them their unique flavor. The pastry is also very simple to make.

German Nut Bars with Chocolate

Vegan Nut Bars Recipe

These German nut bars are not only super delicious but also a healthier version of the usual recipes. These nut bars do not contain dairy products, wheat flour, or eggs. This dessert consists mainly of spelt flour and ground nuts. I have reduced the sugar. For the filling, I used coconut blossom sugar as a sugar substitute. You can also use less sugar or replace it completely. But you shouldn’t skip the butter, because it makes the dough smooth and soft. Another advantage of the nut bars is that they have a long shelf life. That means you can eat them for a few weeks. That’s how I did it too ;-).

Nut bars recipe

How to make vegan nut bars

For the recipe, you need 2 mixing bowls, 1 pot, your hands :D, 1 whisk, 1 baking tin – in my case a baking tray, 1 fork to pierce the dough, and 1 spoon to spread the jam.

Which baking form is best for the recipe: A baking tray is perfect for the nut bars. Just line the baking tray with baking paper and that’s it! Otherwise, a flat baking tin is suitable for the recipe.

Vegan Nut Bars

STEP ONE: Make the short pastry

  1. To make the short pastry, first, mix the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. You should take the butter out of the fridge for a few minutes, as it should be softer but still cold. If you don’t have a food processor and you work the dough with your hands, this is very important. I personally knead the dough with my hands.

  2. Cut the butter into small pieces, add some more milk, and knead everything into a dough with your hands.

  3. It is important that the short pastry is cooled before rolling out. Therefore let the dough rest in the fridge for a few minutes.

  4. Now roll out the dough on the prepared baking tray. Prick the dough several times with a fork and spread the jam on it.

STEP TWO: Make the nut filling

  1. Heat butter, water and sugar in a pot. But the mixture should not simmer! Let the ingredients melt.

  2. Mix the dry ingredients together and add the warm mass. Mix everything to a smooth nut mixture and spread it on the dough. Spread everything evenly. Put the nut bars in the oven for about 20 – 25 minutes.


STEP THREE: Melt the chocolate

Melt chocolate in a water bath. Let the nut bars cool down a little, cut them first into squares, then into triangles. Now you can easily dip the corners into the chocolate.

Short Pastry Nut bars

How to store nut bars

The nut bars have a very long shelf life. You can keep them for about a month in an airtight container. If they get a little dryer, you can freeze them. You can take them out of the fridge one by one and heat them.

Are you looking for more sweet recipes for the Christmas season? Then I can recommend the following:

How do you like this recipe?

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German Nut Bars

Nut Bars Recipe Mini
Course Dessert, Pastry, Snacks
Keyword Baking, Chocolate, Coffee Pastry, Cookies, Nut Bars, Nuts, Vegan Desserts
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Resting Time15 mins
Servings: 20 Bars

Ingredients

For the short pastry:

  • 300 gr Spelt Flour
  • 120 gr Plant-Based Butter
  • 100 gr Sugar
  • 30 ml Plant-Based Milk
  • 1 packet Vanilla Sugar Alternative: Vanille Extract
  • 1 tbsp Soy Flour Alternative: Chia or Flax egg, Apple Sauce
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 pinch of Salt

For the nut filling:

  • 200 gr Plant-Based Butter
  • 125 gr Coconut Blossom Sugar
  • 200 gr Ground Almonds
  • 200 gr Ground Hazelnuts
  • 5 tbsp Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Other ingredients:

  • 5 tbsp Quince or Apricot Marmelade
  • 100 gr Dark Chocolate

Instructions

Short Pastry:

  • Mix spelt flour, sugar, vanilla sugar, soy flour, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Cut the butter into small pieces, add some more milk, and knead everything into a dough with your hands. The butter should be cold and have a softer consistency. If you use a food processor, make sure that the butter is cold.
  • Leave the dough rest in the fridge for 15 – 30 minutes.

Nut filling:

  • While the dough is cooling in the fridge, you can prepare the nut filling. Heat butter, water, and coconut sugar in a pot. But the mixture should not simmer! Let the ingredients melt.
  • Mix ground hazelnuts, almonds, and vanilla extract together and add the warm mass. Mix everything to a smooth nut mixture.

Preparing Nut Bars

  • Now roll out the dough on the prepared baking tray. Prick the dough several times with a fork and spread the jam on top.
  • Spread the nut mixture on the dough. Spread everything evenly. Put the nut bars in the oven for about 20 – 25 minutes.
  • The nut bars should cool down a bit but still be soft, so you can cut them better. Cut the dough into squares, then into triangles.
  • Melt chocolate in a water bath. Now you can easily dip the corners into the chocolate.

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2 Comments

  • Jesse-Gabriel

    December 12, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    5 stars
    Sind dir wunderbar gelungen, die können nur schmecken und das beste ist, das sie vegan sind, yummi!
    Danke für die Gramm Angaben.
    Bei uns in Deutschland heißen sie Nussecken, sie sind sehr beliebt und es gibt sie in fast jeder Bäckerei zu kaufen.
    Viele Grüße sendet,
    Jesse-Gabriel aus Berlin

    1. Melanie

      December 18, 2020 at 1:33 pm

      Vielen Dank für deinen lieben Kommentar!
      Ich habe mich sehr gefreut, dass sie dir geschmeckt haben 🙂

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