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Tanya’s Almond Joy Branabars

Break up 9-10 bran-a-crisp (or WASA) crackers and whirl through the food processor until ground--that equals one cup. Then coarsely chop one cup of walnuts—I left some nice big chunks.

In a bowl combine:

1 cup prepared bran-a-crisps (0 carbs)
1 cup chopped walnuts (16 carbs) I'd actually use less or use macadamia nuts and lower the carb count. Pecans only have 11 carbs in a cup and macadamias have 4.
4 heaping scoops chocolate whey powder (4 carbs)
2 Tbsp. quick oats (5.5 carbs)
1/4 cup Splenda (6 carbs)
2 packets Equal (1.8 carbs)
2 Tbsp. coconut (14 carbs) I don't have unsweetened so you could save more carbs here
1 Tbsp. Nestle's cocoa (1 carb)

On stovetop I melted:

1/4 cup cream (1.65 carbs) 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter
2 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese (1.8 carbs)

I removed the above from the heat and added 1 tsp. coconut extract and 2 tsp. almond extract (I figure .7 per tsp. extract but that is only a guess) and used wire whisk to make sauce smooth. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well. Press into buttered pan of choice with buttered fingers. Chill and cut. I did use a 7x11 pan and cut mine into 10 nice sized bars at 5.2 a bar. The whole recipe totals 51.75. I love almond joys, so this is worth it. I like how the oatmeal is almost "pretend" coconut in consistency and more would be a good substitute for the coconut.