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Cashew Potato Bars

Afternoon slump hitting you hard? well, then let’s whip up a batch of these Cashew Potato Bars and bid it adieu! These gluten free bars would be a delight to nibble on with a tall iced (or warm) coffee at tea-time or should I say coffee-time?!

Gluten-Free Potato And Cashew Bars. - Inspired by traditional Sri Lankan Potato Toffee - Recipe on RunninSrilankan.com

These bars came into being in the summer of this year – and while we experience almost summer like temperatures in Georgia this week (with highs in the mid to upper 80s in the forecast), I cannot help but dream about these bars! These bars do contain sugar – so dream about them is all I can do right now – at least till November 5th when this #GoodbyeSugar30 Day Challenge ends! 

Growing up in Sri Lanka, one of my favorite sweet “treat-snacks” was my mom’s potato toffee. Now, I refer to it as a “treat-snack” as it was a snack but it was one of those snacks that was a special treat – in other words, it was no apple!

My mom would mix sugar, condensed milk, butter, potatoes, and vanilla extract together, wave her magic wand, and voila! We had hardened squares of sweet, creamy, delicious, potato toffee before us.

My mom always made sure to cut the squares no larger than an inch and a half or so as that’s all that was needed to satisfy us kids, and adults, alike.

Gluten-Free Potato And Cashew Bars. - Inspired by traditional Sri Lankan Potato Toffee - Recipe on RunninSrilankan.com

For the past couple of years or so, I have been trying to adapt my mom’s recipe so that I could enjoy a lactose-free, lower sugar, version of that potato toffee. And, to date, I have been failing miserably – or so I thought.

This batch you see here is nothing like traditional, Sri Lankan potato toffee. While it could be touted a failure, it sure was one tasty failure. Tasty enough that my daughter said I needed to share the recipe (but not the actual Potato Cashew Bars themselves) with y’all.

While so many of my kitchen failures tend to be total disasters (like a cake with salt instead of sugar-yikes!), every now and then, I get so pumped when a supposed disaster turns into something wonderful – don’t ya love when that happens?

Gluten-Free Potato And Cashew Bars. - Inspired by traditional Sri Lankan Potato Toffee - Recipe on RunninSrilankan.com

These bars are soft, dense, creamy, and simply blissful! I used sweetened coconut condensed milk instead of regular condensed milk and used a lot less sugar.

The normal process of making these is to heat the potatoes, condensed milk, sugar and butter over a stovetop, and as soon as the mixture begins to harden some, to take it off and spoon it onto a parchment lined tray where it is left to cool before being cut up.

I, however, didn’t find that my mixture was hardening – maybe it was because I used too little coconut sugar? When the mixture wouldn’t harden, I let it cool into a gloppy mess and scraped it into a bowl, beat an egg into it and baked it for 15 minutes and voila – these bars were born! 

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This recipe first appeared on FoodFanatic – for more recipes and meal idea, please make sure to check out FoodFanatic.com

Looking for more breakfast/treat bars?

Then, Check out these Beet Bars

Beetroot Bars

Or, these Flourless Kabocha Chocolate Chip Bars

Flourless Kabocha and chocolate chip bars

Or, these Almond Choconut Bars

No-Bake Almond Chocolate Coconut Bars

I’d love to know if you happen to make this recipe (or any other on here) so pretty please tag me @RunninSrilankan and #RunninSrilankan on InstagramTwitter &/or Facebook. And, if you haven’t yet, then please make sure to subscribe to my email list to have all sorts of eats and treats delivered to your inbox! Happy Monday Y’all!

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Dawn - Girl Heart Food

Tuesday 18th of October 2016

Oh wow! How different are these? The flavour combination sounds amaaaaazing! And I definitely do love when disasters, or should I say potential disasters, turn out great! The day is saved, right ;) ? I've certainly had my fair share of baking disasters, particularly when it comes to gluten free baking, but it hasn't been too bad to the point where it was completely inedible, lol :D I would love these!

Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

Tuesday 18th of October 2016

Wow! These bars look fantastic, Shashi. I make cashew bars but never made with potatoes. This is genius. Love how beautiful they look. Will try them soon. :)

GiGi Eats

Tuesday 18th of October 2016

I feel like you were sitting in your kitchen one day and you looked over and saw some extra potatoes and were like "I NEED TO GET RID OF THEM".... LETS MAKE BARS! I am surprised you didn't mix in some BEETS! LMFAO! ;) #creativeAF!

allie @ Through Her Looking Glass

Tuesday 18th of October 2016

Potato Toffee??? Your mama sure had a good thing going. And so do you with these scrumptious Cashew Potato Bars. I had not heard of sweetened condensed coconut milk. I always learn something here. Sounds wonderful and anything coconut has got to be healthier than the traditional for sure. Great as always to see the delicious going on in your kitchen Shashi! Have a wonderful week my friend! XO

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Tuesday 18th of October 2016

I love it when what you think is going to be a recipe disaster comes out as something amazing, just like these Shashi!

Although I have to apologise and say I'm totally intrigued by the traditional, Sri Lankan potato toffee that you mention too. I may have to go and investigate that.

And if that's not enough, there at the end of your post is a picture of those amazing Kabocha Chocolate Chip Bars. Man how Lady Lynne and I love those!

Hope you are well my friend!