Healthy Treat Time... Peanut Butter Bars!


Delicious, easy... even kinda healthy! ;)

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I love these Peanut Butter Bars for loads of reasons. They are full of healthy fats and are low-sugar (and fructose free) meaning as a treat they will keep you fuller for longer and not give you a crazy blood sugar spike. They are also incredibly quick and easy to make, only require one bowl, and they set in the fridge (no baking). In fact they are kind of fool proof!

I've been known to devour these at all hours of the day... sometimes even for breakfast! Keep them in the freezer if you want them to last longer (in all ways!)

Ingredients

Base:
1.5 cups almond meal
2 tablespoons cacao powder*
2 tablespoons rice malt syrup
2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
Pinch of sea salt^

Filling:
1 cup natural peanut butter
3 tablespoons rice malt syrup
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
Pinch of sea salt^

Chocolate Top:
1/4 cup cocoa powder*
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
3 tablespoons rice malt syrup

*Can substitute for cocoa powder if you prefer, I like the base with the rich, dark flavour or cacao. Similarly with the chocolate top, you can use cocoa for a lighter flavour or cacao for a dark, intense chocolate!
^To taste. I really love using Gewurzhaus' Vanilla Salt for extra indulgence!

Note on peanut butter: Make sure you are using NATURAL peanut butter which is 100% blended peanuts. No added oils or salts. You can buy a nice brand like Mayvers or go to a health food shop, or Sanitarium do a natural peanut butter which works well for this recipe. Smooth is best :)

Method

Prepare by lining a tin with baking paper. I usually use a small square cake tin. A large tupperware container will also work in a pinch - it doesn't need to go in the oven so any kind of container will do!

In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the base. I usually mix it together with my hands to form a wet dough. Press this into the base of the lined container, trying to get it as even as possible. Pop this in the freezer to set while you prepare the peanut butter filling.

Wipe out the bowl you just used for the base, and then combine all the ingredients for the peanut butter filling. Whip the coconut oil into the peanut butter and it will become quite thick. Make sure to taste to check you've got the salty-sweet balance right for your tastes - I'm more salt and less sweet, but you can add a bit more sweetener if you'd like. Don't go overboard though, this recipe is great without too much sweet in it! :)

Spread the peanut butter mix evenly over the base and pop back in the freezer to set.

Now make the final layer - use another bowl or wash out the one you were using. Whisk the cocoa powder with the sweetener and melted coconut oil. Mix super thoroughly to combine the sweetener with the oil; if you prefer you can also do this in a saucepan over very low heat. Once combined, add it to the top of the bars and return to the freezer for several hours to set.

Once the bars are set, cut them up into little squares. If I haven't devoured them all within the day (ha!) I try and keep a third in the freezer (they will keep for about a month - props to you if they last that long!) or in the fridge for several weeks. If they've been in the freezer, I like to defrost at room temperature for a few minutes so the peanut filling becomes gooey and delicious!

Munch away fellow polers!

Karly x

Adapted from a recipe from Detoxinista

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