Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars {Recipe}

Lauren is a nutritionist (shhhh, don’t tell her we love our sweets).  So for today we’re going to pretend we love words like “Salad”, “Alfalfa” and “Bean Sprouts”.  Tell her that’s all we talk about on a daily basis.  (we’re totally going to hell for these lies)

We’re using Lauren today, and I have a feeling she’s looking the other way about the amounts of sugar we talk about on our site, just to share her glorious recipe for Lightened Up Peanut Butter Bars, sweetened with Sucanat – it’s like the gold of sugar.

Share with us Miss Lauren…

What the heck is sucanat???? Sucanat is whole cane sugar that is the least processed.  It is simply dehydrated sugar cane juice.  It is the healthiest alternative for all of the processed sugars out there.

Now remember, these are NOT calorie free by any means.  But they do have less calories and fat than the original recipe and the ingredients are all clean (except the graham cracker crumbs).  Go ahead, have one and ENJOY IT!

Peanut Butter Bars

adapted from Allrecipes

Ingredients

  • 2  cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup peanut natural peanut butter
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips ( I used 71% cocoa)
  • 1 1/2  cups sucanat
Directions
  1. Pour sucanat into blender (I used my Vitamix) and place on high speed for 10-15 seconds to create a “powdered” sugar.  (Yes, it really is THAT easy!)
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, powdered sucanat, peanut butter and melted butter. Press firmly into the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan. Melt chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring occasionally. Spread melted chocolate over the crumb crust. Chill for about 5 minutes, then cut into bars before the chocolate is completely set, then chill until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 bar (makes 24 bars but you can also cut them into bite size bars which would be less calories)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 89
Total Fat 9.9g
Saturated Fat 3.5g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 332mg
Total Carbohydrates 18.0g
Dietary Fiber 1.1g
Sugars 10.9g
Protein 4.3g

*Nutritional information not 100% accurate, provided by www.caloriecount.com

Like what you see? Show her some sugar….(or sucanat in this case)

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