Something magical happens when you combine crushed graham crackers with a stick of butter. Add in some powdered sugar and peanut butter, top it with chocolate, and you have an amazingly easy and delicious dessert.
Yes, peanut butter bars are a peanut butter lover’s dream.
But you probably don’t want to eat them all the time. (Well, you might want to, but it’s probably not a good idea.) 😉
Because I do have a love for peanut butter bars, but I don’t like the idea of overdoing it on processed sugar and flours, I decided to come up with my own recipe.
I like to experiment with healthy, unrefined baking ingredients, so I used some of my favorites in this recipe: almond flour, coconut oil, raw honey, and of course, peanut butter. The result was tasty, and easy to make at that.
My daughter LOVES these and has requested them so often this year that they have definitely become a staple dessert. Literally, the pan lasts at most two days in the fridge because my husband eats them, too.
Here’s what you will need…
For the bottom layer:
For the topping:
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup baking cocoa (this will give it a rich, dark chocolate taste; if you don’t like it as dark, just add less)
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/8 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Here’s what to do:
- Combine all ingredients for the bottom layer and mix well.
- Press into a square baking pan.
- Refrigerate while you make the topping.
- Melt coconut oil. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well-combined.
- Spread over the top of the bottom layer.
- Refrigerate until set.
I would suggest keeping these in the fridge because of coconut oil’s low melting point. It melts at 76 degrees, so if your house is warm, you will have pretty goopy bars.
Now let’s be honest. For some, these will never be as good as the real deal, (The magic of graham crackers and butter is just unbeatable.), but they are a good way to still have your dessert and feel good about what you are putting into your body. 🙂
And I think they taste great!
Also, the recipe can be doubled and put in a 9×13 pan. Just saying….
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