Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

This recipe combines the two most delicious ingredients- chocolate and peanut butter- into one awesome bar! Be wary when buying natural peanut butter, as "natural" is not a regulated term, and can mean anything. Often foods that claim that they are natural are not the best food choices. To create "natural" peanut butter, food companies remove the trans fat (hydrogenated oils) in the nut butter and replace it with palm oil, which is high in saturated fat (still not a great option). Look for peanut butter with the oil naturally separated at the top. Check the ingredient list- the only ingredients should be peanuts, and maybe salt. This is your best bet for peanut butter. Nuts and nut butters are excellent sources of healthy fats, protein, & fiber.

Remember to eat these in moderation, as they pack a lot of calories in a small amount, and contain added sugar. Coconut oil is high in saturated fat and is not appropriate for individuals with heart disease or high cholesterol. Consider using olive oil in place of coconut oil.

By Alex Lane MS, RDN/LD

Easy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour refrigerator
  • Servings: 16

Ingredients

1/2 stick of Earth Balance vegan butter

1 cup natural peanut butter
2 cups pretzel rods (crushed into crumbs)
1 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1.5 cups vegan chocolate chops

Instructions

1. Melt vegan butter in the microwave.
2. Combine melted butter, peanut butter, pretzel crumbs and sugar in a large bowl.
3. Mix until batter is thick. Evenly press mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish.
4. Melt coconut oil and chocolate chips in 30 seconds increments in the microwave. Stirring between until all chips are melted.
5. Pour melted chocolate over the peanut butter mixture. Refrigerate for at least one hour or until chocolate has hardened.
6. Slice into small squares and serve.

1. Melt vegan butter in the microwave. 2. Combine melted butter, peanut butter, pretzel crumbs and sugar in a large bowl. 3. Mix until batter is thick. Evenly press mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish. 4. Melt coconut oil and chocolate chips in 30 seconds increments in the microwave. Stirring between until all chips are melted. 5. Pour melted chocolate over the peanut butter mixture. Refrigerate for at least one hour or until chocolate has hardened. 6. Slice into small squares and serve.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 218; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 142mg; Potassium: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 16g; Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 6g

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