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If you ask me, peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven. Like any healthy relationship, they bring out the best in each other. These healthy peanut butter chocolate bars are sweetened with honey and dates. There's no baking involved with this recipe at all.
How to make these no bake chocolate peanut butter bars
These bars use these ingredients:
- Peanut butter (get the kind without hydrogenated oils - you can make your own with this homemade nut butter recipe)
- Dates - we use these Medjool dates
- Flour of choice - We use gluten free & grain free coconut flour
- Cocoa powder - Use cacao powder or regular cocoa powder
- Coconut oil - Here's an extra virgin coconut oil on Amazon
- Honey - Get some on Amazon here
- Salt - We love using Himalayan pink salt - get some on Amazon here.
The overall process to making these healthy peanut butter chocolate bars is simple. First, you'll make the peanut butter base (peanut butter + dates + coconut flour). Then, you'll make the chocolate topping, spread it over the top, and refrigerate until it's hardened.
Recipe Notes & Tips
- Soak the dates in warm water for about 5-10 minutes to soften them up a little before blending them with the peanut butter.
- For the chocolate topping, you can either use a store-bought, pre-sweetened chocolate bar (like my favorite kind - Green & Blacks), or follow the recipe below to make your own without refined sugar.
- Making dessert for a crowd? You can double the recipe easily!
- Keep these in the refrigerator until ready to serve. They'll melt in heat, so serve them cold for the least amount of mess.
- Looking for vegan peanut butter bars? Simply swap out the honey for maple syrup and you've got a tasty vegan peanut butter chocolate dessert.
I hope you enjoy these healthy peanut butter chocolate bars!
Looking for more delicious healthy no-bake chocolate treats?
I'm a big fan of chocolate (a quick tour of the desserts section of this blog and that will be obvious). Here are more of my favorite no-bake chocolate desserts you should try soon.
- Dark chocolate almond clusters
- Chocolate peanut butter cups
- No-bake ginger date balls
- 5 Minute no-bake brownie bites
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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
These peanut butter chocolate bars are free of refined sugar and full of flavor!
- 2 cups peanut butter (on the thicker side if making from scratch)
- 2 pitted dates
- 2 Tbs coconut flour
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- 4 Tbs honey
- ½ cup 100% cocoa powder or cacao powder
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- salt, to taste
- Get your container out (8"x 8" glass container works great).
- Soak dates in warm water for 5-10 minutes while you get the ingredients together.
- Use food processor or blender to blend up dates into a paste.
- Add peanut butter and coconut flour to food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
- Scoop the peanut butter mixture into your container and press down with a rubber spatula.
- Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and cocoa (or cacao) powder.
- Whisk to combine, and add salt, to taste.
- The chocolate mixture will be liquid. Pour over the peanut butter mixture.
- If your peanut butter mixture is poking through, gently push it down so the chocolate covers it completely.
- Sprinkle a little salt over the top.
- Place in fridge until hardened (1-2 hours).
If you're in a big hurry, you can speed the process by putting it in the freezer for a couple minutes, then transferring it to the fridge. I like these served cold. They'll hold up best when cold. But room temperature works great if that's what you like.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 191mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 8g
These are delicious! Have you tried them with almond butter?
I haven't tried them with almond butter (yet). If you try it, let me know how it goes!