Quick to make peanut butter bars are an incredible snack

Apr 12

People who know me know I’ve been losing some weight recently.

And that’s a good thing.

I’ve lost a bunch, too. So much that my pants don’t fit me anymore. I can even see it myself, which I usually don’t. But that’s also a good thing. I still have a long way to go, but this is a good start.

Part of this is trying to eat a bit healthier.

Yum!

I don’t snack as much as I used to and I try and limit certain things. Though, I’ll admit, sometimes it’s hard. I also have to watch my sugar for health reasons, so I’m always trying to find something I can snack on that won’t send my blood sugars into the stratosphere.

A few days ago, I saw a post on my friend Chuck’s Facebook page. It was for no-bake peanut butter bars. Again, if you know me, you know what I think about peanut butter. It’s right up there with bacon. And cheese.

Anyway, I got peeking at this recipe and knew I needed to try it. Not that I’ve become Chef Ramsay or anything lately, but I’ve been pretty successful with trying new things in the kitchen. This seemed like something perfect to try.

But as I read the post at this blog about them, I discovered something else — no-bake peanut butter pretzel chocolate chip granola bars.

Yes, please.

When I go out to play disc golf or geocache, having snacks is a must. And this was something I needed to see how good they were and if it’s something I should have on hand more often.

But I’m only going to cover one of these in this post and the other will come sometime next week. First up are the peanut butter bars, which are amazingly good.

The blog which had the peanut butter bars was Six Sisters’ Stuff. There, they acknowledge they adapted the recipe from another blog. I look at both recipes and I like the adapted one a bit more, so I went with it.

However, I needed to give it a spin of my own — as in trying to make it a little less heavy on the sugar. (Too much sugar, after all, makes my levels go nuts… so what can we do… fix it!)

The recipe, from the Six Sisters’ site, is as follows (my changes are in italics):

Ingredients

  • 1 cup margarine melted
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar (I made a sugar free version of this, using Equal. It wasn’t too bad, though the measurements I found were off and I needed to use much more Equal than originally called for)
  • 1 cup + 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

Directions

In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan (I don’t think I used a 9X13, but it was close enough). Then, melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter, stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth. Spread over the peanut butter layer and refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting and eating.

This was quite easy to do and it didn’t take too long. I wanted to use sugar free chocolate chips, but the local grocery store didn’t have them. I will make these again and I think I’d look around to try and find those to use.

End result?

Oh. My. God.

Before the chocolate topping is spread all over.

These are fantastic. Quite rich, but if you are a peanut butter fan, well worth it. Keep ‘em in the fridge as they taste way better that way. I really like how they came out. And it seems like it’s a bit healthier than some of the other things I like to snack on, so bonus there. I’m really glad Chuck posted this to his Facebook and it’s a recipe that will stay with me, that’s for sure.

I think it might be fun, too, to play with this recipe. Maybe try a different peanut butter. One of the flavored ones, maybe? Or, try something different on the topping with a different type of chips? White chocolate, perhaps? Now that sounds divine.

The best part of this recipe is how easy it is. You don’t have to be some five-star chef to pull it off. Just go at it and have some incredible peanut butter bars as a snack. If you are a peanut butter nut, it’s well worth it.

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10 comments

  1. Six Sister’s Stuff is a MUST follow for me. Not only because they make stuff that is absolutely delicious but they’re Mormon & so am I – so that makes it mandatory that we follow each other online. No, not really. But really. It’s like the unspoken Mormon thing. Sorry.. totally derailed. These look awesome and I’m trying them this weekend just because of you – but now my recipe will be called PJ’s No Bake Peanut Butter Bars :)
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    • You’ll have to let me know how yours came out, Jonna. Mine are almost finished. I assure you I’ll be making them again though!

  2. Not being a fan of any kind of peanut products at all, these leave me quite cold. It appears that it’s a waste of good chocolate. That being said, I appreciate what other people find as good and it looks like it could be good for those that like those kind of things.
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    • If you don’t like peanut products, I can see why these wouldn’t do much for you. Alas, not being a full chocolate fan, the peanut butter goes much better with it than if it was plain chocolate!

  3. Oh. Em. Gee. Sign me up. You know how I feel about peanut butter. They look delicious! Congrats on the weight loss! It’s not easy. (I’m a WW, what would you say? Former member?) Baking with sugar substitutes is tricky. I’ve never had much luck with them, but I know that the people who do it all the time know there’s a special way to figure the conversion – it definitely isn’t 1:1.
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    • These were delightful, Meghan. You would do yourself and your husband well to make them. And super easy!I’ve had decent luck with the sugar substitutes, but it doesn’t seem to be with an exact science.

  4. Congrats to you for losing all the weight! My husband just lost a ton of weight too and had to buy all new pants! I don’t really like peanut butter dessert stuff but I think he (husband) would really like this one! Hope you’re having a nice weekend!
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    • Thanks! It’s a long process. I just try and watch what I eat and get out and be active. Sometimes it stalls, but it’s been pretty decent.

  5. Dude, congrats on the weight loss! I am a peanut butter fiend and this looks great!
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