I’m making light of a peanut butter situation. And by light, I mean slashing calories.
I love all things peanut butter and chocolate … as I’m sure most of you are, too. I’m also a fan of no bake goods as I can freeze any unused portions for a later time (which rarely happens … am I right?).
After making these, I figured it was a great base to swap out other ingredients to make something completely different. Of course I had to go the peanut butter route … that was a no brainer. Keeping it light was the issue.
You must be thinking, “How can they only have 160 calories with using PEANUT BUTTER?” Well, my friends, that’s where powdered peanut butter comes in. It’s become fairly popular so you can easily find it in all/most grocery stores. It’s great for healthy snacking, savory things, smoothies, sauces, etc. I love to be able to add peanut butter flavor without all the peanut butter calories. Ya feel me? Each piece has 50 fewer calories just by using the powdered peanut butter instead of regular peanut butter. YES! 50!
With that said, I give you these No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Bars. I made my first batch and they were soooo good! However, they weren’t really “bars” per se. I had to eat them with a fork as the batter was too loose. But don’t worry, none of them went to waste as they were consumed by my husband, two foodie friends, and myself in a matter of days. We all gave it two-thumbs up! It just needed a little tweaking. (I also have a great idea coming soon for that “loose batter” … stay tuned.)
I knew I wanted to try and make these again (the way I intended them to be) before posting the recipe. With a little addition of ground oats, and smidge more of powdered peanut butter, these were just like the brownies: portable, hold-in-your-hand bars. Woohoo!
I love topping a bar with some vanilla HALOTOP icecream, eating as is, or right out of the freezer (which will make a great summer time treat!)
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Bars
3 oz pitted dates (softened in hot water)
1 (15oz) can cannellini beans (rinsed, drained)
1/4 cup oats
1/3 cup powdered peanut butter
1/4 cup pumpkin (or unsweetened applesauce)
3 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
1 oz dark chocolate chips (or prefered chocolate)
1/2 tsp coconut oil
1/2 oz peanuts, chopped
-In a food processor or high powered blender, pulse powdered peanut butter and oats together until oats are pulverized.
-Add pumpkin, beans, drained dates, vanilla, salt, and coconut oil.
-Mix well until combined, scraping down sides as needed.
-In a parchment lined 8×8 baking dish, scoop out batter and spread out evenly.
-Gently press chopped peanuts into the top.
-Heat chocolate chips and coconut oil together until melted.
-Drizzle chocolate onto the bars and refrigerate until firm (2-3 hours)
-Remove bars by lifting the parchment paper.
-Cut into 9 squares and serve.
-Store in the fridge or freezer.
-If freezing: allow to thaw for 5-10 minutes before eating.