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Healthy, No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars

Healthy, No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars

Why is it that all kids come home from school absolutely ravenous? It’s as though the teacher’s take their lunch boxes ransom, and don’t let them eat the entire day. Once my son is off the bus, he heads straight for the snack cupboard, and almost always pulls out some sort of carbo-loaded goodness. And while that’s all well-and-good, I’d much prefer him to re-fuel with a healthier, homemade alternative.

Enter our double chocolate peanut butter snack bars. They sound pretty decadent, but they are packed with protein, healthy fats and antioxidants. And with a sprinkling of chocolate chips on top, my picky eaters gobble them up, no questions asked. 

This recipe uses cacao powder and cacao chips, not cocoa. What’s the difference? Cacao is chocolate in its raw state – unprocessed and additive free.  As a result, it contains an abundance of antioxidants, magnesium, fiber, iron, calcium and essential fatty acids. Once the cacao beans are roasted and processed they become cocoa – losing much of their nutritional benefits and often have extra sweeteners added. So if you can, use cacao – you’ll feel better about giving your kids chocolate, and I promise you, your kids will not taste the difference!

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Healthy, No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars
Whip up these delicious double chocolate peanut butter snack bars for a homemade snack that is packed with protein, healthy fats and antioxidants.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup unsweetened, unsalted, crunchy peanut butter
  2. 1/8 cup raw honey
  3. 1/8 cup pure maple syrup
  4. 2 tbsp coconut oil
  5. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  6. 2 tbsp cacao powder
  7. 2 pinches salt
  8. 8 medjool dates, pitted
  9. 1/2 cup raw almonds
  10. 1/2 cup raw pecans, toasted
  11. 1/2 cup raw cashews
  12. 1/3 cup raw walnuts, toasted
  13. 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds (pepitas)
  14. 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
OPTIONAL
  1. 1/3 cup cacao dark chocolate chips
  2. 1/4 chopped nuts of your choice
Instructions
  1. Combine peanut butter, honey, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, cacao powder and salt in medium saucepan and stir over medium-low heat until combined and smooth. Remove from heat.
  2. In a food processor, add dates, nuts and shredded coconut and pulse until mixture resembles tiny pebbles.
  3. Add date/nut mixture into saucepan with the wet ingredients and stir until fully coated.
  4. Line a 9x13 or 8x8 pan with parchment paper and spread bar mixture evenly over the pan with the back of a spatula (or your hands!)
  5. To increase the yumminess – add chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts on top, place a piece of parchment paper over them and gently press the toppings into the mixture
  6. Place pan into the freezer for an hour.
  7. Remove parchment paper from pan and cut mixture into bars.
Notes
  1. You can use smooth peanut butter or almond butter if you’d prefer. I like the extra crunch from the peanuts.
  2. Store in the fridge or freezer.
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