My boyfriend doesn't eat breakfast. He can't remember to bring his lunch to work even when he packed it the night before. He might as well be a walking zombie every morning. I decided that I needed to improve his health and morning routine by creating healthy, all natural energy bars. In order to convince him to eat it, I needed to entice him with his favorite flavor combination: peanuts and chocolate. He was surprised that it didn't taste healthy, but a guilt-free version of a Snicker's bar. He enjoyed them so much that he requested the next one to include oats. Mission Accomplished.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
adapted from Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar
Note: If using unsalted peanuts, add 1/8 tsp sea salt. In a pinch, chocolate chips may be used, but the final product may end up tasting like candy due to the sweetness.
Servings: 6 bars
105g (3/4 cup) salted peanuts
40g (1/4 cup) dark chocolate, grated
220g (1 cup) Medjool dates
2 TBSP peanut butter
- Put peanuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Remove and set aside. If using chocolate chips, pulse until coarsely chopped. Remove and set aside.
- Put dates in food processor and pulse until it's a sticky paste. When it's at the right consistency, it'll clump together and form a ball in the food processor .
- In a large bowl, mix peanuts, chocolate, dates, and peanut butter together with two spoons or hands. Stop when all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Line a 8 by 4 inch pan with parchment paper and press the mixture firmly into the pan. Let it sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before cutting into bars. Cut into 6 bars and wrap with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Store in the refrigerator.