Thursday, August 28, 2014

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars

  
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars - Smell of Rosemary.
 
Hello everyone, these homemade chocolate peanut butter bars are very simple to make, they require no baking, and they are a great substitution for store bought ones. They are not only delicious, and made with wholesome ingredients, but also less expensive, and much healthier. This recipe was inspired after reading last September's issue of Martha Stewart's "Living" magazine. That magazine contains an almond chocolate protein bar recipe, but since we have a family member with tree-nut allergies, I substituted peanuts for almonds (peanuts belong to a Legume family, which are actually part of the bean family!). 
 
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars - Smell of Rosemary.
  
Ingredients
1 cup of creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup of honey
4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
6 ounces of dark chocolate (about 1 ¼ cup chocolate chips)
2 cups of old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
1 cup dried cranberries 
 
Spray or brush an 8-inch square baking dish with canola oil. Line it with a piece of parchment paper, overlapping on two sides of the dish, and spray or brush canola oil on the top of the parchment paper. Set the prepared dish aside. 
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars - Smell of Rosemary.
 
In a medium pot on the medium-low heat setting, melt butter, peanut butter and honey. Stir until well combined. 
 
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars - Smell of Rosemary.
 
Add chocolate and stir until it is melted.
 
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars - Smell of Rosemary.
 
Fold in the rest of the ingredients until all is well combined.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars - Smell of Rosemary.

Transfer the mixture to a prepared dish, and cool in the refrigerator for about 3 hours.  Cut into serving pieces.  This recipe should yield about 24 bars.