If you’ve hung around my site for any length of time, you know by now I’m a chocolate fiend. I add chocolate or cacao powder to pretty much everything, including even my morning smoothie.
But something you might not know is that as a child I was obsessed with Reese’s peanut butter cups (and still am, frankly). I’d say I’m pretty much obsessed with the idea of mixing chocolate and peanut butter together. I mean how much better can life possibly get than enjoying these two amazing things as a combo?!
What I’m not obsessed with, however, is the ingredient list on just one those those little Reese’s peanut butter cups. Just to name one shady ingredient on this childhood favorite, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (like palm oil) contain trans fats, which are not only particularly bad for your heart health, but are also known for causing inflammation in the body and interfere with the metabolic processes at a cellular level.
Ok, I’ll try to not go all preachy on you. To sum it up, if you read an ingredient list that includes partially hydrogenated oils, avoid that product at all costs.
And why eat something so bad for you when you can easily make something that tastes just as good, if not better AND is actually good for you?!
Its a no brainer in my book. I’m on a mission to teach my kids the joys of eating and enjoying healthy sweets but just making them in a way that nourishes our bodies.
So I’ve made several different versions of these, including my Healthier Chia Peanut Butter Cups, but nothing has turned out quite as ridiculously satisfying of my chocolate peanut butter cravings as these No-Bake Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars.
Oh and did I mention they’re not bake? They are so easy to make, 10-15 minutes from start to finish and include only a handful of wholesome ingredients.
And yes, your children will be as obsessed with them as you are. Try them out, guys, you deserve this mama!
Here’s how to make them.
Ingredients (Peanut Butter Layer)
Ingredients (Chocolate Layer)
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 + 1/2 cup enjoy life chocolate chips
1 + 1/2 tbsp agave
Serves: Makes about 12-15 bars
Time: 15 minutes
Line a 9x13 glass baking pan with parchment paper on the bottom.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all the peanut butter layer ingredients and combine well.
Spread the peanut butter layer evenly in the pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.
Heat the coconut oil in a stainless steel saucepan over medium-low heat. Once heated, add the agave and chocolate chips and stir quickly, being careful not to overheat or burn.
Pour the chocolate mixture atop the peanut butter layer and then spread evenly with a spatula.