A great snack bar that is easy to make and not loaded with refined sugars, this Peanut Butter Choc Chip Bar makes a great afternoon snack or grab-n-go bar for someone on the move. A mixture of dates, cacao, and peanuts, this bar is both meal prep and freezer friendly.
Peanut Butter Choc Chip Bars
Peanut Butter Choc Chip Bars make delicious healthy snack bars that don't taste healthy at all.
They are just great for lunch boxes, great for snacking, and great for satiating that afternoon sweet tooth.
They are great for curbing that afternoon sweet tooth.
Plus they only require a handful of ingredients.
You will need:
- dry roasted unsalted peanuts
- pitted dates
- chopped cacao pieces or chocolate chips
- pinch sea salt
These are the perfect portable snack bar for bringing to the park, on picnics, or on road trips and they work out a lot cheaper than the versions available at the store.
How To Make The Perfect Bar
Lile I said, these peanut butter bars are super easy to make.
However, to be sure you get the most out of your ingredients please consider the following tips and tricks.
Mejdool dates are best for making bars like this.
These are the bigger, stickier dates (like these ones) and they will give your peanut butter bar that great texture you want.
You will find them in little containers or big boxes in the fruit and veggie section of most supermarkets.
If you can’t find Medjool dates, then you can always sub in some neglet or noor dates, although it will be a little more work.
You will need to soak neglet or noor dates in warm water for about 5 mins, drain them and then use them as called for in the recipe.
Chocolate or Cacao
This recipe is super versatile, and totally open to being made in whatever way suits you or your family.
I tend to use unsweetened cacao or dark chocolate bars for mine as I find the dates sweet enough.
However, you can easily use regular chocolate chips or chocolate bars chopped up.
Choose either raw or roasted peanuts depending on preference.
You will want to go with unsalted or the bar will end up being way too salty.
We do add a little pinch of salt in the preparation of the bar to balance out the sweetness from the dates and cacao/chocolate, but the salt that comes with salted peanuts would be just too much.
Can These Bars Be Frozen
They absolutely can, making them just perfect for batch cooking.
I usually double or triple the recipe and freeze a heap of bars for easy snack meal preparation.
To freeze, arrange the peanut butter bars in a single layer on a baking sheet small enough to fit into the freezer. Pop into the freezer. Remove when frozen and transfer to a freezer-friendly container or Ziploc bag and pop back into the freezer until ready to use.
For the bars that you do not freeze, they will last for about a week in the fridge in an airtight container.
They work well wrapped in plastic wrap or beeswax for easy transportation.
Need Some More Snack Recipes?
If your house is anything like mine, then there will always be room for more snack recipes.
Try these out:
- Peanut Butter Choc Chip Banana Oatmeal Muffins
- Grab n Go Coconut Blueberry Oatmeal Bites
- Honey Almond and Tahini Healthy No-Bake Granola Bars
- Peach and Blueberry Pie Bars
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars
- ⅔ cup dry roasted unsalted peanuts
- 2 ½ cups pitted dates
- ¼ cup chopped cacao pieces or chocolate chips
- pinch sea salt
- Pop the peanuts into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped but not a paste
- Add in dates, chocolate and salt and pulse until one large mass forms
- Line a 9x9 dish with plastic wrap and press mixture into the dish. Use a wet silicone spatula to even out the surface (if you don't have one you can just use fingers but it may get sticky)
- Pop into the freezer for 30 mins
- After 30 mins remove from the freezer and use the plastic wrap to remove from the dish. Cut into 12 squares and store in a glass airtight container in the fridge
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