So sometimes you just want a treat, something sweet, maybe chocolatey if that’s your thing. I have an extremely sweet tooth and sometimes it feels like nothing will satisfy it except the junkiest of chocolate or candy (bad I know!). I am always looking for that thing, that thing that satisfies my sweet tooth without sacrificing on my wish to eat healthy and meaningfully. The requirements are, that it has to be texturally correct, sweet (of course), and delicious.
Look no further than this recipe. It’s SO good, totally satiates my late at night search for a sweet treat, but substantially better for you than that bar you pick up at the checkout while at the grocery store.
It’s fudgy and crunchy, sweet and salty, so divine. But what makes it even better is that it is so customizable. Next, I would like to try pistachios or salted cashews, maybe dried cherries; the choices are abundant!
For this version I used raw shelled red skinned peanuts. Though the skins separate from the peanuts when you are chopping them, throw the skins in too as they are so good for you (as I discussed in my Peanut Sauce recipe), and they make no difference in the final texture of the bar.
Today I gave one to a pregnant friend, and she said her only criticism was that I cut the pieces too small! Sweet craving satisfied, healthily!
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1 cup raw shelled red skinned peanuts, chopped
- ¾ cup honey or maple syrup
- ½ cup unsweetened peanut butter
- ½ cup carob powder
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ tsp salt (optional)
- In a saucepan on medium low heat, combine the peanut butter, carob, honey or maple syrup and coconut oil until all ingredients are incorporated and are bubbling and hot.
- Add the oatmeal, chopped peanuts and dried cranberries. Stir to combine.
- Line a square brownie pan with parchment paper. Put the mix into the pan. Using another piece of parchment paper on top, flatten with your hands so that the mixture is evenly spread out, into all corners and compacted down. Be careful, as the mixture will be hot.
- Set for one hour in the fridge.
- Cut bars into preferred size and store in the fridge.