Tag: peanut butter

Fudgy Oreo Vegan Brownies with Peanut Butter Swirl

Fudgy Oreo Vegan Brownies with Peanut Butter Swirl

Deliciously healthy, vegan brownies that are swirled with creamy peanut butter and loaded with Oreo cookies! These insanely delicious Oreo brownies are extra fudgy, made vegan, gluten-free and overall healthy! Yum Lets talk about Oreos [and you guys this is not an ad…I just really love […]

Gluten Free Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten Free Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

These amazing gluten free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are simply out of this world and so easy to make they are dangerous! If you love your cookies thick and chunky, with a delicious chewy moistness in the center, these cookies are perfect for you. […]

Secretly Healthy Cookie Dough Topped Cookie Bars (dairy-free, gf & refined sugar-free option)

Secretly Healthy Cookie Dough Topped Cookie Bars (dairy-free, gf & refined sugar-free option)

A ridiculously delicious peanut butter brownie bar is topped with chocolate ganache and creamy, dairy-free cookie dough in these Secretly Healthy Cavity Bars a.k.a. Cookie Dough Topped Peanut Butter Cookie Bars! Guys, these are the best dessert bars I’ve ever had!!!


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I’ve seen a photo floating around Pinterest for some time now of a three layered dessert called a “cavity bar”. I pinned the image so long ago I can’t find it anymore but luckily my food memory is so powerful the image has been burnt into my memory for all eternity. The first layer was a cookie bar followed by a layer of thick chocolate and topped with a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough–and from what I can remember they were definitely not “healthy” by any means.


I’m not one to knock sugar filled desserts. I one hundred percent believe that real desserts are okay for the body (and even better for the mind) as long as it’s accompanied by a balanced lifestyle. Which is great for normal people but then there’s people like me who have an undeniable sweet tooth and need to have dessert once or twice sometimes…three times a day. That’s right. That’s why I make my desserts using [mostly] healthy ingredients.



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Can we take a moment to admire the layers on these cookie bars. Layer 1: dense and chewy peanut butter cookie loaded with chocolate chips. Layer 2: a simple yet decadent two-ingredients chocolate ganache. Layer 3: sweet and buttery chocolate chip cookie dough. LITERALLY, ALL MY FAVORITE THINGS IN ONE BAR!

This isn’t the first time I’ve made cookie dough desserts. Check out a of my favorite cookie dough recipes.

  • Cookie Dough Truffles – Delicious cookie dough bites coated in decadent dark chocolate for all those raw cookie dough eaters out there! This recipe is gluten-free, egg-free, refined-sugar-free and high in protein!

  • Healthy Cookie Dough Fudge Layered Brownies – Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge Layered Brownies made Gluten-free, Vegan and High in Protein! Whew… That title is  a mouthful but trust me, it’s worth every delicious word.


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Secretly Healthy Cookie Bars Topped with Cookie Dough

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 11 minutes

Total Time: 26 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo option

Yield: 20

Serving Size: 1/20

Calories per serving: 302

Fat per serving: 18g

Carbs per serving: 20g

Protein per serving: 14g

Secretly Healthy Cookie Bars Topped with Cookie Dough

A ridiculously delicious peanut butter brownie bar is topped with chocolate ganache and creamy, dairy-free cookie dough in these Secretly Healthy Cavity Bars AKA Cookie Dough Topped Peanut Butter Cookie Bars! Guys, these are the best dessert bars I've ever had.

Ingredients

    cookie bar layer
  • 1 c natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 c coconut sugar
  • 1 egg, large organic free-range Milk and Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 c dairy-free chocolate chips
    chocolate layer
  • 3/4 c dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1/3 c unsweetened almond milk
    cookie dough layer
  • 1/2 c vegan butter, soft Milk and Eggs
  • 1/3 c powdered erythritol
  • 1/4 c coconut sugar
  • 1/2 c almond flour
  • 1/2 c gluten free oat flour
  • 1/4 c dairy-free chocolate chips

Instructions

    The cookie bar layer: In a large mixing bowl, beat the peanut butter and coconut sugar together until combined using a handheld mixer. Add in the remaining ingredients and continue mixing until a dough forms. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of an 8x8 inch pan prepared with parchment paper. Bake for 9-11 minutes at 350F. Let cool.
    The chocolate layer: Once the cookie bars have cooled, place the chocolate chips into a glass bowl. Heat the almond milk in the microwave or on a stove top just before it reaches a boiling point (about 40 seconds in the microwave). Pour the milk over the chocolate chips and let sit for 2 minutes. After the two minutes, stir well until you have a thick chocolate ganache. Pour the ganache over the cookie bars and chill for 1 hour.
    For the cookie dough layer: In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and the powdered erythritol until light and fluffy using a handheld mixer. Add in the remaining ingredients (except chocolate chips) and mix until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop the cookie dough in chunks oven the chocolate. Use a rubber spatula to smooth. Chill for at least 30 minutes before cutting into 20 bars and serving.

Notes

*For a lower fat and sugar content use light butter and sugar-free chocolate. Coconut sugar can be replaced with a granulated erythritol. Comment any other substitution questions. 🙂

http://peanutbutterpluschocolate.com/secretly-healthy-cookie-bars-topped-cookie-dough/

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Healthy Double Chocolate Vegan Granola Bars

Healthy Double Chocolate Vegan Granola Bars

Double the chocolate for double the fun in these healthy vegan granola bars. These quick and easy no-bake snacks whip together in just a few minutes for a delicious treat made vegan as well as gluten-free. Yum With Memorial Weekend coming to an end, I […]

Peanut Butter Stuffed Vegan Brownie Skillet

Peanut Butter Stuffed Vegan Brownie Skillet

This dense and fudgy vegan brownie is cooked to perfection in a skillet for a deep dish dessert made  gluten-free. A rich and decadent double chocolate gooey brownie is stuffed with peanut butter for the ultimate treat everyone can enjoy. Top with your favorite ice […]

Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

Healthy no bake peanut butter pretzel granola bars: a simple recipe using just 6 healthy ingredients and made in just one bowl. These delicious snack bars are gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free for quick treat that everyone can enjoy.


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I don’t know about you but if I don’t have healthy snacks around at all times, I tend to be easily tempted by my boyfriend’s cabinet full of Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies and Strawberry Poptarts. Keeping healthy snacks around the kitchen is essential to keep me from eating an entire box of Oreos. This week I made these vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free no bake granola bars full of oats, peanut butter, banana, agave and pretzels. I also tossed in some chia seeds for good measure. 😉



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Adding gluten-free pretzels to my baked goods is seriously one of my favorite past times. Not only do they photograph beautifully but I’m a real sucker for a good sweet and salty combination. One of my favorite recipes I’ve made using pretzels were these these Double Chocolate Brownie like Cookies Topped with Gluten-Free Pretzels.

Get the recipe for these unbelievably delicious cookies here.

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Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Category: snack, breakfast, dessert

Cuisine: vegan, gluten-free

Yield: 9

Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars.

Ingredients

  • 1 mashed banana, ripe
  • 3/4 c peanut butter
  • 1/4 c agave
  • 2 1/2 c rolled oats (gluten-free)
  • 1/4 c pretzels pieces (gluten-free)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the banana mash, peanut butter and agave until well combined. Add in the oats and chia seeds and stir well. Fold in the pretzel pieces.
  2. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of an 8x8 inch pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. Chill in the freezer for 20 minutes before cutting into 9 squares and serving.
http://peanutbutterpluschocolate.com/healthy-no-bake-peanut-butter_pretzel-granola-bars/


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Healthy Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and chewy, chunks of dark chocolate and nutty peanut butter dough baked into a perfect milk loving cookie! These peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are my absolute favorite healthy cookie recipe and I think they are calling your name. If you love soft, chewy, […]

Healthy Chunky Monkey Pancakes

Healthy Chunky Monkey Pancakes

These fluffy banana pancakes are loaded with sugar-free chocolate chunks and topped with peanut butter for a delicious breakfast stack everyone will love. Made gluten-free, high in protein and refined sugar-free! Nothing new over here. Just doing what I do best. Making banana pancakes and […]

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Caramel Oat Bars

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Caramel Oat Bars

 

These gluten-free and refined sugar-free oat bars are high in protein, layered with gooey date caramel and topped with decadent chocolate.


Chocolate is perfectly acceptable to eat for breakfast, right? YES! The answer is yes when paired with oats and in moderation of course. It also helps when you find a stevia sweetened chocolate like Lily’s chocolate bar. I’m not even being paid to post about this chocolate, I really just love it and want to share it with the world! You can get Lily’s online or in Whole Foods, Sprouts or sometimes even large grocery stores will cary them.

I used PEScience Gourmet Vanilla Select Protein in these bars. You can get 30% OFF using my code PBCHOCO on their website www.peanutbutterpluschocolate.com

 

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Caramel Oat Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Category: Dessert, Breakfast Bar

Yield: 8 Bars

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Caramel Oat Bars

These gluten-free and refined sugar-free oat bars are high in protein, layered with gooey date caramel and topped with decadent chocolate.

Ingredients

    Caramel Layer
  • 10 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 c peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
    Pecan Layer
  • 3 tbsp chopped pecans
    Chocolate Layer
  • 1 chocolate bar 80g

Instructions

  1. Place all oat layer ingredients (leaving out 1/4 c of the oats) into a food processor and blend until you have a dough like consistency. You may need to stop and scrape the sides. Add in the 1/4 cup remaining oats and blend just until combined.
  2. Press the oat layer evenly into the bottom of a 6x6 inch pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. For the caramel layer, place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. You will definitely need to scrape the sides between blending. Be patient, it will blend. Press the caramel layer over the oat layer.
  4. Sprinkle chopped pecans over the caramel and use your fingertips to press them slightly down into the caramel.
  5. Gently melt chocolate and pour over the pecans and caramel layer. Let the bars sit at room temperature for chocolate to firm up. Remove from pan and cut into bars. Serve or place in the refrigerator for a colder bar.

Notes

For a vegan bar be sure to use vegan protein powder or omit it completely and use 3/4 cup peanut butter instead and be sure chocolate is dairy-free.

http://peanutbutterpluschocolate.com/healthy-peanut-butter-chocolate-caramel-oat-bars/

 

Chocolate Covered Brownies Layered with Peanut Butter and Peanuts

Chocolate Covered Brownies Layered with Peanut Butter and Peanuts

Healthy flax brownies made without eggs and using a secret ingredient that really helps turn these traditional brownies into uber fudgy brownies.   My baking goal today was to just make brownies. I completely exceeded my expectations when I added peanut butter, peanuts and then […]


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