Healthier No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares
I‘ve been eating chocolate and peanut butter for the past week. Not that I’m complaining, but it’s 10am right now and so far that’s all I’ve had for breakfast haha. This is what happens when I experiment with baking (or no-bake baking). It usually takes me two to three times to get the recipe down, and then I usually make it one more time for good measure before I post it. Or if I’m up to my eyeballs in chocolate, I’ll have my mom make it. 🙂
So this idea came from the that classic no-bake chocolate peanut butter square recipe with the butter and powdered sugar. Our mom used to make it all the time and it’s still one of my favorites. However this is a “healthier” take on the classic. No butter or refined sugar, and can easily be made completely gluten or dairy free if needed!
I cut these into small squares than in the picture (like little bites) and store them in the freezer. That way I can pop one out after dinner or whenever I need a little chocolate. Hope you guys enjoy!
- 2 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats
- 5 pitted dates
- 1 cup of natural creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup of maple syrup
- 3/4 cup of chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons of natural creamy peanut butter
- add the oats and dates to a food processor and process until the dates are broken down (you no longer see big pieces).
- pour in the 1 cup of peanut butter and maple syrup and process again until a dough forms (you can also pour everything into a big bowl and mix by hand)
- remove the dough and press into a square 9x9 baking pan that has been lined with parchment paper. try to get it as even as possible.
- melt together the chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- pour over the top and use the back of a spoon to spread evenly.
- place in the fridge for about 30 minutes until chocolate is set
- cut into squares.
- store in the fridge or freezer in an air tight container.