IDK about you, but I am a lover of sweets, and I am ALWAYS looking to make some healthier sweet options. I do this because I know I will eat double the serving size! lol. I can’t help it, sweets are my kryptonite.
These bars were a recipe I found on a food blog by ChocolateCoveredKatie.com. She has TONS of healthy recipe alternatives for sweet treats, so I highly recommend checking her out on social media or her blog. These bars have to be one of my favorite sweet treats to make AND Dave approves, so you know they taste good! His palate can instantly differentiate between a “healthy” sweet alternative over a good ‘ol brownie or cookie recipe, so I always know when something is a good bake.
Katie has baking options for just about any diet (keto, vegan, gluten free, sugar free, oil free, egg free, etc) for these bars. But I assure you, EVERYONE will enjoy these! Below is the oil-free recipe. They don’t last long in our house!
Ingredients listed below:
- 1/4 c applesauce OR yogurt (i.e. coconut milk yogurt)
- 1c peanut butter OR you can substitute the same proportions for PB2 and water (I have done this before, but you need to ensure you get about 1 c of mixture)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 c + 2 tbsp flour (you can use spelt, white, sorghum oat, almond, even buckwheat – I have used wheat, almond and spelt)
- 2/3c granulated sugar of choice or xylitol (I used a sugar substitute called Swerve – look it up, its worth the buy! I have also substituted honey).
- 1/4 c choc chips (I used vegan or carob)
- up to 2 tbsp milk of choice only if needed (I have used cashew milk in past)
- I also add several heaping scoops of vital protein collagen peptides (of course) to increased the protein! They dissolved instantly and will not mess with your consistency (Dave didn’t even notice)! I added a little note about the collagen peptides below because I do really believe this is a good supplement (and I do not really use any supplements).
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch baking pan. If your nut butter is not already stir-able, heat it in a pan (I find this helps). Add applesauce and vanilla extract. In a separate mixing bowl, stir together all dry ingredients including the chocolate chips. Pour dry into wet. I usually add the 2 tbsp milk because the batter will seem pretty dry. I have not had to add when I’ve used honey as a sugar substitute. The batter should eventually get gooey like cookie dough (you may have to scrape the peanut butter off the side and continue to mix a bit). Transfer batter to dish and smooth top evenly. I always add some chocolate chips to the top because #yolo. Bake for 10 minutes. Then let them cool for 20 (seriously, don’t touch them because you need to let them firm up)! They will be gooey goodness after you allow them to cool. I have let them firm up overnight and they are just as good!
Macros are listed below (without the collagen peptides):
Cals 102, Fat 8g, Carb 5.7g, protein 3.4g
So, collagen peptides are pretty amazing. Collagen is the protein that our body relies on to ensure the health and vitality of our skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones, and joints. It is a good source of extra protein if you don’t like using protein powder. I like Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides because they are easily digested and soluble in cold or hot liquids. Just one to two times per day can give you the vitamin boost you need to support healthy hair, skin, and nails, bone and joint health, digestion, muscle recovery, and more. So, that is my soap-box on them! Check out our instagram for a pic of the actual container I use. You can purchase them through our IPA store or even on Amazon. They are also available at your local supplement shops like Vitamin Shoppe or GNC.