Coconut, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bars!

So my first recipe comes from  Money Saving Mom , which I found through clicking on Pinterest.

I actually did not change a lot from the original recipe, which is rare for me.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/2 coconut oil
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 of sliced almonds
  • 1 1/4 of semi-sweet chocolate chips (or your favourite kind of chocolate, really)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

My main variation was to use almonds for the recipe. In the original version, she suggests nuts or dried fruits, but after tasting the recipe, I feel dried fruits would make it WAY too sweet. The almonds add some welcome crunch.

My most important modification was in the preparation. For anything that requires melting chocolate, I always recommend using a double-boiler (or bain-marie, in French). Microwave and a pan directly on the stove increases your chances of burning your recipe, especially chocolate.

What do you do when you do not have a double-boiler? You improvise, like I did.

Home-made double-boiler.

Quick note on double boiler: water should be lightly boiling, but the stove is NOT on maximum. Also, only the steam from the water is warming up the pan on top, not the water directly.

Final warning: the stainless steel bowl will become hot. Use mittens!

1. In a separate container, mix oats, chocolate, nuts and coconut.

2. On the double boiler, add peanut butter, coconut oil and honey. Mix until melted and well mixed.

Peanut butter, honey and coconut oil.

3. Add vanilla to the melted mixture.

4. Add the chocolate and oats mixture to the peanut butter. At this step, you can mix on the top of the double-boiler or not. Careful! Bowl will be hot!

Halfway through!

Halfway through!

5. When everything is melted, pour the mixture in a pan. I did not have the right size pan, so I used two bread pans.

One of the two bread pans filled with the chocolate bars!

One of the two bread pans filled with the chocolate bars!

6. Put everything in the fridge and let it cool down. After a few hours, it is easy to cut it in small squares.

Conclusion: easy, good recipe. However, if I ever cook it again, I will probably increase the amount of nuts and oats to reduce the overall sweetness of the dessert.

It is a very interesting recipes if you have gluten-intolerant family members or guests, because it is gluten-free! You could also make it vegan by replacing the honey with brown sugar or maple syrup.

However, not great to carry around on a hot summer day, because it will melt everywhere.

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One response to “Coconut, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bars!

  1. Pingback: Almond Coconut Snack Bars | The Journey of Two

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