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Sunday, January 12, 2014

GF Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Bars - Revamped

My all-time favorite baked good is this delicious gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookie.  It can be made with different types of mix-ins (including dark chocolate, peanuts, or dye-free chocolate candies - instead of M&Ms) stuffed with peanut butter cups, or can be made into bars by pressing into a baking dish.  I like them because they're simple (everything is in increments of "2") and I always have the ingredients on hand, but they always contained regular ol' brown sugar.

Until now.

Enter coconut sugar.  

Coconut sugar is made from the sap of the coconut plant.  It is less processed than brown sugar, has more nutrients, and may have a lower glycemic index.  Should we be putting coconut sugar on everything?  No.  But it's better than brown sugar, and since this is my favorite dessert I'm thrilled to have a slightly healthier alternative that works just as well.

My Karve FUEL Challengers went nutso about this treat on Saturday as we practiced eating mindfully and intentionally.  I am ever so happy to indulge their chocolate and peanut butter combo craving.

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Bars


2 cups smooth peanut butter
2 cups coconut sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 - 2 cups dark chocolate chips or chocolate chunks - try Enjoy Life brand 


Cream peanut butter, coconut sugar, eggs and baking soda until smooth.  Stir in chocolate.  

Press into an 8x8 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for ~30-35 minutes or until slightly browned.

So.  Good.