Bar Wars

A war is waging. It all began a few weeks ago at Mother’s Market when I bought a jar of chocolate powdered peanut butter. Powdered peanut butter is a staple for me, but I have hesitated to venture into the chocolate realm, knowing it was an addiction waiting to happen.

I haven’t used it other than tossing a teaspoon here and there into smoothies (which by the way is delicious). Last night I whipped up a 5 ingredient dessert bar inspired by my Protein Nibblers. As I reached for the coconut oil, I asked myself, “what if I cut the fat and use applesauce instead of coconut oil?” Myself said, “what if you make one version of each and have the two fight for your approval?” And just like that, I started a war.

Bar Wars, The Snack Bar (left) vs. The Dessert Bar (right)

Bar Wars, The Snack Bar (left) vs. The Dessert Bar (right)

Both bars are healthy options and use simple and nutritious ingredients, without added sugar. They are vegan, gluten free, no bake, and kid friendly. The difference is one ingredient – applesauce and/or coconut oil. The Snack Bar is something that I would reach for as a quick bite anytime of day, but The Dessert Bar is a bit more of a treat because of the coconut oil. In the scheme of snacks and healthy options, both are great choices.

I sent them to work with my husband today to get the opinion of the masses… I’m still awaiting a response.

The Snack Bar

The Snack Bar

The Snack Bar

Dry Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chocolate powdered peanut butter (Just Great Stuff and PB2)
  • 1 cup of ground oats
  • Hand-full of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy and salted)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened)

Process:

  1. Grind the oats into a course flour. I use a hand blender, but a regular blender would work fine too.
  2. Mix the oats and powdered peanut butter together in a small bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  5. Press the mixture into a parchment paper lined casserole dish.
  6. Press a few semi sweet chocolate chips into the top of the “dough”.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze.
  8. Once it is frozen, remove from the freezer and cut into pieces.

 The Dessert Bar

The Dessert Bar

The Dessert Bar

Dry Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chocolate powdered peanut butter (Notice that The Dessert Bar uses more powdered peanut butter than The Snack Bar.)
  • 1 1/2 cup of ground oats (Notice that The Dessert Bar uses more oats than The Snack Bar)
  • Hand-full of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy and salted)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

Process:

  1. Grind the oats into a course flour. I use a hand blender, but a regular blender would work fine too.
  2. Mix the oats and powdered peanut butter together in a small bowl.
  3. Heat the coconut oil and peanut butter over the stove until it is a liquid. Remove from the heat.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  5. Press the mixture into a parchment paper lined casserole dish.
  6. Press a few semi sweet chocolate chips into the top of the “dough”.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze.
  8. Once it is frozen, remove from the freezer and cut into pieces.

While I cannot say that my opinion is completely objective, my preference is The Snack Bar. I like the texture and the slightly sweeter taste as a result of the applesauce. The Dessert Bar is super tasty too, but I would rather not taste coconut and peanut butter at the same time.

Have you tried chocolate powdered peanut butter? What is your favorite way to use it?

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1 Comment

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    Ashlee Spear
    12/05/2013 at 4:30 pm

    You gotta love applesauce to the rescue! That’s cool you liked the healthier version of these better. I will have to do my own ‘bar war’ once I finally track down some chocolate powdered PB.

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