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Better Than Reese's Bars

Posted on 18 Sep 2012 by maisha (posted in: blogs)

If you google 'better than Reese's bars' you'll find plenty of recipes. Most all of them featuring way too much (refined) powdered sugar, refined butter and more empty carbs in the form of graham crackers. I'm going to add my claim to the list out there with my 'better than Reese's bars':

I even have two versions for you!

Better Than Reese's Bars - the crispy kind (pictured above) (makes 6 bars)

Nutritional info per bar (based on 6 total):


Ingredients


    PB layer
  • 150 g (1/2 c + 2 tbsp) peanut butter, natural or crunchy
  • 20 g (1 heaping tbsp) coconut flour
  • 40 g (3/4 c) Kashi Go Lean High Fiber High Protein cereal
  • 30 g (1 scoop) Dymatize Elite Egg Protein Powder (Vanilla) or use your favorite brand
  • 32 g (1/4 c molten) coconut oil
  • 60 g (1/4 c) super light margarine
    Chocolate layer
  • 30 g (1 oz) Lindt 80% cocoa bar
  • 10 g (about 1 tbsp molten) coconut oil



Method


  1. Mix all ingredients for the PB layer together until you get a crumbly mixture that holds when pinched.
  2. Press mixture into a square baking pan lined with wax paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Prepare chocolate layer by melting chocolate and coconut oil together. Mix well and spread over refrigerated PB layer. Refrigerate until set and cut into 6 bars.



Better Than Reese's Bars - the silky kind (not pictured) (makes 8 bars)

Nutritional info per bar (based on 8 total):


Ingredients


    PB layer
  • 155 g (1/2 c + 2 tbsp) peanut butter, natural or crunchy
  • 20 g (1 heaping tbsp) coconut flour
  • 62 g (1/2 c or 2 scoops) Dymatize casein powder (vanilla) or sub with your own brand
  • 30 g (about 1/4 c molten) coconut oil
  • 65 g (about 1/4 c) super light margarine
    Chocolate layer
  • 50 g (about 2 oz) Lindt 80% chocolate bar



Method
Proceed as in previous recipe.

And just to prove to you that my bars are better:

One serving of Reese's cups (=2 cups) is the equivalent of one of my silky bars. Yet mine offer twice as much protein, twice as much dietary fiber, and almost ten times less sugar! Not to mention 10 calories less per serv! My crunchy bar comes at a larger portion size (since I cut the recipe in 6 instead of 8). But even so it has only 43 calories more per serving, which is no reason to pass it up if you compare the rest of the stats: 4 times as much fiber, more than double the amount of protein and a four-fold reduction in sugar. So you tell me, would you rather have two of these cups,

Or one of these of these bars?

 

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