Look, I get it, some of you aren’t “chocolate-and-peanut-butter people.” That’s fine. We don’t all have to be friends.
But for the rest of you, you know the struggle: There’s nothing you crave more than a Reese’s, though honestly any combination of chocolate and peanut butter will do. If that’s the case for you, then I give you a new healthy-ish dessert to try — I call it a “dessert” because it’s got plenty of sugar and fat, and “healthy-ish” because it’s made whole, recognizable ingredients.
This particular dessert was created by Erin Morrissey, the Philly-based healthy food blogger behind Erin Lives Whole. While she is the brain behind all kinds of mouth-watering treats and dishes — just look at her Instagram if you want to get really hungry really fast — she says that these bars (inspired by another healthy recipe blog, The Toasted Pine Nut) are the best thing she’s ever made.
Made with puffed quinoa, these bars are like the peanut butter rice crispy bars of your youth, but with more grown-up ingredients. I mean, they’ve got quinoa and dates and coconut oil in them — these are serious, adult, mature bars, ya hear?
If you’re ready to try them for yourself, follow Morrissey’s steps below.
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup dates
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1-2 Tbsp water
1 cup puffed quinoa
Peanut butter filling
1/2 cup natural pb
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 cup chocolate, melted with 1 tsp coconut oil
And now all that’s left to do is cut these bad boys into bars and enjoy! Alternatively, you can make the same recipe, and roll them into bite-size balls. Yum.
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