PEANUT BUTTER BARS

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PLEASE NOTE: substitute 100% nut butter with nothing else added, in place of peanut butter for a healthier version.  Try almond butter, pecan butter, walnut butter, or cashew butter.

PEANUT BUTTER BARS

Serves 16 bars
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 12 minutes
Total time 22 minutes
By author Aloha Cooks
Peanut butter bar cookies with oatmeal as "flour", all natural peanut butter, and coconut sugar are healthier but you can use regular peanut butter and sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Coconut or Palm Sugar (you can substitute with ordinary brown sugar)
  • 3/4 cups Peanut Butter (100% organic peanuts or substitute with ordinary peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil (unrefined and virgin or substitute with other vegetable oil)
  • 1 large Egg (organic, cage-free, omega-3 best or use a regular egg)
  • 1 cup Oatmeal, rolled oats not instant (preferably gluten-free or you can use regular rolled oats instead)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda (preferably aluminum-free like Bob's Red Mill brand)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder (preferably aluminum-free like Bob's Red Mill brand)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt (or substitute with regular salt)
  • 1/4 cup Nuts, chopped (raw or roasted peanuts, macadamia nuts, cashews, or any other)

Note

To make these gluten-free use gluten-free rolled oats or use regular rolled oats if you aren't gluten sensitive.

 

Directions

Step 1.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Step 2.
Mix sugar, peanut butter, oil, and egg in a medium mixing bowl then set aside.
Step 3.
In a food processor or blender, process oatmeal into a "flour". You can use gluten-free oats if you want to make the cookies gluten-free but you don't have to,
Step 4.
Add oatmeal "flour" to the bowl along with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix well.
Step 5.
Chop the nuts, raw nuts are healthier but you can use roasted nuts, too. You can use any kind of nuts that you like. Mix the chopped nuts into the cookie dough in the bowl.
Step 6.
Grease a 13 inch by 9 inch glass casserole dish with a little coconut oil or other oil. Spread cookie dough evenly in a thin layer, pressing the dough down so it's smooth on the top.
Step 7.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the edges of the cookie are lightly browned and a toothpick in the middle of the pan comes out clean. Do not over cook or the cookies will be dry.
Step 8.
Remove from oven and cool completely. Refrigerate cooled cookies before cutting for easier handling...the cookies won't be as dry and crumbly once they are chilled.
Step 9.
Store in an airtight container and keep the peanut butter bar cookies in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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The "Aloha Cooks" live in Hawaii and create original recipes using healthy whole foods and since one of them is a registered dietitian you can be sure they are delicious and nutritious.

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