An easy recipe for healthy low carb peanut butter chocolate bars which are no bake and need 4 ingredients! Ready in just 5 minutes, this keto, and sugar free dessert is also naturally dairy free, vegan and gluten-free, with a paleo and nut-free option!
There is no better combination than chocolate and peanut butter. It is by far my favorite pairing, as evidenced in these chocolate peanut butter crunch bars, these peanut butter cup breakfast bars, and this chocolate peanut butter breakfast smoothie.
Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
Healthy peanut butter bars are one of my staple snack or dessert recipes to have on hand. Not only are they quick to make (less than 5 minutes!) but only require four simple ingredients. Nut or peanut allergies aside, peanut butter is one of my most used ingredients, as it is versatile, cheap and easy to find almost anywhere.
When combined with chocolate, it can be made into a decadent yet healthy way to satisfy the sweet tooth!
Since starting to share multiple protein-rich recipes, I often get asked ‘is it okay to eat peanut butter on a low carb diet?’
Like many other nut and seed butter on the market, peanut butter is indeed a low carb, high protein food. While it is not the lowest carb nut butter available (almond butter or sunflower seed butter would be the best options), it is still high in healthy fats and fiber, making the overall net carb count low (net carbs = overall carbs subtracting fiber).
These healthy chocolate peanut butter no bake bars are packed with protein and low carb, without needing any protein powder. I mean, we all want a high protein bar recipe without protein powder on hand!
Not only are they diet friendly (gluten-free, vegan and dairy free) but are also keto friendly too!
Is peanut butter ketogenic friendly?
When it comes down to it, depending on how much peanut butter you consume in one sitting, it is most definitely ketogenic friendly. As mentioned earlier, it is high in fats, relatively low in carbs (but mostly fiber) and a good dose of protein.
When following a ketogenic diet, it is best to enjoy keto friendly peanut butter recipes in moderate proportions.
More Keto Peanut Butter Recipes-
- 3 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
- 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Protein Bars
- Low Carb Peanut Butter Bars
- Peanut Butter Coconut Crack Bars
- Sugar Free Flourless Cookies
A Paleo and Nut-Free Alternative to peanut butter
As peanut butter isn’t technically paleo, here are tested alternatives for this recipe!
How to make Paleo and Keto friendly chocolate from cocoa powder
You only need three ingredients to make your own paleo and keto friendly melted chocolate (perfect to coat these bars with!)
- Cocoa Powder
- Coconut Oil
- Honey or Pure Maple Syrup (for a ketogenic friendly version, use a monk fruit sticky sweetener)
To make your own chocolate coating, melt 1 cup coconut oil. Once melted, add 1 cup of cocoa powder, along with 1/3 cup (6 tablespoons) of honey/maple syrup and mix very well, until fully incorporated. Dip the peanut butter center in it until fully coated and allow to firm up.
If you don’t have time to make your own chocolate, you can easily purchase healthy and dietary friendly chocolate chips at your health food store or online.
Ketogenic chocolate chips- These sugar-free and stevia sweetened chocolate chips melt really well, and don’t have a bitter aftertaste. They are without a doubt my favorite low carb chocolate I’ve tasted.
Dairy Free Chocolate Chips- Not only are they dairy free, but they are also paleo and vegan-friendly.
Healthy No Bake Keto Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars (Paleo, Vegan, Low Carb)PIN THIS RECIPE
- Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, combine your peanut butter (or nut/seed butter of choice) with sticky sweetener and melt. Add your coconut flour and mix until fully incorporated.
- Pour your peanut butter filling into the lined pan and place in the freezer for 20 minutes. Once firm, cut into 20 bars and place back in the freezer.
- While the cut up bars is setting, prepare your chocolate by either making your own or melting chocolate chips. Once ready, use two forks and dip each peanut butter bar in the chocolate and ensure it is evenly coated. Once coated, place on a lined plate or tray and refrigerate until firm.
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