(post contains affiliate links see disclosure)I was in the grocery store the other day and was just a bit hungry I went over to my favorite display of Mariani Honey Bars and picked out a new variety I had not seen before called “Chocolaty Peanut Butter” when I bit into it I thought to myself this bar tastes so much like a recipe I have had since my college days and haven’t made for a while.
I went back to the display the next week and picked up another bar, this time I didn’t eat it but instead kept it in tact so that I could read the ingredients and then alter my recipe accordingly and test it for texture and flavor.
I didn’t really have to alter my original recipe much, I simply swapped out the rice krispies for natural puffed rice, and the sunflower seeds for raw almonds and unsalted raw peanuts.
To make the nuts blend into the bar better I placed them in my food processor and used the pulse setting for 60 t0 90 seconds.
I then lightly greased my 9 by 12 metal pan. Inside I placed the 3 cups puffed rice, 1 cup chocolate chips, the 1 cup nuts ( 1/2 cup almonds, 1/2 cup peanuts) and stirred them around until the ingredients looked well blended.
Now it was time to break out the honey and peanut butter. For this recipe I always use 100% natural peanut butter, which means the only ingredients listed on the label should be peanuts and salt, no sugar, no added fat. I swirled the honey and peanut butter together in a small saucepan and then put it on medium heat. I kept stirring it until it started to bubble just slightly, at that point it is also more runny than when it started.
To store the bars I first cut the pan into 14 long and skinny bars, and then I wrapped each one in wax paper since they tend to be a bit on the sticky side. I placed the wrapped bars in the freezer on a cookie sheet for an additional 30 minutes and then placed them all in a gallon ziplock bag. They will keep several months this way (if you can keep your hands off them that long 🙂 )
I eat mine either directly from the freezer or I take one out and place it in a sandwich bag and pack it along places as a snack. Either way it is super yummy and very filling since it packs a lot of protein from all those nuts.
And yes these no bake chocolate nut bars do taste a lot like the chocolaty peanut butter bars by Honey Bar, in fact I think I like them even better, and they are a lot less expensive.
- ¾ cup honey
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- 3 cups puffed rice
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup raw almonds
- ½ cup raw peanuts
- pulse the peanuts and almonds so they are slightly crushed
- lightly grease a 9 by 12 pan
- add nuts, puffed rice and chocolate chips to pan and stir
- place honey and peanut butter in a sauce plan and place on stove top at medium heat.
- keep stirring hone and peanut butter until well blended
- pour honey and peanut butter mix over ingredients in 9 by 12 pan
- combine ingredients until it forms one big chocolaty lump
- with the back of a metal spoon press the lump down to fill the 9 by 12 pan evenly
- place pan in freeze for 30 minutes take out for 5 to 10 minutes and cut.
- wrap up bars in wax paper and store in a zip lock bag
- will keep in freezer for several months
- eat frozen or allow to thaw.