Satisfy your sweet cravings in a healthier way with this awesome No-Bake Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars (GF) recipe. They’re made with honey, natural peanut butter, gluten-free pretzels, and dark chocolate chips. 100% divine and decadent!
Oh what a wonderful recipe I have for you today. This No-Bake Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars (GF) recipe makes a delicious dessert that will satisfy your cravings for sweet, salty, peanut butter, and chocolate. This recipe makes 20 servings and best of all, these bars freeze well for later consumption. Dessert today and next week! Hooray!
I would love to take full credit for creating this recipe, but this recipe is an adaptation that hubby Steve came up with. He found a recipe for No-Bake Chocolate-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Squares on Food Network, courtesy of Trisha Yearwood. We are a huge fan of her television show. Steve watches her food program a lot as he works in the family room with the television turned on.
He printed off the recipe and asked me if it could be made with a natural sweetener (and less of it) instead of using so much confectioners sugar. What a great question! And I didn’t really have an immediate good answer as I had not tried such a similar substitution. So, not really sure how it would turn out, he stated that he was going to give it a try. Go for it Steve!
Not only did the recipe turn out successfully, it tasted and looked divine. Besides switching to a natural sugar, Steve also used less butter to help lighten-up the calories.
The ingredients in this recipe are foods we all crave – salty pretzels, sweet natural honey, creamy butter, smooth natural peanut butter, crunchy pecans, and decadent dark chocolate. How could a dessert made with all these luscious ingredients be anything other than superb?
The only negative about these dessert bars is that they are higher in calories (282 per serving) than I really like for a dessert – although less than the original recipe. So save these dessert bars for special occasions. After all, sometimes we just need to enjoy something sinfully sweet to enjoy.
1 tablespoon of smooth natural peanut butter has:
Protein – 5 grams or 10% DV (Dietary Value)
Total fat – 8 grams or 12% DV
Dietary fiber – 1 gram or 4% DV
Calories – 100 or 5% DV
Natural peanut butter, with peanuts as the only ingredient, has less sugar and more protein than regular peanut butter with added sweeteners and oils. Peanut butter is high in calories. Peanut butter has traces of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.
Peanut butter is high in fat content, but your body needs some fats for you to feel good and stay healthy. Peanut butter contains all three fats, saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. They key is to limit the amount of peanut butter consumption and not dismiss it entirely from your diet.
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Turns out these dessert bars are easy to make. Just crush up 2 cups of gluten-free pretzels. Combine with melted butter, honey, peanut butter, and vanilla. Spread into a rectangular dish. Toss on the chopped nuts.
Melt 1 ½ cups luscious, dark chocolate chips with ¼ cup peanut butter and a little coconut oil. Spoon over the other ingredients and spread a little to even out the chocolate. Then pop into the refrigerator for an hour, cut, and devour.
Just 15 to 20 minutes and 1 hour of chilling is all that separates you from an addicting dessert. Oops, maybe I shouldn’t have told you that you are going to like it so much that you will be making it often.
Hope you make this recipe because it’s:
Covered with chocolate
Make with regular pretzels instead of gluten-free.
Use any kind of chopped nuts including peanuts.
Can’t eat peanut butter, substitute almond butter or other nut butters.
Not a fan of dark chocolate, mix dark with semi-sweet or milk chocolate. Would also be good with flavored chocolate.
If you make this peanut butter bars dessert recipe, please let us know. Leave a comment and tell us how you liked it and if any made it to the freezer. Take a picture and tag it #yourdailyfoodchoices on Instagram! We’d love to see your sweet and decadent creation.
Until next time,
Linda and Steve
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P.S. Looking for more ideas for different types of desserts? Check out this article on how to plan for dessert instead of banning it from your household.