Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Living Healthfully: Undercover Candy Bars

Especially during summer -- when it seems like we attend parties or festivities multiple times each week -- I'm always on the hunt for quick and easy treats that are not loaded with sugar, preservatives, dyes and other things that go bump in the night and appear in my nightmares.

A friend shared this recipe with me and promised these peanut buttery bars would taste like a candy bar's long lost sister but without all the added gunk. 

I've heard that before, and my husband is notorious for all but dragging out the family tree records to prove, indeed, that the "cupcakes" I made were not even closely enough related to even have cupcake in the name; we settled the argument by calling them cuppins {cupcake muffins that were not good enough to make the blog recipe roll}. 

But this recipe? It's good. {I haven't tasted it yet since I'm still taking baby steps with sugar, but the boys have devoured these bars!}

It's so good, in fact, my hubby even calls them candy-like bars. {See? The word candy is in the name, so they are thisclose to being in the candy bar family.}

Undercover Candy Bars with Vanilla Mango No Cream Ice Cream

2 cups of peanut butter {we sometimes use The Peanut Butter Company’s White Chocolate Wonderful}
1 cup of honey
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of Maca root powder 
3 cups of rolled oats

Microwave or melt on the stovetop the honey and peanut butter.
Mix in the cocoa powder and Maca root powder.
Stir in the rolled oats and mix really well.
Place in a 9 by 13 inch pan and refrigerate to set. 



  1. these sound quite tasty--maybe almond butter.

    1. Yes! The friend who gave me the recipe uses almond butter often and says it's wonderful that way!

  2. Those sound wonderful. Where would one go looking for Maca root powder??

    1. I find Maca root powder at our local health food store. This is my favorite kind: http://www.amazon.com/Navitas-Naturals-Powder-16-Ounce-Pouches/dp/B000FFLHU2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340493251&sr=8-1&keywords=maca+root+powder

      Don't let the cost scare you. There's a lot of nutritional bang for one tablespoon. :-)

  3. Oh yum! And I'm glad someone else asked about the maca powder. I isn't want to be the only one!

  4. Drooling on my keyboard is probably not a good thing, right? Wow! Thanks for posting.

  5. Well, I made it with half of the honey to cut back on the sweetness, and they were a bit crumbly. Looking for something else to make them hold together that's not sweet. Any ideas? Also, I substituted quinoa crispies for oats and I melted some chocolate chips with come coconut oil on the stove and poured it on top. Yum!

    1. This treat really needs the honey to hold it together. I tried to make it with less, too, and they were crumbly as well. I haven't figured out any other way.


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