The following post was originally featured on Eating Bird Food and was written by Brittany Mullins, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.
As I’m sure you all have noticed, I love making homemade versions of things ¡ª whether it’s a meal I’ve had out at a restaurant, a packaged food item, or a DIY beauty product. The challenge of re-creating things at home is fun for me, and I like being able to share it with you guys as well.
Today’s recipe was inspired by the thinkThin Bar. The Chunky Peanut Butter flavor has been one of my favorites for a couple years now. I’m not even going to get into the name of the bars. For me, it boils down to this ¡ª I like the peanut butter and chocolate combo, and the bars are great when I’m craving something sweet after a meal. I usually break off about one third or one half of the bar, and it satisfies my sweet tooth.
The Chunky Peanut Butter thinkThin Bar is loaded with protein and low in sugar, so it feels like a healthier option than some other desserts I could choose. With that said, over time I’ve realized that my body doesn’t respond well to sugar alcohols (maltitol is what’s used in the Chunky Peanut Butter flavor), and I try to limit my soy consumption (the bar also contains soy protein, soy crisps, and soy lecithin).
Naturally, the wheels started turning, and I figured I could make my own thinkThin Bars without those items.
After a little testing, I came up with a bar recipe (with only six ingredients!) that totally fit the bill. I used almond butter, protein powder, dates, and almonds for the base of the actual bar.
I actually liked these on their own, but they’re even better (and more like dessert) when covered in chocolate!
Now I will say, my bars don’t taste exactly like the Chunky Peanut Butter thinkThin Bar, but they’re definitely similar, and they still taste just as good. They have the nut butter and chocolate combo that I enjoy, and the texture has a little crunch to it, just like the thinkThin Bar does.
Of course, the nutritional stats aren’t the same, either. My version doesn’t have as much protein, and it also has sugar ¡ª from dates and the chocolate chips ¡ª but, in my opinion, less processing, and a little sugar is better than the fake stuff. Plus, I see these as a dessert more so than a protein bar, so I’m totally cool with them having a little sugar.
I keep them in the freezer and then just pull one out to thaw a few minutes before we want it. It works great for satisfying a sweet tooth and tastes delicious. I hope you like them as much as we do.
If you want the bars to have less sugar, use less chocolate chips, and just drizzle a little melted chocolate on each instead of covering them in chocolate.