Salted Peanut Butter Slice - yummier than a bought chocolate bar
I made this slice yesterday because I really love Snickers bars. I loved them until I knew how much fat and sugar was actually in them. So, coming up with an alternative has been on my to do list for some time..
Peanut butter is a very good source of Protein and Vitamin E and an incredibly good fuel source for the body. It is also rich in antioxidants and is proven to satisfy hunger with the balance of good fats and protein.
Unfortunately most people are accustomed to eating the sweetened versions that also have added sugar and salt. These additions are not needed and do not satisfy hunger, the added sugar and salt actually encourages you to eat more peanut butter than you need. Along with more bread/biscuits to eat with the peanut butter..the nutritional element goes out the window.
If you can stick to eating the all natural 100% peanut butter (NO preservatives, salt, sugars) you will be pleasantly surprised how quickly you will get used to it and not need it to be sweetened. This is especially important for my little boy. I really don't want him eating empty refined sugars and developing taste for sugar filled, non nutritious food. Some times a great snack for him is simply spreading a little natural peanut butter on some sliced up banana.
Anyway, I digress....
This slice gets all my ticks from being quick, simple (anyone can whip this up) and hardly any clean up.
Salted Peanut Butter Slice
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 1/4 cup dessicated coconut
- 2 tbs maple syrup
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 2 large tbs crunchy or smooth natural (no added sugar or salt) peanut butter
- pinch of salt
- 4 tbs crunchy or smooth natural (no added sugar or salt) peanut butter
- 1 tbs unhulled tahini
- 3 tbs maple syrup
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 1/4 cup raw cacao
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- Line a loaf tin with baking paper over hanging the sides
- Place the almond meal, salt and desiccated coconut into a small mixingbowl
- Place the peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil in a heat proof bowl and heat in microwave for 30 seconds stirring until the mixture is smooth and even
- Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture
- Combine with your hands or a fork until even
- Press the mixture into the base of your prepared tin with moist hands to prevent sticking
- Set aside
- Place the topping ingredients into a heat proof bowl and microwave for 30 seconds
- Stir the topping ingredients together until the mixture is smooth.
- Spread the topping mixture over your base and place in the fridge to set.
- Lastly, place the chocolate ingredients in a heat proof bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir well and drizzle straight over the slice.
- Top with extra peanuts, shredded coconut if desired.
- Place in the fridge
This slice will keep in an airtight container refrigerated for a week.