Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

It is hard to believe it was a year ago that we welcomed our baby boy to the world. It has been a crazy year adjusting to having two little ones in the house, long commutes, and finding time for ourselves. But one thing that doesn’t take any adjustment is my love for birthdays and celebrating.

Little man turns one

My husband isn’t a huge fan of birthday celebrations, but I think each year is a milestone of accomplishments, lessons learned, growth, and memories. So we ALWAYS celebrate in our house, I’m baking so it is my rules. And really who is going to turn down a special treat . . . no one in my house!

Of course, even when celebrating I want to make sure we are being good to ourselves. So not every special occasion includes a sugar bomb. Don’t get me wrong we LOVE sugar in all of its processed sparkly glory. If you follow me on Instagram you have probably noticed plenty of ice cream cones and crazy donuts 😃 But sometimes it is just about getting something a little sweet without all the bad stuff. Which is why I love this recipe!

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

healthy peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars

Ingredients
1 (15oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup natural chunky peanut butter (you can sub creamy if you prefer)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips, reserve 1/4 cup for the top
sea salt to sprinkle on top
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 9″ tart pan or glass baking dish and set aside. (I prefer the tart pan because I think the triangles make it feel more special)
2. Put all ingredients except the chocolate chips and sea salt in a food processor.
3. Blend until smooth.
4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
5. Pour dough into prepared pan and spread out evenly.
6. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips and sea salt.
7. Bake 20-25 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
8. Let cool for at least 10 minutes.
9. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
We enjoy these bars for special occasions or just because we have a massive sweet tooth at our house. Don’t worry though, we are celebrating little man’s birthday over the weekend with some real sugary cupcakes and frosting.

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March Nature Box

Between work, school, spending time with family, and trying to do a few things for myself a few items had to get dropped from the to-do list. One of those things was making healthy homemade snacks. I use to make homemade granola, prep snacks the night before, and nibble on healthy options that would fuel a full day of activities.

Since starting classes I’ve taken to grabbing whatever I can and nibbling on things that definitely don’t fuel a full day of work, chasing a toddler, and homework. I found myself getting tired early in the day and then feeling guilty for what I was eating.

So I have broken down and subscribed to Nature Box to get healthy snacks delivered to our door monthly. Month one has arrived . . .

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Cherry Berry Bonanza – a medley of dried cranberries, cherries and blueberries. This snack wasn’t my favorite. It is a very tart blend and plain dried fruit isn’t my favorite, but I’m looking forward to adding it to yogurt and a snack mix of multigrain cheerios and nuts.

Roasted Kettle Kernels – honey coated roasted corn. Wow! These are a sweet, salty, crunchy kernels of delight. Growing up in the corn belt I now think about all of those little kernels laying outside the grain elevator with a whole new potential.

French Toast Granola – maple flavored granola with pecans. Yummy. A little sweet and way healthier than most store bought versions. We have been enjoying this on our morning yogurt and will definitely be sorry to see the bottom of the bag.

Masa crisps – corn chips with flax seeds. From the first bite my taste buds said Fritos, but my brain said way better. We enjoyed these with chicken tortilla soup and even the little one couldn’t stop eating them.

Pistachio Power Clusters – nut squares with almonds, cashews, and pistachios. These were my favorite snack in the box and I have been rationing them since I ate the first cube. Slightly sweet and a little bump in energy with each bite.

I can’t wait for April’s box!

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