Nut-Licious Peanut Butter BarsMy friends were astonished to find out these bars were not button-busting. We nick named…
Nut-Licious Peanut Butter Bars
CRUST: 1-1/2 cups reduced-fat graham cracker crumbs (about 10 whole crackers) 1/3 cup honey 2 tablespoons butter, melted NUT TOPPING: 1/4 cup chopped pecans 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 2 tablespoons honey 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon FILLING: 12 ounces fat-free cream cheese 2/3 cup peanut butter 3 tablespoons butter, softened 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup honey 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder DRIZZLE: 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
In a small bowl, combine crust ingredients.
Press onto the bottom of a 13×9-in.
baking pan coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350° for 8 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool on a wire rack.
Meanwhile, combine the nuts, honey and cinnamon.
Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment and coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350° for 5-7 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring occasionally.
Crumble mixture and set aside.
In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, butter, confectioners’ sugar and honey until smooth.
Beat in the egg, vanilla and maple flavoring.
Combine flour and baking powder; gradually beat into cream cheese mixture.
Spread over cooled crust.
Bake for 14-16 minutes or until set.
Sprinkle nut mixture over warm filling; press in slightly.
Drizzle with melted chocolate.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
Chill for 2 hours or until firm.
Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts 1 bar:
- 189 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 175mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.