PB Nutella Bars
Updated: Apr 20
When Grant and I first started dating, I made him this one recipe (definitely not healthy, but absolutely amazing) I found online as part of his Christmas present; Swirled Nutella Peanut Bars. Those bars are totally what won Grant over (kidding lol but they do say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach). But from then on, I've always made those bars for Grant. And then one day I was like "wait, what if I could make these healthy??"
The original recipe calls for like a full stick of butter and a cup of brown sugar (like I said, I was trying to win him over, not watch his figure) and boy are they GOOD. But I wanted to make them healthier so they could be more of a regular dessert instead of a once in a while kind of treat for us.
So I tried my hand at these bars and w o w, I can't even express how happy I am. It took a good 4 or 5 times to get this recipe right. But what was frustrating (but not really a bad thing to complain about) was that none of the attempts were necessarily bad. All of the trays got eaten, but I wasn't 100% sold on them because they were just a touch off. So now that it feels like we've been working on this recipe for a coons age, I'm SO happy to say that these are done and ready to share with you guys!
1 C oat or WW flour
5 oz. plain Greek yogurt
2 TBSP butter, room temperature
3 TBSP Lakanto monk fruit maple syrup
1/2 C peanut butter
1 TBSP vanilla
1 1/2 TBSP Stevia
2 TBSP + 1 tsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. sea salt + extra for the top
1 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of cinnamon
1/4 C Nutiva or Nutella*
Preheat the oven to 325F
With a hand mixer, mix the butter, egg, brown sugar, and Stevia together
Add the vanilla, syrup, and yogurt
Add the peanut butter
In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon)
Mix the dry ingredients into the wet until it's smooth and clump-free
Grease or spray an 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan and spread the batter evenly into it
Make 4 evenly spaced parallel lines of Nutiva across the batter
Lightly drag a butter knife through the batter in the opposite direction of the Nutiva lines
Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the edges are golden brown (the middle won't be fully cooked as the bars will continue to cook as they cool)
Sprinkle sea salt flakes onto the bars (optional) and let cool before cutting them into 12 squares
Macros per piece (based on 12 pieces): 16 C | 11.25 F | 5.25 P
If you do 9 bars instead of 12 and want the macros, just divide the macros of the whole pan to get the macros per piece
Entire pan: 192 C | 135 F | 63 P
If you put Nutella on it, a different amount of Nutiva, or just want to leave them plain, here are the macros for the bars without Nutiva:
Per piece (based on 12 pieces): 13 C | 8.9 F | 4.75 P
Whole pan: 156 C | 107 F | 57 P
To put these macros into perspective, here are the macros for the recipe that I make for Grant that inspired this one:
Whole pan: 397 C | 202.2 F | 54 P
Per piece: 33 C | 16.85 F | 4.5 P
Our recipe is half the carbs, less fat, and a tiny bit more protein! The macros will differ if you use:
Vanilla or flavored Greek yogurt instead of plain
Regular syrup instead of Lakanto sugar-free monk fruit
Nutella instead of Nutiva
These are all higher in sugar and carbs which will increase the total carb content of the dish. Don't get me wrong though, there's NOTHING wrong with sugar or carbs. Ya girl loves to eat, especially sweets and carbs. So I like to try to make healthier versions that still taste like the real deal; that way I can get the most bang for my buck when it comes to food. Whether I'm wanting to treat myself without feeling like I'm binging or overindulging or I'm wanting to fit something sweet into my macros, a healthier version means one thing: more for me. And more food makes me happy!
Yogurt: we tried dairy-free yogurt one time and the whole pan got eaten by my family in less than 24 hours, but I didn't like the texture; it was too moist (gooey almost) and cake-like. But I added an extra egg yolk that time too because the last pan was too crumbly so I don't know if it was the egg OR the dairy-free yogurt that threw the texture off. But if you do try it with DF yogurt and it turns out well, let me know!
Butter: we used real butter; *gasp* I know. I'm sure coconut oil would work too but we use real butter in the Healthy Fudgy Brownies and love the texture of those, so I decided to go with butter for this one too.
* Nutiva: you can use more or less depending on your personal preference. If you’re not a Nutella fan, you can always keep them plain or add some chocolate chips on top! It's totally up to you though so I included the macros for the bars with Nutiva and just the plain PB bars :)
I hope you love these bars as much as Grant, my family, and I do! Tag me on IG: @sunutrition_ or FB: SUNutrition if you make these bad boys so I can share it please - it makes my heart SO happy seeing recipes come to life!