Copycat Perfect Bars
- 3 dates Medjool
- 1/2 cup peanut butter natural, unsweetened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1-2 tbsp chocolate chips
- Remove pits from medjool dates. Soak dates in warm water for 10 minutes.
- Drain the dates and add them along with the peanut butter to a food processor. Process until smooth, scraping down sides occasionally.
- Add vanilla and almond flour and continue to process until a dough forms.
- Line a small pan (like a loaf pan) with parchment paper. Press bar mixture into loaf pan. To maintain a thicker bar, I did not use the entire loaf pan. I used maybe 2/3 of the pan.
- Gently press chocolate chips onto the surface of the bars. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, until cold and set.
- Remove from pan and cut into 8 pieces. Keep refrigerated in an air tight container.
They’re super simple with just peanut butter, softened dates, almond flour, vanilla, and chocolate chips on top!
I love perfect bars because they basically taste like peanut butter in bar form. But I usually buy the kids version because it’s a little smaller and I like to incorporate it into a meal. For example: smoothies. Gotta love them but they don’t keep me full very long. Did you know chewing actually helps you feel more satiety? So I like to pair either eggs or a peanut butter bar with my smoothie to keep me satisfied! Other scenario, cereal. Also love it, but also not satisfied for very long. I need a little more protein/fat to stay full.
Enter: perfect bars
Now, this video was done on the fly. I’d never made them before. I looked at a few recipes and a lot of them call for protein powder or collagen or egg white powder. I don’t keep any of those on hand. What I did have was peanut butter and almond flour. So threw those together with some dates for sweetness and a little vanilla extract, and guess what, it actually worked
Take a look at our culinary dietitian Kaitlin Williams Eckstein, MPH, RD, LD making these copycat perfect bar on this live cooking video demo.
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An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.