Meatless Monday: Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bars


Reeses Peanut Butter Energy Bars  

As a member of Influenster, I recently received the new Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread to try out and share.  While usually I post lunch or dinner recipes for Meatless Monday, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share a meatless breakfast recipe.  

Reese’s Spreads is a combination of chocolate and peanut butter  flavors based on the iconic Reese’s peanut butter cup but in spreadable form.  Though the label does not indicate that it is gluten free, after some research I found that it is in fact gluten free which is great because it is also quite delicious!

Since it is spreadable, it would be great on toast, celery, apples, pretzels or really anything that you can imagine.  After taste testing several spoonfuls (YUM), I decided that I wanted to take the spread a step further and incorporate it into a recipe.

Instead of creating a recipe from scratch, I decided to add a few spoonfuls of this yumtastic spread into my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bar recipe to make them just that much more tasty. Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bars

 The great thing about these energy bars is that they are grain free and really low in sugar.  Since the spread has 19 grams of sugar per 2 tablespoons and I only used one serving, these bars are still healthy for you even though they taste just like a Reese’s peanut butter cup!

The only other chocolate in there is from the dairy free chocolate chips I used though you can always choose to leave them out- but why would you? 😉 Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bars


Recipe

Prep time: 10 mins      Cook Time: 30-35 mins      Total Time: 40-45 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 1 can of chickpeas, pat dry
  • 1 cup of crunchy all natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2-3 tbsp Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread
  • 2 tablespoons maca powder
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)

Directions: 

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. Blend chickpeas until creamy and smooth.
  3. Add peanut butter and blend until smooth.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients up until the chocolate chips, adding a touch more almond milk if necessary if it seems too dry.
  5. Once all combined and creamy, fold in chocolate chips and mix.
  6. This batter will be thick but “pour” it into a greased 10X10 baking pan.
  7. Bake for approximately 30 minutes
  8. Let cool and cut into squares or bars.
  9. Enjoy with a big cup’o’coffee 😉

Notes: If you want bars to be thinner, cook in a larger pan.  


 

  

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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44 Comments

CARLA
Reply January 12, 2015

O
M
GOSH.
yes.
this.
with the child.
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 12, 2015

    Haha YES! My 22 month old pretty much ate the entire batch already :P

    lindsay Cotter
    Reply January 12, 2015

    i'm inviting myself over so we can have a party and make this, okay? YUM!
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      aelicatese
      Reply January 12, 2015

      Woohoo, sounds good! You're welcome anytime you wanna having a baking party- I am sure I could learn a thing or two ;)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply January 12, 2015

Reese's peanut butter spread? Oh, I would not be able to handle myself around that. I could eat the whole thing!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 12, 2015

    It is pretty yummy! Thankfully my kids are eating it all for me ;)

Brittany
Reply January 12, 2015

These look absolutely amazing girl! I have never tried that kind of PB... good thing I go to the grocery today!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 12, 2015

    Thank you! Boo to grocery shopping (my least favorite chore) but YAY to getting to try something new and scrumptious (the only good thing about grocery shopping) ;)

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply January 12, 2015

I just died.
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 12, 2015

    NOOOOOOO I need you! :P

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply January 12, 2015

I'm waiting for my jar to arrive...can't wait :) Love that you went the chickpea route. I've used chickpeas to make cookies before and they were so good! I will have to try these out!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 12, 2015

    Yay! Can't wait to see what you think of it! I decided to incorporate it into these bars because it is a bit too sweet for me on it's own but I bet you'll come up with something even more scrumptious!!!

Tatum | EATS From The Oil Patch
Reply January 12, 2015

These look so chewy and delicious!! I've never seen that reese's spread before.. maybe they don't have it in Canada.
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 12, 2015

    Thanks! They do melt in your mouth ;) I am pretty sure that they just came out with this but not sure if is available in Canada or not. Hopefully it is and it'll be in stores soon!

Jess @hellotofit
Reply January 12, 2015

Reese's are my absolute favorite...and these bars look awesome!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 12, 2015

    Thank you! These bars definitely taste like a healthier version of a Reese's Peanut Butter cup! :)

Farrah
Reply January 12, 2015

So...I've pretty much concluded that the marketing world is a genius for making this wonderfully amazing spread, and you are full of all the awesomes for turning it into delicious energy bars! I WANT. <3
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 12, 2015

    Seriously though- they are making it even easier for us to get chocolate in our daily diets (like I need help).....I tried my hardest to make it as healthy as possible ;)

Rachel
Reply January 12, 2015

This is dangerous for someone like me. #eatallthechocolate

    aelicatese
    Reply January 12, 2015

    Haha! I know, right?!

Linda @ TheFitty
Reply January 12, 2015

I can definitely see this being the next nutella! Could be potentially the worst and best thing... ;) I love checking up on your blog, even if I don't always comment you can bet I'm always lurking around!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 12, 2015

    I totally agree- it is a lot like nutella! I don't mind ya lurking- I do the same to your blog :P

Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes
Reply January 12, 2015

Just saw these Instagram and had to come check them out. These sound soooo good holy cow!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 12, 2015

    Thank you!!! Hope you get to try them out :)

Myra
Reply January 12, 2015

Omg...sooo making these!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 13, 2015

    Yay! Hope you enjoy! :)

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply January 12, 2015

chickpeas- really? WOW! you had me at Reece's!!! This is a MUST try!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 13, 2015

    Yup- chickpeas make a great sub! Definitely a must try ;)

Cassandra @PoweredByBling
Reply January 12, 2015

I am a Reese's Lovin' Queen - Peanut Butter Cups and Pieces. Long standing joke in with my family/friends. I am 100% making these!!!!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 13, 2015

    Yay!!! Let me know what you think! :)

Emily@WhateverFloatsYourOats
Reply January 13, 2015

Annmarie, you post the most DELICIOUS looking recipes!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 13, 2015

    Aw, thank you!!! I try- I struggled with getting a pretty pic of this one ;)

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply January 13, 2015

Wow. I need a pan of those now!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 13, 2015

    I ship ya some ;)

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply January 13, 2015

Ok. I need to start making a list of all the things we have to make in March. These are at the top, but with almond butter since I can't have the peanuts or milk chocolate?
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 13, 2015

    YES! We could do almond butter and cacao powder with some vegan chocolate chips! That would taste fab! :)

Amber
Reply January 14, 2015

this spread looks too good to be true...i see it is gluten free, BUT is it lactose free?!?!?!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 14, 2015

    No, it is sadly NOT lactose free :( Sorry friend!

Jade @ Jonesin' For Taste
Reply January 17, 2015

Okay, so what is maca?
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 17, 2015

    Maca is a powder you can usually buy from a health foods store :) It is a great energy booster!

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