These peanut butter nut bars are crunchy, deliciously sweet and packed with gut-boosting nuts that promise to leave you feeling satisfied throughout the day.
With the whirlwind of Christmas and New Year finally over and routine firmly in place, February is a wonderful month for setting realistic goals and filling our bodies with nutritious foods.
When it comes to snacking in the afternoon, I always like to reach for something on the nutty side to keep me going. Not only are nuts packed with healthy fats (which are amazing for keeping us fuller for longer), but they're also essential for brain health too.
My inspiration for this recipe comes from my original nut bar recipe, Sticky Coconut and Nut Granola Bars, which you can also find in our recipe book, Primal Gourmet. Although it's very similar, I've changed a few of the ingredients and simplified it.
How To Make Nut Bars
There's no doubt about it, these peanut butter nut bars are super easy to whip up. You'll need to use your Primal Slender Blender Pro (the food processor part) to chop up the nuts up ever so slightly, pop all the ingredients into one bowl, stir together and then finally pour into a 9x9 lined baking tray. Not bad, huh?
I like my nuts super chunky so I make a habit of not chopping them up too much. As for the dates, you can chop these up with a knife or feel free to add them to the food processor.
When it comes to pouring your mixture into the tin, you'll need to make sure it's layered evenly and then press down so the mixture is firmly in place and compact.
This recipe only takes 16 minutes to bake. Once done, remove from the oven and leave to cool completely. This bit is super important so that the nuts have the chance to firm up and stick together. Once cooled, pop the tray into the freezer for an hour or two (to harden up) and then remove once you're ready to tuck in.
Ingredients To Make Nut Bars
I've kept this recipe super simple and have only used 4 ingredients: mixed nuts, smooth almond butter, organic dates and stevia drops (optional but recommened). All of which are natural and free from refined sugar. If you're not able to find stevia drops, then simply use 1 teaspoon of stevia instead (or adjust to taste accordingly).
Sugar Free Peanut Butter Nut Bars
- 4 cups mixed nuts - chopped
- 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 20 organic dates - chopped
- Pinch salt (optional but recommended)
- 4/5 stevia drops (or 1 teaspoon stevia - optional but recommended also)
Begin by pre-heating your oven to 170c.
In your Primal Slender Blender Pro food processor, mix together the nuts and blitz for 2 seconds.
In a bowl, add the mixed nuts, dates, peanut butter, stevia and salt. Mix everything together.
Line a square baking tin with parchment paper and pour your mixture into the pan and flatten firmly.
Pop the tray into the middle of the oven and bake for 16-18 minutes. Remove and leave to cool completely. Once cool, place in the freezer for an hour (or two) and remove once ready to eat. Cut into 8 large bars or 16 small squares with a very sharp knife.
Eat + enjoy!
These bars are best kept in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to consume.