Something sweet to cure your cravings in the morning without all the sugar! Low-sugar, chewy, chocolate peanut butter granola bars with less than 1 gram of sugar per bar! The perfect start to the morning.
I am a creature of habit and love my daily meals. I have been having the same yogurt bowl for about a year now but I have changed up the toppings along the way!
My favorite breakfast:
- Fat Free Fage (I get the larger containers of these from Costco)
- Strawberries (sometimes grapes or blueberries)
- Kamut and Unsweetened Almond Milk
- Homemade Nut mix
- Something Sweet!! Usually a homemade treat, like this chewy granola recipe here. This week will be these yummy granola bars!
- Even some dessert treats like:
Listen to your cravings! I have made many posts about this on my iInstagram, I live for balance and the 80/20 rule! I love my veggies and fruits but I am also an advocate for some sweets and snacks.. Everyday!
So in my eyes, having some yogurt, some puffed wheat, some nuts and a sweet treat is a perfectly balanced breakfast !! There is a lot of misinformation when it comes to yogurt bowls, people think that it is SO SUPER healthy to have a huge yogurt bowl with fruit, and lots of granola. This is fine, however, it is important to take a look at the nutrients in the yogurt and granola, some are packed with sugar and very high calorie! This is why I like to just have plain yogurt and add a lot of fun toppings and sides! Or even cereal is a great topping, I love crunching up Peanut Butter Chex and topping my bowls!
SO, rather than buying granola bars, since I love cooking and baking anyway, I wanted to create this yummy, low-sugar recipe! However, sugar is an important source of energy for our body, I am not encouraging a no-sugar diet! But if you have a huge sweet tooth like me it is fun to experiment with low-sugar recipes!
All of the ingredients that I used were.. Yep you guessed it, low in sugar allowing for the creation of this treat!
- Lily’s Dark Chocolate Baking Chips
- Walden Farms Pancake Syrup
- Rolled Oats
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Powder, here is the one I used.
- Light Butter, I used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Light
- Jif Whipped Peanut Butter (optional)
In a pot over medium heat, combine the butter, peanut butter powder, syrup, and whipped peanut butter until melted and combined. Pour the mixture over the oats and combine. Press into a parchment lined 8×8 baking dish. Press in the chocolate chips and put in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours. When completely cooled cut the bars into 10 rectangles.
I wrapped each bar individually so I can just grab them in the morning and take them to work with me!
The full recipe is below, yields 10 bars, 27 grams each and only 83 calories, 11.9 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fat, and 3 grams of protein!!
Tag me @_littlefitone if you make these, I would love to see!
Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars
- 8 grams Lily’s Dark Chocolate Baking Chips
- 1/3 cup Walden Farms Pancake Syrup I eyeballed this
- 150 grams Rolled Oats
- 2 tbsp Chocolate Peanut Butter Powder
- 28 grams Light Butter I used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Light
- 24 grams Jif Whipped Peanut Butter 2 tbsp
- In a pot over medium heat, combine the butter, peanut butter powder, peanut butter, and syrup. It should only take about 2 minutes. Stir continuously.
- Pour the mixture over the oats and combine.
- In a 8x8 parchment lined pan, pour the oat mixture into the dish and press down using your hands or a rubber spatula.
- When the oats line the bottom of the dish take the the chocolate chips and press them into the bars.
- Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
- When the bars are cooled use a knife to cut them into 10 rectangles.
- Divide and enjoy!
- I wrap my bars separately and store them for the week! Then they are ready to go in the morning as I leave for work.