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I was thinking all week of what to make for the Super Bowl party at Josh’s new house…I love  chocolate and peanut butter so I wanted to do that but add something else to make it more “manly” and exciting for the party. I finally decided on Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate-Bacon Ganache. You might be wondering…really, can that be made healthy? Yes…yes it can. It turned out great and everyone at the party really enjoyed it. Nobody believed that it was healthy, or that I used pureed raisins instead of oil and sugar. The bacon did not stand out though but the flavor combinations with the chocolate and peanut butter, salty/sweet, were perfect after burgers, brats, and ribs. The party turned out to be quite a success! We had enough food for all 35 people and we had a great time!

Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate-Bacon Ganache

Servings: 30

Prep/Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Info: Calories-150; Fat-9g; Cholesterol-2mg; Sodium-67mg; Carbohydrates-16g; Fiber-3g; Protein-3g; Sugar-11g

Ingredients:

For the Peanut Butter Bars

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 small boxes of raisins
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

For the Ganache

  • 9 oz semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp low sodium whipped butter
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 10 pieces bacon
  • sea salt to taste

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F
  2. Puree all of the raisins in a food processor and then blend in a large bowl with 1 cup peanut butter, egg, maple syrup and almond milk until smooth
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, corn starch, baking powder and baking soda
  4. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet and pour into a greased 9×13 cake pan and cook for 15 minutes or until it starts to brown on the sides and set aside to cool
  5. In a pan combine the maple syrup, butter and coconut milk and heat on the stove until it boils
  6. In a bowl with the chocolate morsels pour the boiling mixture on top and mix until all the chocolate is melted, set aside
  7. Cook the bacon according to the directions, I used the stove top, but I would probably do microwave next time since it is easier
  8. Chop the bacon into fine pieces in the food processor
  9. Pour the ganache over the peanut butter bars and then sprinkle with bacon and sea salt (enough so each piece would have some on it)
  10. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to slightly harden the ganache

*Next time for a more peanut-buttery flavor I would add a thin layer of peanut butter over the bars before topping it with the ganache

*I also might just omit the bacon since it didn’t have a strong flavor anyways :/ But it was still delicious!

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