Bag of chocolate chips - $4.99.  Pack of peanuts - $3.99.  Getting your candy bar fix without cheating - PRICELESS!  Who would have ever thought you could eat a candy bar without any refined sugars or added preservatives?!  Not only is this candy bar completely clean but it’s less than 130 calories and only 4.5 grams of fat.  Be warned - it is really hard to eat just one!

Ingredients:

  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted and unsalted peanuts
  • 3 cups clean brown rice puffs (see notes)
  • 1 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups grain sweetened chocolate chips
  • 2 - 3 tbsp skim milk or water

Preparation:

  1. Place the dates (to remove the pits from the dates simply slice the dates down the middle, peel open and remove the pit) and peanuts in a blender or food processor.  If you are not using a food processor make sure you have a powerful blender - I use my Vitamix blender.

    Place dates and peanuts in a blender or food processor

  2. Blend the mixture on medium, stopping every so often to scrape down the sides.  Once you have a chunky consistency, blend on high to smooth the mixture out.

    Press peanut mixture into the bottom of a glass baking dish

  3. Transfer the mixture to an 8 x 8 glass baking dish.  Using the back of a large spoon (or your fingers) press the mixture into the dish to form the first layer.  If you have excess oil from the peanuts simply use a papertowel to absorb it.
  4. In a large saucepan add the brown rice syrup.  Heat on high until bubbles start to form (about 1 minute).  Remove from heat and immediately add the brown rice puffs.  Stir to combine and transfer to baking dish and pour on top of the peanut layer.
  5. Again, using the back of a spoon (or your fingers) press the brown rice puffs into the baking dish to form the second layer.
  6. In a small saucepan add the chocolate chips and 2 tbsp skim milk or water.  Heat on medium for about 3 minutes until the chocolate is melted and smooth (if the mixture is too thick add another tbsp of milk and stir to combine).  You will need to constantly stir the chocolate chips to ensure you don’t burn the chocolate.

    Pour melted chocolate on top and smooth with a spoon

  7. Remove the chocolate from the heat and immediately pour over the rice puff layer.  Coat the entire layer of rice puffs with chocolate and smooth with the back of a spoon (don’t use your fingers this time!)

    All 3 layers

  8. Place the baking dish in the frigerator for about 15 minutes minutes.  Once the chocolate has hardened cut the candy bars into 1 x 2 inch pieces.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 32 servings.

Serving size 1 candy bar.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 129, Cal. from Fat: 39, Total Fat: 4.5g, Sat. Fat: 1g, Carbs: 21g, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugars: 12g, Protein: 2g, Sodium: 8.5mg, Chol: 0mg

Notes:

For this recipe I used Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice cereal for the brown rice puffs.  They also have a gluten free variety that works perfectly!  Make sure that whichever brand of rice puffs you use that it is a clean variety.

The candy bars need to be stored in the fridge but can be taken out and left at room temperature for about 15 minutes if you prefer a softer bar.  I actually like them better cold but I’m a sucker for chewy candy.

Like I mentioned before - it’s really hard to eat just one.  While these are perfect for a candy bar fix and an absolutely great “cheat” while still being clean, they should still be eaten in moderation.  If your will power is somewhat lacking and you’re likely to give in to temptation then try giving some away as treats to friends, family and co-workers.  What a better way to share the joys of clean eating then by passing out candy bars!!!!  You can also make half a batch or try freezing and taking only one out for dessert each day.

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20 Comments

 
  1. What a wonderful recipe!! I’m looking forward to trying it!
    If only more people would realize that you don’t have to eat the chemical-filled, fat-packed candy bars in order to enjoy a treat! Frankly, clean treats just taste better!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Tiffany!

      I couldn’t agree more! Isn’t it wonderful the things you can create with wholesome and natural ingredients! And readers, make sure to stop by Tiffany’s blog at http://www.thegraciouspanty.com. She has a ton of yummy clean recipes and some great info on clean eating!

      ~Sarah

  2. This looks like a fantastic recipe! Thanks!!

  3. zenobia says:

    Hey this looks fantastic. where do you get brown rice syrup? Or do you make it yourslef?

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Zenobia!

      I get my brown rice syrup at my local health food store but if you’re not in the US I’m not sure if it’s available. Brown rice syrup is very similar to honey in consistency. It’s got a slightly sweet taste but overall it’s not a strong flavor at all. You can try substituting with raw honey but the flavor of the candy bar will change slightly (not sure if that is good or bad). Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

      ~Sarah

  4. Sandra says:

    Oh my goodness, priceless indeed…beautiful photos, and tasty recipe!!!

  5. Tiffany says:

    Grain sweetened chocolate chips!!!!????!!?!? What an AWESOME concept! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Sarah says:

      Grain sweetened chocolate chips are awesome! I use them in my almond butter cookies and my kids love having me sprinkle some over their vanilla ice cream for their dessert at night.

      ~Sarah

  6. Oh yum! I would love to indulge on a few of these… not sure I could stop at just one.

    • Sarah says:

      It’s VERY hard to eat just one! Especially knowing that they are healthy. Luckily if you overindulge you’ll only need to work off a small amount of calories!

      ~Sarah

  7. Oh wow that is one gorgeous, healthy and sweet treat! I love the fact that it’s so low in cals and fats - thank you for sharing this recipe!

  8. Annie says:

    This is such a great and simple candy bar! I would have a ridiculously hard time just eating one!

  9. Lisa says:

    Love the layers and that there is no white sugar in these.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Lisa!

      You would never know these are lacking sugar! I love making them for my kids playgroups - the kids think they are getting a naughty treat!

      ~Sarah

 
 

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