Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Ready In: 1 hour
Serving: 12-16

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, finely ground [should be 1 1/2 cups once ground]
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1-2 tablespoons non-fat milk

Directions

  1. Line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, create crust ingredients by mixing together 3 cups rolled oats, peanut butter, maple syrup and salt, if using.
  3. Once everything’s combined, transfer mixture to lined baking dish and press into an even layer.
  4. Place baking dish in refrigerator and let chill until further use.
  5. For the filling: place peanut butter and maple syrup in a microwaveable bowl and microwave in 20-second increments until melted together and smooth.
  6. Stir in vanilla extract, then mix in 1 1/2 cups ground oats until thoroughly incorporated. Mixture will be thick.
  7. Pour fudgy filling over set crust, then return to refrigerator or freezer to set.
  8. For the frosting, place chocolate chips in a glass or other microwaveable bowl and heat in 20-second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
  9. Stir in Greek yogurt and cocoa powder, mixing until smooth, then add in non-fat milk (working in small batches) until desired consistency is reached.
  10. Once filling is set, spread frosting on top of bars, then return to refrigerator until set.
  11. Slice, serve and enjoy!

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