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Mini Peanut Bars

Mini Peanut Bars 24.000

Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post

Mar 28, 2018

The taste of these easy, no-bake treats will remind you of a PayDay candy bar. They also share some DNA with Rice Krispies treats.

The double dose of peanuts in the form of whole nuts and peanut butter means these protein-packed bars are really filling, even in small portions. (You could easily cut more than the suggested 24 bars and still have a satisfying bite.)

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Make Ahead: The bars can be refrigerated in an airtight container (between layers of parchment or wax paper) for up to 2 weeks.

Where to Buy: Be sure to use a creamy peanut butter labeled as “natural,” without additives. When we tested this with regular creamy peanut butter, the bars were too greasy.


Servings:
24

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Tested size: 24 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces natural creamy peanut butter (about 1 cup; see headnote)
  • 14 ounces (1 can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 16 ounces unsalted roasted peanuts

Directions

Line a 9-inch square baking dish with plastic wrap, leaving enough overhang to be able to lift out the slab for easy cutting.

Combine the unsalted butter and peanut butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the mixture is smooth and well blended. Stir in the sweetened condensed milk and marshmallows; cook for about 3 minutes, stirring, or until smooth. Remove from the heat.

Stir in the peanuts so they are evenly distributed. Working quickly, pour the mixture into the baking dish, smoothing it evenly into the corners. Let cool for 30 minutes, then transfer to the freezer for another 30 minutes to firm up.

Use the plastic wrap to lift out the slab of peanut butter bars. Cut into 24 equal pieces and serve or store in the refrigerator (see MAKE AHEAD, above).

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Recipe Source

Adapted from “Mom’s Sugar Solution: 150 Low-Sugar Recipes for Your Kids’ Favorite Foods, Sweet Treats, and More!” by Laura Chalela Hoover (Adams Media, 2018).

Tested by Becky Krystal.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per piece: 240


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 16g 25%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 5mg 2%

Sodium: 30mg 1%

Total Carbohydrates: 18g 6%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 12g

Protein: 9g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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