I think it’s gone on long enough…
I’ve posted so many recipes since the announcement, yet I haven’t said a WORD about the Gilmore girls revival.
Well, friends. That changes today.
First off: Childhood MADE.
I love Gilmore girls. For one because I grew up secretly dreaming that I actually was a Gilmore girl because I have that whole brown hair-blue eyes thing going on. And also because Lorelai and Rory are pretty much the definition of #squadgoals.
If I’m being completely honest with you, I’ve watched it nearly a dozen times straight through. That’s probably embarassing. But the show is pure gold, so…oh well? Thank you, Netflix, for your binge-watching capabilities.
So, thoughts about this reboot: I’m not-so-secretly hoping that Rory will end up with Jess. I’ve heard that her three main squeezes – Dean, Logan, and Jess – are coming back, but Jess was my favorite. I know it’s because I had such a crush on him as a kid. Actually, when my mom called me out on it, I remember getting horrendously embarrassed. Cheeks red, totally flustered, saying stuff like, “OMG MOM YOU’RE SO EMBARRASSING.”
It really was every 15-year-old’s nightmare.
I was suchhhh an I’ve-never-seen-a-boy-before-in-my-life kind of girl as a kid. Ah, memories.
I’m also ridiculously excited to see what Paris is up to? I have no idea why because I always sort of thought that she was annoying. But going back through this show as an adult (woah, that was weird to say), I pretty much think she was the funniest character ever.
Also: What about Luke and Lorelai?! I mean, I’d be horribly horribly disappointed if one of them screwed up that relationship between the last season and now. I rewatched the first season a while ago, and I was still rooting for them to be together at episode 1. They’re meant to be. Ross & Rachel, Jim & Pam…Luke & Lorelai.
Gahh I can’t wait. What do you think is gonna happen?
So…what does Gilmore girls have to do with these No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Snack Bars?
“These are a few of my fav-o-rite thingsssss.”
If you’re ever jonesing for candy, but you’re looking to stay within those health goals, these babies are your delicious answer.
They’re laughably simple to make, and they’re made from some of my favorite whole food pantry staples:
- dates. obsessed with these caramely, chewy buggers.
- peanuts. i’m a certified peanut freak.
- homemade chocolate. ya’ll know this recipe is one of my favorite healthy snack/dessert hacks.
And badaboom, that’s it.
So yeah these are basically a glorified LÄRABAR. But ooooh my goodness, friends, they’re so much more than that!
I’m serious when I tell you that they taste like a candy bar. So much so, that I almost called these Healthy No-Bake Snickers Bars. But Mark and I both agreed that “Peanut Butter Cup Snack Bars” really captured the complete and total epicness that is these bars.
Mark takes these Peanut Butter Cup Snack Bars to work as a snack, I eat them for dessert, and honestly, you could totally eat them for breakfast if you wanted to. Really, you can’t enjoy these wrong. You can only enjoy them right. So so right.
You’re gonna go [pea]nuts over these.Print
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Snack Bars
- Yield: 6 bars
- 1 cup pitted medjool dates*
- 3/4 cup roasted peanuts (I used plain dry-roasted, but salted would be delicious!), plus more for topping
- pinch salt (if not using salted peanuts)
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1 and 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- Make the dough: Add dates, peanuts, and salt (if using) into your food processor and pulse until small chunks of peanuts remain and the mixture easily comes together (see photos).
- Press into half of an 8X8 baking pan (otherwise, double the recipe to fill the entire baking pan), and set in the fridge to set, about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the chocolate topping: Mix melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and cocoa powder until smooth. Set aside.
- Assemble: Cut the dough into 6 equal-sized bars. Top with the chocolate sauce, and sprinkle with additional peanuts.
- Store bars in the fridge.
*Make sure your dates are nice and chewy. If they’re a little dry, soak them in some warm water for a few minutes. Then dry them off well with a paper towel, and continue with the rest of the recipe.
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