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Healthy Copycat Whatchamacallit Bars

Posted by ReganJonesRD
September 20, 2013
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A tasty, clean eating alternative to a childhood favorite candy bar -- Whatchamacallits. Made with peanut butter, whole grain ce

A tasty, clean eating alternative to a childhood favorite candy bar -- Whatchamacallits. Made with peanut butter, whole grain cereal, dried fruit and unsweetened chocolate, this no bake dessert is as simple as it is delicious.


 

I haven't had a candy bar in 20 years. 

No. I'm serious. 

I mean, I've had miniatures at Halloween and Valentine's Day, sure. And I dabbled in some Hershey's bar s'more building on a recent "ReDux Retreat/SEC immersion" weekend with Deanna.

But a full on wrapper-ripping, front-to-back bar eating experience? Not since the summer before my senior year when Laura McPeters and I regularly enjoyed Peanut Butter Snickers together. (How I recall that, I haven't a clue. Some things just stick with you, you know?) 

Ironically, the topic of candy bars recently came up when a woman I know from high school (not Laura) messaged me on Facebook to ask my opinion on PTOs being allowed to sell candy bars and sodas to kids on occasion for fundraising. 

Do I even have to tell you my opinion? 

#NotAFan

It's not that I think a candy bar is gonna put you in the grave, but I just don't feel the urge to spend my calories that way (and I certainly don't think my kids should spend their calories that way either). I'm usually fine indulging in a miniature or small bite bar. Fewer calories, same taste. That's been my chocolate MO now for decades.

Until these came along.

A tasty, clean eating alternative to a childhood favorite candy bar -- Whatchamacallits. Made with peanut butter, whole grain ce

I knew as soon as I finished the very last bite of a pan full of Chocolate Walnut Bars that these were destined for even greater things. And when this month's topic of "No Cook Desserts" surfaced, I knew where to start. I've essentially used a similar filling and spread it over a crunchy, nutty crust. I didn't set out to recreate a healthy version of the Whatchamacallit candy bar. But that's what happened. #SweetSerendipity 

Disclaimer: I don't consider sending peanut butter and chocolate for a warm whirl in the microwave to soften them "cooking." But if you do, then you can call me a cheater.

How does the saying go?

If these bars are wrong, I don't want to be right?. 

My high school reunion is next weekend, and I won't be there. I can't help but wonder if Laura will be. I also wonder if she still eats Snicker's? And I wonder if she'd like these bars.

Would you?

For more No Cook Dessert ideas, be sure to visit the other Recipe ReDux links below. 

A tasty, clean eating alternative to a childhood favorite candy bar -- Whatchamacallits. Made with peanut butter, whole grain ce


A tasty, clean eating alternative to a childhood favorite candy bar -- Whatchamacallits. Made with peanut butter, whole grain ce

 

A tasty, clean eating alternative to a childhood favorite candy bar -- Whatchamacallits. Made with peanut butter, whole grain ce

 

A tasty, clean eating alternative to a childhood favorite candy bar -- Whatchamacallits.
A tasty, clean eating alternative to a childhood favorite candy bar -- Whatchamacallits. Made with peanut butter, whole grain ce

Copycat Whatchamacallit Bars

Yield

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (150 g) peanut butter
  • 1 cup (30 g) crispy brown rice cereal (about 30 g) [I used Attune/Erewhon]
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
  • 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup (35 g) pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup (150 g) toasted almonds

Directions

  1. Coat an 8- x 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Warm peanut butter in a small bowl in microwave on HIGH in 15 second intervals until creamy and smooth; stir in cereal and 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Spread into prepared dish.
  3. Melt chocolate in a small bowl in microwave on HIGH in 30 second intervals until smooth; stir in remaining syrup; set aside.
  4. Pulse remaining ingredients in food processor until very finely chopped. Add melted chocolate to mixture in food processor. Pulse until combined.
  5. Spoon over peanut butter-cereal crust in dish and carefully spread to edges. Refrigerate until firm (at least 1 hour). Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

 

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Calories 255
Carbohydrates 18.7g
Fiber 3g
Sugar 9.8g
Fat 18.6g
Protein 7.6g
Sodium 59mg
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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org. She is also the host of the podcast, This Unmillennial Life, which was recently named New & Noteworthy on iTunes.
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