I’ve been making sweets for a long time! When I was still in elementary school I had perfected the art of chocolate chip cookies. Before we went gluten free and low glycemic, Jim’s and my favorite dessert (well, it was in the top 5, anyways), was chocolate peanut butter bars, bursting with confectioner’s sugar, graham crackers, and butter. Those were some good eats! I wasn’t sure how to replicate that recipe, without all the badness, though, until I ran across a Paleo one, made with sunbutter, instead of peanut butter, in The Big Man’s World. I changed his recipe a bit, adding less coconut flour, and adjusting a few other proportions. I also added a little coconut cream to the chocolate, so it wouldn’t be too hard to bite into. Well, these Paleo Chocolate Sunbutter Bars are to die for…seriously, so good! Thanks for the inspiration, The Big Man’s World! By the way, you should check out that site…great ideas!
This recipe calls for coconut flour, but I need to warn you to keep the amount small…blech! That stuff can sure taste nasty, but you need some of it to get the right consistency in these bars. It is really good at soaking up extra liquid. The good news about coconut flour is that it adds tons of healthy fiber to your dish, and coconut has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels.
My regular readers will know that if you really need to watch your sugars, I recommend using xylitol, instead of coconut sugar. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol, frequently taken from birch, that is low carb and low glycemic. I love the stuff, because it tastes and bakes almost exactly like sugar. It isn’t paleo, though. Coconut sugar definitely has some health benefits and is way better than bleached sugar, but xylitol is the right choice for someone with diabetes. At this point the studies I’ve read about the glycemic value of coconut sugar have been inconclusive.
Before we get to the recipe for the Paleo Chocolate Sunbutter Bars, I want to invite you to join with others who are making healthy changes. I’d love to walk alongside you in your journey towards wholeness and health! Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full!” Freedom from food addictions is part of having a truly full life.