Can you believe that these luxurious Easy Chocolate Coated Peanut Butter Squares are made with only 5 ingredients (plus a little sea salt) and are so simple that your kids can make them?
Why make these Easy Chocolate Coated Peanut Butter Squares
It’s so convenient to have snacks like energy balls, granola bars and muffins on hand in the freezer. I think you’re going to find that these Easy Chocolate Coated Peanut Butter Squares will be a welcome addition to your supply. They are so quick to make, satisfy the nutritional gap between meals, taste oh-so-decadent with their nutty, chocolatey flavour and can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. What more could we ask for, really? We find that they are satisfying all on their own but we love them sliced a little smaller and served with some fruit on the side, too.
What this dietitian loves about these ingredients
Peanut butter: Protein-rich peanuts provide fuel and staying power thanks to their health-promoting fats. This hard working, humble nut is also rich in many key nutrients such as coper, B Vitamins, Vitamin E and more, which can promote good heart, skin and the immune system. Most importantly, most kids adore the simplicity and taste of peanut butter.
Coconut flour: Made from dried coconut meat, coconut flour provides both soluble and insoluble fibre, which promotes digestive health. It also adds protein and healthy fats, which contribute to these squares making such a satisfying snack.
Dark chocolate: The health benefits of dark chocolate aside, its role in this recipe is to set off the sweet peanut butter filling and make these snacks oh-so-delicious!
How to make these Easy Chocolate Coated Peanut Butter Squares
They really couldn’t be simpler to make and my kids can even make the whole recipe on their own.
Just stir together toasty peanut butter, lightly coconutty coconut flour, sweet maple syrup and fragrant vanilla.
Next, you’ll press the mixture into a lined pan and slice it into 8 squares.
Pop the pan into the freezer, until solid. Make the coating by melting a little chocolate and coconut oil together in a shallow bowl.
Dip the squares into the chocolate one by one to coat, and sprinkle on your toppings.
Return your pan with its completed snacks to the freezer, and you’re done! We enjoy decorating the squares with brightly coloured sprinkles (our favourite topper!), chocolate drizzle or a little flaky sea salt. The toppings add their own personality and are a simple way to change the flavour profile, customize your snack and have fun!
At our house, we gather in the kitchen and work as a team to make the squares. Adding ingredients to the bowl, stirring and pressing the dough into a rectangle are easily achievable tasks for kids. I do the dipping, and my youngest decorates them with toppings. It can be a bit of a mess but that just adds laughter and contributes to the good feelings. Food is about more than nutrition, it’s about connection too, and what a lovely way to connect.
I hope you and your family adore this recipe as much as we do. It’s naturally gluten-free if gluten is a concern for you and, if desired, you can make them plant-based by using vegan chocolate. Have fun with different toppings and enjoy the velvety, decadent flavour!