Baking: Cakes, Cookies, Muffins: Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

This Recipe Makeover is a great holiday treat or lunchbox snack, with 20% less calories than the traditional recipe.
Per serving: 67 calories and 3g sugars.
Saves: 17 calories and 4g sugars.

Author: Merisant/Equal® - www.equal.com
Date: December 26, 2012

Suggestions: For a fun Halloween treat, substitute an equal amount of orange "chocolate" chips for the chocolate chips, or add half orange and half chocolate chips.

Serves: 48 person(s)
Yield: 48 x bars

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins

Ingredients:

    This made-over bar takes the same recipe and replaces the higher calorie ingredients with lower calorie. By trading whole milk with low-fat milk (or fat-free), large egg with medium, and granulated sugar with Equal® sweetener, these tasty treats skim off the calories, fat and sugars.
  Recipe Makeover

    1/2 cup stick butter or buttery spread, softened
    1 cup Equal® Spoonful (or 24 packets Equal® sweetener) *
    1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
    1/2 cup 2% milk
    1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
    1 medium egg
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    3/4 cup quick oats, uncooked
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt
    3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

  Traditional Recipe

    1/2 stick of butter, softened
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
    1/2 cup whole milk
    1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
    1 large egg
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    3/4 cup quick oats, uncooked
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt
    3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350°F.

    In a mixing bowl, beat butter, Equal® and brown sugar until well combined. Stir in milk, peanut butter, egg, and vanilla until blended. Gradually mix in combined flour, oats, baking soda, and salt until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.

    Spread mixture evenly in well-sprayed 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for 23 to 25 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into squares; store in airtight container at room temperature.

Variations:

    * NOTE: If desired, in the above recipe, the 1 cup Equal® Spoonful can be replaced by 1 cup granulated sugar (or if brown sugar is preferred, add an additional 1 cup brown sugar, making a total of 1-1/3 cups brown sugar).

    Serving suggestion is not included in the nutritional analysis.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

MakeoverTraditional
Calories:67 cals84 cals
Kilojoules:281 kJ352 kJ
Fat3.5 g3.6 g
Carbohydrates7.7 g11.6 g
Protein1.4 g1.4 g
Cholesterol6.6 mg7.0 mg
Sodium49 mg49 mg
Saturated Fat1.6 g1.6 g
Fiber0.4 g0.4 g
Calcium11.0 mg11.0 mg
Total Sugars3.0 g7.0 g

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