Peanut Butter Raisin Bars are made with a thoughtfully crafted blend of energy-dense ingredients that will give you the natural energy we need to get out and play, work, hike, run, quilt, or shoot, even make recipes in the kitchen. (that one is my favorite hehe)
Peanuts are Not Nuts
Did you know that peanuts are not true nuts but instead they are a member of a family of legumes related to peas, lentils, chickpeas and other beans? They start growing as a ground flower but due to its heavy weight, it bends towards the ground and eventually burrows underground where the peanut actually matures. They are a very good source of monounsaturated fats. In addition, peanuts are also good source of niacin, folate, copper, manganese, and protein.
If you are allergic to peanuts you could substitute it with Inchi Seed butter, which tastes pretty darn close to peanut butter. It does seem to be a little thinner than peanut butter so a few ingredients might need to be adjusted but totally do-able.
Peanut butter doesn’t really ever need help in making it taste it better but it does like to mingle in the presence of good company, so I added in some chocolate chips. If you make the raw chips, they exterior ones will melt some while the bars are dehydrating. But if you don’t have the means or time to make your own, they make some pretty darn good ones these days. They may not be raw but now they make them gluten-free, vegan, and even sugar-free (using stevia).
One last food for thought… you could get away with not dehydrating these bars if you don’t mind storing them in the freezer and then eating them right away once you take them out of the ice box. They taste amazing either way. It’s just nice to have options. I do hope you enjoy this recipe. Many blessings and please keep in touch. amie sue