These are sort of a healthier cross between puffed wheat squares and peanut butter bars. I don't know if puffed wheat squares are a prairie thing or not, so maybe people aren't that familiar with them. They're really chewy, sweet, and chocolatey. Corn syrup is a main ingredient, followed closely by white sugar. Puffed wheat, corn syrup, sugar, and cocoa. If you've never had peanut butter bars, they're a thing old ladies make here, so you'll find them at holidays and funerals and stuff. They're peanut butter mixed with loads of icing sugar with marshmallows (often pastel coloured) throughout. Gross, I know, but so much peanut butter. And peanut butter is delicious.
I wouldn't call this recipe healthy exactly, but it's healthier than either puffed wheat squares or peanut butter bars. These little guys are chock full of protein packed peanut butter, mineral filled cacao, and heart-healthy coconut oil. It only calls for 1/3 cup of liquid sweetener, and that's all right in my books. I used puffed kamut wheat, an ancient grain, which is more easily digestible than standard wheat (and waaay more environmentally sustainable). I'm sure you could substitute other puffed-whatevers for the wheat, like brown rice or quinoa. This is a really quick, no bake recipe.
1/3 cup brown rice syrup or honey
3/4 cup natural peanut butter*
1/2 cup coconut oil
6 dates, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 cups kamut puffs
Throw the brown rice syrup, peanut butter, coconut oil, mashed dates, and vanilla into a large pot. Bring to a boil and then remove from the heat. Add the cacao and salt, and stir well. Pour the kamut into the pot and stir until evenly coated.
Press this mixture into a square or rectangular dish lined with parchment paper. It doesn't matter what size it is, just the thickness of the bar will change. Refrigerate for half an hour before cutting. This is best if kept in the fridge.
You can use a different kind of nut butter, or maybe even sunflower butter. I don't see why it wouldn't work.