Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Bars


Happy Father’s Day—to my amazing dad and all of the other irreplaceable papas out there!

In honor of the holiday, I baked you (and him) a treat. :)


Since I couldn’t be there in person to celebrate the holiday with my dad, I sent a batch of this dessert his way. It’s includes some of his favorite snacks, peanuts, pretzels and chocolate. And who doesn’t love a bar cookie? This recipe turned out to be the perfect gift for my dad in particular: He’s sometimes sweet (shoveling the neighbors’ sidewalks all winter long, just to be kind), oftentimes salty (as many times as I cover my ears at his jokes, they are hilarious!) and always awesome to have around.

Give this BIG recipe a try for Father’s Day, your next work party, group picnic or neighborhood potluck. It’s sure to please the crowd!


Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Bars, adapted from Laura in the Kitchen

Serves 54*
  • 1 3/4 cups peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup egg whites
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup stevia (or sugar)
  • 5 cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 1 cup shelled , salted peanuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Line a 12″ x 18″ pan with foil and mist with nonstick spray.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter and olive oil until the mixture reaches an even consistency. Add egg whites, brown sugar, vanilla and stevia.
  4. Slowly mix in flour, stirring in about one-quarter of the dry portion at a time to incorporate evenly.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips, pretzel pieces and peanuts.
  6. Press into the prepared pan so the batter is flat (and will bake at the same rate throughout).
  7. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out clean.

Nutrition information per bar (1/54 of the pan): 171 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 74 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 5 g protein

*Feel free to cut the recipe in half and bake in a 9″ x 13″ pan if you don’t have an army to feed

Which do you prefer: Sweet or salty? And what do you love most about your dad?

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