Cacao Peanut Butter Cake Bars

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Ever since I was a little kid, I have loved the taste of peanut butter whether it was in cookies, ice cream, peanut butter bars, candy, or on a sandwich. I have also always enjoyed chocolate but since starting the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which does not allow traditional chocolate, I have begun trying out new recipes using a more pure form of this decadent treat called Cacao Butter.

I have decided to combine these two delicious flavors and created a sweet treat that is healthy yet satisfying. These Cacao Peanut Butter Cake Bars are the perfect snack to have on hand to enjoy anytime of day without regrets.

So easy and delicious I couldn't believe it was this healthy.

When I first heard of cacao butter I was a little skeptical that it would taste like chocolate because let’s face it, chocolate is one of the greatest flavors on the planet, but if you have never tried Cacao Butter before you may be as skeptical as I was that although this is pure chocolate it isn’t what we have been taught.

The first difference between cacao butter and chocolate is the appearance, chocolate is usually brown in color and cacao butter is a much lighter shade. The shape and texture is also different as when we usually purchase chocolate at the store it is in the candy form, a solid bar that is easily chewed up and melts in your mouth.

Cacao Butter is hard and in order to work with it for baking or even to eat it you will have to shave pieces off or in this case melt chunks to incorporate it into your recipes.

Now that we are a little more familiar with one of our star ingredients, let’s get started making the Cacao Butter Peanut Butter Cake Bars.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and get out a 13×9 inch glass baking pan (no need to grease it)

Melt 3/4 cup of Cacao Butter in microwave until liquified, this should take about 2-3 minutes depending on your microwave. I would do 1 minute at a time and check, stir, and then put back in until completely melted.

Mix together 1 Cup of Peanut Butter and melted Cacao Butter until well blended. The heat from the Cacao Butter should melt the peanut butter and make the two blend together easily. Add 2 bananas mix, add 1/2 cup of honey, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, mix, add 2 Eggs, and 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda and Mix. Continue to mix all ingredients together until they are well combined.

If you are a huge fan of peanut butter like my mom and I, you may want to try this recipe with 1 and a 1/2 to 2 cups of peanut butter for a richer flavor because the bananas can overshadow the peanut butter after they cool down.

Pour mixture into the baking dish and put it into the oven for about 20 minutes. The Cacao Peanut Butter Cookie Bars are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

These peanut butter bars made with cacao butter are so yummy I would never know they were healthy.


Have you ever tried baking with cacao butter before or are these Cacao Peanut Butter Cake Bars the first recipe you are going to try that incorporate this decadent ingredient into a healthy yet delicious dessert?





  1. Robin+Rue+(@massholemommy) says:

    Peanut butter is one of my all time favorite foods. These bars sound SO good – I can’t wait to try them.

  2. I wish my family like peanut butter. I am totally alone in this house with liking it. This looks great to try.

  3. Those sound absolutely fantastic! I love to make dessert bars like this. I can’t wait to try this one out!

  4. These look so good! I love anything that has peanut butter in it. That is my absolute favorite.

  5. I’ve never heard of cacao butter. (sheltered life lol) These would be scrumptious with a tall glass of milk! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Oh my gosh I may have to try this because I love peanut butter!!! I’ve been known to be caught with just the jar and a spoon before…ooopppss…

  7. I’ve never tried cacao before, but it’s funny that you posted this, because my husband was just mentioning it the other day. He’d like to give it a try. Maybe I’ll make these bars for him!

  8. Those look really good. You are so creative. I always find when I am on a diet that it is important to create delicious recipes that you can use to substitute for old favorites that you can no longer have. Helps you stay on track while feeling satisfied and happy.

  9. This is a great and healthy snack. The kids will love these. I will try to prepare this.

  10. Peanut butter in cake. I don’t think I’ve ever had that combination but I like them both so I might give it a try.

  11. pb and chocolate is one of my fav combinations. i would try these. my huz eats like no carbs so he would maybe appreciate these, too.

  12. This looks so delicious and healthy! I love that it’s healthy and that it has yummy peanut butter! I think my kids would love this,

  13. These bars look so dense and decadent, and they are PB bars, I am so obsessed with them.

  14. Ron+Leyba says:

    Wow. This looks really delicious. Would love to have a taste of them soon.

  15. I love anything with peanut butter. This absolutely looks good. I will save this

  16. Bonnie+@wemake7 says:

    These are great! My hubby has a sweet tooth but because he’s diabetic he can’t have sugar much so these are perfect.

  17. I love peanut butter and this looks like a yummy dessert. I can’t wait to try this.

  18. I have never tried using cacao butter before. These look so delicious and easy to make. I will have to get the ingredients i need so i can make some this weekend.

  19. Wow, these looks super tasty! I chavenever heard of cacao butter but I imgine that it smells so good.

  20. These look like a protein packed goodie for sure! I love recipes like this and we will definitely be making them!

  21. Those look amazing! I love just about anything with peanut butter in it. I’m sure they taste really good too. They sure do look good.

  22. Rebecca Swenor says:

    These Cacao peanut butter cake bars sound amazing. I have never heard of cacao butter before so I will have to try this recipe for sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  23. For something sugar free this looks so rich and decadent! I love alternative recipes to traditional sweets.

  24. These are so different and fun! Sugar free?! For real!? I love peanut butter!

  25. My son is allergic to peanut butter, so I don’t make many treats with it, but this looks really tasty. Maybe it would work with sunflower butter.

  26. I’ve been looking for cocoa butter for ever to make chocolate at home. I never thought you could buy it on amazon! How do you know if it’s food grade?

    • I usually read the information under the item and if that is still not clear I read the reviews others have left. I have been pretty lucky so far.

  27. Love anything peanut butter. But if you don’t have cocoa butter, can these be made without it or is there a sub for it?
    Thx in advance!

  28. Love anything peanut butter. But if you don’t have cocoa butter, can these be made without it or is there a sub for it?
    Thx in advance!

  29. You had me at peanut butter! This recipe looks delicious in every sense of the word. I’ll have to try it sometime!

  30. That’s an interesting recipe. Cacao Butter is also new to me. Bet these bars are yummy though. You can mess up when there is peanut butter involved lol

  31. Thank you for sharing, my little guy loves peanut butter so this will be a great snack for him.

  32. Brandon Sparks says:

    Wow.. This looks so good. My whole family would love this. Thank you..

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