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I’ve made a lot of treats in my day, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say these copycat healthy butterfinger bars are the BEST.TREAT. I’ve ever created.
They’ve got every component I could ever wish for in a dessert. They’re rich and super satisfying, slightly sweet, slightly salty, crunchy and creamy at the same time, contain the best combo ever (peanut butter + dark chocolate FTW), are easy to make (no baking required!), incredibly nostalgic (who didn’t love candy bars growing up?!) and can be stored in the freezer for convenience whenever a sweet craving strikes.
But the best part?!
They’re naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and refined-sugar-free (and easily made vegan!) and sneak in gut-friendly and hormone-healthy ingredients to boot.
AKA, no bloating, blood sugar crashes or breakouts post-consumption. So that you can have your “cake” (or candy in this case) and eat it too. Snag the details and recipe below.
While yes, candy is…..candy, this doesn’t mean it can’t still be rich in nutrients and void of inflammatory agents found in most traditional store bought treats (think refined sugars, inflammatory oils, conventional dairy, etc.) Here’s a few reasons why this copycat butterfinger bar recipe is a much healthier option.
Instead of using processed sugars like cane, corn syrup, maltodextrin, agave or artificial sweeteners that can spike your blood sugar and mess with your gut microbiome, this butterfinger bar recipe uses only a small amount of organic maple syrup or honey to sweeten.
Most chocolate candy bars contain conventional and condensed milk that many people find difficult to digest. This recipe uses magnesium-rich dark chocolate (very beneficial for your menstrual cycle!) without any added dairy.
While you don’t HAVE to add in collagen powder to this recipe, incorporating additional protein is one of my favorite health hacks to minimize a blood sugar spike, which in turn wreaks havoc on your hormones. In this recipe I recommend using a collagen protein powder sourced from pasture-raised cows without any added hormones. It’s also enzymatically processed several times, which is a fancy way of saying it makes the collagen peptides more bioavailable (for maximum nutrient absorption). **Use code SOGREEN10 to save.
One of the reasons why candy has been deemed “unhealthy” is because it typically lacks nutrients that work to keep our blood sugar balanced, hormones happy and provide an overall feeling of satiation, hence why most of the time we’re still hungry after consuming. This butterfinger bar recipe sneaks in a ton of nutrients to help keep us satisfied (see below for details).
Unlike pretty much all store bought candy, this butterfinger bar recipe also sneaks in plenty of high quality fats and fiber, that work in tandem with the protein to give our hormones the building blocks they need to do their jobs effectively.
High quality protein is critical for hormone balance, as hormones are manufactured from amino acids, and without them your hormones aren’t be able to function optimally.
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of junk out there when it comes to protein sources (especially if you’re looking for it in the form of a powder), as most are quite processed and contain inflammatory ingredients like added sugars and shelf-stabilizing chemicals. My favorite clean protein protein powder is this collagen brand, which is rich in gut-healing compounds like glutamine, glycine, collagen and proline that reduce intestinal inflammation and support your thyroid gland.. **Use my code SOGREEN10 to save.
If you’re looking for a vegan protein option, this clean hemp protein powder is my preferred option!
Peanut butter contains a high amount of B-vitamins, which work to support liver detoxification in order to move estrogen effectively out of the body. It’s also rich in zinc, making it an ideal food to add during your period, as it will work to remineralize your blood. Make sure to purchase organic peanut butter without any added oils or sugars.
Dark chocolate (70% cacao or higher) is rich in magnesium, which helps lower prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that cause cramping. It also supports pituitary health, helping to signal the release of FSH and LH, necessary for a healthy menstrual cycle and fertility. Make sure to choose a brand without any emulsifiers that can disrupt gut and hormone health. This is my absolute FAVE dark chocolate and you can use the code LAUREN to save 15%.
This specific type of fiber promotes the growth of healthy gut bacteria, which works to optimize digestion and relieve constipation, metabolize fats, regulate blood sugar, manage inflammation and decrease risk factors like obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. This is my go-to brand and you can use the code SOGREEN10 to save 10%.
To make this recipe completely vegan, you’ll simply need to pick a protein powder sourced from vegan protein sources such as seeds, nuts or legumes. This is my preferred vegan protein powder brand. **You can also leave out all together or do a 1:1 swap with a ground flour like peanut or almond.
To make this recipe paleo-friendly, swap the peanut butter for a creamy, organic cashew butter.
While this butterfinger bar recipe is naturally lower in carbs and high in protein, healthy fats and fiber, you can reduce the net carbohydrates by a 1:1 ratio swap of monk fruit for maple syrup.
Peanut butter can get a bad rap, but like anything focusing on the ingredients can make all the difference. I always read labels and look for peanut butter without any added sugar or processed vegetable oils like palm/sunflower oil, which cause inflammation and disrupt hormones as a result. This is my go to clean, organic peanut butter brand.
I’ve said it twice and I’ll say it again, there’s a lot of junk out there when it comes to protein sources (especially if you’re looking for it in the form of a powder), as most are quite processed and contain inflammatory ingredients like added sugars and shelf-stabilizing chemicals. My favorite clean protein protein powder is this collagen brand, which is rich in gut-healing compounds like glutamine, glycine, collagen and proline that reduce intestinal inflammation and support your thyroid gland.. **Use my code SOGREEN10 to save.
Speaking of gut-friendly, I’m a huge fan of adding in prebiotic fiber to this recipe. It doesn’t affect the taste at all, but it does add help promote healthy gut bacteria, which works to optimize digestion and relieve constipation, metabolize fats, regulate blood sugar, manage inflammation and decrease risk factors like obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. This is my go-to brand and you can use the code SOGREEN10 to save 10%.
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These healthy butterfinger bars are so insanely delicious + easy to make that you’ll never go back to the original candy version again.
Author: Lauren Chambers
Recipe Type: dessert, snack, sweet treat
*Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for a week or freezer for 2 months. I put them straight in the freezer to have on hand whenever my sweet tooth strikes.
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