Healthy Butterfingers Bars

butterfingers

Makes 12-16 bars
Orignal recipe by chocolatecoveredkatie.com, adapted by GKC
1/4 cup agave (honey or maple syrup)
1 tablespoon molasses
3 ½ tablespoons sugar
1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or creamy) (Almond or cashew butter will work; the flavor just won’t be as close to that of the popular candy bar.)
1 ½ cups bran flakes (or cornflakes or another flake cereal)
1/8 teaspoon salt
Topping:
2/3 cup chocolate chips or 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil mixed with 1/4 cup cocoa powder and liquid sweetener, like agave, to taste

Combine agave, molasses and sugar, in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil about a minute, stirring constantly, then remove from heat. Add the peanut butter and salt, and stir until it makes a paste. Add the cereal and stir very well to coat, partially crushing the cereal flakes as you stir. Make sure the flakes are very evenly coated.
Press into a greased 8×8 pan and freeze until completely hardened.
For the topping: Melt the chocolate chips over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth, or mix the coconut oil with the sweetener and cocoa. Then spread over the bars with a spatula and re-freeze to harden. Store in the freezer. (Cut into bars while only somewhat frozen.

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