Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Peanut Butter Dream Bars

Serves 8
Calories per serving 157

1/2 cup low calorie thin chocolate wafers, finely ground
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbs unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup creamy reduced-fat peanut butter
1 1/2 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, room temp.
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 Tbs semi sweet chocolate chips, melted

Line a 9x4 inch loaf pan with wax paper
Combine the ground wafers, oats, sugar and /4 tsp salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the butter until everything is evenly moistened. Stir in 1 Tbs peanut butter until mixture forms large clumps. Transfer mixture to lined loaf pan and press an even layer. Refrigerate until firm. about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, beat cream cheese on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla, remaining 3 tbs peanut butter, and remaining 1/4 tsp salt and beat on med. speed until pale and nearly doubled in volume, about 7 minutes. Transfer to the loaf pan and spread in an even layer over cookie crust. Freeze until firm, about 10 minutes.

Spread the chocolate in a thin even layer over the chilled peanut butter layer. Refrigerate until firm, about 10 minutes. When ready to serve lift bars out of the pan using the wax paper overhand. Cut crosswise into 8 bars and serve cold.

* Cook Yourself Thin pg 200

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