Monday, January 21, 2013

Low-Fructose Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars (Gluten-Free)

These addicting bars are low in fructose, wheat-free and gluten-free. Gluten-free table crackers and dextrose are the special ingredients, but the peanut butter and chocolate make them absolutely delicious!

low-fructose, gluten-free chocolate peanut butter bars

Peanut butter is my latest addiction and these bars are my newest obsession. I've been craving peanut butter so much lately. I always think that when I crave a specific food, it means my body is actually craving a nutrient that food provides. According to my good friend who is very knowledgeable on nutrition, peanut butter contains vitamin E, CoQ10, resveratrol, healthy fats and protein. All things I could use more of. Or maybe I just love the taste of peanut butter. I must if I've been eating it by the spoonful!

What's better than peanut butter? Peanut butter and chocolate! One of my favorite recipes are these Peanut Butter Bars from They are so good and so easy to make, I was determined to make a gluten-free, low-fructose version. The biggest obstacle was the crushed graham crackers. I have made my own gluten-free graham crackers (not low-fructose, by the way), but who wants to bake up something only to crush it up and add it to another recipe? So much work, ugh....Store-bought gluten-free graham crackers have too much fructose. So I decided to use my favorite table crackers (by Glutino or EnerG). They are salty, not sweet, but I actually really like the combination of the salty crackers and sweet chocolate.

low-fructose, gluten-free chocolate peanut butter bars

These bars would be fructose-free if it weren't for the thin layer of semi-sweet chocolate on top. I can usually tolerate a small amount of dark chocolate. In fact, I eat dark chocolate every day. I try to not get too crazy with the chocolate consumption, but these bars are crazy-good!

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Low-Fructose Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
makes 16 bars


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup creamy (no-sugar-added) peanut butter*
1 cup powdered dextrose*
1 cup crushed gluten-free table crackers (about 8)*
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

* See my Low-Fructose Food Products page for my favorite brands of these ingredients. Also, if you don't need these to be low-fructose, you can use confectioners' sugar instead of dextrose.


  1. Line a 8" x 8" square baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Stir in the 1/2 cup peanut butter, dextrose and crushed crackers. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter together over low heat. Stir until smooth. Spread over top the peanut butter mixture.
  4. Refrigerate until set (about 2 hours). Lift out of pan using the aluminum foil and cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. 


  1. your chocolate peanut butter bars make me hungry. I want to taste it. It looks delicious and based on your ingredients, it's healthy. coq10 is good for aging and that makes me want it more.

  2. These are so yummy! My 9 year old daughter makes them all by herself.... easy and delicious! Tastes like a peanut butter/chocolate fudge. Thanks for another great recipe :)

    1. Glad you found another recipe for your daughter!

  3. I am so glad to have stumbled upon your blog. I am baking for a dear friend who is moving with her family tomorrow and I wanted to make them all some treats for the road. Her daughter eats a low FODMAP diet and so I decided to take on the challenge of following the diet while making great road food for three little girls. I made the lemon glazed muffins and this recipe. I didn't have the right crackers so I decided to run some oats through my food processor to add some stability tot he peanut butter. I read that oats were okay for low FODMAP so I hope they turn out okay. Thank you for sharing all that you have. Also, I found the powdered dextrose at my local vitamin supplement store, after going to Whole Foods and PCC with no luck.

    1. Glad you found the dextrose. I do think that oats would work great in this recipe. Hope everything turned out and that your friend's daughter was able to enjoy the treats! Thanks for the comment. :)

  4. We were looking for a Thanksgiving / general holiday dessert for my fructmal daughter and found these. She is also currently lactose free as well, so I altered it a bit since we aren't sure about the semi- sweet chips. I used 4 1/2 blocks of unsweetened baking chocolate (specifically Baker's), then a generous 1/3 cup of dextrose to sweeten it. The results were great and my daughter tolerated it without a problem.

    My daughter is doing a trial of stevia today, so next time I might try it with pure stevia extract.

    Thanks for all the great recipes. I'm gluten intolerant, so I eat what my daughter does to make life easier, and everything tastes so much wonderful.

    1. Great idea for the chocolate! Glad you like the recipe.

  5. Oh my gosh - these are outstanding!!! I am so happy I have found your blog. I am new to FODMAP living (just over a month now) and I have tried a handful of your recipes. You have been a God-Send! Thank you!