Whole Wheat “Spreads” Two Ways: Peanut Butter Chocolate and Coconut Chocolate


Patterned off of the Pioneer Woman's "spreads", you'll love this real-food version of coconut chocolate spreads. Whole wheat flour, unsweetened coconut, and a touch of unrefined sugar will wow your eaters.Love the The Pioneer Woman? Who doesn’t really? My pre-K daughter and I love to put on one of her Food Network shows in the afternoon while folding laundry (and sneaking in exercise, too). Most of her recipes aren’t exactly healthy, but I enjoy getting new ideas and tweaking some of them for our family. The latest recipe I’ve been reworking of hers is called “Spreads“. If you’re a Pioneer Woman fanatic like me, you’re welcome to follow my new pin board called “Pioneer Woman Recipes to Try.”

Patterned off of the Pioneer Woman's "spreads", you'll love this real-food version of coconut chocolate spreads. Whole wheat flour, unsweetened coconut, and a touch of unrefined sugar will wow your eaters.

What are these Spreads, you ask? A Spread is much like a sugar cookie bar that’s imperfectly shaped and has been jazzed up a bit with various toppings. It’s very, very easy to make and requires only a few ingredients and only ONE bowl.

Patterned off of the Pioneer Woman's "spreads", you'll love this real-food version of coconut chocolate spreads. Whole wheat flour, unsweetened coconut, and a touch of unrefined sugar will wow your eaters.

Patterned off of Pioneer Woman's "spreads", this real food version of peanut butter chocolate spreads is sure to delight your family. It uses unrefined sugar, whole wheat flour, and natural peanut butter. Delicious!

My recipe came out fairly rich-tasting, reminding me of a candy bar. The Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread was reminiscent of a Reese’s PB Cup and the Chocolate Coconut Spread reminded me of an Almond Joy. Careful, it’s hard to stop at only one or two or three! We liked them best after they were baked and then refrigerated overnight, believe it or not.

Patterned off of Pioneer Woman's "spreads", this real food version of peanut butter chocolate spreads is sure to delight your family. It uses unrefined sugar, whole wheat flour, and natural peanut butter. Delicious!

Patterned off of the Pioneer Woman's "spreads", you'll love this real-food version of coconut chocolate spreads. Whole wheat flour, unsweetened coconut, and a touch of unrefined sugar will wow your eaters.

Below are a few ways I made this treat a bit healthier. With some easy swaps I added in nutrition and avoided trans-fats and refined carbs and sugars.

1 – I replaced the regular ole bleached white flour with white whole wheat flour. By doing this, you’re adding fiber and nutrients but not altering the taste or texture much (especially if you use WHITE whole wheat, which I highly recommend.).

2 – I replaced the margarine (gah!) with REAL grass-fed butter (here’s why) in the Chocolate Peanut Butter ones and coconut oil (here’s why) in the Chocolate Coconut ones.

3 – I replaced brown sugar with organic raw unrefined sugar, which surprisingly tastes a lot like brown sugar but hasn’t been processed nearly as much. That means it retains some of it’s nutrient value. You can find this, which also goes by the name Turbinado sugar, in the health food section and often in the regular baking aisle these days.

Now, the question is, which version will you make? I’ve provided both recipes below for your enjoyment. And, I must say, I didn’t have a favorite. I liked them both for different reasons.

Which one will you try first?

Coconut Chocolate Spreads
 
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Patterned off of the Pioneer Woman's "spreads", you'll love this real-food version of coconut chocolate spreads. Whole wheat flour, unsweetened coconut, and a touch of unrefined sugar will wow your eaters.
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unrefined sugar (called turbinado sugar)
  • 1 cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted but not hot
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (I used white whole wheat)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sugar and coconut oil. Add in egg and mix together. Add flour, salt, and vanilla, and mix together well.
  3. Spread dough onto cookie sheet to a thickness of ¼ to ½-inch.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until slightly brown.
  5. When the Spread is done, pull out of the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Return to oven for 1 minute. Remove and spread melted chips over the top. Sprinkle coconut evenly over the top. Cut into squares.

 
Peanut Butter Chocolate Spreads
 
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Patterned off of Pioneer Woman's "spreads", this real food version of peanut butter chocolate spreads is sure to delight your family. It uses unrefined sugar, whole wheat flour, and natural peanut butter. Delicious!
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw unrefined sugar (called turbinado sugar)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (I used white whole wheat)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla
  • ½ cup all-natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sugar and butter. Add in egg and mix together. Add flour, salt, and vanilla, and mix together well.
  3. Spread dough onto cookie sheet to a thickness of ¼ to ½-inch.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until slightly brown.
  5. When the Spread is done, pull out of the oven and spread peanut butter evenly over the top. Then, sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Return to oven for 1 minute. Remove and spread melted chips over the top. Cut into squares.


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  1. Oh how I love how you made both of these healthier options! Making soon.Thanks so very much!!

    • Rachel says

      And I’m sure you’ll add your own healthier baking tweaks, too! 🙂