We low carbers are really good at faking it. No, no, I don’t mean that, get your mind out of the gutter! I mean we are really good at pretending one ingredient is entirely a different ingredient altogether. Cauliflower “rice”, zucchini “noodles”, cheese taco shells, pork rind cereal (yes, really!). Seriously, if we can find a way to make it look and taste like another food, we will be utterly delighted with ourselves. Assuming it’s low in carbs and doesn’t raise our blood sugar, of course. It’s all part of the low carb game…let’s try to make our old favourites with real, whole ingredients and see if we can fool ourselves. Bonus points if you fool someone else too.
Not to toot my own horn or anything…oh, who am I kidding? Toot Toot! TOOT TOOT! I am pretty sure I could fool just about anyone with these low carb keto peanut butter granola bars. These things are da bomb and I defy anyone to tell me that it’s not actually granola (aka oats) in this recipe. It was my answer to all the no-bake peanut butter granola bars I see on Pinterest all the time. You know the ones, the “Easy, just 3 ingredients” bars that take peanut butter, honey, and oats and would send your blood sugar soaring. Well mine may have more than 3 ingredients but they ARE easy and they won’t pack on the pounds.
Sometimes, when you fake it with low carb ingredients, you realize something is missing. The first time I made these, they were delicious but overly crumbly. I loved the flavour and the texture, but how to get them to hold together a bit better without honey? I wanted to keep the carbs down (obvs!) so I didn’t want to add anything syrupy. I was mulling it over when it just hit me that maybe a little collagen might help. We all know that grassfed collagen is the new darling of the health food world. Collagen is one of the building blocks of our skin, our hair, our…everything! It’s good for our joints and it’s credited with any number of other health benefits.
I can neither confirm nor deny these claims. But I can tell you that it helps hold these bars together delightfully. No bake keto goodness right here, friends. Yummy and healthy!