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Peanut Butter Hazelnut Bars | Thrive in the Kitchen Healthy Cooking Series

A Thrive Recipe by SMH Executive Chef Omar Mattei

This recipe for Peanut Butter Hazelnut Bars offers an easy way to prepare a healthy and delicious snack. The peanut and hazelnut ingredients provide a great source of plant-based protein while also giving this treat a sweet flavor. Additionally, peanuts are known to be rich in fat and fiber, helping to reduce inflammation and control cholesterol. The graham cracker base gives this treat a nice crunch that compliments the creamy topping.

Welcome to Thrive in the Kitchen, our monthly cooking series focused on easy recipes that promote overall health and wellness for people living with cancer.

Peanut Butter Hazelnut Bars

Yields: 24 bars (~2 ounces each)
Total prep & cook time: 20 minutes, and overnight to allow cooling


  • ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 2 cups hazelnut Nutella
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts


    1. Melt the butter, and combine it with the graham cracker crumbs. Press this mixture into a greased pan.
    2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and bake for approximately 7 minutes, or until browned. Allow to cool completely.
    3. Layer the graham cracker mixture with cream cheese, Nutella, peanut butter, and chopped peanuts. Place the pan in the refrigerator overnight.
    4. Remove the graham cracker mixture from the pan, and flip it onto parchment paper before cutting it into rectangle bars.

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size: 1 2-ounce bar
    Calories: 300
    Fat 21 grams
    Sodium: 210 milligrams
    Carbohydrates: 13 grams
    Protein: 7.5 grams

    What is “Thrive in the Kitchen”?

    Sarasota Memorial’s Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute works to ensure cancer patients and their loved ones receive the caring support and effective tools they need. Among those tools is Thrive in the Kitchen, a monthly video cooking series spotlighting easy recipes designed to support overall health and wellness for cancer patients. Each recipe is custom created by Sarasota Memorial's executive chef and registered dietician team. The series is part of the Cancer Institute's Thrive Integrated Cancer program, which offers oncology-specific wellness classes, rehabilitation, nutrition, counseling and other services for those living with cancer. For more information on our Thrive program, call 941-917-7827 or visit

Posted: Jan 28, 2022,
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