Peanut Butter HiFi Buddy Bars—Prototype 2:

If the above recipe was too sweet, perhaps this was the case only with the filling. However, the crust seemed like it could use a little more sweetness. So let's repeat Prototype 1, but shift all of the filling's sugar to the crust.

In light of a 13" x 9" pan being used for Prototype 2, the amounts shown below reflect this bigger batch:

24 oz. whipped lowfat cottage cheese
9 oz. unsalted peanut butter
1 + 1/2 tbsp. skim milk
(blend the above three ingredients before adding the next three ones below)
1 + 1/2 cup plus 3 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tbsp. vanilla (next to last ingredient here!)
13.2 oz. Bran Buds, ground up

9 oz. melted, white chocolate
3 oz. unsalted peanut butter
1/2 tbsp. vanilla (last ingredient here!)

Repeating what was just stated, a 13" x 9" (not 9" x 9"!) pan was used, and the ingredient amounts shown here reflect this.

Some tips are worth noting here. Vigorously stir the filling immediately after adding the vanilla, because this last ingredient causes the filling to get stiff. And (for all Bran/HiFi Buddy Bar recipes) stir, with even more intense vigor, the crust mixture immediately after adding the Bran Buds for the same type of reason. It is advisable to dump this entire amount of Bran Buds "powder" on top of the other crust ingredients, and then blend the contents as quickly as possible, before this dry, ground-up bran absorbs a lot of the moisture from the wet ingredients, thus rendering the crust very stiff.
I think that I improved the taste with this one. Happy Easter!

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