Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
The BEST chocolate chip peanut butter bars are right here. The first time I ever made these and took them to an event, I had a line of people ready to shovel them into napkins so they could share them with all their loved ones! Every bite is like a chocolate peanut butter fantasy and they are similar to those cookies we would enjoy as a child.
If you have a chocolate tooth like me, you would also like these black bean brownies, but sometimes we all need a change to take care of every element of our chocolate cravings! Right?
There is no reason you cannot have dessert every day, especially when it is good for you! These can be vegan / gluten-free / dairy-free / sugar-free / grain free / keto / paleo / and oil-free!
Okay how about now?
CHOCOLATE CHIP PEANUT BUTTER BAR RECIPE
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp flour – you can use spelt, white, sorghum, oat, almond, even or buckwheat (50g)
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar of choice or xylitol
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips, optional
- up to 2 tbsp milk of choice, only if needed
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Grease an 8-inch baking pan and set aside. You will want these to be fairly thin in the pan so use something similar in size if you don't have an 8-inch pan.
In a mixing bowl, gently heat your nut butter. Stir in the applesauce and vanilla extract, and set aside.
In a separate mixing bowl, stir together the baking soda, salt, flour, sugar, and chocolate chips. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and keep stirring—it will seem very dry at first, don't worry.
ONLY if you need, add up to 2 tbsp milk of choice. Aim for a cookie dough consistency.
Transfer the batter into the prepared pan, and smooth down evenly with a spatula or spoon. Press some chocolate chips into the top if desired. Bake 25 minutes or until top is brown.
Leave them to cool for at LEAST 20 minutes, they will firm up.