peanut butter bars

November 19, 2012

I've accepted it as a fact of life.   Peanut butter and chocolate will always charm the pants right off me.  

So what if I've made a thousand-bo-billion-meeeee-my-mo-million peanut butter and chocolate desserts.   It can't possibly grow old, n’est-ce pas? And, as luck would have it, these bars are just as magical as all the others.  You might also love that they're both vegan and gluten-free. 
I was going to do my best to wait until after Thanksgiving... but I just have to spill it.  

DECKTHEHALLSWITHBOUGHSOFHOLLYFALALALALALALALALA.

Guess who's breaking out Hanson's Christmas album early this year.  Sorry neighbors.  

Peanut Butter Bars

vegan, gluten-free 

1 cup Earth Balance, room temperature
2 cups almond flour
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/4 cup peanut butter, divided
1 1/2 cups (v/gf) chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life brand)
  1. Line a 7X11 baking dish with wax paper; Set aside.  Combine butter, almond flour, powdered sugar, and one cup of peanut butter in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Spread in the bottom of a prepared baking dish. 
  3. Gently melt the remaining 1/4 cup peanut butter and chocolate chips in a sauce pan on low heat until the mixture is completely melted and smooth.
  4. Spread over the peanut butter mixture, and then place in the refrigerator to set for at least an hour before serving.  Store covered in the fridge.
*If I could go back in time, I would add a sprinkle of fleur de sel on top of the chocolate layer.  Do it on my behalf. 

19 comments:

Jacquelyn | lark&linen said...

It's monday morning and I haven't even eaten breakfast but all I want are these bad boys. They look SO. GOOD.

london bakes said...

There is a reason why it's a classic combination. Love these!

PS I bought that plate (and the matching bowl) in anthropologie yesterday! You have excellent taste...

Ashley said...

Oh my gosh, Hanson Christmas CD? Yes! I've got N'Sync's if you want to borrow ;)

xo,
Ashley
http://yeahwebake.com

Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe said...

Wowowowowowow. These look fantastic. Shockingly, I do not own the Hanson Christmas CD, but I've definitely got 'N SYNC and 98 Degrees. Yay for Christmas music!

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Stupid question I am sure. But what is Earth Balance??

thelittleloaf said...

Peanut butter + chocolate = heaven. Enough said :-)

Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking said...

Falalalala la la la yesssss!!!! I can't wait to make these babies!!! I have never experienced Hanson Christmas, I am still partial to Mariah.

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Brittany S. said...

Oh my goodness these look delicious! I love anything that combines peanut butter + chocolate! Will have to try this!

SomethingPanda said...

I know I'm super late to post, but I just found your blog and love it. I am probably going to try these because I LOVE peanut butter bars and this is great! I know I am destined to follow your blog if you love a Hanson Christmas. That is the BEST!

Leslie @ And Her Little Dog Too said...

these look so amazing! i am seriously drooling!
thanks for sharing!

Erin said...

excuse me while i drool... i might just have to make a tray for V-day... do you think a heart shaped cookie-cutter work on these?

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