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.