Foodie Friday: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

We had these bars for dessert last night. The original recipe is from Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog. We made them with real sugar and unbleached all-purpose flour, but Katie gives many different options for the flour, the sweetener and the nut butter . They were really good! You should try them soon. Modify them to your goals and tastes!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

GOOEY CHOCOLATE CHIP PEANUT BUTTER BARS - so addictive... like the lovechild of a chocolate chip cookie and a Reeses peanut butter cup! Recipe here: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2015/03/18/chocolate-chip-peanut-butter-bars/

(Makes 12-16 bars)

  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup peanut butter OR allergy-friendly alternative (nut-free recipe here)
  • 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 (can be omitted)
  • up to 2 tbsp milk of choice, only if needed

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars Recipe: Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8-inch baking pan and set aside. In a mixing bowl, gently heat your nut butter if it is not already stir-able, then 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, so you’ll need to break up the nut butter and stop occasionally to scrape it off your spoon. Only if needed, slowly add up to 2 tbsp milk of choice as you stir. Don’t add more milk; it will eventually get gooey like cookie dough. 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 10 minutes. When you take the peanut butter bars out, the top will look set but they will still be very undercooked underneath. This is okay! Leave them to cool for at least 20 minutes, during which time they will firm up. (They also firm up even more overnight.)

 

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