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I have been making these healthy chocolate peanut butter bars since last winter. It’s not very often that I keep baking the same thing over and over, but my husband demands these!
He’s always taste testing my recipes and is usually happy to have new ones to try. (Which is a good thing, because I’m constantly making new ones for the blog!) But, ever since I first made these gluten-free peanut butter bars, he keeps asking for more of the same exact ones.
I actually stumbled across chocolate peanut butter cookie bars by accident. Basically, I was inspired to make a lazy version of my sugar-free Tagalongs cookies, because prior to these bars, that’s what my husband kept asking for. It got tiring to dip the cookies individually so often. The cookies look more impressive, but when you want convenience, cookie bars are the way to go.
I tweaked the ingredients and ratios a bit to turn the cookies into healthy chocolate peanut butter bars instead. I liked the way peanut flour worked as a thickener in my keto peanut butter cups, so I used it again for these bars.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars without Graham Crackers
I’ve heard that sometimes peanut butter and chocolate bars are made with graham crackers in there. Even though I have a gluten-free graham crackers recipe that you could use, I actually prefer these low carb chocolate peanut butter bars without graham crackers. The peanut butter part is more creamy that way.
These homemade peanut butter chocolate bars consist of three layers. There’s a shortbread cookie crust, a peanut butter center, and finally chocolate on top.
Don’t let the multiple layers intimidate you. They are all incredibly easy to make! You need just a few ingredients and several minutes for each one. And, you don’t have to wait between layers!
Even though this recipe can’t be paleo since it uses peanut butter, you can make it dairy-free by using dairy-free chocolate chips. I suppose you could make a paleo version by using another nut butter, like almond butter. The flavor would be pretty different compared to peanut butter bars, though.
Variation: No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
If you are looking for no bake chocolate peanut butter bars, these are easy to convert to that. Simply skip the cookie layer! If you do this, you’ll want to add a couple extra tablespoons of peanut flour to the peanut butter layer. That way, the bars will be more sturdy. Another option would be to leave the peanut butter layer as is, but always store the bars frozen to keep them firm.
I’m on the fence about which is better. The no bake peanut butter bars with chocolate only? Or the baked peanut butter bars with the cookie layer included? On the one hand, I adore the crunchy shortbread cookie part. But, making no bake dessert bars is so convenient!
My husband insists that the cookie layer is a must. But really, you can’t go wrong when you’re combining peanut butter and chocolate bars. You decide what you like best!
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Recipe - Gluten Free::
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