Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

chocolate peanut butter bars

Oh my goodness!  What goes better together than peanut butter and chocolate?  Not much in my humble opinion.

I’ve been seriously craving chocolate and peanut butter for a while now and broke down today.  I just had to make something to satisfy that itch.  Now…who can I give them to before I scarf down the entire pan?

These no-bake bars are easy-peasy to make.  I used this recipe for Peanut Butter Bars from One More Moore, which called for crumbled graham crackers, but I subbed out the crackers for rolled oats that I processed in my food processor.  The original recipe also called for 2 sticks of butter and 2 Cups of powdered sugar, but I figured one of each would do the trick just fine.  I tweaked her chocolate topping by omitting some of the chocolate chips and all of the peanut butter.  Instead, I added a bit of half-n-half to make a quick ganache-like topping that works really nicely with the rich peanut butter bottom.

If you wanted to make a healthier version of this, you could use raw honey instead of powdered sugar, too.  I’m guessing about 1/2 Cup of raw honey would sweeten the peanut butter  and you’d need about 1/2 Cup of flour to thicken the mixture in order to spread it.  That may need some tweaking though.

So…here is what you need to make these delicious treats:

1 Cup creamy peanut butter

1 stick of melted butter

1 1/2 Cups old fashioned rolled oats

1 Cup powdered sugar

1 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 Tbs half-n-half/heavy cream/whole milk

Procedure:

Spray an 8 x 8 glass baking dish with coconut oil spray or cooking spray and set aside.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt your butter or do this on the stove top.  Add your peanut butter to the butter and mix until incorporated.

Pulse your oats in a food processor until you  have a chunky, flour-like consistency.  Add your oats to your peanut butter and butter mixture and incorporate.

Mix in your powdered sugar, then spread into your prepared baking pan.

chocolate peanut butter bars
Pop the pan into the fridge and let set for at least 1 hour until it is starting to feel firm on top.

In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt your chocolate chips and half-n-half in 20 second increments until it mixes smoothly and looks like this:

chocolate peanut butter bars

Smooth the chocolate ganache on top of your set peanut butter base, then pop the pan back in the fridge for about 1-2 hours longer.

chocolate peanut butter bars

Once the bars are completely set, you can cut them and use a metal spatula to remove them cleanly from the pan.  Store in between layers of parchment or wax paper in an air-tight container in your fridge…although I doubt they will last very long.

 

 

 

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