Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Bars (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Bars (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

So I initially posted the recipe for these bars on National Peanut Butter Day last year. Which is, of course, a completely made up and somewhat pointless “day” that I’m pretty sure some random person in the food world invented as an excuse to post recipes using peanut butter.

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Obviously in my eyes, posting a peanut butter recipe is never, ever a bad thing. Everyday (including today) is pretty much peanut butter day for me so I don’t really need a holiday to celebrate it. I’ll take this chance to post a peanut butter recipe because this is the type of thing on my mind 98% of the time anyway.

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Today I’m bringing you the new & improved version of these incredible bars. I almost forgot how delicious they are – I made them last week to re-photograph them and DAMN they are dreamy! A few highlights:

  • A delicious oat & coconut crust that is super tasty and super low in sugar
  • TONS of creamy peanut butter & some luscious coconut oil stuffed in the centre
  • A homemade chocolate topping with flakey sea salt. I don’t even know how to properly emphasize the importance of sea salt. Salt on sweet things is truly a great gift to this earth
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PB day or not, you should make these immediately. Feel free to celebrate this every day (like I do) and make these whenever you feel like it. Lots of love!

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Bars (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Category: Desserts

Servings: 12

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Ingredients

    Base:
  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • ½ c. shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ c. cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 8 soft dates (about 1/3 c.)
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 1-2 tbsp. almond milk, if needed
    Filling:
  • 3/4 c. natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp. coconut flour (depends how runny your PB is - add 1 tbsp. at a time)
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • Pinch of sea salt
    Topping:
  • ½ c. cocoa powder
  • 6 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • *note: you could also just melt 3/4 c. of chocolate chips for this layer!
  • Flakey sea salt, for topping
  • Crushed peanuts, for topping

Instructions

  1. Place all of the base ingredients except the almond milk in your food processor. Blend until a dry dough starts to come together. Taste and see if it's sweet enough, then adjust as desired. Add in 1 tbsp. of almond milk and check on the texture - if it's dough-like and stays when pressed between the fingers, you're good. If it's still too dry, add another 1 tbsp. of almond milk.
  2. Press this mixture into a parchment-lined loaf pan and place in the freezer to set.
  3. Combine all of the peanut butter filling ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth. Use more or less coconut flour depending on the texture of your peanut butter - this mixture should be thick but spreadable (it will thicken up much more in the freezer). Spread this evenly on top of your base and place it back in the freezer.
  4. Combine the chocolate topping ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until just melted. Remove from the heat and whisk well until combined. Pour over the other 2 bar layers, spread it evenly, and then sprinkle with sea salt & crushed peanuts.
  5. Place the pan back in the freezer and let it set for 1 hour or so. Remove, cut into small squares and enjoy!
  6. Leftovers should be stored in the freezer. Because of the coconut oil, they melt very easily at room temperature, so they're best eaten straight out of the freezer!
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Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Bars (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Category: Desserts

Servings: 12

healthy peanut butter cup bars | kulaskitchen.com

Ingredients

    Base:
  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • ½ c. shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ c. cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 8 soft dates (about 1/3 c.)
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 1-2 tbsp. almond milk, if needed
    Filling:
  • 3/4 c. natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp. coconut flour (depends how runny your PB is - add 1 tbsp. at a time)
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • Pinch of sea salt
    Topping:
  • ½ c. cocoa powder
  • 6 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • *note: you could also just melt 3/4 c. of chocolate chips for this layer!
  • Flakey sea salt, for topping
  • Crushed peanuts, for topping

Instructions

  1. Place all of the base ingredients except the almond milk in your food processor. Blend until a dry dough starts to come together. Taste and see if it's sweet enough, then adjust as desired. Add in 1 tbsp. of almond milk and check on the texture - if it's dough-like and stays when pressed between the fingers, you're good. If it's still too dry, add another 1 tbsp. of almond milk.
  2. Press this mixture into a parchment-lined loaf pan and place in the freezer to set.
  3. Combine all of the peanut butter filling ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth. Use more or less coconut flour depending on the texture of your peanut butter - this mixture should be thick but spreadable (it will thicken up much more in the freezer). Spread this evenly on top of your base and place it back in the freezer.
  4. Combine the chocolate topping ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until just melted. Remove from the heat and whisk well until combined. Pour over the other 2 bar layers, spread it evenly, and then sprinkle with sea salt & crushed peanuts.
  5. Place the pan back in the freezer and let it set for 1 hour or so. Remove, cut into small squares and enjoy!
  6. Leftovers should be stored in the freezer. Because of the coconut oil, they melt very easily at room temperature, so they're best eaten straight out of the freezer!
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