Wednesday, May 31, 2017

4-Ingredient, No-Bake Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars {Low-FODMAP, Gluten-Free, Vegan Option}

4-Ingredient, No-Bake Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars {Low-FODMAP, Gluten-Free, Vegan Option}  /  Delicious as it Looks

I think peanut butter-chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations. OK, well, it's probably a tie between that and mint-chocolate. Either way, chocolate is the common denominator. I especially love dark chocolate. Luckily, it is also low in FODMAPs, along with the other ingredients in these bars.



Maybe you are familiar with a recipe for homemade peanut butter bars that taste just like a Reese's peanut butter cup. It features crushed up graham crackers to make the consistency like a real peanut butter cup. I figured out that if you use a natural peanut butter (one that contains only two ingredients - peanuts and salt), you can get that same grainy texture, but without using the crushed up crackers!

I played around with the proportions of the butters and sugar and came up with this recipe that has only four ingredients. Plus the decadence of dark chocolate. They are easy to make, gluten-free, wheat-free, and of course, delicious! I hope you like these as much as I do (which is a lot)!

4-Ingredient, No-Bake Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars {Low-FODMAP, Gluten-Free, Vegan Option}  /  Delicious as it Looks


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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Low-FODMAP, Gluten-Free, Vegan Option* (see below)
makes 16 bars

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter* (see below for vegan option)
1 cup + 2 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter (such as Smucker's)
1 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup dairy-free dark chocolate morsels (such as Enjoy Life)

Directions
  1. Line an 8" square pan with aluminum foil and coat lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter. Stir until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar and stir until fully incorporated. Spread evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the dark chocolate morsels and remaining 2 tablespoons peanut butter together over low heat, stirring until chocolate is just melted. Drizzle evenly over top of peanut butter layer then carefully spread out with a spatula.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 2 hours. Lift bars out the pan using the foil. Cut into bars and serve. These keep best stored in the fridge.
* To make these vegan, replace the 1/2 cup butter with 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil. The peanut butter mixture will be considerably thinner, so wait until chilled solid before adding the the chocolate layer: Pour the peanut butter mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan and refrigerate until solid, about 1 1/2 hours. Make the chocolate layer as stated above and spread over the top of the chilled peanut butter mixture. Refrigerate another 30 minutes, or until set.


4-Ingredient, No-Bake Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars {Low-FODMAP, Gluten-Free, Vegan Option}  /  Delicious as it Looks



3 comments:

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  2. Chocolate and peanut butter are very close to my heart. I gotta try this recipe. Thanks!

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