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No Bake Healthy Peanut Butter Bars (Vegan + Gluten Free!)

No Bake Healthy Peanut Butter Bars (Vegan + Gluten Free)

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These easy 5 ingredient no bake healthy peanut butter bars taste just like a Reese’s peanut butter cup, only are secretly vegan, gluten free, and ready in 30 minutes!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup + 4 tbsps creamy unsalted peanut butter, divided
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 10 dates, soaked and pureed*
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces vegan dairy free chocolate (sugar free if desired)

Instructions

  1. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup creamy peanut butter with the oat flour, pureed dates, and vanilla extract. You should achieve a thick dough.
  3. Press the dough into the pan and place the pan into the freezer to set while you melt the chocolate.
  4. Melt the vegan chocolate, either via stove top or microwave. Add in 2 tbsp of creamy peanut butter and stir until dissolved.
  5. Remove the pan from the freezer and pour the melted chocolate onto the peanut butter dough. Spread the chocolate to reach the edges of the pan. 
  6. Place the pan back into the freezer to chill for 20 minutes or until set. When ready to slice, use a large kitchen knife and slice into 16 bars. 
  7. Store any leftovers in the freezer.

Notes

Pureed dates: very similar to a date paste, you can soak the dates in 1 cup warm water for 20 minutes. Once soft, place the dates into a food processor, along with 5 tbsp of the date water. Pulse until smooth and creamy. Alternatively, you can use 1/2 cup maple syrup or 1/2 cup sugar free syrup.

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