Bonus Post: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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An era ended earlier this month, but unless you were walking through Rittenhouse Square on Monday evening two weeks ago, you would have missed it. We marked the occasion with picnic blankets, cocktails, a delicious dinner, and boisterous laughter. It was Lauren’s last book club meeting.

Lauren founded our beloved book club and has provided us with as many scrumptious culinary creations as thought-provoking literary insights. (In fact, you may remember her referenced as one of my favorite Philly foodie friends in a previous post.) She’s a kindred spirit with a huge heart,  infectious laugh, an an insatiable appetite for peanut butter!

I brought these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars to our picnic to add the sweet to our bitter. I’m just glad Lauren loved them as much as we’ve loved getting to have her in Philly for a few years. :)

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Click Here to Print This Recipe.

Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • 1.5 cups almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Filling:

  • 1.5 cups peanut butter
  • 4.5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4.5 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup of reserved filling mixture
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions:

For the Crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 6×9 baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine all crust ingredients.
  • Press mixture into bottom of prepared baking pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until crust is light brown and firm to the touch. Cool completely.

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For the Filling:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine peanut butter, coconut oil, and honey.
  • Remove 1/2 cup of mixture and reserve in a small bowl for topping.
  • Stir in chocolate chips to remaining filling mixture; spread onto cooled crust.
  • Place baking dish in freezer for 20-30 minutes or until filling is firm.

For the Topping:

  • Stir cocoa powder and honey into reserved filling mixture.
  • Melt 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon coconut oil; mix with peanut butter mixture.
  • Spread chocolate topping on semi-frozen bars. Refrigerate to firm.
  • Store bars in the refrigerator.

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This recipe was adapted from Living the Nourished Life.

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10 responses

  1. Wish I were at Rittenhouse Square for the picnic. I would have devoured these bars along with your book club friends. Chocolate and peanut butter – what a combination!

  2. These look delicious! Peanut butter and chocolate are always a winner, and the different layers add another dimension.

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