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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: dessert

Description

These no bake chocolate peanut butter bars are your new favorite healthy treat! You need just nine ingredients to make these delicious bars.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups medjool dates, pitted and soaked in hot water for 15+ minutes
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
  • 1 1/2 cups peanuts
  • 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 4-oz dark chocolate baking bars
  • Flaky sea salt


Instructions

  1. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place oats in food processor and blend until coarse and grainy. You want the oats to be thoroughly chopped, but not into a fine flour.
  3. Drain the dates and add them to the food processor, along with peanuts, peanut butter, salt, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Process for 3-5 minutes until a cohesive, sticky “dough” forms. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the food processor a few times.
  4. Add the “dough” to the prepared baking pan, and use your hands to press it down into a smooth, even layer.
  5. Melt the chocolate using a double boiler or in the microwave. Pour melted chocolate over the peanut butter layer, using a rubber spatula to smooth it out. Sprinkle chocolate with desired amount of flaky sea salt.
  6. Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes to set. 
  7. Let the bars sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes, then slice into 16 squares.

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.