Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. Doughy, soft, and fluffy peanut butter base, layered with sweet, fudgy chocolate. All made with simple ingredients: almond flour, maple syrup, peanut butter, eggs, and rich dark chocolate. These bars are sweet, salty, made with just the right amount of peanut butter, extra chocolatey, gluten-free, and butter-free. Every last bite is truly delicious, they really are quite magical!
There’s nothing my family loves more than chocolate and peanut butter paired together. It has always been the family “vice”. Universally, it’s a flavor we all love and could easily enjoy weekly – and sometimes we do!
With the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day both on the horizon, I have two focuses for the month when it comes to desserts…recipes for a crowd, and all things chocolate.
If they happen to be easy, and even somewhat wholesome, that’s just an added bonus!
Excitedly, these peanut bars, have all of the above. They’ll feed a crowd, chocolate is involved, and they don’t require a lot of effort. They’re low in sugar and even gluten-free!
So you see, these really are kind of like a magic chocolate peanut butter bar. I’ve made probably six batches in the last few weeks and we haven’t tired of the recipe yet. I’m even looking forward to sharing these on Super Bowl Sunday, they’re the perfect game-day dessert.
The peanut butter bar details
Nothing fancy here, just mix the wet ingredients with the dry and simply bake the bars in a baking dish. One bowl – nothing complicated. As mentioned, I used almond flour for these bars, so they’re naturally gluten-free.
And then, I used maple syrup as the sweetener, which I really love. Sweet dessert bars are, of course, delicious, but I hate the “sugar” headache you can get when they’re overly sweet. Don’t worry though, these peanutty bars are still plenty sweet!
The glaze, or glazes, I should say, make these bars, and both are so simple. Just chocolate chips and either oil or milk.
Using milk gives us a really creamy, dark, and rich glaze that stays softer on the bars. It’s delicious and will leave you with chocolatey fingers.
Using oil gives us a more stiff glaze that really sets up and hardens after some rest time.
Both are equally delicious, it’s more of a texture thing. The chocolate + milk glaze is creamy and fudgy. While the chocolate + oil glaze is more firm, like milk chocolate. Using both gives you the best of both, so you don’t have to pick one.
And we love that! Each bite is filled with sweet, fluffy, almost cake-like peanut bars and extra fudgy chocolate glaze. Yummmy!
Looking for easy old-school-style desserts? Here are a few ideas:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Blondies
Giant Salted Espresso Hot Fudge Cookies
Lunchroom Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Lastly, if you make these Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Servings: 24 bars
Calories Per Serving: 261 kcal
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- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cups mini chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1/3 cup whole milk
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- 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9×13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.2. In a bowl, stir together the coconut oil and peanut butter, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla. Add the almond flour, baking powder, and salt.3. Spread the dough out into the prepared dish. Transfer to the oven and bake for 20-22 minutes, until just set in the center. Let cool completely.4. Meanwhile, make the glaze.Glaze 1: Microwave 1 cup chocolate chips and oil on 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until melted and smooth.Glaze 2: Microwave 1 cup chocolate chips and milk on 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until melted and smooth.5. Spread glaze 2 over the cooled bars, let sit 15-20 minutes, then drizzle over glaze 1, using a butter knife to swirl the 2 glazes together (note the order you add the glazes does not matter). Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour until set. Slice into bars and enjoy! Keep stored in a cold place or in the fridge.
Hi!! Really want to try these but have a tree nut allergy – can you use regular flour and will the recipe need to change at all?
I would try using a gluten free flour blend for best results in this recipe:) Please let me know if you give this a try, I hope you love it! xx
Delicious!! Absolute hit, and very easy to make!
Happy Sunday!!🍀 I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it and sharing your comment! xT
My base was way too crumbly, didn’t stay together at all. Flavor was okay tho.
So sorry to hear that you had some issues with the base! Next time, I would try using more coconut oil. Please let me know if there is anything else that I can help with! xx