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Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 by in Recipes | 2 comments

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Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving yet? I spent a lot of time over the weekend fleshing out my holiday meal ideas and deciding what I wanted to cook when. I am making Thanksgiving dinner for my immediate family and then I have some dishes to make for Friday and Saturday for extended family events – needless to say I’ve got a lot of food to whip up this week!

I had a bridal shower this last weekend and people usually request my peanut butter blondies, but I wanted to switch it up a little this time. I’ve been wanting to try out a different dessert option for the holidays, so I took this opportunity to play around a bit with this recipe.

Vegan Peanut Butter Blondies

The first time I made them with oil, though now I’ve tried to cut back on the amount of oil in my diet.  Since then I’ve used applesauce instead. However, using the applesauce makes the bars a bit more cake-like than brownie-eque, so this recipe was an attempt to reconcile the two versions into one version that is both lighter, yet still has the classic brownie texture.

Vegan Peanut Butter Bars

The base flavors are much like that of a peanut butter cup, chocolate and peanut butter, albeit more peanut butter than chocolate. The almond extract gives it a unique and unexpected flavor and the coconut oil provides some of that crumbly decadence that you get from a traditional brownie.

Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter, creamy or chunky
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil, softened
  • 1/3 cup Applesauce
  • 1/4 cup Soy Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 cup AP Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 cup Chocolate Chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9 x 13 pan. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the peanut butter, brown sugar, coconut oil, and applesauce until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Mix in the soy milk, vanilla, and almond extract.
  2. Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined and creamy. Fold in the chocolate chips and pour the batter into the pan. Spread the batter equally and bake for 20-23 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown. Let cool completely and then cut into squares by wetting a knife and gently pulling it through the bars.
http://theunintentionalvegan.com/peanut-butter-cup-bars

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What is your go-to dessert for parties and holidays? 

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