This weekend my friend April came over to watch the Oscars with me. Since the event goes on forever and ever, I thought it would be nice to have some baked treats to snack on. However there was one small catch, April is allergic to gluten and can't have anything made with regular wheat flour. So I went in search of something gluten-free and found a bunch of great looking recipes. However only one really stood out in my mind. It was ridiculously simple looking, required no unusual ingredients or different types of flour and contained peanut butter and chocolate chips. Talk about a no-brainer. If you want to give these a try (hey, why not celebrate National Peanut Butter Lover's Day?), then check out the recipe for flourless peanut butter bars. To see full step by step pictures,
I was a little dubious about this recipe, but they turned out tasty and were super-easy. They're so simple to whip up, they'd make a great treat for any gluten-free occasion.
16 oz natural peanut butter (the kind with peanuts only, no added sugar!)
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup spun honey (aka creme honey, but regular honey is okay too)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a stand mixer, combine all of the ingredients and mix until blended.
Note: If you do not have a stand mixer, a large bowl with hand mixer will work well. If you do not have either, you can mix by hand but it will be gooey and difficult.
- Pour mixture onto ungreased cookie sheet, using a spatula to spread the batter to cover entire pan.
Note: Thinking a brownie like concoction would be better than a cookiebar, I ended up using a cake pan. However the middles were too gooey for my liking. People devoured them nonetheless, but if you don't want to fiddle with the cooking time/temp, then I recommend sticking with bars.
- Top with chocolate chips if desired. You could also top with peanuts, or swirl in jam.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until bars are golden brown.