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52 Weeks of Baking: Flourless Peanut Butter Bars

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,


Flourless Peanut Butter Bars
From Celiac Chicks

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 eggs
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup spun honey (aka creme honey, but regular honey is okay too)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Top with chocolate chips if desired. You could also top with peanuts, or swirl in jam.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes or until bars are golden brown.

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cupcakemasta cupcakemasta 6 years
Quick question though, the chocolate chips you used are ensured to be GF? I've had a difficult time finding chocolate that is malt and gluten free.
cupcakemasta cupcakemasta 6 years
This looks so amazing...I will definitely have to Favorite it and try for the future. Loooove PB!
actionandy actionandy 7 years
Awesome! Totally making these for the bridal shower I'm throwing tonight - Bride to be needs Gluten free!
TennisStar TennisStar 8 years
looks good! i cant have gluten either...so this looks great! thanks YumSugar!
Rowanvamp0 Rowanvamp0 9 years
Okay so I was worried at first about the taste but reading on seems may have tried and fell in love..well I'm about to take the pluge also. I'll fill you in on how this weekend goes, I was excited about this being diabetic this is fantastic for me!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
want to gain a zillion kilos? Eat this! lol No offense, they are DELICIOUS, but just one square is enough for a week. (if you want to maintain your weight) or am i exagerating a little bit?
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
want to gain a zillion kilos? Eat this! lolNo offense, they are DELICIOUS, but just one square is enough for a week. (if you want to maintain your weight) or am i exagerating a little bit?
Food Food 9 years
Mcnals - you can try, but I believe the way the oil separates help, also there's a lot of extra sugar added in non-natural pb. If you do try it, you might want to omit the honey and add some oil. Give it a go and let us know how it turns out!
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 9 years
Can anybody say YUMMY?!
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 9 years
Can anybody say YUMMY?!
MCNALS MCNALS 9 years
yummmmmy i want to make these!! is there anyway i can just use regular JIF pbutter?
SU3 SU3 9 years
DEFINITELY! nobody could believe how fast I whipped up the second batch.. highly HIGHLY recommended for anyone who's looking for a simple but DELICIOUS recipe! :)
Food Food 9 years
Hey SU3, so glad you enjoyed it! It's amazing how easy they whip up isn't it?
SU3 SU3 9 years
WOW! I tried this recipe yesterday for a little party we were throwing and they were a HUGE hit. Everybody loved them! I even ended up making a second batch! GREAT recipe... and so simple to do. :P
Molly Molly 9 years
They were yum. Yum. Yum. Life sucks without a mixer (obvs, I don't have one).
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
yummms.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
yummms.
miss-matilda miss-matilda 9 years
I only asked because there is so much misinformation out there about Celiac, so sometimes I get up on my little soap box and dont even realize it. :D
Food Food 9 years
I'm not sure which she is actually. All I know is that all wheat products are off the list and that she usually brings her own rice crackers to parties.
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 9 years
I tried this, people--it's a winner!
miss-matilda miss-matilda 9 years
Is she allergic or does she have celiac? Because Celiac is not an allergy to gluten. Allergies produce a histamine response celiac is an autoimmune disease and produced an immune response. But these look delicious my husband is celiac and I think he would love them!
miss-matilda miss-matilda 9 years
Is she allergic or does she have celiac? Because Celiac is not an allergy to gluten. Allergies produce a histamine response celiac is an autoimmune disease and produced an immune response.But these look delicious my husband is celiac and I think he would love them!
kscincotta kscincotta 9 years
Yummy. I can smell them from here.
bnelson bnelson 9 years
My two favs peanut butter and chocolate...I am making those tonight! YUMMY!
Athena1 Athena1 9 years
This looks a fabulous recipe. I always love your 52 Weeks entry. One of these days, I am going to do it.
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