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These chocolate peanut butter bars are vegan, gluten-free, and insanely delicious! They are super easy to make and are just what you need to satisfy your chocolate peanut butter craving.
Chocolate and peanut butter make an incredible combination. It is one of my favorite flavor combinations, and I use these ingredients in several recipes, such as chocolate peanut butter cookie dough balls and chickpea cookie dough.
Why you’ll love them
If you love chocolate and peanut butter, you will be obsessed with these bars!
- They are vegan, but non-vegans will love these bars too.
- They are gluten-free.
- They are super easy to make.
- They are insanely delicious!
- You only need 4 simple ingredients to make them.
Here is an overview of the ingredients you need for this recipe. For full quantities and instructions, scroll to the recipe box below.
- Natural peanut butter: Make sure you use natural peanut butter for this recipe. That means there should be no added sugar or oil. The only ingredient should be peanuts. The peanut butter will be quite drippy, as the natural oil from the peanuts will settle on top. Mix your container of peanut butter well before measuring it for this recipe.
- Pure maple syrup: 100% pure maple syrup will sweeten these chocolate peanut butter bars without the need for refined white sugar.
- Almond flour: Almond flour is a great flour to use for gluten-free baking. It will help hold the bars together in this recipe by firming up the peanut butter layer.
- Vegan chocolate chips: Melted chocolate chips will help you create the delicious chocolate top of these bars.
How to make chocolate peanut butter bars
Making these bars is super easy.
You’ll start by making the peanut butter base. In a mixing bowl, add the peanut butter and maple syrup and mix together evenly.
Next, add the almond flour and mix it in. You will likely need to use your hands as it will become a thick dough.
Once the dough is evenly mixed, press it into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish. Line it with parchment paper first so that the bars don’t stick to the bottom.
Set the baking dish in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
Next, add the chocolate chips and 4 tablespoons of peanut butter to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute, then try mixing them into a smooth sauce. If they need to be melted more, continue heating in the microwave for 30 second increments.
Pour the melted chocolate and peanut butter onto the base of the bars and spread it out evenly. Place in the fridge for 3-4 hours to allow the bars to set.
To see if the bars are ready, try cutting them into squares. If they are too soft, let them sit in the fridge a bit longer.
- Don’t forget to line your baking dish with parchment paper. Depending on the material of your tray, lining it may not be completely necessary, but it’s best to line it just in case. You don’t want to get into a situation where the base of your bars are stuck to the bottom of the dish. That could ruin all of your chocolate peanut butter bars!
- Weigh the almond flour for the best result. The weight is listed in the recipe card, along with an estimation of cups. Weighing the flour is best because everyone fills measuring cups differently. If you use too much flour, these bars may turn out too dry and crumbly. With too little flour, the bars will be too soft to hold their shape.
- As stated in the recipe, you must use natural peanut butter for these chocolate peanut butter bars. The texture of natural peanut butter is much different from peanut butter with added sugar and other ingredients. The ingredients listed on natural peanut butter should only be peanuts. Make sure you read the ingredients list. Don’t just look for a label that says “natural.” Companies are allowed to use that term for various ingredients.
More vegan chocolate peanut butter recipes
If you loved these chocolate peanut butter bars, check out these recipes too:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter-Stuffed Dates
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread
- Avocado Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars (No-Bake)
- 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
- 4 tablespoons natural peanut butter (no added oil or sugar)
- In a mixing bowl, add 1 ½ cups of peanut butter and ½ cup of maple syrup. Mix together until evenly incorporated.
- Add the almond flour to the same mixing bowl and mix it in. You will need to use your hands because it will turn into a thick dough.
- Line an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with parchment paper, then press the dough into it. It will be thick, so press it down with your hands.
- Place the dish in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- Once the base has chilled, place the chocolate chips and 4 tablespoons of peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute, then check if it can be stirred into a smooth sauce. Microwave for additional 30 second increments if needed.
- Pour the melted chocolate and peanut butter onto the base of the bars and spread it out evenly. Place in the fridge to set for 3-4 hours.
- Once the bars have set, you can cut them into squares. Store in the fridge.