Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
People go crazy for these soft, gooey, peanut butter bars because they have melty chocolate in each delicious bite and they don’t taste healthy one little bit. (Courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie)
- 1/4 cup yogurt such as coconut milk or Greek yogurt
- 1 cup peanut butter OR allergy-friendly alternative
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp flour – you can use coconut, white, oat or almond
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar of choice or xylitol
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips, optional
- up to 2 tbsp milk of choice, only if needed
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Grease an 8-inch baking pan and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, gently heat your nut butter if it is not already stir-able, then stir in the yogurt and vanilla extract, and set aside.
- In a separate mixing bowl, stir together the baking soda, salt, flour, sugar, and chocolate chips.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and keep stirring—it will seem very dry at first, so you’ll need to break up the nut butter and stop occasionally to scrape it off your spoon. If needed, slowly add up to 2 tbsp milk of choice as you stir. Don’t add more milk; it will eventually get gooey like cookie dough.
- Transfer the batter into the prepared pan, and smooth down evenly with a spatula or spoon. Press some chocolate chips into the top if desired. Bake 10 minutes.
- When you take the peanut butter bars out, the top will look set but they will still be very undercooked underneath. This is okay! Leave them to cool for at least 20 minutes, during which time they will firm up. (They also firm up even more overnight.)