These chocolate chip peanut butter bars are my sorry attempt at not wasting food.
I tried to initiate my children to peanut butter, and, surprise surprise, they hated it!
So what do you do when you have a giant jar of peanut butter that’s never going to get eaten lying around?
You make chocolate chip peanut butter bars of course!
Funnily enough, the kids had no problem eating these, despite them having peanut butter in them. Are your kids like that too? Supposedly hating one thing then not caring the moment there’s chocolate in it?
I’ve never been a huge fan of peanut butter, but in small doses, it does add a delicious nutty flavor and lots of depth.
A word of advice: try not to think about how many calories each bar has in it…there’s really no point! 😉
The great thing is that this recipe requires only one bowl and can be made in the time that it takes for your peanut butter and chocolate craving to start getting really intense! And if you’re like me, sometimes that craving becomes so intense that you can hardly think until you’re burning your mouth on a melty chocolate chip that just came out of the oven. Oh, that’s never happened to you? Really?
Let’s just agree to stop lying and admit that we’ve all done that before. And let’s all also agree that we’re going to make these chocolate chip peanut butter bars, and then make them again. And we’re going to pinky swear not to feel guilty about how much fat is in these. Promise? GREAT!
So now that we’re on the same page regarding this recipe, here it is. Knock yourself out!
Chocolate chip peanut butter bars
- 115 g butter lightly-salted
- 80 g smooth peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 150 g light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 130 g flour
- 150 g chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 180° C.
- In a large, glass bowl, melt the butter in the microwave until melted.
- Set aside to cool for a couple of minutes.
- Add the peanut butter, vanilla, brown sugar and egg, and mix well using either a whisk or a spatula.
- Fold in the flour with a wooden spoon or spatula, and mix just until you can't see the flour anymore.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Spoon the batter into a baking tray with high edges that you've oiled or buttered beforehean. Smooth out the batter so that it's approximately the same thickness everywhere.
- Bake for aproximately 20 minutes, but be sure not to overbake them because then they can get quite dry.
- Cut into bars or squares and remove them from the pan once they've cooled down a bit.
If you’re looking for more delicious things to bake, check out all of my dessert recipes here!