Ahhhhh…chocolate and peanut butter…ever a more perfect combination?? I don’t think so. Yum!
I can remember in high school I had a love affair with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I had a friend whose mom bought huge bags of the minis weekly and kept them out in a bowl in their TV room. We loved to go over to her house after school just to veg and mindlessly eat Reese’s. Before I knew it, I would have an embarrassing pile of wrappers growing next to me.
Fast forward 20 some years…and I still have my sweet tooth – especially for chocolate. Only now, I am on a mission to make simple, gluten free desserts that are indulgent but healthy too. These flourless chocolate peanut butter bars have all of the same rich goodness, but I made them with whole ingredients. The only problem in my house is how fast they disappear. Good thing they are so easy to make!
We peanut butter lovers had a little scare in recent years when it came to light that most commercial peanut butters have small amounts of a known carcinogen, aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold that has been linked to liver cancer. To minimize the aflatoxin in your peanut butter, choose recognized brands that are organic and unsweetened. All commercial brands are required to be tested for aflatoxin, and Arrowhead Mills brand claims their peanut butter is completely aflatoxin-free. Also, store your peanut butter in the refrigerator to reduce fungal growth. Surprisingly, the fresh peanut butter grinders at health foods stores seem to produce peanut butter with the highest amount of aflatoxin, so avoid those completely.
I am certainly not going to stop eating peanut butter but will take care to make healthy choices in the kind I buy. For those avoiding peanuts or on a paleo diet, these bars can be made with almond butter too.
- 1 cup organic creamy peanut butter, unsweetened
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 egg
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Grease an 8 inch square baking pan with coconut oil.
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and stir until well blended.
- Pour batter into the greased baking pan.
- Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.