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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars and a Blog Birthday

Posted on July 8th, 2012  |  1 Comment

Happy Birthday to The Talking Kitchen! You are officially one year old! A year and a half ago you were a small, emerging idea, with all the potential in the world, and here you are today, a tad more experienced, loads of passion and a whole ton of drive for year number 2!

I’ve got a SWEET GIVEAWAY going on right now, so be sure to enter!!

In honor of all of YOU who check out The Talking Kitchen, read these rambles, try out the recipes (or not), glance at the pictures and keep The Talking Kitchen, well, talking, I offer you this WAY too addicting, super easy to make, no sugar added (except for a dark chocolate bar) treat.

I know, I know, I should have baked a cake, being a birthday and all, but I’m pretty sure half the nation is either still out of power (so sorry!) or would rather drink mud than turn on their oven with the current heat wave going on.

So, chocolate peanut butter bars it is!

Not gonna lie, they may even be better than cake! And you can eat a few more squares than pieces of cake, so that’s always fun. Although I don’t recommend you take my route and devour the whole pan before your family gets back in town and not even manage to save just 4 squares to share with friends at work. I also don’t recommend making another batch, for those people you seemed to have forgotten above, and proceed to eat at least 1/3 of the new pan. Okay, okay, it was half.

Did I mention these guys were good?

Something I didn’t mention, was these suckers are gluten-free, thanks to my friends over at Attune Foods, who sent me these free cereals to try out – no review required :)

I’m not one for product promotion, but I just want to point out their motto, “It matters most what’s inside.” Love that! It applies in so many ways, especially with food, and they aren’t full of it either, there’s only 3 ingredients listed on the box- and I know each one. Way to go Attune!

At first, I felt sort of bad, not being a huge milk and cereal gal, mainly because of the milk, and one bowl just doesn’t suffice. So, I got to thinking, scratch the cereal and make cereal bars instead! I’ve already made some pretty stellarchocolate granola bars, and though I’m not much of a competitor, I knew I could out-do myself.

And wouldn’t you know, I did just that.

At least I think so, and it’s my (blog’s) birthday so I can think what I want.

And you can thinking these are amazing as soon as you make them, so get to it!

Happy Monday!

Don’t forget to enter the Giveaway!

~l

Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

by The Talking Kitchen

Prep Time: 5 -10 minutes

 

Ingredients (9-12 servings)

  • 1 1/4 c. oats
  • 1 1/4 c. gluten free puff cereal
  • 10 dates, room temperature
  • 1/3 c. natural peanut butter
  • 1 bar dark chocolate
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

In a food processor, pulse the dates, and peanut butter together until smooth-ish (this is why the dates should be room temperature.)

In a medium bowl, hand toss the oats and cereal together.

In a toaster oven (heated to 250 degrees F) melt the chocolate (this takes about 2 minutes, you don’t want it to burn so don’t turn up the heat too high.)

Pour the date/peanut butter mixture over the oats/cereal. Add the melted chocolate, and thoroughly mix everything together with a spatula (it’s a tad messy, but licking the fingers isn’t a bad clean up method.)

Pour the mix into a parchment paper lined square/rectangle container, press down until you have an even layer.

Place in refrigerator until hard, at least 20 minutes.

Store in airtight container, in the fridge, for as long as they’re around – it won’t be long!

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One Response

  1. Lisa Weaver says:

    How much does “one chocolate bar” equal in weight? This recipe tasted fine, but looked pretty unappetizing and the lack of a proper measurement for the chocolate was frustrating.

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