peanut butter bars.

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school lunch peanut butter bars. (vegan.. or not.)
active time: 10 minutes
bake time: 10 minutes
yield: 28 squares (approximately 2.5″ x 2.5″)

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ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup earth balance or other vegan margarine
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated cane juice or white sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce + 1/8 tsp baking soda OR 1 egg (for nonvegan version)
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • more peanut butter for spreading–i’d say 1/3 to 1/2 cup
  • 12 oz vegan chocolate chips (i use semi-sweet) OR milk chocolate chips (for nonvegan version)

directions:

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees (f) and spray cooking spray on an 11″ x 17″ baking sheet.
  2. cream together first five ingredients: margarine, sugars, applesauce or egg, and peanut butter.
  3. add next five ingredients: vanilla, flour, salt, baking soda, and oats. mix well.
  4. spread dough evenly onto prepared baking sheet using a rubber spatula or a very clean hand.
  5. bake for ten minutes–it will not look done, but if you over-bake it, they will be hard as a rock.
  6. let cool completely.
  7. spread a thin layer of peanut butter over the bars.
  8. in a double broiler or in the microwave on half-power, melt the chocolate chips.
  9. spread the melted chocolate over the bars. let cool completely so the chocolate hardens a bit.
  10. cut into squares and enjoy!
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step-by-step photo tutorial:

preheat oven to 350 degrees (f) and spray cooking spray on an 11″ x 17″ baking sheet.

cream together first five ingredients: margarine, sugars, applesauce or egg, and peanut butter.

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add next five ingredients: vanilla, flour, salt, baking soda, and oats. mix well.

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spread dough evenly onto prepared baking sheet using a rubber spatula or a very clean hand.

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bake for ten minutes–it will not look done, but if you over-bake it, they will be hard as a rock. let cool completely.

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spread a thin layer of peanut butter over the bars.

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in a double broiler or in the microwave on half-power, melt the chocolate chips.

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spread the melted chocolate over the bars. let cool completely so the chocolate hardens a bit.

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cut into squares and enjoy!

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xo. janetha g.

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Danica June 3, 2009 at 12:49 pm

YUM!!! I have to find a reason to make these now!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 26, 2009 at 12:04 am

Thanks for the back link on this! GOD you would be the hit of every party. These have Crowd Pleaser written all over them. I will be making these for a party over the holidays no doubt!

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Lori August 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

OMG this looks SO good.

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