GF Peanut Butter Bars & Bites are so good it’s hard to believe they are gluten, dairy, and egg-free! I should mention, they are healthier than most dessert bars too.
I’ll be honest, I absolutely love the “lunch lady” peanut butter bars, but I don’t love the calories and they don’t work with my food sensitivities.
When I discovered this recipe I was ecstatic, to say the least. The same peanut butter taste with a dreamy moist center makes it like the real deal. Add some chocolate and now I am completely satisfied!
To Make GF Peanut Butter Bars & Bites You Will Need:
- unsweetened applesauce
- peanut butter ~ or a substitute nut or seed butter
- baking soda
- oat flour ~ gluten-free if needed
- sugar ~ Monk Fruit Sweetener for a low-sugar bar
- semi-sweet mini chocolate chips ~ allergy-friendly if needed
- milk or a non-dairy substitute
- optional mini M&Ms or an allergy-friendly option
Allergy-Friendly Options You Should Know:
- Even though these are peanut butter bars, feel free to substitute SunButter or any nut butter that works for your lifestyle and diet.
- Use any dry sweetener you prefer. So far I have tried raw organic cane sugar, beet sugar, and Monk Fruit Sweetener. Coconut sugar is also an option.
- I used Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips because they are gluten, dairy, egg, nut, and soy-free but not corn-free.
- HunnyBon Chocolate Chips are soy, corn, gluten, dairy, and cane sugar-free, sweetened only with coconut sugar.
- Lilly’s Chocolate Chips are sugar-free sweetened with stevia and gluten, egg, and some (not all) are dairy-free, but not corn-free.
- For a dairy-free option instead of Mini M&Ms, try Choco No No’s; they are dairy, peanut, soy, and gluten-free, and vegan.
**Please note: Ingredients can change so please check labels or with the company if needed.
This peanut butter bar recipe can be made in the traditional bar shape or in a mini cupcake pan.
As an option, I added some mini peanut butter cups, Rolos, chocolate kisses, allergy-friendly chocolate chips, and peanut butter in the sunken middle on some too. A crowd favorite is the peanut butter filled ones. There is never too much peanut butter for my taste!!
A Few Fun Facts About These GF Peanut Butter Bars & Bites:
- There are 6 grams of protein in each serving.
- Weight watcher points plus count 4 points per serving made without M&Ms.
- Try some frozen they are fantastic!
- Twice as much fiber and over 30mg less cholesterol than traditional cookie bars.
To indulge in another decadent dessert bar try these Super Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies.
GF Peanut Butter Bars & Bites
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter ~ crunchy is ok too
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt omit if needed
- 5 tbsp oat flour
- 2/3 cup sugar or Monk Fruit Sweetener for sugar-free
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips ~ Lilly's for stevia-sweetened; Enjoy Life for allergy-friendly
- 1 tbsp milk or non-dairy substitute
- 3 tbsp mini M&Ms optional
- Preheat oven to 350
- Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine applesauce, vanilla extract, and room temperature peanut butter. Mix these ingredients together very well.
- Add sugar and mix well.
- Stir in remaining ingredients until the mixture is smooth; it will look like thick, gooey cookie dough.
- Press mixture into the prepared pan or into the mini cupcake pan.
- Bake 15-20 minutes, (10-15 for bites) remove from the oven, and let them sit for about 20-30 minutes. They will continue to firm up...unless they disappear within the first hour or so.
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This recipe was inspired by www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com