Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar Recipe
These chocolate peanut butter bars recipe is a simple alternative to the traditional Canadian Nanaimo bar. Several years ago custard powder companies added tartrazine (food colour) which I am violently allergic to, so I came up with this peanut butter bars variation. The peanut butter adds a nice variety to the traditional recipe, it’s darn good even if I do say so myself.
Peanut Butter Bars Recipe
This no-bake recipe includes three layers, but easy to do. The distinct layers make this square really pretty to serve. I know your family will go gaga over these, everyone seems to love chocolate and peanut butter.
To make these bars you will need the following ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
4 oz chocolate
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups oreo crumbs
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 cups icing sugar
3 tbsp milk
Third Layer Topping
In a medium saucepan melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate.
Mix well, place in the bottom of an 8 by 8-inch pan and press firmly.
Second Layer – Bring on the Peanut Butter
In the bowl of a mixer add the butter and the peanut butter. Whip for at least a minute to blend them together and add the vanilla and mix.
Add the icing sugar one cup at a time. Start at a low speed and increase to high once the icing sugar is incorporated. This will keep the icing sugar from dusting everything around you. Beat well after each addition.
Judge how firm your peanut butter mixture. It should be firm enough to hold its shape. If your peanut butter mixture is crumbly and won’t hold together add milk a tablespoon at a time until it is a consistency that will hold together.
Place this layer on top of the chocolate oreo layer and press into place.
Third Layer – Chocolate Topping
Place 2 cups of chocolate chips into a bowl with two tablespoons of butter. Microwave on low until the chocolate melts, stir until soft.
Once the chocolate melted, pour and swirl on top of the peanut butter layer.
Chill the chocolate peanut butter bars until firm, at least two hours. I left mine overnight before cutting but that is not necessary.
If you find that your top layer is difficult to cut, leave the squares on the counter for a few minutes to soften.
These chocolate peanut butter bars freeze and pack really well. This is one of the recipes I made to take to Prince George for my family loved one. They were cut, wrapped in parchment paper and then frozen. When it was time to leave I took them out of the freezer and placed in a cooler, they traveled very well.
Of course, I served a few to Hubs before they hit the freezer.
Some other chocolate recipes you may like.