Who remembers the peanut butter squares served by the lunch lady? They were the highlight of the menu at our school. These easy, healthy peanut butter squares are the grown up version. They are gluten free, dairy free and egg free with a keto option. This recipe is so easy, anyone can make it!
What are peanut butter squares?
If you have never had a peanut butter square or bar, I am truly sorry. They are creamy and delicious. The ultimate salty, sweet dessert whether you are a kid or adult!
This dessert has three basic components:
- Peanut Butter Filling
- Chocolate Topping
Some people don’t use a crust and make the peanut butter filling thicker, but I LOVE the gooey peanut butter filling. The extra few minutes to make the crust are worth it!
How to make peanut butter squares:
Peanut butter spares are so easy. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place all the dry ingredients for the crust in a large bowl and stir. Set aside. Mix your gelatin egg in a medium bowl. Once all the gelatin has dissolved, add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix well. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well. Press evenly into a 8″ x 12″ dish and bake for 11 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
After the crust has cooled for about 20 minutes, mix all ingredients for the peanut butter filling. Now pour this over the crust and spread into an even layer.
Now for the good stuff….the highlight of the dish. The top chocolate layer. Can you tell I love chocolate? Use a GOOD dark chocolate. I use Chocolove Strong Dark Chocolate (I may be addicted). This chocolate is not sugar free, so if you are keto use a sugar free dark chocolate. I also added half a bar of baking chocolate (Cuz my stash was running low).
Put your broken up chocolate pieces in a bowl with the coconut oil and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir for a minute. If it isn’t completely melted, cook another 30 seconds and stir again until melted. Then add the rest of the ingredients and stir until smooth. Then pour over the peanut butter layer. It should smooth out nicely on it’s own. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting. I pulled them out after about 30 minutes and
sprinkled with sea salt.
Waiting may be the hardest part! When you get ready to cut the squares, heat your knife. I put my blade in really hot water for a minute, then dried before cutting and even heated the knife again halfway through. I did not want to lose any of that peanut butter filling by squishing it out!
Now try not to eat the whole pan!Print
Easy, Healthy Peanut Butter Squares
A healthy peanut butter square recipe that tastes like the lunch lady is serving, but with no gluten, sugar or eggs.
- Yield: 12 Servings
- 2/3 C Coconut Flour
- 2 T Arrowroot*
- 3/4 t Cinnamon
- 1/4 t Salt
- 1/4 t Baking Soda
- 1/3 C Coconut Oil, melted
- 1/2 t Vanilla
- 3 T Maple Flavored Monk Fruit
- 1 Gelatin Egg (1 t gelatin + 3 T water)
Peanut Butter Filling:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir.
- Mix a gelatin egg in a medium bowl (Combine 1 T gelatin** with 1 T warm water until the gelatin is all wet, add 2 T boiling water and stir until gelatin dissolves), then add the rest of the wet ingredients. Stir.
- Pour wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Press evenly into a 8″ x 12″ dish.
- Bake for 11 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes.
- Combine all ingredients for the peanut butter filling and pour over the crust. Use a spatula to smooth into an even layer.
- Break the chocolate into pieces and place it and the coconut oil in a medium microwave safe bowl. Place in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir. Microwave another 30 seconds, stir and repeat until all chocolate is melted and smooth. You can also use a double boiler for this step.
- Add additional topping ingredients to the melted chocolate and stir until smooth.
- Pour over the peanut butter layer. It should smooth out on it’s own.
- Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before cutting. I sprinkled sea salt on top after about 30 minutes (yum).
- Cut into squares and enjoy!***
*For Keto, omit arrowroot and add additional teaspoon of coconut flour. Also, use sugar free chocolate.
**Use a fine gelatin like Great Lakes Gelatin in the red can.
***I heated my knife to cut through the chocolate so I wouldn’t squish out the peanut butter filling. Place your knife in really hot water for a minute then dry the blade. You may need to repeat halfway through cutting.
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