It’s Sunday night. Translation: I’m a little cranky. Sunday is errand day, a time to get things together before the onslaught of the week begins. Also, I’m a bit peeved because my husband has tomorrow off for Columbus Day, as do most of the people who work in the DC area. Not me. Nope. I’m working a full day tomorrow!
Sorry, I’m gloomy. When this kind of mood strikes, only one thing can help. Lots and lots of peanut butter. In a bar. With chocolate.
And even though my husband is off tomorrow, it’s not his fault. So these are gluten-free! Don’t worry, you’ll never know.
I made a much less crazy version of these a few months back, so if you’re into something simpler, try my GF peanut butter bars. But if you’re like me and enjoy taking things up a notch, add a layer of amazing brownie underneath!
Yep, that’s the setup. A layer of brownie, made with oat flour. A layer of peanut butter filling which, I swear to all the powers above, tastes like a peanut butter cup, but better. And then, a nice thick layer of milk chocolate.
Instead of testing this out with my husband, I actually brought this to a friend’s house. She has to eat a GF diet, and I was thrilled that not only did she eat hers up, but so did everyone there. And most of those people eat gluten. So I guess they couldn’t tell!
If you’re having a bad Sunday night or just need that everlasting PB/chocolate fix, step right up! The antidote for any blah moment is right here!
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8 X 8 pan with foil and spray it with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix the cocoa into the melted butter until it dissolves. Add the sugar and stir again. When the sugar is incorporated, mix in the vanilla and eggs. Add the salt and flour, mixing until just combined.
- Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is set.
- While the brownies are baking, make the peanut butter filling. On the stovetop, melt the butter over low heat. Add the brown sugar, peanut butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. Stir until the mixture is combined and smooth.
- Press the peanut butter mixture lightly on top of the brownies, doing your best to make an even layer. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and wait five minutes. Using a spatula, spread the melted chocolate over the peanut butter layer.
- Chill for about 30 minutes until the chocolate is set. Let the bars come to room temperature and cut into small squares.