Gimme More Peanut Butter Bars

Gimme Some More Peanut Butter Bars

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.

Gimme Some More Peanut Butter Bars

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!

Gimme Some More Peanut Butter Bars

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.

Gimme Some More Peanut Butter Bars

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!

Gimme Some More Peanut Butter Bars

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!


Gimme More Peanut Butter Bars


Brownie Layer:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oat flour (labeled gluten-free)
Peanut Butter/Chocolate Filling:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
16 oz. (1 jar) peanut butter
2 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 package milk chocolate chips (about 12 oz.)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8 X 8 pan with foil and spray it with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is set.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Chill for about 30 minutes until the chocolate is set. Let the bars come to room temperature and cut into small squares.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I don’t have today off work either, so I’m super jealous of everyone that does. But peanut butter and chocolate definitely help to make things better! I love that you used oat flour in these brownies, too. I will have to try that! Such a great Monday treat, Mir!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Gayle! Oat flour doesn’t work in everything, but in brownies it actually does. I recommend!

  2. Michele @ Two Raspberries

    Mir these looks SO yummy 😉 I am totally with ya, I get cranky on Sundays a lot of times too… Sunday’s and Monday’s are the hardest, because it means the week is coming and then the first day of the week is just ;-/ but these bars totally look like they can help anyone survive Monday YUMM-O!
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    1. Mir

      Yep, I’m definitely in Monday survival mode here. It’s nice to have a good dessert to look forward to later…

  3. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen

    These could totally help with the Sunday night blahs! The chocolate peanut butter combo is the best! I hope your week gets off to a great start!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Kristine! You, too!

  4. Mira

    Thanks for sharing a peanut butter recipe Mir, I really have to make something like that, probably next weekend! I kind of hate Sundays, too 🙂 Gluten free? So good, I’ve been experimenting with oat flour a lot and I like it!
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    1. Mir

      That’s great, Mira! I can’t wait to see what you make with your oat flour.

  5. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I hate Sunday nights – they remind me of having school the next day.

    These sound so good. You had me at peanut butter!
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    1. Mir

      I think we’ll always feel that way. Something about going back to work/school, even if we like it!

  6. Manali @ CookWithManali

    these look so delicious, brownie + peanut butter! Yes Please!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Manali!

  7. Erin | The Law Student's Wife

    I think chocolate and peanut butter can patch just about anything up, including the Sunday night/Monday morning blues.
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    1. Mir

      Totally agreed, Erin!

  8. Danielle

    I didn’t have the day off from work today either, not fun but oh well! These look like a great way to get through Monday though. Love all of the peanut butter in these and that you used oat flour. Delicious!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Danielle! I was pretty bummed about everyone being off around me except me. Oh well indeed!

  9. Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong

    Peanut butter and chocolate=heaven. These bars look incredible. . Yumm!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Arpita! That combo is definitely my heaven!

  10. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife

    So sorry that you didn’t get Monday off, but I bet these bars took some of the sting away!! 😉 Wowza, do they look good!!
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    1. Mir

      They were kinda good, Jocelyn. And it helped! I was super jealous of all my friends, running around free. Oh well!

  11. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

    These look so so good, I’d love to eat one right now! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Laura!

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