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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Bar

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Maayan Aharon – @_maayanaharon_
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No more store-bought bars: This gluten free peanut butter bar is a must-try!

INGREDIENTS
 

Toppings:

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a bowl, mix the peanut butter with maple syrup and ground almonds. Stir until well combined.
  • Spread into a rectangular cake mold lined with parchment paper.
  • Melt the chocolate with the peanut butter and pour over the mixture. Freeze for an hour.
  • Cut into rectangles and sprinkle coarse salt on top. Store in a box in the fridge or freezer.

MY NOTES

gluten free peanut butter bar recipe
Credit: Maayan Aharon

Is there a substitute for maple syrup in this gluten free peanut butter bar recipe?

Yes, if you don’t have maple syrup, you can substitute it with other liquid sweeteners like honey, agave nectar, or brown rice syrup. Each of these alternatives will impart its own unique flavor profile to the recipe. Honey will add a floral sweetness, agave nectar offers a milder sweetness, and brown rice syrup provides a rich, slightly malty flavor. However, keep in mind that using a different sweetener may alter the taste and texture of the bars slightly, so adjust the quantities accordingly to achieve the desired sweetness and consistency.

gluten free peanut butter bar recipe
Credit: Maayan Aharon

How long does it take for the chocolate to freeze properly?

The time it takes for the chocolate to freeze properly depends on various factors such as the thickness of the chocolate layer, the temperature of your freezer, and the type of chocolate used. Generally, it takes around 30 minutes to 1 hour for the chocolate to firm up adequately in the freezer. However, it’s essential to check it periodically to ensure it’s set but not overly frozen. Once the chocolate layer is firm to the touch, it’s ready. Avoid leaving it in the freezer for too long, as this can cause it to become too hard and difficult to cut cleanly.

gluten free peanut butter bar recipe
Credit: Maayan Aharon

Can I use milk chocolate for this gluten free peanut butter bar?

Yes, you can use milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate for the topping in this recipe. Milk chocolate will impart a sweeter and creamier flavor compared to the richer taste of dark chocolate. It’s a matter of personal preference, and using milk chocolate can create a milder and more indulgent flavor profile for the bars. However, keep in mind that milk chocolate typically has a lower cocoa content and may not set as firmly as dark chocolate when chilled, so ensure it has enough time to firm up in the freezer before cutting into bars. Adjust sweetness accordingly.

gluten free peanut butter bar recipe
Credit: Maayan Aharon

How long can I store these snacks in the refrigerator?

You can store these snacks in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 weeks. Properly sealed in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, they will retain their freshness and flavor for an extended period. However, it’s essential to check for any signs of spoilage, such as changes in texture or odor, before consuming. If you notice any spoilage indicators, discard the snacks immediately. Additionally, for the best taste and texture, allow the snacks to come to room temperature for a few minutes before serving after refrigeration, as this will enhance their flavor and make them easier to enjoy.

gluten free peanut butter bar recipe
Credit: Maayan Aharon

Can I add other toppings besides coarse salt?

Certainly! You can customize these snacks with a variety of toppings to suit your taste preferences. Consider adding chopped nuts like almonds, peanuts, or pecans for added crunch and flavor. You could also sprinkle on shredded coconut, dried fruit such as cranberries or raisins, or even mini chocolate chips for extra sweetness. Experiment with different combinations to create your own unique flavor profile. Just ensure that any additional toppings are evenly distributed over the chocolate layer before freezing to ensure they adhere properly. This adds a delightful variety and texture to the bars, making them even more enjoyable to snack on.

gluten free peanut butter bar recipe
Credit: Maayan Aharon

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