Four ingredient peanut butter bars are deliciously creamy and made with only four simple wholesome ingredients like dates, peanut butter, coconut and dark chocolate.
The most delicious peanut bars ever created
Peanut butter and chocolate is hands down the best combo ever. If you disagree, let me know, I’d love to hear your take on this.
Growing up, I used to come home from school and go straight to the pantry and eat spoonfuls upon spoonfuls of skippy peanut butter. Not my proudest moments, but I’ve moved on from skippy peanut butter to running all natural peanut butter. Which I must say, my adult taste buds prefer. I guess we all grow up!
Ingredients in peanut butter bars
The list is short and sweet- just how I like it.
- Peanut Butter
- Dark Chocolate
My favorite dates are from Joolies Dates. They are the softest dates I’ve ever had, usually you have to soak your dates before blending, but these are naturally soft- so no soaking required.
For the coconut use shredded- you can find it at most stores!
Peanut butter is best when it’s all natural and runny. I always pick up a jar of the salted peanut butter from Trader Joe’s.
Dark chocolate is my favorite. I prefer dark over milk any day, however this is totally flexible and up to your preference. A few of my favorite chocolate companies are Lily’s Sweets, Hu Kitchen, Enjoy Life Foods. These are all non-dairy alternatives.
Tools needed to make peanut butter bars
- Food processor
- Air fryer or oven
- 8×8 baking dish
I used my air fryer to toast my coconut. This was SO easy, and allowed me to not have to preheat my oven for something as simple as toasting coconut. However, if you don’t have an air fryer, you can most definitely use your oven. The result will be the same.
How to make perfect peanut butter bars
Believe me when I say this recipe can’t get any easier. I mean, how complicated can four ingredients really get, right?
To start, you will want to toast your coconut. This can be done one of two ways. I like to use my air fryer for almost everything, but if you don’t have an air fryer you can simply preheat your oven and toast the coconut that way.
Toasting the coconut is easy. You will lay the coconut on single layer and toast for five minutes at 350F. Same method for both the air fryer and the oven. NOTE. Make sure you watch the coconut and take it out at the five minute mark so the coconut doesn’t burn.
I mentioned this before, but I really love to use Joolies Dates. Not only are they soft, but they come pre-pitted so you don’t have to spend any additional time taking the pits out. If your dates are hard, you will need to soak them in boiling hot water for about 10-15 minutes to soften them up.
While the coconut is toasting, you can add your dates to your food processor and blend until smooth.
Once the coconut is done toasting, add to your food processor with 4 Tbsp of peanut butter, and blend until the dates and coconut are well incorporated. The texture should be firm but easily able to press your fingers into it.
After you have your first layer, take the date and coconut mixture and press them into an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper. Set this aside and make the second layer.
To make the second layer, simply combine the peanut butter and melted dark chocolate.
You can melt the dark chocolate one of two ways. Simply add to the microwave with about a Tbsp of coconut oil. The coconut oil is important as it allows the chocolate to melt correctly without any clumps.
If the microwave is not your preferred method, you can easily melt the dark chocolate over a double broiler on the stove.
Combined the dark chocolate and peanut butter and pour over crust. Store in the freeze for 20 minutes until it hardens. Cut into squares and enjoy!
Four Ingredient Peanut Butter BarsCourse: Desserts
15 pitted dates
1 + 1/3 cups of shredded coconut, toasted
4 Tbsp of peanut butter (for the base)
1/2 cup running natural peanut butter
1 cup dark chocolate, melted.
- Prepare your 8×8 baking dish by lining it with parchment paper.
- Start by toasting your shredded coconut. I like to use my air fryer and “fry” at 350 for 5 minutes. The oven works as well.
- Add pitted dates to your food processor and blend until smooth.
- In your food processor, add toasted coconut and 4 Tbsp of peanut butter and blend until smooth.
- Press your first layer into your baking dish until even distributed. Set aside.
- Melt dark chocolate and add peanut butter to mixture.
- Pour chocolate and peanut butter mixture over crust layer and store in the freezer for 20 minutes, or until it hardens.
- Cut into squares and enjoy!
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