Some friends from out of town were visiting last weekend, so at the eleventh hour I whipped up a batch of peanut butter chocolate chip bars. They were a big hit!

Apparently it’s popular to add a cup of chopped peanuts to the batter along with the chocolate chips; I’ll leave that up to you. Personally, I’m averse to peanuts in baked goods; I think they interrupt an otherwise soothing tactile experience. Who ever thought up putting peanuts into a perfectly good peanut butter cookie? Don’t even think about pulling that on me!

These bars are traditional and bakery-style: soft, dense, and slightly chewy. They are structurally similar to blondies and are pretty freakin’ fantastic, if I do say so myself.

 

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars
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Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • ⅓ c warm water
  • ¾ c creamy, sweetened peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 c turbinado (or light brown) sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ c flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 c vegan chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease a 9×9″ baking pan.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flax seeds and water. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together peanut butter, oil, and sugar.
  5. Add vanilla and beat well.
  6. Beat in flax mixture.
  7. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  8. Add dry to wet mixture; mix well. The texture will be similar to cookie dough.
  9. Fold in chocolate chips.
  10. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan, and bake for 18-22 minutes, or until top is golden.
  11. Let cool in pan; slice and serve.