Easy Peanut Butter Bars



An easy peanut butter and dark chocolate traybake bar which is dairy-free, but very indulgent.


Easy Peanut Butter Bars


OH MY GOD, these peanut butter bars are amazing They are also really, really addictive. It's extremely hard to stop eating them, so beware.

Traybake bars like this are so easy to make, but they are utterly indulgent.

I was inspired to create these after picking up a takeaway lunch from a vegan cafe called Marwick's in Dundee, which included one of these slices.


Marwick's Vegan Cafe, Dundee

Marwick's Vegan Cafe, Dundee


Marwick's is our only fully vegan cafe and takeaway in Dundee. It's a family run business, which is super popular and no matter what time of day you go in and no matter how busy it is you're always greeted with a smile

They have lots of delicious freshly cooked food. There's soup and salad; burritos; filled flatbread wraps, meze and the most amazing breakfasts to eat-in or takeaway. You can have a look at their menu, (which changes regularly) for an idea of what's on offer.

If you're visiting the V&A Dundee or Discovery Point, just cross over to the train station, then head straight up Union Street into town and the cafe is on your right, at the top of the street. 

Visit Dundee


Directly across the road from Marwick's is our favourite cosy pub, The Bank Bar, which is the perfect place for a pint or an well-priced evening meal. The owner Susan is veggie so there are always home-cooked veggie and vegan dishes on the menu. 

I would also recommend, visiting the The McManus art gallery and museum, the DCA - Dundee Contemporary Arts (art gallery, print workshop, cinema, shop, bar and restaurant) and if you have kids, there's also the Dundee Science Centre.


Vegan Takeaway Lunch



Instagram photo of takeaway lentil soup and peanut butter slice

As it was a cold day (the day of the peanut butter slice), I started with red lentil soup, which was utterly delicious, then Graham and I both had a peanut butter slice, which was when I fell in love with that particular sweet treat.

Before he tucked into his peanut butter slice, Graham had a flatbread wrap filled with sausage & sage stuffing, sweet spiced red cabbage, rosemary and white wine gravy, hash browns and orange and cranberry sauce. Sounds amazing huh?



Easy Peanut Butter Bars


Easy Peanut Butter Bars

I thought about these peanut butter bars a lot and I mean a lot, before I finally got around to making them.

I didn't have a recipe and thought it was too cheeky to ask for one, so I winged it and pulled together the ingredients I thought might be in the bars. Thinking about other traybakes I have made and how the texture was similar, if a little softer than a cheesecake base.

I whizzed them all up, pressed them into two square brownie trays and topped them with melted dark chocolate, before chilling.

I was really lucky to hit the mark the first time I made these.

OMG! THEY ARE LUSH!


Stack of Easy Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut butter bar ingredients


So what is in these bars? 

If you took a minute to watch my little video at the top, you will already know, but just in case you didn't .......

They are made with crushed digestive biscuits, which are very similar to Graham Crackers in the US. You can use any digestive biscuits in this traybake, but for a vegan traybake look out for Molly's Digestives in Tesco which are accidentally suitable for vegans and rather cheap too.

There is also melted dairy-free spread (my vegetarian readers can use butter), peanut butter, a little maple syrup and of course dark chocolate.

I used crunchy peanut butter for the texture, but you could of course use smooth if you prefer it.


Easy Peanut Butter Bars in baking trays

Baking trays


As you can see I rather messily lined two square brownie trays with foil-backed greaseproof paper for this traybake, but as this is a no-bake treat you can use any tray you like. One longer tray would be instead of two square trays. The filling will be as deep as you make it, depending on the tray you use.

You could also line the tray or trays with non-stick baking paper if you prefer. Just wait until they are well chilled before cutting into bars.


Easy Peanut Butter Bars


Traybake recipes


While we are talking about traybakes, let me share some of my favourites with you. Some are baked and some are no baked, but they are all utterly delicious yet easy to make.

Vegan traybakes


  1. Fudgy Pineapple Chocolate Brownies
  2. Easy 3 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge 
  3. Oreo Chocolate Tiffin 
  4. Pineapple Banana and Chocolate Flapjacks
  5. Blueberry & Lemon Oaty Breakfast Bars

Vegetarian traybakes


Easy Peanut Butter Bars





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Yield: 32 small bars
Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Bars

Easy Peanut Butter Bars

An easy peanut butter and dark chocolate traybake bar which is dairy-free, but very indulgent.
prep time: 20 minscook time: total time: 20 mins

ingredients


  • 200g/1 cup dairy free spread
  • 300g digestives or graham crackers (2.5 cups when crushed)
  • 360g/1.5 cups crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 300g dark chocolate

instructions


  1. Line two square brownie pans.
  2. Gently melt the dairy free spread in a pot or in the microwave.
  3. Whizz up the digestives in a food processor until they are a fairly fine powder.
  4. Add the melted spread, peanut butter and maple syrup, then whizz into a smooth cookie dough.
  5. Divide the mixture into the two pans and press until even and smooth, pop in the fridge.
  6. Melt the chocolate in a bain marie (a bowl over simmering water, being careful not to let the bowl touch the water or the chocolate will seize.
  7. Pour the chocolate over the two trays of peanut butter dough and spread until smooth, then chill until set.
  8. Cut each tray into 16 bars and serve.
  9. Enjoy and don't eat too many!

NOTES:

Prep time does not include chill time.
calories
190
fat (grams)
13.7
sat. fat (grams)
4.3
carbs (grams)
13.8
protein (grams)
4.2
sugar (grams)
8.7
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12 comments

  1. These look amazing and they do seem very hassle-free to make. Bet they'd go lovely with a cuppa!

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    1. Oh yes perfect with a cuppa and very easy to make.

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  2. I love discovering recipes like this that are delicious and made for vegans to enjoy. Sometimes I have some vegan friends over and it's hard to know what to serve them. This recipe will certainly make an appearance next time they come over.

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    1. I think everyone would enjoy these Vicky, but your friends will really appreciate them, I am sure.

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  3. These bars sound incredible! I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I can see why these were so addictive!

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    1. Thanks and yes they are super addictive! So, so good.

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  4. You had me at peanut butter! I can’t wait to make these!

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    1. Haha, my work here is done. I do hope you try them.

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  5. These sound SO good. I love that you reinvented a treat you'd enjoyed elsewhere :-)

    Also...how cool is that cake stand?!

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  6. How lovely to have been inspired by your visit to your favourite Dundee vegan cafe! Your peanut butter bars with their topping of chocolate look really great, I love the idea of peanuts and oaty flavour from the digestives.

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  7. Forget kids, even adults are going to love this! It looks so tempting

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  8. These sound incredibly moreish, I know my family would wolf them down!

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