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Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bars

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Last night’s creation, Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bars,  was inspired by our dear friends Victor and Sandy.  They prepared an amazing dinner for us and we brought the dessert.  With a chocolate creation already rolling around in my head, Sandy emailed me and asked if I could make something chocolaty!  How perfectly did that work out?! :)  To me it is always a good sign when silence falls upon the room when the first bite is taken.  I watched Victor’s face to see if I could get a read on him as to if he liked it or not…his complete silence, his innocent concentration on his plate, and the witnessing of him scrapping up every last morsel and smudge of frosting off the plate, spoke volumes.  No crumb was left behind.  I will take that as a compliment.

The bottom layer is a rich, decadent chocolate, the middle layer is a scrumptious peanut butter layer and to top them both off, I dressed the brownie with a sinful chocolate frosting!

Ingredients for Chocolate Brownie Layer:
Yield: I used a 6×8 pan but you can change the size by adjusting the layer thicknesses.

  • 3 cups raw walnuts, soaked & dehydrated
  • 16  Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Preparation:

  1. Place the walnuts and salt in a food processor fitted with the S-blade process until finely ground.
  2. Add the cocoa powder and process until the until the powder is incorporated. Then start adding in the dates.
  3. Add the water and vanilla and process mixture until it begins to stick together.  It will create a ball that rolls around in the food processor but be real gentle at this point, if you over process it the walnuts will release to much oil.
  4. Line a 6-inch cake pan with a parchment-paper.  This will make it easier to remove.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture into the pan and distribute it evenly.
  6. Press down with your hand to compact.
  7. Place in freezer while you make the peanut butter layer.

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Ingredients for Peanut Butter Layer:

  • 2 cups rolled, gluten-free oats, soaked and dehydrated 
  • 1 cup oat flour (see below)
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup raw agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup raw cold pressed coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Preparation:

  1. To make your oat flour,  place the raw oats in the food processor and process until it becomes a fine powder.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients, except for the coconut oil and blend until well incorporated.
  3. As the food processor is running,  drizzle in the melted coconut oil.  You may need to stop a few times and scrap the sides and spread the dough around evenly.
  4. Remove the chocolate layer from the freezer.  Add 1 1/2 cups of this peanut better batter on top and press firmly with your hand.  You can make peanut butter cookies with the left over batter.
  5. Place back in the freezer while you make the frosting.

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Chocolate Ganache Ingredients:

Yield: 1 cup

  • 3/4 cup raw agave syrup or maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/8 tsp plus a pinch salt

Preparation:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the blender jar with a rubber spatula.
  3. Take the brownie batter from the freezer and pour on the frosting.  Spread evenly, cover and chill until ready to serve.

 

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42 thoughts on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bars

  1. Mrs. P says:

    This just looks too wonderful!

  2. These are so delicious!

    I am pretty new to raw food, and I made these in my cuisinart mini-processor so I had to break each layer into a couple batches, but it was still a pretty easy recipe. This would be THE recipe to try to convince people that raw desserts are every bit as delicious and rich as regular ones!

    Highly recommend.

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Jocelyn for sharing your experience. :) I can’t seem to get enough of the peanut butter layer myself …. but then there is the chocolate layer…oh dear, I LOVE them both. haha

  3. Tiina McKay says:

    Oh my gosh! These are heavenly!!! Luckily I have a freezer full of them now to munch on whenever cravings strike, lol! Thanks Amie Sue! Can’t wait to try your other recipes :)

    • amie-sue says:

      That is so awesome Tiina! I am glad that you are enjoying them. Smart move to freeze some for later snacking. :) Have a blessed weekend! hugs

  4. Dana Miele says:

    Just made these! They are chilling in the freezer waiting to serve later, I will keep you posted. SO excited! I am funny I bought the oats then I bought the oat flour. I will return the oat flour or maybe use it for something else!

  5. Dana Miele says:

    WOW these were AMAZING! Everyone loved them!! :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Touchdown!!! Does the “happy chocolate peanut butter brownie bar* dance! Trust me, I have one. lol Thanks for letting us know Dana! Many blessings, amie sue

    • michelle L says:

      omg i was looking for the calories in the brownies and magically came upon this site and spotted your name! the brownies were AMAZING!

  6. I love these bars! They are so very delicious. I’ve actually posted an adapted version of these on my blog, if you’re interested in taking a look. Thank you so much for the inspiration! :)

    http://thefloursack.blogspot.com/2012/08/raw-chocolate-peanut-butter-bars.html

  7. Michelle says:

    This to date is the most delicious raw dessert I have ever tasted. Incorporating raw into my diet since last year, and finding it hard to find really tasty treats. Thanks so much for this, its a keeper. A little time consuming, but worth the work.

    • amie-sue says:

      I love that sound of that Michelle! You sound like a peanut butter fan like me. :) I could eat it daily but I don’t. I have to monitor my nut intake closely. I know it isn’t a nut but my body responds to it like other nuts. Thank you for sharing this with me. Have a wonderful weekend! amie sue

  8. Nikki says:

    This was my first attempt at anything raw and I must say these are totally delicious!! My kids loved them as well and I love your website! I want a dehydrater now.

    • amie-sue says:

      Awesom Nikki. I get such joy when I hear that kids love raw foods! Thank you for sharing. :) Go get that dehydrator! hehe

  9. Michelle says:

    Hi Amie-Sue,

    Do you have a recipe for cacao almonds.They are very expensive to buy. Looking for another recipe to
    try, the one I use didn’t work to well.

    Thank you.

  10. Carmen says:

    Omg !!! This is insane. The whole family loves it !! I think i over processed the first step as you said not to do, but was not sure when to stop. I was afraid that it would not stick together. Same day i made your “Fish Tacos” with the Tartar Sauce, and Cole Slaw Salad. What a meal !
    Aloha

    • amie-sue says:

      Goodness Carmen, you have been busy haha. I am thrilled that you are trying the recipes and enjoying them! As you make these recipes over and over you will start to recognize the process more. When making batters like this it is good to stop the machine and give the batter a pinch and see how it is sticking together. Have a blessed day, amie sue

    • Carmen says:

      Yes, and today I’m making your Raw Banana Walnut Bread ! I have been taking pictures, can i show you ?

  11. rhonda says:

    sue the last page asks for Chocolate Ganache Ingredients: which includes 1/8 tsp plus a pinch salt. 1/8 tsp of what?

    • amie-sue says:

      Rhonda…It’s Amie Sue, I notice you always call me Sue..no biggie but just letting you know. :) I am not sure I understand what you are asking me… I looked at the recipe and all the ingredients are listed. Please clarify so I can be of help. amie sue

    • Kris says:

      Salt. You said it yourself. It’s 1/8 tsp plus one pinch of SALT.

  12. Anastasia says:

    Aime Sue! Wow. I finally got around to making this (with help from the bf). I admit to using organic, but not “freshly” made peanut butter, but that was the only deviation. We are in heaven. I warned him that the end result probably wouldn’t look as good as your pictures did, but in fact, it did! He’s taken home several pieces to share with his mom and other family and it’s been a hit out of the park :)
    I’m not even half raw, but I know enough by now to know when I taste a winner, and this is IT! Thank you!

    • amie-sue says:

      That is wonderful Anastasia! Thank you for trusting the recipe and giving it a try. :) Many blessings! amie sue

  13. Frances says:

    I just made these and they are like the most amazing chocolate brownies I have ever had that were raw, Thank You amie-sue and many blessing to you too! :)

    • amie-sue says:

      ooooh I love it! Thank you Frances for sharing. Those very words tickle me pink. :) Have a terrific day! amie sue

  14. Melinda says:

    Hi Sue, I love your recipes. In this recipe the oats needs to be soaked and dehydrated also?

    Thank you)
    Melinda
    ps. happy Thanksgiving!

  15. Audrey says:

    O.K. Amie Sue….this is one of the BEST treats I’ve made…like EVER!!! I kid you not, my children and husband were in and out of the freezer to retrieve these morsels from Heaven as often as I would allow (needed to keep some for myself) ;-) That peanut butter filling seriously has me craving it throughout the day. I don’t know why I am still surprised by your recipes? The fact that they are clean ingredients and taste AMAZING has me in a giddy state whenever I eat them (which is so often)! Thank you for all the time you put into these glorious recipes.

    • amie-sue says:

      Well Audrey, that message just made my night! Thank you so much for sharing this with me. :) Now you have made me hungry. lol Thank you also for all the kind words. I hope that you have a wonderful week and keep in touch. *wonders – do I have any peanut butter made up* lol

  16. Sher says:

    These have been made over and over at our house. We love them. Especially with coconut ice cream.

    • amie-sue says:

      That is just wonderful to hear Sher. So happy that you like them. :) And it sounds wonderful paired with ice cream. Darn you, you are making me hungry. hehe

  17. Moni says:

    Hi Amie Sue
    I made these several times, they are one of My, and My familys, favourit. ( I think I have forgotten how to spell in english, was that the right spelling? It looks strange to me.)
    Anyway, I wrote you a PM on your Facebook page because I could not find your emailadress anywhere.
    I just Wanted to show you some pictures from a raw food sweets event I had this last weekend. I made several of your gorgeous recipes and people just loved to taste them.
    I feel so grateful towards you because of all the amazing things you share so willingly with all of us out here.
    You are a very special person and I wish you all the best and great happines in your life.
    Big warm hug from a swedish fan of yours

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Moni.

      I would love to see your pictures. I just went through and looked at all my incoming messages on FB and I don’t see one from you, unless you use a different name there. Regardless, you can email me at amiesue@nouveauraw.com. Thank you for all your kind and generous words. It was a great blessing to wake up to them. Have a glorious day and I look forward in seeing you pictures. :) amie sue

  18. Mary says:

    Hi Amie-Sue,

    These look incredible! Two questions: 1. Did you use bottled or make raw peanut butter or did you use roasted? I know in the case of peanut butter, roasted can be so much more flavorful, but of course, not raw….and 2. Have you ever tried this recipe with lower glycemic sweeteners than dates and agave…or in that case, would you just suggest a different recipe?

    Thanks much,
    Mary

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Mary,

      Q ~ Did you use bottled or make raw peanut butter or did you use roasted?
      A ~ I have used various types of peanut butter with this recipe. I have made my own peanut butter with organic roasted peanuts and also with raw
      jungle peanuts. And you are right, they are very different in flavor. It depends on a persons preference. Both work.

      Q ~ Have you ever tried this recipe with lower glycemic sweeteners than dates and agave…or in that case, would you just suggest a different recipe?
      A ~ No, I haven’t. In the brownie base, the dates are the binder for the brownie, other liquid sweeteners wouldn’t work. As far as the other two
      layers, you could use raw coconut nectar or other thick liquid sweeteners. Which one do you like to use?

      Have a wonderful evening, amie sue

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