Peanut Butter Caramel Bars
Vegan & Gluten-Free
One of my favorite family recipes – hands down – has to be my Mom’s classic recipe: Golden Bear Bars. This is a dessert she created during her high school years, but it has continued on and been passed down to her children. I used this classic family recipe as my inspiration for this week’s treat, and then tweaked it to make it both vegan and gluten-free! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do!
Vegan Caramel Sauce
1 cup sugar
6 tbsp Earthbalance Butter Alterenative
1/2 cup Califia Coconut Almond Milk
In a medium/large saucepan over medium heat, carefully cook the sugar. Stir constantly with a silicone spatula, until the sugar begins to clump together. Eventually, this will melt into a brown liquid.
Once the sugar has completely melted, add in the alternative butter, one cube at a time. Keep stirring the butter until it is fully melted into the sugar.
Next, slowly drizzle the almond milk in, while continuing to stir. At this point, you want to be really careful to not pour the milk in too fast, otherwise the sauce will begin to sizzle and splatter out of the pan.
Once combined, allow to boil for about one to two minutes. Remove from heat, then transfer the caramel to a glass jar and allow to cool completely before using.
Peanut Butter Bars
1 cup Wholesome Organic Sugar
1 cup Wholesome Organic Brown Sugar
1 cup organic crunchy peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats
2 9.7oz jars vegan cocoa spread
Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare a 13×9 pan by greasing.
In a bowl, cream together the coconut oil, sugars, peanut butter, and vanilla.
Next, mix in the salt and flour, being sure to fully combine the mixture so there are no flour clumps in your batter.
Now, it’s time to fold in the oats. At this point, you may want to switch from using a spoon or spatula to using your hands to combine the mixture.
Once you have all your ingredients fully mixed, it’s time to press it into the prepared pan. Then, bake for about 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
Once your bars have cooled, smooth the cocoa spread evenly across the top of the bars. Finally, generously pour the prepared caramel sauce over the chocolate.
Now, all you have to do is cut the bar into squares, then place on a plate, and add another drizzle of caramel (because you can never have too much caramel).
Enjoy one of my favorite family traditions, with a healthy twist: Peanut Butter Caramel Bars!