These peanut butter blondies are my favorite thing today. Do you like peanut butter cookies? Do you love peanut butter cups? These are for you. ❤️
How these sweet babies came to be: A looooong time ago, I went on a hunt for a grain-free peanut butter cookie recipe. I have a few of these recipes stashed away, and have tweaked them and toyed with them until I found my go-to combination of ingredients. The cookies themselves call for only 6 ingredients, which is good because it means late-night cookie cravings are easy to quench. You probably have them in your pantry right now: peanut butter, salt, vanilla, almond flour, honey and (in your fridge) an egg.
✨ Do you know what makes you feel like Wonder Woman (or Superman)? When you hear the words "I could really go for a cookie right now," and then you magically pull a fresh batch of cookies from the oven in 30 minutes. ✨
When they are fresh from the oven, these bars are super soft, but as they cool they firm up, becoming fudgy. They almost melt away in your mouth.
You can plop the dough by the spoonful on the a cookie sheet if you want cookies, but I have found that they're even better as bars (AKA blondies). It gives them ultimate fudgy center.
I love cookies, and these peanut butter bars are by far my favorite grain-free cookie. Yup, even a chocoholic like me can settle for just a drizzle of chocolate on top when the cookie itself is this fudgy 😉
All of this, and I haven't even gotten to the most magic part yet: They only call for 1/3 cup honey! That's it. No refined sugar. Cut into 9 squares, each bar has less sugar than a LÄRABAR or even an RXBar. 🙌So bake away my friends! These cookie bars will change your life. They certainly have changed mine.
The finishing touch on these bars is a sprinkle of salt.
While I was in Monterey last month, I came by some fancy salts that were 75% off. Normally I'd resist the urge to buy luxury salt, especially when flying Frontier Airlines with nothing but a "personal item" (uuugh). But 75% off was too much to pass up.
One jar of coffee infused salt in my right hand and one bottle of vanilla baker's salt in my left, I marched up to the register and decided they would just have to fit into my luggage. They did, with work, but it was worth it. I came home with two edible sea-side souvenirs and thought of the 1000s of ways to use them.
These blondies are sprinkled with the coffee infused salt, but you can use any salt and get delicious results. You can even play around with sprinkling different salts on top, and decide which you like the most! I sprinkled my most recent batch of these cookies with vanilla salt (affiliate link!)and it was stellar. Try fluer de sel (affiliate link!) or even make your own coffee-infused salt.
Serves: 16 | Total Time: 35 minutes
- 1 cup peanut butter (smooth, natural & organic— stir it well)
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup almond flour For the chocolate drizzle:
- 1 ounce chocolate (I used a chopped up 88% dark chocolate bar, but use whatever you like most)
- 1 sprinkle finishing salt, such as vanilla salt (affiliate link!), fleur de sel (affiliate link!), espresso salt (affiliate link!), or homemade coffee salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9x9 inch glass baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, egg, honey, vanilla, and salt. Stir until completely combined and smooth. Then, add almond flour, folding it into the mixture. Dough should be quite sticky, but not runny: when you lift a spoonful from the bowl it should not drip.
- Press dough into prepared baking dish in an even layer. Then, place baking dish in oven and bake for 20-23 minutes. The blondies should be puffed in the middle, and golden on the edges. They’ll still be quite soft at this point. Allow blondies to cool in pan for 10 minutes.
- While to blondies are cooling, make the chocolate drizzle: place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Then, heat for 15 seconds, and stir, repeating (heat for 15 seconds, stir) until chocolate is completely melted and glossy. Use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the bars in a criss-cross pattern. Now, sprinkle with finishing salt of your choice. Allow to cool 5 more minutes.
- Slice blondies into squares, and serve. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.