My Answer to Reese's Peanut Butter Cups: Gluten and Casein Free Peanut Butter Bars

Who says there
isn't room in your healthful, balanced diet for a little sinful
indulgence? I was always one to enjoy a few mini-Reese's peanut butter
cups during my 3:00 slump. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are gluten free, but are now off limits for me since they contain dairy. These bars have become my new Reese's.

This
recipe comes courtesy of my mother-in-law. My husband has fond memories
of these bars growing up, so I recently created a gluten and casein free
version for our household. After cutting them into squares, I
discreetly slide a few into the freezer for safekeeping. These go fast,
so it's every man, woman, and child for themselves!

Peanut Butter Bars

1 cup Earth Balance Vegan Spread, melted

2 cups gluten free Kinnikinnick Smoreables graham style cracker crumbs

2 cups confectioners' sugar

1 cup and 4 tbsp. JIF peanut butter divided

1 ½ cups Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix
together Earth Balance spread, graham crackers crumbs, confectioners'
sugar and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the
bottom of an un-greased 9 x 13 pan.

Microwave
the chocolate chips and the 4 tbsp peanut butter on high for 1 minute.
Stir. Continue microwaving, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.
Spread over the prepared crust. Refrigerate for 1 hour before cutting
into squares. Store bars in airtight container in refrigerator, but
they are best enjoyed at room temperature.

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    I've been gluten and dairy free since 2008 and hope to share recipes and resources I've discovered for living with celiac.

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