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Out Of Control Peanut Butter Bars

So I’ve definitely been holding out. All these years, right under my nose, there was this recipe. Yes, this recipe. Those of us veggie folks who grew up in these parts of the world know a thing or two about where to eat when visiting Victoria. Other than a few great spots that have popped up in recent years, Rebar remains the one spot that never fails to satisfy, and their awesome vegetarian cookbook has produced some of the most delicious recipes ever prepared in my kitchen over the course of the last 10 + years.

So why did I wait so many years to make these? Like I said, I think I was waiting. For now, and maybe, for you (definitely for Carla). I hinted last week at the peanut butter theme that was about to hit here at IPOM, and I’m happy to share this delicious recipe today, a little later than I might have thought, but hey, I waited 10 years just to make them, so a few days late to post is not so bad! πŸ™‚

On that note, things have been a bit whirl-windy of late (but not too crazy I can’t make up new words), and it may be time for me to scale back (just a wee) bit here. I promise to post at least once a week, but as the tempo rises elsewhere, it’s time to re-structure to make room for other things. So let’s see what the spring time will bring, and I promise to keep the good times rolling. Starting right now!

Out of Control Peanut Butter Bars | In Pursuit of More
Out of Control Peanut Butter Bars | In Pursuit of More
Out Of Control Peanut Butter Squares from the Re-Bar Cookbook

(1/2) cup softened butter, unsalted if possible
(1/2) cup brown sugar
(1/2) granulated white sugar
(1/3) cup smooth, natural peanut butter (organically grown if possible)
(1) egg
(1/2) tsp vanilla
(3/4) cup rolled oats
(1) cup unbleached flour (can sub gluten-free)
(1/2) tsp baking soda
(1/4) tsp salt
(120 g) milk chocolate, cut into chunks, to equal a heaping cup (or just buy the same weight in chocolate chunks)


(1/2) cup peanut butter
(2) tbsp soft butter
(1/2) tsp vanilla
(1) cup icing sugar
(1/4) cup heavy cream

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8/8 square pan and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugars, and peanut butter until light and fluffy (use an electric mixer if you have one). Add the egg & vanilla and mix well.

In a separate bowl, mix oats, flour, baking soda & salt and stir. Add this to the peanut butter mixture and stir everything together. Fold in the chocolate chunks. Spread into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Prepare the icing by creaming together the peanut butter, butter & vanilla. Add the icing sugar and mix in well. Next, stir in the cream until you have a gloriously smooth & delicious spreading consistency. Use more cream if necessary to make the icing silky.Β Ice the cooled tray of peanuty heaven and set aside to cool. Divide into squares and devour.

These will keep in the fridge or at room temperature for several days easy, and make the perfect afternoon pick me up or even a naughty breakfast (a decidedly less pure version of the breakfast bites). Of course if you have kids, these babies can’t be sent to school in most cases, but even better to have a reason for them to look forward to after school.

29 responses to “Out Of Control Peanut Butter Bars

  1. Lovely Shira – G’day from down under! I am firmly into week 3 of my post Christmas health kick but these are seriously tempting… YUMMO!

    Sounds like life is p r e t t y busy for you in Van-city, my friend.


    1. Jo! So fantastic to hear from you – I hope you are well and have thought of you often – coming over for a visit soon and I owe you an email! XO

      1. Hey my sweet – for some reason, your responses on the new site don’t pop up to advise me they are there. That is HUGE news! How exciting! YES – please e-mail. You’ve made my day! x

  2. Yum! You know I will be making these. Over Christmas I made a delicious nut butter treat, called Tiger Butter. It more like fudge. The beauty part is that it is gluten free and can be made vegan depending on the type of chocolate you use. πŸ™‚

    Here is the recipe, if you want to give it a try. Even my Dad who usually doesn’t indulge in sweet treats couldn’t stop at just one.

    Thanks for another tasty dish! Can’t wait for the next round of Peanut Butter goodness

  3. These look amazing. I would eat so many. I went to Rebar on my recent trip to Victoria and was so excited to try their vegan brownie. I was SO sadly disappointed though! I will have to give them another try because you are not the first Canadian to rave about this place!! I still think your pb bars look better though. πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks Britt! Sorry to hear about that brownie! Next time you come up just head straight for my house – I will gladly hook you up! XXX

  4. Only 1 egg and a bit of cream = easily veganised! YUMMO! Cheers for this gorgeous share and for my prospective mucking about in the kitchen event that is going to give me something closely approximating these gorgeous looking treats πŸ™‚

  5. Oh my weakness, peanut butter and chocolate – these wouldn’t stand a chance of lasting more than one day at our house; so, so happy you didn’t wait a minute longer to share these with us!

  6. Oh wow these look insane!! Sooo much peanut butter πŸ™‚

    Take all the time you need dear, goodness knows I haven’t been blogging nearly as much lately either!

    Good luck with all your “Not So Fast” happenings πŸ™‚

  7. Oh wow! and Then, even more wow! Shira, I don’t know how I feel about you holding out on us this long…you’re generally such a kind and generous person. πŸ™‚
    All is forgiven! This beauty is going straight to my bulletin board and then (as soon as I’ve got a few spare moments) straight into our waiting, gaping mouths! πŸ™‚ A true & timeless beauty! (sorry I’ve been so slow to respond Shira…the schedules a bit whacked lately!) xxoo

    1. Spree! I couldn’t keep them to myself for long πŸ˜‰ The good things are always worth sharing…love this comment, makes me smile wide! XO

  8. Yeah those bars really do look out of control! Phenomenal, I bet I could easily make these with some coconut sugar or xylitol instead of the regular sugar – I’m excited now!

    PS. This is still Anna! I just have a new site now so it’s not The Guiltless Life anymore…in case there was any confusion!

    1. Anna! Thanks for popping by the new site! Great to see you – I’m going to come for a visit to see if you’ve made changes other than your name? I hope you make these – they are fantastic!

  9. I’m stuck on the couch with an awful flu and catching up on all of your recent delicious posts. One word for these bars…UNREAL! And those kale rolls…yum! It’s killing me that I can’t run to the market and get cooking. Can’t wait to feel better and try these!

  10. Yes, you are going to make me veganize these aren’t you> It’s a good think I’ve got the “milk” chocolate down recently in some experimentation over Valentines! Shouldn’t be so tricky. These are awfully lovely Shira!

  11. Whoa, these DO look out of control! …in a good way, of course. Just curious– in terms of ease/speed of making it, though– do you think they’d still be all sorts of delicious without the layer of frosting on top? (Like, without the frosting, they wouldn’t be too dry or anything?)

    1. Allison!Great question….if this can qualify as an answer we at a good portion of the pan before icing them. They were fantastic!

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