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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

  • April 17, 2014
  • 11:00 am
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Chocolate-peanut butter bars get an update with coconut oil, maple syrup and natural peanut butter.

YIELD 36 Pieces


Dark Chocolate:

  • 2 cups coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup Vermont maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cocoa powder

Peanut Butter Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups natural peanut butter, room temperature
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Vermont maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (a bit more if you don’t use salted peanut butter)


1. Melt coconut oil in double broiler with maple syrup and salt. Sift in cocoa powder and stir well until mixture becomes smooth and dark.

2. Line a 9-inch square glass dish with plastic wrap. Pour half the chocolate mixture into the dish and place in freezer until hard, 20 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile make peanut butter filling.

3. Using a stand mixer with whisk attachment, beat peanut butter and butter about 5 minutes, until mixture is fluffy. Beat in maple syrup and salt.

4. Once chocolate layer is frozen, spread peanut butter filling over top. Place in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.

5. If remaining chocolate mixture has hardened, reheat to make it liquid again. Once peanut butter filling is firm, pour over remaining chocolate mixture.

6. Place in freezer 30 more minutes or longer.

7. When you are ready to cut into squares, remove dish from freezer and allow it to sit on the counter about 10 minutes and then lift up the plastic wrap, which allows for a little easier release.  Cut into very small squares as this is quite rich.

8. Refrigerate squares, as coconut oil is very soft at room temperature. Remove from fridge about 10 minutes before you want to eat one to allow it to soften up a bit.

This recipe is courtesy of Nancy Vienneau and Third Thursday Potluck and originally appeared as Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars on with photography by Jessica Merchant.

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9:11PM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

June T, that sounds like a great addition to a pot luck, a good idea that you mentioned about your friend.

Agreed, Daisy K. Certainly, when Judith S proclaims that the Keystone XL pipeline is 'basically an act of war against all of humanity,' this is a wee bit of hyperbole, as the pipeline only affects both Canada and the U.S., a very small segment of all of humanity. The western world sometimes likes to think of itself perhaps as all of humanity, but we are nowhere near that. Since most Canadians oppose the seal hunt and have done so for a long time, Harper is the one going against what most Canadians want, a buy out of the Newfoundland seal hunt, paying Newfoundlanders a yearly salary if they stop hunting seals.

As for stopping the use of Canadian products, that is your decision, but then, since Americans continue to use factory farms not to mention other issues, no one country is immune to boycotts over numerous issues. I hardly plan on boycotting myself, however.

8:57PM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

This recipe looks absolutely delicious, love the idea of maple syrup as well, especially from Ontario. Chocolate also in the recipe, that is another bonus.

9:27AM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

I have been looking for an updated Peanut Butter/Dark Chocolate alternative to the Peanut Butter cup recipe that came out about 30 years ago. This just may be exactly what I need.

10:48AM PDT on May 22, 2014

Not for me!!

10:43AM PDT on May 22, 2014

Dark chocolate and peanut butter, my two favorite foods, thanks.

12:53AM PDT on May 4, 2014

someone made these at work for a pot luck - they were awesome

8:20PM PDT on May 3, 2014

Thank you!

1:30PM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

Judith S. Please make an effort to get the facts right... White Coats are NOT seals being 'harvested'...and the pups aren't crying...their eyes water to protect them.
Using 'cute' white fabric seals during demonstrations gives a false message to the media and thinking the demonstrators 'know' what they're talking about add to the hype. And if movie stars and the like think lying on the ice floes in their mega bucks insulated snow suits promotes concern, think again as it makes nothing more than a photo op, knowing the public will just see the pups they hold...which they have no business doing...

Canada, unfortunately, brings in many, many American products with 'questionable' additives and unknown practices but we use the proper avenue to check it out and/or do any protesting.

Normally, I wouldn't make such a post but am getting a little weary of this ongoing topic and others such as a person who would actually cut down his Maple trees as Canada won the hockey game.

I will not be further responding on this site to any 'off topics'.

11:07AM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

Sounds great, forwarded

9:19PM PDT on Apr 22, 2014

Sounds great. Thanks for the recipe.

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