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vegan chocolate peanut butter bars, take one – swell

vegan chocolate peanut butter bars, take one

i often crave the pizza luce vegan chocolate peanut butter bars (tagline: you won’t believe they’re vegan)… so i decided to try and recreate them.  this is my first attempt.  tasty, and healthier than the original i’d imagine, because they’re a bit less sweet.  (feel free to add a little more sugar if that’s how you roll; there’s no rules against taste-testing the mix before you press it into the pan!)  but this is not healthy by any stretch of the imagination.  a crunchy, crispy layer of salty-sweet peanut buttery goodness covered in a layer of sexy chocolate.  make sure you refrigerate them for a few hours so they firm up really well and soak up all the liquids.

vegan chocolate peanut butter bars (makes one 8×8 pan)

1/3 c vegan margarine

1 c powdered sugar

1 c peanut butter (i used smooth, but crunchy might add more…crunch)

1 1/2 c of your favorite granola (i used nature’s path hemp plus)

1 1/2 c crisp brown rice cereal

1 c vegan chocolate chips

melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  combine granola and rice cereal in a mixing bowl (breaking up any large clumps of granola if necessary), then add sugar, peanut butter, and melted margarine.  stir until well combined, then press into an 8×8 cake pan.  melt the chocolate in a double boiler and spread evenly over peanut butter mixture.  place in refrigerator to chill and set (2-4 hours).  cut into squares and gobble up!

*notes – you may need to add a little salt if you use unsalted peanut butter or are just a salty kind of person.  next time i am going to try pulsing the granola and brown rice cereal in a food processor a couple times to get a bit more of an even texture.  hopefully this will also let them soak up the liquid a bit better — they were a tiny bit softer than their original counterpart, but not mushy by any means.  also, adding some crushed peanuts might be tasty!  the recipe above is as i made it, though i think i’ll tweak it a bit in the future.

29 Responses to “vegan chocolate peanut butter bars, take one”

  1. Romina says:

    I’ll take two! (no pun intended ;-)

  2. Kala says:

    Oh my god, those look so good! The Luce ones always look so tasty but I don’t know what brand of chocolate they use and I’m allergic to most kinds of vegan chocoalte chips because they make them on the same equipment as the dairy chips. I am soooo trying this recipe, thanks for posting it!

  3. Ricki says:

    THOSE LOOK INCREDIBLE. (Okay, I’ve composed myself now. . . ). And, extremely edible! Fabulous.

  4. Samantha says:

    Seriously, those look amazing. Anything with chocolate and peanut butter is good in my book, and those top the list!

  5. I love you for posting this recipe! (And hemp plus granola is my favorite.) I still can’t believe I never got to go to Pizza Luce, but I think whipping up these bars might slightly make up for it…

  6. I…can’t even put into words how amazing those look.

    Oh my gosh. Wow.

    THANK YOU for the recipe…I must indulge in them (and share with others blah blah) immediately!

  7. 10segundos says:

    this look really taste :O

    but i couldn´t translate and i will not find the ingredients in my city.

    cheers from brazil

  8. Jes says:

    Those look like my version of heaven–can’t wait to try ‘em!

  9. Bianca says:

    Oh my, you’re such a tease! I really want to reach through my computer screen and take one! Guess I’ll have to make them myself.

  10. shellyfish says:

    These look really good! I’ve been thinking about trying something similar, my Grams used to make these when I was little with rice crispyish cereal & I loved them!

  11. Amanda says:

    I click through a lot of vegan blogs and just found you linked from another one, and lo and behold one of my favorite desserts is your current post!

    I LOVE Pizza Luce’s chocolate peanut butter bars! And I’ve always wanted to make them myself! I’m a Minnesotan attending school in Boston, so I rarely get to enjoy my favorites from back home. I’ll be making these ASAP. Thanks!

  12. Shayna says:

    Are you kiddin me A-K???? Those should come with a warning! Damn they look amazing…why oh WHY am I on a diet??

  13. Wow, I think I just developed a sweet tooth. Those look really good.

  14. bazu says:

    I’m not a big fan of chocolate/PB desserts and even I am drooling over that photo!

  15. melisser says:

    These look SO good! They would be eaten quickly in my house!

  16. a-k says:

    now i see how to get people to comment! it might surprise you to know i don’t actually care all that much for chocolate… but i do like it in small amounts with PEANUT BUTTER. yum.

    i hope someone else makes them!

  17. jd says:

    This is exactly the type of deliciousness that I need to avoid looking at.





  18. Shayna says:

    hey a-k, I think I’m going to try these next weekend with almond butter (I can’t do peanuts)…I’ll let you know what I think!

  19. jessy says:

    these look freak’n amazing! i just drooled on my keyboard. glorious! :D

  20. a-k says:

    shayna – i hope you do! almonds rock my world.

  21. Bee Roach says:

    I’m sitting here eating carrots, wishing I was eating these bars!! Thanks for the recipe :)

  22. Shayna says:

    Hey A-K, I made this on Saturday with chunky almond butter and Koala Crisps (cocoa flavored vegna rice krispies) and the hemp granola and holy mother of god it was FANTASTIC!!!!! Its ALL GONE!!! I can never make this again because there is no way I will be able to keep my hands off of it, it is seriously that good. Brilliant recipe! Great job!

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  24. saffron says:

    depending on which luce you go to, be warned. the so called vegan bars aren’t always vegan. sometimes the chocolate chips they use contain butterfat. if you aren’t sure, ask them what brand of chocolate chips they use. ambrosia brand is not vegan!

  25. Squid says:

    Hey there,

    These are so amazing! Quick and easy and delicious.

    I was wondering how would these do frozen? My boyfriend and I usually bake for 2 and I can’t possibly eat them all.

  26. Squid says:

    Or how long are they good refrigerated?


    • a-k says:

      I’ve kept them in the fridge for a week, perhaps a bit longer, and they were still excellent! Just keep them in a sealed container.

  27. Squid says:

    They’re amazing!!! <3

  28. Gauri Radha गौरी राधा says:

    These look amazingly delicious!!

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