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.