SRC: Spiffy Cookie’s Peanut Butter Apple Bars

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For May’s Secret Recipe Club, I was paired with Erin of The Spiffy Cookie! She literally has the cutest little cookie figure  – especially the one that has its eyes closed! Erin is definitely a smart cookie – she has a PhD in Microbiology! Plus, she thinks chocolate and peanut butter is the best combination ever! Spiffy Cookie Apple Peanut Bars-1

She even has a whole list of gluten free recipes! I’m happy to know that I’m not the only person who struggles to get up more than 30 minutes before I need to get out the door! She has so many delicious looking recipes like these Avocado Brownies, Raspberry Mango Margarita Pie, Banana Foster Muffins and these Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfaits.

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In the end, I chose her Peanut Butter Apple Raisin Bars. I made them gluten free, vegan and reduced the sugar in half. Even then, I found them to be quite sweet, although the glaze is good as it adds extra moisture.

They were delicious! The best part were the apples, especially since they got drenched in the glaze. Yum! I sent them along with Mr. Bean to work and his coworkers loved them! They didn’t last very long!

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Gluten Free Vegan Peanut Butter Apple Raisin Bars

Bars Ingredients

1/2 c. each brown rice, sorghum and millet flours *(if you don’t have one of these flours, just use more of what you have)
1/2 c. each tapioca and potato starch
1 1/4 tsp. xathan gum
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp raisins, finely diced
1/2 c. dairy free margarine (use soy free buttery spread to make soy free)
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter (I used Adams all natural crunchy)
2 eggs or egg replacers (1 tbsp. powder + 1/4 c. almond or other dairy free milk)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1+ c. finely diced apples
Almond Milk (I used 4 tbsp as my peanut butter was really quite hard

Glaze Ingredients

2 tbsp. peanut butter
2 tbsp. almond milk (my peanut butter was fairly hard, so I added an extra tablespoon of milk)
1 c. sifted icing sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

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  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a 13″ x 9″ pan with parchment paper (I used a 15″ x 10″ cookie sheet).
  3. In a small sauce pan, melt maragarine and sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and add the peanut butter, stirring until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  4. Shift the flours and whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Stir in the diced raisins. Set aside.
  5. Add eggs one at a time to the peanut butter mixture, stirring until combined. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  6. Pour peanut butter mixture into the dry ingredients, add the apples and stir until combined. Add extra milk if necessary to make the batter more easily spreadable.
  7. Transfer batter onto prepared pan and spread the batter into the corners.
  8. Bake in oven for ~20 min for a 15″ x 10″ cookie sheet or ~30min for a 13″ x 9″ pan. The bars should be slightly golden on top and edges are slightly brown.
  9. Remove and place on a rack to cook.
  10. As the bars cool, prepare the the glaze by whisking together the icing sugar, peanut butter, almond milk and vanilla extract. Add more milk/sugar to get it to the correct consistency  for drizzling.
  11. Drizzle the glaze over the bars and cut into squares.
  12. Enjoy!

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15 Comments

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15 responses to “SRC: Spiffy Cookie’s Peanut Butter Apple Bars

  1. I bet those are outrageously good. PB goes so well with apples and it goes so well with raisins. Put all 3 together – YUM! Happy reveal day!

  2. Those are some super good looking and I am sure great tasting bars! See? We were in the same wavelength this month, I did bars too! Sisters… that’s what we are!

    Ok, I don’t mind being the MUCH OLDER sister…. fine! ;-)

  3. Peanut butter & apple is always a winner. Excellent choice this month.

  4. Thank you for all the great things you said about my blog and glad someone appreciates my gluten-free section (and is on my side with the mornings thing). I also agree that those bars were definitely sweet and I should try them out with less sugar next time. They looks awesome!

  5. Ahhh! I love the chocolate and peanut butter combo too! =D

  6. shockinglydelicious

    Wait, did you say Raspberry Mango Margarita Pie? omg.

  7. Peanut butter and chocolate….I need to run out and find a reese cup.

  8. What an interesting and YUMMY flavor combination – this looks so good!! Great pick this month!!

  9. Yum, these look great… and the glaze sounds AWESOME… I’d like to drink it ;)

  10. I love peanut butter but have never tried them with apple so this is a new combination for me. It looks really tasty and I can’t wait to try it myself. Great SRC pick!

  11. turnips 2 tangerines

    Looks delicious! Great SRC pick! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  12. What can I say? I love anything with peanut butter, so these look like an absolute winner to me – great choice.
    Sue

  13. Your pictures look great! They transform me immediately to Autumn time.

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