Growing up, my mom would get after me for dipping my spoon into the peanut butter jar and pulling out a hunk of the stuff. I would sneak off and slowly eat it off the spoon. I still do it today, but no one gets after me. Except maybe the dogs. I think they want me to give them some. Peanut butter cookies are still my favorite and I will wrestle with anyone for the last bit of peanut butter pie. But these gluten free bars sure are amazing, especially for a peanut “nut” like me!
This is a Gluten Free Bars the Fun Way Recipe. Easy, quick and tasty. Make this for dinner tonight. Prep time is 5 minutes max and bake time is about 25 minutes.
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Brownies
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. gluten free vanilla extract
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup gluten free flour
Hint: There is no need for xanthum gum in this recipe. The amount of flour used is under one cup. The peanut butter and eggs will keep it together for you. If you have gluten flour that already has gum in it, that’s fine. You just don’t need to add any if your flour doesn’t.
Equipment needed: Bowl, mixer, spatula, 8×8 baking pan, measuring cups and spoons
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and brown sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer. Beat in the eggs one at a time and then mix in the flour. Spread it into a well greased or parchment lined 8×8 baking pan. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Don’t over bake or your brownies will be DRY! If you’re not sure how done is done, poke the center with a toothpick. If you have a few crumbs on your toothpick, good. Better underdone than over with brownies.
Remove from the oven, cool and then spread with Peanut Butter Frosting to really make this a PB delight.
Peanut Butter Frosting
Place 1 cup creamy peanut butter and 1/3 cup of powdered sugar in a bowl and blend together. If it’s too stiff to spread, add a little more powdered sugar until it’s just right.
You could also spread these brownies with Nutella, or change the peanut butter in the frosting with some grape jelly and use that instead. PB and J brownies. Sounds good.
Another idea is to take the brownies unfrosted, cut into squares, place in dessert bowls and top with a scoop of ice cream, chocolate or butterscotch syrup, a squiggle of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. Cheaper than going to the local ice cream shop!
P.s. All peanut butter lovers unite…and all brownie lovers for that matter too 😉