Okay but seriously, these Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars are the bomb… you HAVE to try these. Ever since I first made a batch of these bad boys, I’ve been eating them for dessert, guilt free, almost every night, and have since made several more batches! Super peanut-y, chocolate topped, and just the little treat you need to end the day (and they only use 5 ingredients)!
I absolutely love dessert, but I’ve been trying to make healthier decisions lately, and these two things are sometimes difficult to be compatible. Lucky thing I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen experimenting, isn’t it?! I have finally found my go-to “I want dessert but I want to make a healthy decision” chocolate treat.
These Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars are a two-layer deluxe. On the bottom, you’ve got a blend of peanut butter and oat flour, sweetened up with a little maple syrup. How delicious is this sounding? To top everything off we add a layer of dark chocolate stirred in with a little coconut oil and voila, the perfect dessert for a peanut butter addict!
I absolutely love these little bars of joy, and thought it was high time that I shared my recipe with you! I’ve tried making just ‘regular’ peanut butter bars before but I find that putting them in the freezer 1. Means that they last longer and 2. You can have ice cream whenever you want and it’s a slightly healthier decision that the tubs you get from the supermarket.
I love love love using whole foods for baked goods and treats like this. It makes me feel better inside because you know EXACTLY what’s going into your sweets. There’s no humungous amounts of sugar, no additives, nothing sneaky. Just some good old simple ingredients.
Let’s have a closer look at things.
First things first, I make sure that EVERYTHING is organic. This is really important to me (as you can read HERE) not only because it’s better for your health but also for the planet. My peanut butter is organic (and made of ONLY peanuts – a lot of brands add so many unnecessary ingredients SOMETIMES EVEN PALM OIL WHICH IS A BIG NO NO), my oats are organic, my maple syrup is the REAL STUFF and organic, my chocolate is organic (and always as high a percentage of cocoa as possible) and my coconut oil is organic.
Read more about the importance of mindful and organic food habits in THIS article.
To make the bottom peanut layer, I first make the oat flour. I always make my own oat flour because it is just so easy to do. Grab yourself some organic oats and a high speed blender. Blend on high until the oats are a fine powder and voila! Flour. It’s as simple as that – you can even use gluten free oats and make this entire recipe gluten free (let me know if you try this)!
Mix together your oat flour, 100% peanut butter, and some good rich dark maple syrup. For easier mixing, you can always heat up the peanut butter a little bit to make the whole mixture softer but be careful not to make it too warm or when you mix in the oats they’ll go stodgy. Spread this layer into the bottom of a line brownie tin and flatten the top.
Top the whole lot off by melting together your dark chocolate and coconut oil (I used a 97% cocoa bar of chocolate for this particular batch). Place in the freezer for a couple of hours before cutting into bars! You want to cut the bars pretty early on (basically as soon as everything sets) otherwise the layers will be too frozen to slice through.
Then, whenever you’re craving that little sweet treat in the evening, simply take a Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bar out the freezer and you’re sorted! I like to leave mine on the counter for a couple of minutes to soften a little (I recommend this if you have sensitive teeth like me). Enjoy!
Finally, if you make these 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars, make sure you leave a like and a comment down below! I absolutely love hearing from you guys, and you can be sure that I’ll try my best to get back to you soon! And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @amongsttheflour I love seeing the photos of recipes you’ve all made!
Have a beautiful week, happy April, and I wish you a safe and warm Spring! I look forward to hearing from your soon!
5-Ingredient Vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars
- 120g organic oat flour
- 180g 100% organic peanut butter
- 65ml organic maple syrup
- 100g organic vegan dark chocolate
- 1 tbsp organic coconut oil
- In a large bowl, mix together the oat flour, peanut butter, and maple syrup until smooth and completely combined.
- Line a freezer-safe tray (I use a loaf or brownie tin) with parchment paper and spoon in the mix. Spread and flatten using a spatula until the mix is evenly spread and the top is level.
- In a small bowl melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil either in the microwave or over a bain-marie (microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds).
- Pour the melted chocolate onto the peanut mix and spread until completely covered. Level off with a spatula then place in the freezer for 1-2 hours until set.
- Cut into squares (if the bar is too solid to cut, leave to soften for 10 minutes). Transfer the squares to a freezer-safe airtight container. Store in the freezer and consume within 1 month. Enjoy!