Rationalisation. We all try to do it with ourselves (some more than others).
When I was in High School, I worked in the drive through at Burger King with my best buddy, Vicki. We had a BALL and truly laughed ourselves silly working together (and shoving free cheeseburgers in our mouths). But what used to crack us up all the time? The people who ordered a Double Whopper, large fries, and a DIET Coke. You know the person. There’s even a whole Facebook page dedicated to it, although I can assure you that it doesn’t only happen in America as the page claims.
This recipe, while truly scrumptious, is a bit like the Diet Coke analogy above. While it’s super easy and starts with a box of cake mix, it is very decadent and very, very rich. As I’ve mentioned, I don’t like to cook with oil or butter so I’ve substituted applesauce again, my nod to the Diet Coke. All the peanut butter and chocolate are far more tasty than I remember those cheeseburgers to be. Make a pan and share it with friends because you are NOT going to want to have these hanging around the house for long.
This recipe continues the peanut butter bonanza we are having since Tanya is away for 2 more weeks. I’m pretty sure chocolate cures migraines so this can be considered medicinal (see rationalisation), but I promise to have something far more healthy for you next time. ♥
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
(Slightly adapted from The Cake Mix Doctor)
1 box gluten free cake mix (I used Well & Good)
½ cup gluten free all purpose flour
½ cup applesauce
1 cup gluten free creamy peanut butter
340 grams of chocolate melts
1 x 400ml can of Nestle skim condensed milk
2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 160 and lightly spray a 9 x 13 pan or brownie pan which I used. (Kmart have a fantastic one for $5!)
Combine the cake mix, flour, peanut butter, applesauce, and eggs using a mixer or spoon. It is going to be thick!
Reserve 1 & ½ cups of the mixed ingredients and press the rest into the base of your pan.
Combine the chocolate and condensed milk in a microwave safe glass bowl. I generally heat this in bursts of 30 seconds and stir in between so the chocolate doesn’t burn. Every microwave is different but, generally, shorten the bursts of heat as you get closer to a melted consistency.
Once completely melted, add the vanilla and pour on top of the base crust.
Blob the rest of the peanut butter mixture on top but don’t try to spread it around in the pan. Messy is good here!
Bake for 30-35 minutes, turning the pan mid way. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into bars. I ended up getting 24 out of the pan (with the first one crumbling……darn it, had to taste test it!).
I had no sooner tasted that bar before 16 year old and 2 friends were swarming the kitchen to volunteer as culinary advisors. The rest will be shared with the office tomorrow…….along with a Diet Coke
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