Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Blondies - It's #chocPBday!

I am so excited - today is probably one of the best days ever for a sweet and salty flavour-holic like me - it's Chocolate Peanut Butter Day! Carla  (my pal from Chocolate Moosey) and Miriam (the Overtime Cook) created this event, joined by 31 bloggers with a passion for the PB&C mashup. We've got all sorts of recipes for you today, from cookies and bars to scones and muffins, not to mention fabulous prizes from our sponsors - OXO, King Arthur Flour, and Peanut Butter & Co.!

Not only will we each have the roundup links on our pages, but you can join in the fun all day by following the hashtag #chocPBday on Twitter,  social Facebook and Instagram and sharing your favorite chocolate + peanut butter recipes. Need inspiration for your own creations? Just follow our Pinterest board, you'll find all sorts of goodies!

Chocolate - Covered Peanut Butter Fluff Blondies

What about those prizes I mentioned?

#chocPBday is fortunate enough to be partnering with OXO, King Arthur Flour, and Peanut Butter & Co. to bring you three fabulous prize packs perfect for indulging your inner (or outer) baker. If you love to bake, you don't want to miss this! You'll find the RaffleCopter widget underneath my recipe.

    What are we waiting for? It's time to get our #chocPBday on!
    Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Parfait by Hip Foodie Mom
    Dark Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies by Mind Over Batter
    Chocolate & Peanut Butter Crumb Parfait by Hungry Couple
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Doughnuts by It's Yummi!
    Flourless Peanut Butter Cup Swirl Brownies by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
    Buckeye Cheesecake Bars by Chocolate Moosey
    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Scones by All Day I Dream About Food
    Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Jam Bars by Poet in the Pantry
    Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls by Cindy's Recipes and Writings
    Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cannolis by Souffle Bombay
    4 Layer Chocolate Brownie Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting by Neighborfood
    Mini Chocolate Caramel Peanut Butter Cheesecakes by The Spiffy Cookie
    Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars by Crumb: A Food Blog
    Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies by Jen's Favorite Cookies
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies by In The Kitchen With KP
    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies by The Cooking Actress
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle by Kelli's Kitchen
    Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream by Kelly Bakes
    Peanut Butter Chocolate Biscotti by Lauren Kelly Nutrition
    Chunky Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies by Snappy Gourmet
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Bars by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
    Peanut Butter Bundt Cake with Chocolate Cheesecake Filling by Overtime Cook
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls by Gotta Get Baked
    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quick Bread by Magnolia Days
    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream by Kudos Kitchen By Renee
    Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips Bars by Roxana's Home Baking
    Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Blondies by What Smell's So Good
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Earthquake Cake by I Wash You Dry
    Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares by Food Lust People Love
    Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cups by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
    Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Cheesecake Bars by Food Faith Fitness
    Peanut Butter Fluff Blondies
    My contribution to the party is one of my old favourites from childhood, gussied up for the occasion. I have been a fan of chewy peanut butter blondies for as long as I can remember, and when I went to university it took a lot of self-restraint not to blow my whole food plan budget on the cafeteria's to-die-for chocolate covered version. After a few excuses to eat trial runs, I discovered a combination of ingredients that created exactly what I was going for - sweet, salty, moist (but not greasy) and chewy. The aces up my sleeve, as far as I can tell, are the apple butter for an intense moisture (without sogginess or grease) and my homemade Egg White Mallow Fluff, which brought a sweet, sticky chew. There's enough sweetness between the sugar, xylitol and Fluff that natural-style peanut butter worked beautifully, especially when paired with whole wheat flour.

    Of course, Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Blondies are nothing without the chocolate! For that, I picked my favourite stevia-sweetened dark chocolate and melted it over a double boiler with a small scoop of coconut oil. Cubes of blondies got a quick dunk, then were sprinkled with peanut butter chips to finish. The slightly bitter edge of the chocolate perfectly balances the salty-sweet cake interior and gives a gorgeous colour pop too!

    Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Blondies
    Makes 16 blondies or 32 "bites"
    3 tbsp canola oil
    ¼ cup natural, smooth peanut butter
    ⅓ cup brown sugar
    ⅓ cup xylitol
    ¼ cup unsweetened apple butter
    1 tbsp vanilla
    ½ tbsp Homemade Egg Replacer powder (or a similar egg replacer powder)
    ½ tsp baking powder
    ¼ tsp baking soda
    ¼ tsp salt
    1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
    1 cup Egg White Mallow Fluff (or store-bought marshmallow creme)
    6 oz dark chocolate (pick your favourite) + 1 tbsp coconut oil, for coating (not included in NI)
    Peanut butter chips, to decorate (optional, not included in NI)
    1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line an 8" pan with parchment.
    2. Mix together the oil, peanut butter, sugar, xylitol and apple butter in a bowl and microwave 30 seconds - 1 minute, until runny.
    3. Stir in vanilla, egg replacer, baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour until just combined.
    4. Fold in Egg White Mallow Fluff until barely incorporated.
    5. Bake about 20 minutes, until firm.
    6. Cool completely in the pan, then remove and cut into 32 squares.
    7. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler set over simmering water.
    8. Dip the cubes of blondie into the chocolate and place on a sheet of wax paper or parchment. Sprinkle with peanut butter chips, if using.
    9. Let set completely.
    Amount Per Serving (1/16th of blondie recipe only)
    Calories: 134.3
    Total Fat: 4.8 g
    Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
    Sodium: 44.8 mg
    Total Carbs: 24.6 g
    Dietary Fiber: 1.4 g
    Protein: 2.3 g

    Now for the giveaway!

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