You won’t believe that these fudgy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars are made with lentils.Vegan and gluten free!
LENTILS in a dessert? You think I’m crazy? Weird? Cute? Maybe it’s a combo.
We’ll get to this dessert soon. First off, it’s Friday!
I haven’t slept all freaking week. I wish I was kidding. I’ve been preparing for the launch of a brand new site for work and so we’ve been busy plugging away, staying late, and chugging coffee. I’ve also been trying to get back into working out after taking a little over a week off. Last night I went to my favorite yoga sculpt class. Ummmm you guys… it was pure hell and I mean that in the best way possible. I literally thought I was going to throw up on my yoga mat, and that never happens to me (sorry for being so descriptive). I guess that’s what happens after a week of vacation wine and cookie inhaling.
Today I rewarded myself with a small dark hot chocolate. I figured that I haven’t had a real hot chocolate in ages, and I felt like I needed a sweet treat to keep me going. Let me tell you, it was SO worth it. I even topped mine with extra whipped cream. It’s important to treat yourself to a little indulgence; I hope you all do the same this weekend!
Okay, okay. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Lentil Blondies.
Yeah, we should chat about these gems.
So here it goes: These bars are pretty much the fudgiest peanut butter chocolate chip blondie EVER. You can’t even taste the lentils — all you get is a chewy, fudgy bar packed with peanut butter flavor. YES, it’s true.
Oatmeal gives these bars a little bit of chew, too. They remind me of a combination between my peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and my chickpea peanut butter chocolate chip blondies! Trust me, if you love peanut butter then I’m confident that you’ll love these as much as I do. And don’t be afraid of the lentils — they’re simply there to add moisture and nutrition.
What’s unique about this recipe is that the lentils are cooked then pureed with the peanut butter, therefore you don’t end up getting chunks of lentils in your bar. I used red lentils as they have a sweeter flavor than green, but you can use what you have on hand. I usually buy them from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.
I also made an interesting discovery after baking these bars: they are amazing frozen! Usually everytime I bake, I have to freeze my goodies so I don’t eat them all. However, I found myself poking my head in the freezer late one night and bit into one of these while they were frozen cold; they were incredible! Somehow the bars were still fudgy and packed with peanut butter flavor. They also feel decadent which makes me love them even more.
Another tip to make these even more addicting: Sprinkle them with a little sea salt after baking. The salty sweet peanut butter & chocolate combo is one of my favorites.
Let me know if you make them. I’m eager to see what you think! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo
- 1/2 cup red lentils
- 1/2 cup all-natural creamy or crunchy peanut butter (I like Trader Joe's)
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup mini vegan chocolate chips, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling on top (I use Enjoy Life brand)
- In a small saucepan, combine lentils and 1 cup of water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until lentils are soft. Transfer lentils to a food processor, add a few tablespoons of water, then process until lentils are a smooth puree; set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9x9 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place oats in blender or food processor and process until finely ground and smooth like flour. Don’t worry, it doesn't need to be perfect but it should take a few minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and whisk in baking soda and salt; set aside.
- In a large bowl of electric mixer, mix together peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla until smooth. Add in lentil puree and mix until well combined.
- Fold in oat mixture then gently fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over the top. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remember that you don't have to bake these completely as they are vegan, so if you like a fudgy bar don't keep them in the oven for much longer than 20 minutes! Cool brownies completely on wire rack then cut into 16 squares.
Feel free to make these bars your own! Add in coconut, nibs, cinnamon, nuts, etc!
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