For some reason, I can’t eat fresh apples with peanut butter anymore.  I’m fairly convinced this was a regular occurrence during my childhood, but nowadays, the only fruit I’ll eat accompanied by nut butter are bananas.

I suppose I don’t like apples with peanut butter because the crisp, juicy flesh of the apple is so vastly different from the smooth, cohesive peanut butter.  The two textures separate in my mouth, and then end result is just unpleasant.

Unless of course we’re taking about baking apples and peanut butter together.  Because that, I can do.  Once the apples are baked and soft, and embedded within a peanut buttery batter, well, that’s one combination I’m ok with.

Judging by how quickly these bars disappeared, I might have been a little bit more than just ok with it.

Peanut Butter Apple Bars
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13” pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth.
  4. Remove from the heat, and stir in the peanut butter until fully combined. Set the mixture aside to cool.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the peanut butter mixture, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  6. Add the dry ingredients into the peanut butter mixture slowly, and stir until batter is smooth. Fold in the diced apple and peanut butter chips.
  7. Scrape batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly to the edges of the pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden and the edges are slightly browned. Remove bars from oven and place them on a wire rack to cool.
Notes
Makes one 9x13" pan, about 16 servings

Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

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