No-Bake Peanut Butter Blondies
You can make these no-bake peanut butter blondies with or without the peanut butter frosting, either way they’re delicious and they’re sure to win over anyone you feed them to. You only need four simple ingredients and 5 minutes to make the peanut butter blondies and the frosting is just as easy. For the blondies you’ll need dates, almonds, peanut butter and maple syrup and for the frosting, you’ll need maple syrup, dates, coconut oil and peanut butter. These bars are vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free.
Ingredients for Peanut Butter Blondies
You’ll need 4 simple ingredients to make these blondies. If you have a well-stocked vegan pantry, you should be good to go. Here’s what we got:
- Raw Almonds. I used 2 cups of raw almonds to create most of the substance that makes up these bars. I’ve also make them with half almonds and half walnuts, you could also use peanuts. Let’s just leave it at you need 2 cups of nuts, your choice!
- Natural peanut butter. Natural peanut butter adds all that delicious, creamy peanut butter texture and flavour. If you’re not into peanut butter, you can go ahead and substitute almond butter, just make sure it’s nice and drippy and not too dry.
- Dates. Dates are my natural sweetener of choice. They add vitamins, minerals and fibre along with their sweet, caramel flavour. For no-bake recipes, make sure you use fresh, soft dates. I recommend medjool, sayer or deglect noor dates. The kind isn’t as important as them being soft though. If you only have dry dates, you can soak them in hot water for 15 minutes and drain before using. For best results, use a kitchen scale to measure out 200 grams. If you don’t have scale, use 1 cup fairly tightly packed.
- Pure maple syrup. While not 100% necessary for this recipe, I like the additional sweetness and flavour that maple syrup adds. I’d recommend adding it but if you’re in a pinch, you can leave it out.
- And optional but recommend, sea salt. I always add a bit of sea salt to desserts. I just love the balance it adds to the sweetness of the dates and maple syrup and peanut butter and sea salt is just the best ever. I listed 1/2 tsp in the recipe but I’ve added up to 1 tsp. If you salted desserts, go ahead and add 1 tsp.
Peanut Butter Frosting
I’m a teensy bit obsessed with this frosting. It’s not really a traditional frosting but it is the perfect balance of firm and melt-in-your mouth that you want for layering on desserts.
I used dates, hot water, peanut butter, almond milk and coconut oil to make the recipe. You’ll need the coconut oil to firm the frosting so don’t skip that. First you’ll add the soft dates and hot water to the blender and let them sit for a few minutes. Those get blended up to create a date paste, then you add the rest of the ingredients to create the frosting. It’s addictive and goes just right on top of these blondies.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Blondies FTW
I actually made these ages ago and totally forgot about the recipe until recently. I was flipping through my recipe notes, came across the recipe and wanted to try them again without the original coconut flour frosting I first tried them with. Let’s just say the coconut flour icing did not work out. Although somehow that batch still disappeared. LOL.
The blondies themselves are very simple and similar to many of the no-bake recipes on the blog. You could definitely skip the frosting and just use the blondie recipe to make energy bars or balls, however when you layer them with the peanut butter frosting, we’re definitely talking more of a dessert situation. That being said, I’m not saying I haven’t eaten these as a pre-workout snack on various occasions.
These bars on the higher side calorie-wise due to the higher-fat content and the added frosting. Each bar is 334 calories with 8 grams of protein, 19 grams of fat and 34 grams of carbohydrates. You’ll also get 5 grams of fibre, 10% of your daily iron and a good amount of vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, vitamin B6 and other b vitamins, folate and copper. Without the frosting, each bar is 216 calories with 6 grams of protein, 12 grams of fat and 22 grams of carbohydrates.Print
For the Peanut Butter Blondies
- 2 cups (280 g) raw almonds
- 1 1/2 cup (300 g) tightly packed, pitted soft dates
- 1/2 cup (120 g) natural peanut butter (sub almond butter)
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
For the Peanut Butter Frosting
- Make the blondies. Add the almonds to a food processor and mix until broken down into a course flour. It’s okay if there are still some larger pieces.
- Add the dates, peanut butter, maple syrup and sea salt and mix until it forms a thick dough.
- Line a square baking pan with parchment paper and then firmly press the dough into the pan. Take a few minutes to really press it in, working it into all the corners and smoothing out the surface.
- Place in the freezer while you make the frosting.
- Make the frosting. Place the dates and the hot water in a small dish and let sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, dump the dates and water into a food processor or blender and mix to create a paste. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it forms a thick, smooth frosting.
- Spread the frosting evenly over the blondies then place back in the freezer for 3 hours to set.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 334
- Fat: 19 g
- Carbohydrates: 34 g
- Fiber: 5 g
- Protein: 8 g