Two Peas and Their Pod

Peanut Butter Apple Bars

One of my all time favorite snacks is apple slices dipped in peanut butter. I usually have an apple with peanut butter every afternoon. I never get tired of this classic snack. I decided to transform my favorite snack into a dessert by making Peanut Butter Apple Bars. I think I may have a new favorite snack now, because these bars are delicious! They may not be as  healthy, but definitely worth splurging on once in awhile.

I used Granny Smith apples for this recipe, because I like to bake with tart apples. Feel free to use your favorite apples or whatever you have on hand. The peanut butter bars are loaded with apple chunks, which keep the bars soft and moist. When the bars were done cooling, I drizzled a creamy peanut butter glaze over the top of the bars. Don’t skip this step, because the peanut butter glaze is amazing. I will warn you, it is addicting. I couldn’t stay out of the glaze, I licked the bowl clean:)

If you like apples and peanut butter together, you will fall in love with these bars. Apples are in season right now, so put them to good use by making these Peanut Butter Apple Bars. They make a great fall sweet snack or dessert.

Peanut Butter Apple Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the bars:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup diced apples, peel removed (I used Granny Smith apples)

For the peanut butter glaze:

1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan and set aside.

2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from the heat, and stir in the peanut butter, until creamy and combined. Set mixture aside to cool.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

4. 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. Pour the mixture into the prepared dry ingredients, and stir until batter is smooth. Fold in the diced apples.

5. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, spreading the batter 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.

6. While the bars are cooling, make the peanut butter glaze. In a medium bowl, combine the sifted powdered sugar, milk, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bars. Cut into squares and serve.

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78 Responses to “Peanut Butter Apple Bars”

  1. 1
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — October 10, 2011 @ 3:39 am

    These look amazing!! I made PB Apple Bars last week but I used caramel in the bars rather than going with frosting. I think your glaze looks..divine. I’d like to drink that in a shotglass :)

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — October 10, 2011 @ 6:47 am

    one of my all-time favorite snacks too – what a great idea!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 10, 2011 @ 7:15 am

    Mmmm love these!

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    Erica — October 10, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    My favorite snack too! Love the idea of having it in bar form!! Going on the to make list

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — October 10, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    i have never heard of these before but you can bet i’ll be making them now! apples and peanut butter – heavenly combination!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 10, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    I am also a huge fan of apples and peanut butter (although really, anything with pb!). These sound delicious.

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    Jenny Flake — October 10, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    These look perfect Maria, love a good bar recipe! Have a fabulous day!!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — October 10, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    They look so yummy! I love PB & apple too :) Give a squeeze hug to that baby for me!

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — October 10, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    My family loves apples and peanut butter for a snack. So, I cannot wait to try these bars!

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    With Style and Grace — October 10, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    Okay seriously, these look amazing!! Can’t believe I’ve never baked with peanut butter and apples before – just eaten them separately as a snack. That needs to change.

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    Whew, those bars look like gooey deliciousness! And I would never skip on a peanut butter glaze. These look fantastic, bookmarked!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — October 10, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    These look delish, I’m loving that glaze!

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    Cassie l Bake Your Day — October 10, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    These are mesmerizing! I love apples and PB as a snack. These sound like a perfect alternative!

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    SweetSugarBelle — October 10, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    We were snacking on PB and apples YESTERDAY! I know my little people will love this!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — October 10, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    Tart apples are the best for eating & baking! I think I’d like to drizzle that glaze on everything!

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    naomi — October 10, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    PB and apples are a favorite combo in my home! I”m gonna have to make this for the boys!

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    lisaiscooking — October 10, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    This sounds like a great mix of flavors in a cookie bar! Love the glaze on top, and this is so perfect for fall.

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    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — October 10, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    Looks awesome Maria. I love that you’re baking with a new baby in the house. You are a rock star!

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — October 10, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    Peanut butter and apple, just as good as peanut butter and chocolate, but healthier and will less guilt!

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    Sandy @Southwestgirl — October 10, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    These look amazing! I’m not sure how much of that glaze would make it onto the peanut butter bars… my boys might eat it right out of the bowl.

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    Erin — October 10, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    At first the mention of apples and peanut butter baked together did not appeal to me. But then you mentioned dipping slices of apple into peanut butter and it all came together in my mind. Totally want these now.

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    Sarah @ The Cyclist's Wife — October 10, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    Brilliant! I can’t wait to try these. They look like a good cycling snack too – sugar & protein.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — October 10, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    Thees look awesome!

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    Julia — October 10, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    Words escape me. This is my favorite snack transformed into dessert. Well.done.

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    Mary Lee Arnold — October 10, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    really good — tried them this afternoon to take to our bridge club tonight — I know they will love them

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    Marina — October 10, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    I just tasted one from the fresh batch… divine! *i didn’t have any brown sugar, so substituted with mostly white sugar and a couple tablespoons of honey, it worked quite well* THANK YOU!

    • Two Peas replied: — October 11th, 2011 @ 10:32 am

      You are very welcome!

  27. 27

    Yum! I think I’m going to make these tonight! I’ll whip up a batch of Peanut Butter and make this delish dish! Very excited for this one! Thanks! I’ll let you know how it turns out!

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    Urban Wife — October 10, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

    Wow these look amazing! I think these will be my dessert for this week.

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    Joanne — October 10, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    Trading in a healthy snack every once in a while is never a bad thing…especially when the replacement is as delicious as this! I love the PB+apple combo…makes me feel like a happy five year old again!

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    Marty — October 10, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    Peanut butter glaze…best part of the recipe!

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    Rosie @ Sweetapolita — October 10, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    These look so yummy, Maria! They seem like an ultimate comfort food snack with a healthy twist. I, like you, love apples and peanut butter together, and yet I’ve never married them into a dessert! I hope you, Josh, and baby pea are all doing well. xo

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — October 10, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE apples and peanut butter! These bars are such a great idea and I especially love the glaze on the bars. YUM! :)

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    Cara — October 10, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

    What a great combination! Love peanut butter and apples :)

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    Lauren from Lauren's Latest — October 11, 2011 @ 12:01 am

    I usually eat an apple and peanut butter for a snack everyday too! It’s like the perfect healthy snack! Maybe I should whip up some of that peanut butter glaze and dip my apples in it tomorrow!

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    Jessica — October 11, 2011 @ 12:27 am

    How are you managing to bake with a new baby? Especially with something amazing looking as these bars! Yum!!

    • Two Peas replied: — October 11th, 2011 @ 10:32 am

      I did a lot of baking/cooking before the baby. So I am cheating a little bit:)

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — October 11, 2011 @ 12:50 am

    What a great flavor combo :) love it…wishing I had a plateful right in front of me.

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    foodie @ tastingspot — October 11, 2011 @ 1:01 am

    great combination… will definitely try

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — October 11, 2011 @ 1:35 am

    Ok, I feel like you’re a subconscious mind reader. Every time I visit your blog it is a recipe that looks exactly like something I want to make/eat that I didn’t even know I wanted until I saw your pictures :) You are taking over my pinterest baking board – thanks for the constant inspiration!

    • Two Peas replied: — October 11th, 2011 @ 10:31 am

      Glad you are enjoying our recipes! Thank you!

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    thelittleloaf — October 11, 2011 @ 3:13 am

    These look sooo good. Not quite as healthy as apple dipped in peanut butter but so much better! I bet a banana version would be gorgeous too. Discovered your blog recently and am loving your recipes – great site :-)

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    Angela Lowry (@angela_lowry) — October 11, 2011 @ 4:10 am

    Thanks for coming up with this recipe! I too love apples and peanut butter. I’m really looking forward to giving them a try.

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