Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Peanut Butter and Nutella Bites

Peanut Butter and Nutella Bites
These delicious little bites of heaven were a creation of mine last Spring in anticipation of a bunch of outdoor parties to which I had been invited.  Basically a layered version of my Inside Out Peanut Butter Cups, these tasty treats were a huge success and my poor friends who were lucky enough to try these have been waiting for 4 months for the recipe. Sorry for the delay, but it's been a crazy summer.  And now that Fall is here, I have actually been in my kitchen baking again, and too busy to sit and write a whole lot.  Hopefully I can get my act together soon, and once all the weekend events fade into snow days, I will have time to post all the delicious recipes I have been saving up.  I know I need to make these again soon, since I enjoy packing my kids' lunch boxes with homemade goodies and these definitely fit the bill.  As I mention in my ingredient list below, you can sub out the Nutella with a healthier chocolate alternative as there are numerous ones to chose from.  I actually bought an organic soynut butter at the store yesterday and used it to make an organic chocolate crisped rice treat.  But if you love peanut butter and chocolate as much as I do, and like simple recipes with a limited amount of ingredients, this dessert is a no brainer. And so so good.

Peanut Butter and Nutella Bites
Nut butters

16 - 20 oz. Nutella*
16 oz. natural peanut butter
6 organic eggs
1 C. organic white sugar
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
large dark chocolate chips, optional

*Look for Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter for a healthier option
lots of eggs = lots of protein

In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together the Nutella and 3 eggs. Spread into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.  In the same bowl, mix together the peanut butter, remaining 3 eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Spread on top of the Nutella layer. Add the chocolate chips on top, is desired.  Bake at 350F for 35 - 45 minutes. Let cool before cutting.  Best kept stored in the fridge, or freezer.

Both layers

Ready to bake

close up view

Cutting them up for a party tray
As part of a dessert tray for a friend's party