Peanut Butter Oat Bars
1 cup natural, unsalted creamy peanut butter
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 ¼ cups gluten-free rolled oats
½ cup vegan chocolate chips
¼ cup + 1 tablespoon unsalted, natural creamy peanut butter
Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or wax paper. Set aside.
Make the peanut butter oat bars: In a medium, microwave-safe bowl (large enough to add oats later), add peanut butter and maple syrup. Whisk together until well mixed. Heat in 20-second increments in the microwave until warm, fragrant, and tiny bubbles begin to form. Whisk in between heating increments.
Add oats. Stir and fold until thoroughly combined. Pour this mixture into the prepared baking pan. Using a rubber spatula, smooth in an even, tightly-packed layer. Set aside.
Make the chocolate layer: Use the double boiler method or the following. In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, add Chocolate Topping ingredients. Heat in 20-second increments until softened and melted. Stir until smooth.
Pour this chocolate mixture over the bars. Using a clean rubber spatula, smooth into an even layer.
Freeze for 30-40 minutes, or until firm. Remove from the freezer and slice into 16 bars. Enjoy! Storing instructions below.