When you live in a county you didn't grow up in, you end up missing things. It's that simple. Of course you miss the people first and foremost, but beyond that the list is endless. From the way the landscape looks, the smell of the air, familiar sights, listening to your own language being spoken in supermarkets, drive through coffee (although I wasn't much of a participant) and a million other things. As years pass, it all becomes a blur, and you adopt new favourite things, sights, smells and the past almost becomes the past. Until one small thing brings you straight back to where it all began.
This weekend for me, the thing I was missing was Recess Peanut Butter Cups. Crazy. After living in Spain for almost 19 years now it has become my home, my culture and a place that I find great comfort in. However, sometimes you can't put a craving out of your mind. Growing up, I absolutely loved those peanut butter cups and ate more than I like to admit. Okay, my now 43 year old self should be able to banish those cravings. Saturday I could not, so I made these squares to help me get past the craving.
Yes, they are great squares but they are not the peanut butter cups from a lifetime ago. Still, hit the spot and beat the craving.
Note: I used ground almonds in this recipe which makes them gluten free. Good for those of you who are gluten free folks or just like to watch the refined grains.
These little squares of peanut butter and chocolate are great and not to sweet at all. Love the no baking time, and they are very easy to put together. A great one to get kids to make themselves.
The sea salt flakes added to the top are absolutely necessary, well in my opinion. It adds that little bit of salt to the sweet which is just a great combination.
No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Squares
Makes 16 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cool time: 1 hour
1/2 Cup/125 grams peanut butter
1/2 Cup/120 ml butter, melted
2 Cups/235 grams ground almonds
1/2 Cup/100 grams brown sugar
5 oz dark chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Sea salt flakes
Line an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. Combine the melted butter, peanut butter, ground almonds & brown sugar. Stir until you have a smooth consistency. Pour into your prepared baking dish and smooth out until even. Set aside. In a medium saucepan set over low heat add the chocolate until it melts, this will only take a couple of minutes. Stir as it melts. Remove from heat and stir in the maple syrup. Pour over your peanut butter base and smooth out until completely covered and smooth. Sprinkle with a few sea salt flakes. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
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