Chocolate covered peanut butter & pretzel bars

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To tell you the truth I have never been nor will I ever be a big fan of those small, salty pretzels. Or as we know them in the Netherlands: the pretzel sticks. But… when you combine those salty treats with my favourite peanut butter, that is a whole different story. That is when the pretzels go from 10 to number 1, really fast. Cover them with chocolate and I am the happiest girl alive. And becauseโ€จI like to share my happiness with you, read on for the instructions on how to make yourself peanut butter & pretzel bars, covered in – you guessed it – chocolate. Yum!

Base layer;
– 1 cup / 50 gram pretzel sticks
– 1 cup/ 100 gram oats
– 1 cup / 250 gram fresh medjool dates
– 2 tbsp peanut butter

Second layer;
– 9 fresh medjool dates
– 1/2 cup / 125ml water
– 2 tbsp peanut butter

Top layer;
– 120 grams of dark chocolate
– small hand of pretzel sticks (optional)

extra needed: food processor/blender, cups and spoons, baking tan, baking sheet

Let the dates for the middle layer soak in a bowl of warm water for about an hour.
Meanwhile, start with the bottom layer by putting the pretzel sticks, dates and oats in a blender and mix very well. Add your favourite peanut butter and blend until it is all combined. The mixture should not be very sticky, but not too dry either. If it is still a bit dry add in more dates or another spoon of peanut butter. Put a bakings sheet in your baking tan, evenly fill it up with the mixture and place it in your freezer.
Blend the soaked dates with the water until it is smooth and caramel-like. Then add in the peanut butter and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture on top of the bottom layer in your baking tan and let it rest in the freezer for at least 15 before preparing the top layer.
Melt your dark chocolate au bain-marie. When it is all melted, simply pour it on top of the middle layer. Decorate with the pretzel sticks (optional). Do not take to much time with this, the chocolate layer will harden quickly. When done decorating, place it back in your freezer.
After 10-15 minutes you can take it out and cut it into bars or big chunks. Store in the fridge or just eat them right away (like you can resist).

Written by Priscilla Nooijen