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Gluten-free Peanut Butter Christmas Dream Bars

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These bars are the stuff dreams are made of! I decided to call them gluten-free Peanut Butter Christmas Dream Bars. I love these gluten-free Christmas treats and think you and your loved ones will too!

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Christmas Dream Bars

This is a very old recipe of mine that I found in my old recipe box a few weeks ago. My notes on it were that I last made it back in 2008 and everyone liked it! But that was way back before I had to start eating gluten-free! I was excited to pull this one out and see if it converted over easily (it did) and bring it to our small group (Bible study group). Now I have this new gluten-free Christmas treat to add to my plates of  gluten-free Christmas goodies each year! These remind me a bit of my gluten-free monster cookies, but they’re much more rich and gooey.

It was such a hit when I brought it to our small group a few weeks ago that I made it again to bring to our small group Christmas party. This small group is new to us this year, and everyone in it is too. It’s been super fun to meet a whole new group of people. One thing with all new people is that I could see they were definitely wary about trying my gluten-free desserts!

The first time I brought treats, I brought these and my gluten-free eggnog pie, which I had tested that same day. I was smiling as people asked for very small slices of pie and also broke these bars in half to try. How sweet that they were willing to try, but I had high hopes that they’d be impressed.

They were! I came home with an empty pie plate and an empty platter that once held these bars! After their tentative try-me bites, they came back for seconds!

These bars were a huge hit and I have already been asked to share the recipe. If you’ve been following my blog for long, you know that my goal is for gluten-eaters to love my baked goods as much as gluten-free eaters.

I regularly have gluten-eating friends and family test every single recipe to make sure it meets their standards. I don’t want anything to just be good for gluten-free, I want it to be good!!

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Christmas Dream Bars pan

These gluten-free peanut butter bars are made in a 9×13 pan. I used my trusty glass Pyrex pan, so that I could put the lid on it for transporting, but you can use any 9×13 pan.

These bars are very rich, so I recommend cut them into 24 or 30 bars, depending on whether other treats are being served as well.

Notes on ingredients for these gluten-free Christmas dream bars:

  • Certified gluten-free oats – Be sure to use oats that are certified gluten-free. I recommend avoiding any that aren’t certified, even if they are labeled gluten-free. My go to is GF Harvest old fashioned rolled oats or GF Harvest organic old fashioned rolled oats.
  • Gluten-free flour blend – like most of my recipes, this recipe has been tested with both of my favorite flour blends: gfJules gluten-free all-purpose flour and Gluten-free Mama almond flour blend. You can buy gfJules directly here or on Amazon here. You can buy Gluten-free Mama on Amazon here. I’m sure other high quality flour blends would work in this as well. My advice is to just avoid ones with bean flours, only rice flour, or with coconut flour.
  • M&M’s – Plain M&Ms are gluten-free, so they’re my go-to.
  • Peanut Butter – I use a natural creamy peanut butter that contains salt and recommend that. If you’d like chunks of peanuts, then go for chunky! Just make sure you’re using a salted variety, no matter what type of peanut butter you use.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – This is the secret, dreamy ingredient that makes this creamy peanut butter layer in these dream bars. I’m sorry that this rules out everyone needing to be dairy-free! Someday I hope there will be a dairy-free equivalent of sweetened condensed milk!

If you make these for your gluten-free holiday cookie trays, cookies for Santa, or gifts for friends and neighbors, I think they’ll all be happy with this gluten-free Christmas dessert!

My other favorite thing to make and bring to holiday parties are these gluten-free gingersnaps that are dipped in white chocolate. You’ve got to try those too!

Enjoy and happy holiday baking to you!

Peanut Butter Christmas Dream Bars gluten-free

Gluten-free Christmas Treats Recipe:

Yield: 24-28 bars

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Dream Bars

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Christmas Dream Bars

This is a favorite gluten-free Christmas dessert to add to gluten-free cookie trays! Everyone loves these gluten-free dream bars!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 37 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 57 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups certified gluten-free old-fashioned or rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour*
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum*
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup melted salted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy salted peanut butter
  • 1 cup M&M's - use holiday colors for holiday
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks

Instructions

You can make this using your stand mixer, a hand mixer, or just mix by hand in a large bowl.
In a large bowl, combine gluten-free oats, brown sugar, gluten-free flour, xanthan (if needed), baking soda, and salt.
Stir in melted butter and pure vanilla extract until you have a moist, crumbly mixture.
Measure out 1 cup of this crumble mixture and set aside to use as the topping later.
Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray. Press oat mixture evenly into bottom of pan. I like to use some plastic wrap or a plastic glove sprayed with cooking oil to help me do this easily.
Bake at 375° for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest on cooling rack or hot pads for 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk and creamy peanut butter until well mixed. Carefully spread over the baked crust. 

Sprinkle with M&M's and chocolate chips. 

Drop small pieces of the reserved 1 cup of oat mixture all over the top of chocolate. My dough pieces were roughly dime-sized and smaller. You'll still be able to see much of the layers underneath. 

Bake 24-25 minutes at 375° or until some parts are turning golden brown. Remove from oven to cooling rack. Let cool completely before cutting. I cut mine in a 4x6 grid, yielding 24 bars. But these are very rich, so you can definitely cut even smaller if you want to feed more people!

Notes

I tested these with gfJules and Gluten-free Mama's almond flour blend. Both worked well. If using gfJules, or another blend with xanthan already in it, then omit the additional xanthan called for.

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Nancy

Sunday 15th of December 2019

I am not gluten free but I have family and friends who are. I thought I would give these a try. They are SO GOOD! I will be sharing this recipe.

Kathy

Saturday 14th of December 2019

I just made this and my bottom layer was really moist. After taking out a cup for the topping, it wouldn’t fit into a 9x13 pan, not enough base. Is there a misprint? Should it have been 3 cups of oats?

Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

Saturday 14th of December 2019

It should be moist, but not overly so. Did your flour blend have xanthan gum in it or did you add some? If it didn't, that would cause this.

Kathy

Saturday 14th of December 2019

I made them and something isn’t right. Like it needs more flour or oats or too much brown sugar and butter

Nichole

Wednesday 20th of December 2017

These look fantastic! I am thinking of giving them ago but making them dairy free since I can’t have dairy. I have actually found a dairy-free sweetened condensed milk. Let’s Do . . . Organic sells a coconut milk version that I have used a few times with success. Thanks for the great looking recipe!

mary

Monday 18th of December 2017

I literally just saw TODAY, a coconut sweetened condensed milk at LUCKY's!