Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

by Erin

Normally my gluten-free friend Christina shys away from peanut butter desserts. Insanity right? So for years I have avoided putting one of my favorite things into anything gluten-free that I make for her. But this past weekend I couldn’t resist. With buckeye candies on the brain and this recipe on my to-do list, her non-peanut butter ways didn’t stand a chance. And guess what happened? She loved them!

These bars are very decadent, but that totally did not stop us from eating them for breakfast one morning with a big glass of milk. I have a weakness for desserts in the morning it seems. Of course I have a weakness for desserts anytime of the day – not ashamed.

Obviously, you can change this recipe back into gluten-containing as easily as I adapted it to be gluten-free.


Makes approximately 24 two inch bars


1 (18.25) package plain gluten-free yellow cake mix (I used one 15 oz box and measured 3.25 oz from a second)

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup creamy peanut butter

2 eggs

1 (12 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

2 Tbsp butter

2 tsp vanilla

1 cup peanut butter M&Ms (I used the fall colored ones)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine cake mix, melted butter, peanut butter, and eggs in a large bowl using a mixer or spoon. Press this into a 9 X 13″ pan reserving 1-1/2 cup of the mixture to crumble on top.
  3. In a small pot, melt chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Spread chocolate mixture over the mixture pressed in the pan and then crumble the 1-1/2 cups of reserved cake mixture on top evenly. Sprinkle M&Ms on top.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Source: Adapted slightly from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

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Tracey November 9, 2011 - 8:50 pm

You are totally speaking my language – dessert for breakfast is par for the course here!

natalie (the sweets life) November 9, 2011 - 2:51 pm

i eat dessert for breakfast way more than i should :)

Nicole, RD November 9, 2011 - 12:56 pm

Most gluten-free recipes don’t turn out so pretty! This looks delicious!

Steph@stephsbitebybite November 9, 2011 - 11:43 am

Oh man!! I want one of these SO bad!! I wish my screen was lickable!!

spiffycookie November 9, 2011 - 1:12 pm

Hahaha you just won best comment of the day.

Tina@flourtrader November 9, 2011 - 10:34 am

The cake mixture sounds delicious by itself, but the pairing with the chocolate!…I cannot think of anything that would make this better. Wait…it would be better if I actually had a square of this on a plate in front of me waiting to be eaten!

spiffycookie November 9, 2011 - 10:35 am

You can whip it up fast enough that this could come true soon!

Carolyn November 9, 2011 - 10:20 am

Oh my word, those look delicious!

Shawnda November 9, 2011 - 10:12 am

There’s no shame in dessert for breakfast :)

Kita November 9, 2011 - 9:59 am

I tend to sneak more dessert in the morning than at night. Maybe I think Im going to burn the sugar off during the day? These bars sound killer – Im glad you weren’t able to resist sneaking some PB in.

Bobby November 9, 2011 - 9:21 am

I really should have stolen part of this when we left Ohio :-(.

spiffycookie November 9, 2011 - 10:04 am

Me too. And the pasta.

amylase November 9, 2011 - 8:22 pm

yup, yes you should have

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme November 9, 2011 - 8:54 am

Yum, yum, yum! I want one of these now with a big glass of milk too! Great recipe! :)


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