Piggies! It is DAY 5 of "Gluten Free Baking With KitchenAid" Month to celebrate our 7-QT Stand Mixer Giveaway. Today's featured blogger is the fabulous Kelly Courson, from one of the very first gluten free blogs, Celiac Chicks. I was absolutely thrilled when Kelly agreed to participate in this event, as she is so wonderfully sassy! LOVE the name of the blog to start off with. But there is also so much valuable information about gluten free health, lifestyle and nutrition presented in a hip way that makes gluten free living FUN! On this light-hearted blog, Kelly guides you through everything gluten free: gluten free beauty and lifestyule products, the best gluten free restaurants and bakeries, gluten-free-friendly travel destinations, and delicious easy gluten free recipes. No "gluten-free stone" will be left unturned! This lady is on a mission. :)
Kelly and I had never connected before I reached out to her a couple of weeks ago, but we had a connection from the first few emails! A few emails turned into another few emails, and before we knew it we were giggling like long lost high school friends on the phone, where Kelly entertained me with tales of travelling the world visiting world-class restaurants and spas reviewing gluten free menus, and other exciting adventures in her work as a gluten free consultant. Since being diagnosed with Celiac disease, and starting Celiac Chicks almost 10 years ago, Kelly has built up quite a business for herself as a full-time blogger, consultant, speaker and writer. Celiac Chicks has been featured in some of the top media outlets in the country, such as The New York Times, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.
Kelly has generously shared the most popular recipe on her site, her Gluten Free Dairy Free Peanut Butter Love Bars. Now, if you like peanut butter, or have contemplated "death by peanut butter" like I have, you are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE these super easy peanut butter love bars, for it truly IS "LOVE at first bite!" Now, I will be honest and say that I rarely eat peanut butter; I typically eat raw almonds instead. However, I am willing to coat-check my nutty principles for just one bite of what I can only describe as PIGGY HEAVEN!
These "peanut butter love bars" (yes, the name bears repeating) are SOOO easy. You just need four basic ingredients and about twenty minutes of your time, and you have a quick easy gluten free treat the whole family can enjoy. It just doesn't get any easier than this little idea. It is like diving into a VAT of peanut butter! OH! My DREAM! I actually used some FABULOUS homemade peanut butter I made in seconds in my Vitamix with just roasted peanuts! Oh, belive me, it was tough not to eat the entire tray in one sitting!
As Kelly says in her original post, you can keep these love bars simple, or jazz them up with some chocolate or jam. I actually thought it would be wonderful to do all sorts of variations with different nut butters, fruits and sweeteners! Perhaps a version with almond butter, chocolate, cherries and agave? YUMMO!
**Or try Be Free Bakers version that she shared in the comments for those allergic to peanuts and eggs: She used 2T chocolate flavored flax meal + 5T boiling water (set for 5 mins), almond butter instead of peanut butter, and 3/4 cup honey instead of a whole cup. Then “deflate” it 1/2 way as it rises quite high, and then add 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips.
Thank you Kelly!!!!!!! Tess, this is a super fun month - thank you so so so much!
Trust me, grab yourself a jar of peanut butter and get yourself some LUUUV with these little treats. A simple little stunner! Thanks Kelly - you ROCK!
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