Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Choco-Coco Peanut Butter Squares

Hey guys! I feel like it has been ages since the last time I made a blog post. Last night, I was feeling a little guilty because I used to post recipes during most days of the week, and that hasn't been the case lately. For this reason, I really wanted to create something to make-up for all those recipes I haven't been posting. The holidays are finally here (almost), and it's time to indulge a little. I combined a variety of my favorite ingredients and formulated the ultimate dessert recipe. Even though I can't eat peanut butter, I still like to incorporate it into my recipes from time to time. Just because I can't eat it, doesn't mean anyone else can't. To me, it can be very rewarding seeing people smile as a result of trying my gluten-free creations. Those moments are the ones that give me the motivation to continue blogging and sharing my recipes.

On a side note, school has been great. I just passed a Humanities, Literature, and Arts course final! I felt so relieved! Only one more course to go and I'm done with school for the year! I'm really excited about finishing up and focusing on other things, which brings me to... I've been working on some delightful recipes for the spring issue of Delight Gluten-Free Magazine. Now, I can't share any details yet, but I will say that you're in for a treat! I'm truly enjoying each and every moment that I spend working on Delight recipes. Did I tell you guys? In addition to contributing, I will also be doing food and photo styling. It has been an awesome experience so far, and I have a feeling there are even greater things to come. The winter issue came out recently and you can check it out here. In other news, the paperback edition of Sweets & Treats: A Gluten-Free Guide to the Holidays will be released on Thursday, November 24, 2011. I can't think of a better day to release it than Thanksgiving Day! I will be posting updates on Facebook, so if you haven't liked my page yet please do! Here's the recipe...


¼ Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
 1 Cup Unsalted Butter (2 Sticks)
 1 Cup Peanut Butter
 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
 1 Cup Brown Sugar
 1 (8 oz.) Package Cream Cheese
½ Cup Granulated Sugar
 2 Large Eggs


Preheat oven at 350°F. Line a square pan with parchment paper, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. Lightly grease parchment paper and set aside. Place chocolate cookies and shredded coconut in a food processor. In a large bowl, combine peanut butter and unsalted butter. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir until smooth. Microwave an additional 30 seconds if necessary. Continue to stir while adding coconut and cookie crumbs along with the granulated and brown sugars. Pour mixture into pan and set aside. Combine cream cheese, sugar, and eggs in a food processor. Pour mixture into pan as well. Bake for approximately 50 minutes. Remove from oven and top with your choice of chocolate chips (dark, semi-sweet, milk, or white). Let cool and freeze for 2-3 hours. Refrigerate another hour and cut into squares. Enjoy and remember to be thankful this holiday season!

P.S. What do you think of A Healthful Gluten-Free Life's new look?

- Janice


  1. I'm drooling and would give anything to have one of these beauties in my mouth ... NOW :)

  2. Janice, these look decadent and delicious. The white chocolate chips add a great contrast to the darker colors. Yum!

  3. Janice, congratulations on passing your finals! And I like this new look a lot. The soft grey color scheme is veery nice. And your photos are beautiful!

  4. Beautiful idea and pictures. Thank you for posting this. :)

  5. Those look to beatiful to eat.

  6. This looks amazing! My mouth is watering! And congratulations on passing your finals, and on your food and photo styling, that's awesome!

  7. Those look wonderful! I really love the picture of these bars!

  8. I made this just recently and I am so pleased with how it turned out. It is wonderful and not hard to make! Woo hoo!