Colby loves strawberries! I mean he loves, loves strawberries. The grocery stores are getting strawberries from Florida and they are on sale. So, I picked up strawberries for Colby. He ate a container from Costco last week. When I went to the store this week, I picked up more strawberries. But, Colby didn’t want the strawberries.
Last summer, we went to a farmer’s market and got fresh strawberries. Then we went strawberry and blueberry picking. Colby had fun picking strawberries. At this point, he realized there was such a huge difference between buying strawberries at the store, and buying strawberries from the farm. I think at this point he realized how much sweeter the fresh strawberries tasted.
Sooo when we bought the strawberries, while they looked good, they just don’t live up to the fresh picked taste.
So, now I have 2 pints of strawberries and my strawberry eater doesn’t want them. Oh did I mention that Blake doesn’t eat strawberries, or blueberries for that matter. So I decided that I needed to make something with the strawberries. I set out to find a new recipe to try. I looked at strawberry bread, strawberry banana bread, strawberry cookies and couldn’t find a recipe that said “bake me please!” Then I decided to look at strawberry and peanut butter.
I came across a recipe for Strawberry Peanut Butter Bar on The BakerMama. This recipe spoke to me… it said “I will be so yummy, you need to try me!” So I pinned the recipe and showed it to Colby. I had a few others for him to pick from. Colby decided that this is the recipe he wanted to try. So I set out to make it.
The original recipe made a 9×13 bar recipe. I did not want that many bars. I wasn’t sure what I would think of the fresh strawberries in the bar. So, at first I was just going to cut the recipe in half, but then decided …. nope I’m going to tweak it and make it more my own. So here you go…. my Peanut Butter Strawberry Bars
Peanut Butter Strawberry Bars
- 1/2 c. softened butter
- 1/2 c. granulated sugar
- 1/4 c. brown sugar packed
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1.5 c. peanut butter (I did 1 c. smooth and 1/2 c. crunchy)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1.5 c. flour
- 1 pt. fresh strawberries (halved)
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Spray the bottom and sides of an 8×8 square pan.
- In the mixer cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy.
- Add the egg and vanilla, mix until fully incorporated
- Mix in the peanut butter, make sure to scrape down the side and bottom of the bowl
- Add in salt, baking powder and flour ( I added the flour a 1/2 cup at a time)
- Put 2/3 of the batter into the bottom of the pan and press down
- top with sliced strawberries
- Top strawberries with the remaining batter.
- Bake 45 min or until golden brown. Cool completely before serving.
These bars turned out so much better than I expected. I really was hesitant to put fresh strawberries into the bars. I didn’t know how in the world they would taste/what the mouth feel would be. The peanut butter is soooo peanut butter flavor. I increased the amount of peanut butter and salt in the recipe just so it had true peanut butter flavor. I hate when you get peanut butter things that don’t have that straight our of the jar peanut butter flavor. The strawberries add a freshness that is a nice treat in the bars. Think of taking a really good peanut butter cookie and putting roasted, sweet yummy strawberries on top… that is what this is!
I can’t wait for Colby to get home from school to try this bar. I’m glad I tweaked the recipe and made it my own… it was so worth it! I may just have to have another bar myself.
Colby is home from school and he loves them. He had TWO for his after school snack. I guess we will be making these again!