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« on: July 23, 2011 06:50:03 PM »

So when I found out the quarterback of my flag-football team was vegan, I went on a quest to learn as much as I could about vegan baking. We have tailgate parties after each game and a lot of the time there wasn't much there that she could eat. I wanted to be able to bring yummy vegan junk-food that everyone would like, and that didn't require me to buy a lot of specialized ingredients that I would never use again. I adapted these from a recipe out of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and they were the best thing I made all season.

Vegan Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache

1 Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Devils Food Cake Mix*
1/2 cup melted vegan butter-substitute (I used Earth Balance)

3/4 cup vegan butter-substitute, softened
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 TSP vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
2 TBSP soymilk

1/2 cup soymilk
1 pkg vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips (12 oz)

*Most Moist Deluxe Duncan Hines cake mixes just accidentally happen to be vegan, which is fantastic for lazy bakers! Did you know you can make vegan cake/cupcakes by using a pack of cake mix and one can of soda? Mix and bake. Seriously, that's it. Any flavor cake, any flavor soda. This totally blew my mind the first time I tried it.

   1. Heat oven to 350F. Grease the bottom of 9x13 inch pan (if you want to make it easier to get out of the pan, line it with tin foil first)
   2. In a large bowl, combine dry cake mix and 1/2 cup melted butter-substitute. Just go ahead and use your hands to mix this up because it's much easier and you're gonna get messy anyways. Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes.  Cool completely. Don't worry if it's a little lumpy or uneven, that's the beauty of layered bars, it'll all get spackled over later.
   3. If you have a mixer, now is the time to use it. (If not, you're gonna need to break out some elbow grease, but your consolation prize is that you can use the same bowl from the previous step, so you have less dishes to wash.) Combine 3/4 cup butter-substitute, peanut butter, and vanilla. Mix until reasonably homogeneous. Beat in the powered sugar and the 2 TBSP soymilk. Spread mixture evenly over the cooled crust. Stick it in the refrigerator while you prepare the next layer.
   4. In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup soymilk just to boiling over medium high heat. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Don't stir, just let it sit for 5 minutes. Then, stir until smooth.  After that, leave it alone to cool for 15 minutes. Spread it over the peanut butter layer. Refrigerate 1-2 hours or until set. Cut into bars. Store covered in refrigerator.
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2011 09:22:18 PM »

Vegan doesn't have to mean boring (or healthy...  Cheesy)

Sounds yummy.
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2011 09:51:33 PM »

Vegan doesn't have to mean boring (or healthy...  Cheesy)

Heheh, yeah  Grin. These could never masquerade as healthy or natural or anything. They are definitely highly-processed sugar-bombs of deliciousness, just with no animal products.
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2011 03:48:07 PM »

These sound delicious!!! Peanut butter anything is a favorite of mine!! I'm definitely going to have to try these!!

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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2011 03:57:31 PM »

look great
thanks for the vegan baking tip for us lazy folk.

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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2011 12:33:36 AM »

Looks absolutely wonderful! Thank you for the recipe.
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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2011 07:50:40 AM »

those look amazing! kudos to you for making something for a vegan. often times the only thing i can eat is stuff i bring!

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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2011 10:36:34 PM »

So going to the food warehouse and buying a jumbo jar of peanut butter now. Yummmm!
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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2011 01:11:43 PM »

you have just made my week.
lactose free household here and my sis in law is vegan so these will be coming out every holiday I think!
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2011 02:04:18 AM »

These look sooooo yummy! I'm already veggie and I'm kind of gradually trying to reduce other animal products, this is definitely going to help!
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« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2011 01:28:44 PM »

This sounds so amazing... I was  planning to make chocolate chip cookies today. Now I can't decide if I want to run to the store and make these instead, both, or just cookies. Darned sweet tooth.


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« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2011 07:05:29 PM »

I cant wait to make these for one of my friends. Thanks
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2012 12:27:35 PM »

These could never masquerade as healthy or natural or anything.

...and another recipe for my ever-growing pudding-vegan bakery database, cant wait to make these, being pregnant is a good excuse actually Grin

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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2012 11:39:55 AM »


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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2012 01:36:52 AM »

I made these last night for valentines pudding, yum!

We had to make a change to the bottom layer as couldn't see any vegan friendly cake mix in the supermarket, so we ended up substituting the cakey base with crushed hobnob biscuits held together with vegan butter.

Totally suffering from a peanut butter hangover/calorie guilt this morning..but worth it!
« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2012 11:28:56 PM »

These look awesome. I am definitely going to try making them for my dairy-free sister.
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