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Maple Glazed Apple Peanut Butter Bars {Whole Wheat}

These Maple Glazed Apple Peanut Butter Bars are soft, chewy, and perfect for snacking on any time of day!

Maple Glazed Apple Peanut Butter Bars (Whole Wheat) Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

I had to sneak in another apple recipe before fall disappeared and everyone started thinking about all things peppermint, gingerbread, and eggnog! Fall apples are my favorite, and I probably end up eating twice as many apples in the fall than I do any other time of year!

I also do way more baking with them and am always experimenting to see what new ways I can use them in some of our favorite baked goods. These chewy maple glazed apple peanut butter bars were an instant hit.

Maple Glazed Apple Peanut Butter Bars Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Apples and peanut butter go so well together both just for snacking and in baking. But a drizzle of maple is what makes that combination even better! There’s a hint of maple extract in the bars themselves and then in the glaze. I was a little worried that the addition of maple to the peanut butter might make those flavors overpower the apple flavor, but the maple extract is just enough to give a hint of flavor without being too strong.

Whole Wheat Maple Glazed Apple Peanut Butter Bars Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

You’ll notice that this recipe calls for shredded apple instead of chopped apples. I’ve done this before with apple cookies and love the results. I’ve found that shredded apple helps spread the flavor more evenly instead of having chunks of apple. They also seem to give a bit more moisture to the baked goods.

Soft, chewy and loaded with 1 1/2 cups of shredded apple and lots of peanut butter, these apple bars will soon become your new go-to fall recipe for last minute gatherings, late night snacking, and after school munching!

Maple Glazed Apple Peanut Butter Bars
Author: A Kitchen Addiction
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • For the Bars
  • 2 C white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 C butter, softened
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp maple extract
  • 1/2 C no-stir creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 C shredded apple
  • For the Glaze
  • 1/2 C confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp maple extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9×9 or 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. (The bars pictured were made in a 9×9 inch dish.)
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or with an electric mixer, beat together butter, brown sugar, and sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs and maple extract. Beat in peanut butter until combined.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until combined. Stir in shredded apple.
  5. Spread batter in prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes for a 9×13 inch baking dish and 25-30 minutes for a 9×9 inch baking dish, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. For more cake-like bars, bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out completely clean.
  7. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  8. Stir together all ingredients for the glaze until smooth. Drizzle over cooled bars. Allow glaze to harden and serve. Or, cut into bars. Drizzle glaze over bars. Allow glaze to harden and serve.

Whole Wheat Maple Glazed Apple Peanut Butter Bars Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Samantha Maxwell

Monday 29th of October 2018

Moist but too busy flavorwise for us Doesn't quite taste like it goes together. Smells amazing baking

Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

Sunday 6th of November 2016

These bars look so chewy and wonderful! Love apple and peanut butter together!

Maria

Saturday 5th of November 2016

I put shredded apples in all kinds of baked goods too! It adds so so much to the moisture! And the apples and peanut butter combo has been my favorite since childhood! This looks fabulous! And the perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea!!

Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

Thursday 3rd of November 2016

I'm with you on using shredded apples to space out the flavor in baked goods! And I love the addition of maple to the peanut butter!!! Yum!

Maria

Thursday 3rd of November 2016

Ahhh I love how these are almost like blondies! :)