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Frozen Peanut Butter Crunch Cake

  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 3 hr 20 min
  • Servings 12

Creamy, smooth peanut butter filling topped with chocolate and crunch makes for one cool dessert. MORE + LESS -

The Decorated Cookie
March 8, 2017

Ingredients

1
box (8.9 oz) box Nature Valley™ Crunchy Granola Bars, peanut butter flavor
2
tablespoons brown sugar
1/4
cup all-purpose flour
3
tablespoons melted butter
1
cup heavy whipping cream
8
oz cream cheese
3/4
cup peanut butter
1/2
cup confectioner’s sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla extract
1
(8 oz) tub frozen whipped topping (optional)
2
cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Steps

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  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside. Unwrap all granola bars and place them in a food processor. Process until the granola bars are finely ground. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the brown sugar, flour and melted butter. Spread the mixture on baking tray. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring once, until crumbs are fragrant and starting to brown. Let cool.
  • 2
    To prepare the filling, use an electric hand mixer or standing mixer to whip the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside. In the bowl of a standing mixer or in a clean bowl with an electric hand mixer, place the cream cheese, peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla. Blend well, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Fold in the whipped cream and blend well again.
  • 3
    Grease an 8x8-inch glass dish with butter or cooking spray. Press half of the crumb mixture at the bottom, or about 1 1/2 cups. Reserve the other half of the mixture. Pour the filling on top of the crumbs and spread evenly. If you’re not using the chocolate topping, spread the other half of the crumbs on top now. If you are using the chocolate topping, do not use the reserved crumbs yet. Cover the dish with foil and freeze for 1 hour if using chocolate, or at least 3 hours if not.
  • 4
    To make chocolate topping, combine a tub of frozen whipped topping with 2 cups of chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. Stir and continue to microwave for another minute. Stir well. If needed, continue microwaving at 30 second, then 15 second intervals, until mixture is smooth. Remove dish from freezer and pour chocolate over the peanut butter filling, spreading evenly. Sprinkle the rest of the crumb mixture evenly over chocolate. Cover and freeze for 2 or more hours.
 

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
390
Calories from Fat
250
% Daily Value
Total Fat
28g
43%
Saturated Fat
11g
57%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
50mg
17%
Sodium
260mg
11%
Potassium
140mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
28g
9%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
16g
Protein
7g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Gather round, all ‘ye peanut butter lovers and dinner party hosts! This is your cake. The creamy, smooth peanut butter filling combined with just the right amount of chocolate and crunch makes for a seriously divine dessert. And it’s make-ahead. And it’s impressive. And it’s easy to pull together. You can even make this with one less step and leave out the chocolate. But if you do so, we can’t be friends. Kidding. (Sort of.) But it still has just as much divinity without chocolate—that’s how good it is! If you don’t have both a hand mixer and a standing mixer, not to worry. You can use either for both the whipping cream and the filling. Just make sure you use clean bowls for each. You'll be amazed at how easy this dessert comes together. And how deliciously decadent it is. You’re welcome.

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