If you’ve concluded that I’m a big fan of ginger–I can only plead guilty. It’s just that there are so many ways, savory and sweet, to exploit ginger’s intriguing taste and stimulating energy. Here’s one that’s sweet, and can be made with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. These peanut butter-rich bars could be on your table in 35-40 minutes! Recipe after the jump.
GINGERY PEANUT BUTTER BARS
Preheat oven to 350º F/ Yields 12-16 bars.
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2/3 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons powdered ginger
pinch of salt
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 cup maple syrup
2/3 cup water
1-inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1 cup peanut butter
1. Measure the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
2. Measure the molasses, maple syrup, fresh ginger and water into the bowl of your blender, and blend well.
3. Add the peanut butter and the ingredients in your blender to the dry ingredients. Stir well.
4. Pour this batter into a lightly oiled 9-inch square or similarly-sized baking pan and bake in a 350º F oven 20 minutes or until it tests done with a toothpick.
5. Cool before cutting and serving.