This no-bake peanut butter bars recipe is literally a fail-proof. Made from 5 simple ingredients and take only 10 minutes to make. They are chocolatey and creamy and taste even better than your favorite peanut butter cup!
Let’s be honest, there’s no better pair out there than peanut butter and chocolate. So you better believe that these peanut butter bars are also insanely delicious!
No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars – a Blast from the Past!
I have a huge weakness for anything peanut butter and chocolate. I can’t resist Reese’s peanut butter cups, even when I know I should. There are so many recipes out there that include this dynamic duo, but maybe none as easy as these no-bake peanut butter bars! I mean, you don’t even have to bake them.
These peanut butter bars are a total blast from my past. Every time I make them and eat one, they remind me of the high school cafeteria. There weren’t many things I liked to eat from the lunchroom, but their peanut butter bars always found their way to my lunch tray (and then into my tummy!)
Quick and Easy Recipe
They make the perfect snack when the sweet tooth comes around. These bars are quick to make and when you cut them into squares they become the perfect little treat to satisfy a craving without being too much. They only require five ingredients and the instructions are eight steps long.
Next time you are looking for a simple, yet delicious dessert for a gathering or just a fun treat to have around the house, these no-bake bars should be your go-to. They are incredibly easy to make, creamy, chocolatey and just overall so delish. I know you’re going to love them!
Ingredients / Shopping List
You only need 5 ingredients for this easy recipe! The best part is that you probably will have them all in your pantry as we speak!
- Butter – this is one of the few recipes I prefer salted butter. If you use unsalted, maybe add a pinch of salt in.
- Graham crackers, crushed – I like to buy them already in crumbs, one less thing to think about, but if you are using graham crackers and crushing them up, you will need about 16 full sheet crackers.
- Powdered sugar
- Creamy peanut butter
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips
Substitutions & Additions
Chocolate Chips: You can swap out the type of chocolate chips you are using for your no-bake bars if you prefer. I have used milk chocolate as well as dark chocolate before and both turned out delicious! Next time I may try butterscotch!
Peanut Butter: Any brand of peanut butter will work for this recipe. To add a little crunch to your bars you could use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy!
If you prefer a different type of nut butter, such as almond or cashew, you can definitely give this a try. However, the texture would be quite a bit different and I’m not sure they’d turn out exactly the same. I haven’t tried this, so if you do please let me know how it goes!
Garnish: To take these bars up a notch, try adding a fun garnish to the top of the chocolate. I have sprinkled the tops of them with crushed up Oreos, mini M&M’s, nuts, and even drizzled melted white chocolate. It can be fun to get creative with this.
How to Make This No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars Recipe
- Combine melted butter, powdered sugar, and graham crackers.
- Mix in peanut butter.
- Spread peanut butter mixture into the bottom of the dish.
- Add chocolate chips and remaining peanut butter and melt in the microwave.
- Spread chocolate mixture over peanut butter in dish.
- Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
How to Store
You should store any leftover bars in an airtight container and place them in the fridge. This helps them to keep their shape better.
Cut into individual squares and either place parchment paper between each bar or wrap each individually. Bars will keep for at least 3 months in the freezer.
More Great Peanut Butter Recipes
No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars
This no-bake peanut butter bars are chocolatey and creamy and taste even better than your favorite peanut butter cup!
- ¾ cup butter (melted)
- 2 cups graham crackers (crushed)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 ½ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
Line a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper, set aside.
Using either a stand mixer or a hand held mixer, combine the melted butter, powdered sugar and graham crackers.
Mix in the 1 ¼ cup of creamy peanut butter, just until well incorporated.
Evenly spread the peanut butter mixture into the bottom of the baking dish.
In a heat safe bowl, add the semi sweet chocolate chips and the remaining 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter. Heat for 30 second intervals, stirring well after each interval until the peanut butter and chocolate are smooth.
Spread the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter base.
Chill the bars for 1 hour.
Let the bars sit 10 to 15 minutes, at room temperature, before serving.
- If you use unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt into the peanut butter mixture.
- To slice, remove from the refrigerator and let them sit out for about 10 minutes. Run a sharp knife under very hot water and carefully slice.
- If you prefer thinner bars, use a 9×13 pan.
Nutrition per serving
These no-bake peanut butter bars check all the boxes. They are easy to make, they are super delicious, and they can be made a variety of ways. Chocolate and peanut butter lovers, like me, will absolutely love this snack!
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