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This no-bake peanut butter bars are chocolatey and creamy and taste even better than your favorite peanut butter cup!
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  1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars - A Blast from the Past!
  2. Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Bars Recipe
  3. Ingredients for No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
  4. No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Substitutions & Additions
  5. How To Make No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
  6. How to Store Peanut Butter Bars
  7. Peanut Butter Bars Freezing Instructions
  8. FAQs about Peanut Butter Bars
  9. More Great Peanut Butter Recipes
  10. No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

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! 

chocolate peanut butter squares stacked on a white plate

Chocolate 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!)

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Bars 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 for no-bake peanut butter bars

Ingredients for No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

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
peanut butter chocolate squares stacked on a white dish

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars 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!

Peanut Butter Free: 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.

bite out of a peanut butter bar

How To Make No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

  1. Combine melted butter, powdered sugar, and graham crackers. Mix in peanut butter.graham crackers and peanut butter
  2. Spread peanut butter mixture into the bottom of the dish.
    peanut butter crust in dish with chocolate chips
  3. Add chocolate chips and remaining peanut butter and melt in the microwave.
  4. Spread chocolate mixture over peanut butter in dish.
    spreading chocolate on crust
  5. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Cut and serve.

How to Store Peanut Butter Bars

You should store any leftover bars in an airtight container and place them in the fridge. This helps them to keep their shape better.

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars sliced

Peanut Butter Bars Freezing Instructions

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.

FAQs about Peanut Butter Bars

Can you make Peanut Butter Bars without Graham Crackers?

This recipe needs the graham crackers, they provide some structure and texture to the peanut butter bars. You can substitute a vanilla-based cookie if you desire, but I prefer graham crackers.

Can this same recipe be used to make Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls?

Yes, it can check out my peanut butter ball recipe

What type of peanut butter is best for Peanut Butter Bars?

Most store-bought peanut butter will work just fine. I don’t recommend using a natural or homemade peanut butter for this recipe. You can substitute crunchy peanut butter if you want some peanut chunks in your bars.

Is there a difference between crunchy and creamy peanut butter?

Crunchy peanut butter has chopped pieces of peanuts mixed into the peanut butter, while creamy peanut butter has a smooth texture.

How long will these Peanut Butter Bars keep?

Leftover peanut butter bars should be kept covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can also freeze the peanut butter bars. Wrap them tightly individually and freeze for up to 3 months.

If I’m allergic to peanuts, can I substitute a different type of nut butter?

I honestly have no idea!

More Great Peanut Butter Recipes

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars | No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies | No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls | Peanut Butter Brownies {Fudgy and Chewy} | Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites | Peanut Butter Cup Brownies | Reese’s Peanut Butter Banana Bread |.Buckeye Bars

5 from 23 votes
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Serves — 16
This no-bake peanut butter bars are chocolatey and creamy and taste even better than your favorite peanut butter cup!
Prep Time 10 mins
Chill 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Jenn’s Notes

TIPS:
  • 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.

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Nutrition Info

Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 332mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 3mg

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!

Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. Great looking recipe! Have you ever seen anyone successfully use crushed cereal (rice Krispies or Chex) instead of graham crackers??

  2. OMG i wrote a lot of these down. Will be definitely making in the next few days. How can’t you love them with the yummy ingredients

  3. I’ve tried this recipe and it’s good but too sweet for me. I substituted pretzels for the gram crackers and it was perfect.

    1. This recipe is meant for humans LOL – not dogs. Yes, chocolate is very bad for dogs. But humans will like it!