No Bake Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

The best no bake chocolate peanut butter bars! 5 simple ingredients – ready in 1 hour!

The best no bake chocolate peanut butter bars! 5 simple ingredients - ready in 1 hour!This recipe was updated with new photos April 2016 but it’s the same great recipe that you will love!

Throw your hands in the air if you love no bake desserts!

I can’t believe this is the first no bake dessert I am sharing.. I actually had to search my own blog for “no bake” because I couldn’t believe I haven’t shared one before.

The best no bake chocolate peanut butter bars! 5 simple ingredients - ready in 1 hour!I love no bake desserts for two reasons..
1. they are usually incredibly easy!
2. no oven is needed!

The whole no oven thing is great for summer. We like to go the cheaper route when it comes to the heat and AC.. so typically that means we are a tad bit chilly in the winter and a little hot in the summer. In the summer we have our windows open almost all the time. But now that we have our sweet Salsa cat, I am pretty sure he will claw our poor window screens to destruction. Totally unrelated to the recipe, but does anyone have any tricks for keeping Salsa’s paws off the screens? :)

The best no bake chocolate peanut butter bars! 5 simple ingredients - ready in 1 hour!One thing that I LOVE about this recipe in particular is that all of the ingredients are very common. You might even already have them in your pantry without having to go to the store! As a food blogger these items are staples!!

We’re talking..

graham crackers
creamy peanut butter
chocolate chips (plus a little vegetable oil for melting)
powdered sugar

The best no bake chocolate peanut butter bars! 5 simple ingredients - ready in 1 hour!I can see this recipe being potentially dangerous if you always have these things on hand! The bars only take 20 minutes to make. But they need 30 minutes to chill, so the chocolate will set before I recommend cutting into them. In which case, during those 30 minutes you can enjoy some ice cream. Or lick the chocolate bowl. Let’s be real people :)

The best no bake chocolate peanut butter bars! 5 simple ingredients - ready in 1 hour!

No Bake Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Yield: 9x13 inch pan

Total Time: 1 hour


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter, smooth
  • 2 cups (1 pack or 9 grahams) graham crackers, broken/crushed
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups chocolate chips plus 2 tbsp vegetable oil to help melt the chips


  1. Spray or line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper or tin foil.
  2. Break or crush the graham crackers into smaller pieces.
  3. In a saucepan, melt the butter and peanut butter together, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the crushed graham crackers and powdered sugar. Once mixed, add in the peanut butter mixture, and mix to combine.
  5.  Spread the peanut butter graham cracker mixture evenly into the pan.
  6. In a pot over medium low heat on the stove, combine the chocolate chips and vegetable oil, stir occasionally until the chocolate is melted and smooth, may take 3-6 minutes.
  7. Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter layer.
  8. Cover the pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until they are set.
  9. Cut into bars and enjoy!

The best no bake chocolate peanut butter bars! 5 simple ingredients - ready in 1 hour!
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36 Responses to “No Bake Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars”

  1. Virginia Thompson — March 19, 2014 at 9:56 am

    What oil do you prefer? And how much is “a tad”?

    • Beth @ The First Year Blog — March 19, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Ha, sorry. That was pretty vague. I usually use canola or vegetable oil or crisco. 1-2 tsp perhaps.

  2. Amy | Club Narwhal — March 19, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Beth, I am right there with you (very nerdily :) raising the roof for no-bake desserts! And man, do these look good. Seriously, nothing beats bars like these!

    • Beth @ The First Year Blog — March 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Yeah girl, you and me!

  3. easytocookmealsblog — March 19, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Hi, Beth. I love your blog and the desserts, yum.

    • Beth @ The First Year Blog — March 19, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Oh gosh, thank you for letting me know!

  4. Diane Ugo — March 19, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    We dont have graham crackers over here, will any crackers do?

    • Beth @ The First Year Blog — March 19, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      You probably want a sweet cracker or a different cookie, maybe Nilla Wafers would work. Or you can make homemade graham crackers!

    • Diane Ugo — March 22, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Thanks for the tip, this is getting pinned.

  5. kleinworthco — March 20, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Hmmmmm- you know Beth- I may just have to make these today. YUM!!!

  6. Nici ~ Posed Perfection — March 21, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Oh, my, my, my…Beth, we will be making these very soon. My daughter is reading this post over my shoulder and is insisting we do it today. ;-) Thanks for sharing. Pinned.

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 21, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Haha, I hope you enjoy them!

  7. Laura@Baking In Pyjamas — March 22, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Oh my Beth, I could eat a ton of those for my breakfast, they look so so good! Pinning!!

  8. Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven — March 22, 2014 at 8:08 am

    I love no-bake bars and yours look amazing! I kind of want a whole pan-full right now at only 8am!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Haha, I totally understand!

  9. jamiesrecipes — March 22, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I love no-bake desserts! PB & Chocolate are a winning combo!

  10. Karen@fromthegardentable — March 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

    God Bless no bake desserts (especially peanut butter and chocolate ones!) I love that this one has graham crackers too!

  11. estheticgoddess — March 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    You had me at no bake, chocolate and then peanut butter! I will be making these goodies tomorrow!

  12. Jennifer Johnson — March 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    OOh my mom used to make something like this so yummy!!

  13. Cindy Eikenberg — March 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Oh, yum, Beth, this looks fantastic and no bake? I’m in! :) Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend and pinning! Hope you have a happy and wonderful week!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 24, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks for coming by Cindy! I love your link party!

  14. Anne — March 25, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Super yummy! Thanks for sharing via Sugar Bee Crafts link party.

  15. Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner — March 25, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks for linking these tasty treats with us at MM this week! Pinned!

  16. Becca from — March 25, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    no bake treats are AMAZING! Love these bars of yours, Beth. Funny thing… today is Chocolate Peanut Butter Day, so I made up chocolate peanut butter treats, too! Come over and check out my mini doughnuts :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 25, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      You know me too well.. I LOVE donuts. Coming now!

  17. I seriously hope my hubby hasn’t finished off the peanut butter, because I neeeeeeed these today! :D Mmmmm

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Oh gosh, I hope not either!

  18. Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 31, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Saw Nikki feature these! Pinned – they look delish!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 31, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Hi Averie! Thanks for coming by to let me know!

  19. Julie @ This Gal Cooks — March 31, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    My hands are WAY up in the air, Beth! I love no bake treats, especially if they are made with chocolate and peanut butter!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 31, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      woot woot!!

  20. Lea — September 10, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I’m making these today! Can’t wait to try them, need a de-stresser!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 10, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      I could use a de-stressor too, great idea!

  21. Jealith — May 31, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I bake and do desserts for other people and one thing I need almost as much as flavor and ease of eating (hand held, grab and run) is they must look good. So how do I keep this from falling apart? I have tried these and the chocolate falls from the peanut butter layer. Also when I cut them they shatter. 


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