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Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut butter bars are an easy no bake dessert that’s only 5 ingredients. We like this no bake chocolate peanut butter bar because the graham crackers are crushed, not blended into crumbs, and it gives the bars a nice crunch!

peanut butter bars with chocolate in a stack

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

I love no bake desserts for two reasons..
1. they are usually incredibly easy!
2. no oven is needed!

I can see this chocolate peanut butter bars recipe being potentially dangerous if you always have these things on hand! The bars only take 20 minutes to make. But they do need 30 minutes to chill, so the chocolate will set before you cut them.

peanut butter bars with chocolate on dark baking sheet on blue background

Chocolate peanut butter bars are easy to make

One thing that I LOVE about this chocolate peanut butter bars 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!

No bake peanut butter bars ingredients

  • graham crackers
  • powdered sugar
  • creamy peanut butter
  • unsalted butter
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips (plus a little vegetable oil for melting)

I like to keep the graham crackers as larger pieces, as opposed to other recipes that will blend the graham crackers into crumbs. I like the crunch it adds!

peanut butter bars with chocolate stacked

How to make chocolate peanut butter bars

  1. Crush or break the graham crackers into smaller pieces. Place them in a mixing bowl with the powdered sugar, no need to mix yet. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter and peanut butter together on the stove. Pour this over the graham crackers and mix well. Press this mixture into a 9×13 inch pan.
  3. Melt chocolate to spread over the top of the bars. Allow the chocolate to set for 30 minutes in the fridge. Cut using a sharp knife.

How far in advance can you make chocolate peanut butter bars?

The bars can be made up to 2 days in advance. Keep them in a 9×13 inch pan with a lid on the counter, out of the sun.

Tips for making no bake peanut butter bars

  • Use creamy peanut butter, not a natural peanut butter.
  • For easy removal & cutting, line the pan with foil or parchment paper.
  • Use your fingers to crush and break the graham crackers into smaller pieces. The smaller the pieces, the better the bars will stay together.
  • Be sure to press the peanut butter graham cracker mixture firmly into the pan with your hands or the back of a glass cup. Pack it down. If your bars fall apart when you cut them, the graham cracker pieces were probably too large.
peanut butter bars on dark baking sheet

More no bake desserts

No Bake Cheesecake
No Bake Oreo Pie
Peanut Butter Balls Buckeye Balls


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Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter Bars

Yield: 9x13 inch pan
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

Peanut butter bars are an easy no bake dessert that’s only 5 ingredients. We like this no bake chocolate peanut butter bar because the graham crackers are crushed, not blended into crumbs, and it gives the bars a nice crunch!

Ingredients

  • 1 stick, 1/2 cup, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups (1 pack or 9 grahams) graham crackers, broken/crushed into smaller pieces
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups chocolate chips plus 2 tsp vegetable oil or coconut oil to help melt the chips

Instructions

  1. Spray or line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Use your fingers to break or crush the graham crackers into smaller pieces.
  3. In a saucepan, melt the butter and peanut butter together, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the crushed graham crackers, powdered sugar, and peanut butter mixture, mix with a spatula to combine.
  5. Spread the peanut butter graham cracker mixture evenly into the pan and use your hands or the back of a glass cup to firmly pack the mixture into the pan.
  6. In a small pot over medium low heat on the stove, combine the chocolate chips and oil, stir occasionally until the chocolate is melted and smooth, may take 3-6 minutes.
  7. Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter bars.
  8. Cover the pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until the chocolate is set.
  9. Remove the bars from the pan using the foil, cut into squares with a sharp knife. Store in an airtight container.

42 comments

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

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

  2. 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!

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

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

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

  6. 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.
    Blessings,
    Nici

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. 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!

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

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

  16. 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 :)

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

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  20. Saw Nikki feature these! Pinned – they look delish!

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

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

  23. 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. 

  24. Beth this looks sooooo yummy. I am going to have to make them this summer. It’s spring here in London. I cat wait to make them.

    Enjoy your weekend =)

  25. I let the chocolate layer set up a bit in the fridge and then I score the top so the chocolate doesn’t shatter

  26. Do you think could use Sunbutter.. ??

    • I haven’t tried it myself.. I’m not sure! I think creamy peanut butter would work best.

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