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!
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 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.
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!
- 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!
How to make chocolate peanut butter bars
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Make Ahead of Time
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.
- 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.
More No Bake Desserts
Peanut Butter Bars
- 1 stick unsalted butter, 1/2 cup
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups graham crackers, broken/crushed into smaller pieces, 1 pack or 9 grahams
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 2 tsp vegetable oil or coconut oil, to help melt the chips
- Spray or line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper or foil.
- Use your fingers to break or crush the graham crackers into smaller pieces.
- In a saucepan, melt the butter and peanut butter together, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the crushed graham crackers, powdered sugar, and peanut butter mixture, mix with a spatula to combine.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter bars.
- Cover the pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until the chocolate is set.
- Remove the bars from the pan using the foil, cut into squares with a sharp knife. Store in an airtight container.
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.
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!
Yeah girl, you and me!
Hi, Beth. I love your blog and the desserts, yum.
Oh gosh, thank you for letting me know!
We dont have graham crackers over here, will any crackers do?
You probably want a sweet cracker or a different cookie, maybe Nilla Wafers would work. Or you can make homemade graham crackers!
Thanks for the tip, this is getting pinned.
Hmmmmm- you know Beth- I may just have to make these today. YUM!!!
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.
Haha, I hope you enjoy them!
Oh my Beth, I could eat a ton of those for my breakfast, they look so so good! Pinning!!
I love no-bake bars and yours look amazing! I kind of want a whole pan-full right now at only 8am!
Haha, I totally understand!
I love no-bake desserts! PB & Chocolate are a winning combo!
God Bless no bake desserts (especially peanut butter and chocolate ones!) I love that this one has graham crackers too!
You had me at no bake, chocolate and then peanut butter! I will be making these goodies tomorrow!
OOh my mom used to make something like this so yummy!!
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!
Thanks for coming by Cindy! I love your link party!
Super yummy! Thanks for sharing via Sugar Bee Crafts link party.
Thanks for linking these tasty treats with us at MM this week! Pinned!
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 :)
You know me too well.. I LOVE donuts. Coming now!
I seriously hope my hubby hasn’t finished off the peanut butter, because I neeeeeeed these today! :D Mmmmm
Oh gosh, I hope not either!
Saw Nikki feature these! Pinned – they look delish!
Hi Averie! Thanks for coming by to let me know!
My hands are WAY up in the air, Beth! I love no bake treats, especially if they are made with chocolate and peanut butter!
I’m making these today! Can’t wait to try them, need a de-stresser!
I could use a de-stressor too, great idea!
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.
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 =)
You’ll love these!
I let the chocolate layer set up a bit in the fridge and then I score the top so the chocolate doesn’t shatter
Oh, good idea!
Do you think could use Sunbutter.. ??
I haven’t tried it myself.. I’m not sure! I think creamy peanut butter would work best.
Hi Beth! I am going to be making these tomorrow morning. Can’t wait to dig into them. Yum!
These were great. I used whole wheat crackers, butter instead of oil for melting the chocolate, and brown sugar instead of powdered sugar. Thanks for a great recipe that you can increase or decrease easily and change up with different nut butters a d add ins.