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No Bake Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

The best no bake chocolate peanut butter bars! 5 simple ingredients – ready in 1 hour! You are going to fall in love with these!

Sliced No Bake Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars on a baking sheet.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

This chocolate peanut butter bars 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.

Homemade Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars on a baking sheet.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? :)

Five stacked delicious Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars in a baking sheet.

So Easy!

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! 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

No Bake Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars ingredients - graham crackers, peanut butter and chocolate chips.

So Delicious!

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 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 :)

Five Stacked delicious No Bake Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars in a baking sheet.

For a step-by-step of how to make this no bake crunchy chocolate peanut butter bars recipe, watch this short video:

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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  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.

  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.. ??

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