These no-bake peanut butter bars are ready in no time using only 6 ingredients!
No time to bake? No worries! Everyone will love these sweet peanut butter & chocolate last-minute surprise snacks!
Best Peanut Butter Bars!
- Are you a fan of peanut butter? Do you love sweet treats but hate turning on the oven? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then these no-bake peanut butter bars are the perfect dessert for you!
- Easy-to-make peanut butter bars require no baking and are so delicious you won’t be able to resist going back for seconds.
- Peanut butter is loaded with healthy fats and you can add more nutrition by mixing in protein-packed chia seeds or oatmeal or granola to the graham cracker crust and it won’t affect the flavor.
Ingredients and Variations
This recipe has plenty of space for sweet little extras in the crust or as an additional topping!
Peanut Butter – Creamy or crunchy is up to you! For best results, avoid using ‘natural’ peanut butter as it can be very oily and won’t set up as well as other formulations.
Graham Cracker Crumbs – Graham cracker crusts are the stuff cookie bar and pie dreams are made of and you can buy them already crushed! But, for a different spin, you can use finely crushed Oreo cookies, Nilla wafers, or shortbread cookies. Oats will add more texture to the crust as well.
Chocolate – Technically, the chocolate topping is optional, but it’s so easy to make, it just makes sense to add it! White chocolate chips or butterscotch chips can be used in place of semi-sweet if desired.
Toppings – Sprinkle on some chopped nuts, rice Krispies, toasted coconut, or colorful little sprinkles for a holiday or birthday party!
How to Make Peanut Butter Bars
- Make a peanut butter layer (as per recipe below) and press it into a casserole dish. Using a food processor makes this step fast and easy!
- Melt chocolate and pour over the top of the peanut butter layer and spread it out evenly.
- Chill and cut into squares before serving.
PRO TIP: Line the casserole dish with parchment paper overlapping on two sides for easy removal once the bars are firm and even easier cleanup!
Storing Peanut Butter Bars
- Keep leftover peanut butter bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- If you want to keep the bars for longer, you can freeze them for up to 3 months. Wrap the bars tightly in plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container in the freezer. Enjoy them ice cold or let them thaw in the refrigerator.
- If these copycat Reese’s peanut butter bars don’t satisfy your craving, make peanut butter and chocolate overnight oats!
Peanut Butter Bars
- ½ cup butter melted
- 2 cups graham crumbs
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or shortening, optional
- Line or grease a 9×9 casserole pan and set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the butter, crumbs, sugar, and peanut butter and stir to combine. (Or you can alternatively mix in a food processor.)
- Press into the casserole pan into an even layer.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, place the chocolate chips and heat in 25-second bursts. Stir in between each heating until fully melted.
- Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter layer and smooth out with an offset spatula.
- Place in the refrigerator to set for 2 hours or overnight.
- Cut into 9 squares and serve or package.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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