Looking for a healthy gluten free and dairy free dessert recipe? How about some no bake peanut butter bars? They’re divine and great to share with friends and family. No need to turn on the oven or stove. Just grab a mixing bowl, 5 ingredients, and let’s get to it.

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

RATING

5 from 13 votes

DIFFICULTY / TIME

Easy / 15 minutes

POSTED ON

July 1, 2020

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There once was a time where I feared peanut butter. I believed I couldn’t trust myself to keep peanut butter in my home, so I avoided it all together. Only to find myself overeating and binging on something sweet.

It wasn’t until I started honoring my hunger and making sure that I ate enough food during the day that I no longer felt called to late night cravings.

I first started giving myself permission to eat peanut butter in desserts. It wasn’t easy at first and there were times when I ate more than I wanted. But that was ok. This was a small step in starting to trust and believe in myself.

I would check in and see how the peanut butter dessert tasted. Did it taste as good as I always imagined it? If it was something I enjoyed, I would come back to it again.

Over the last four years, I’ve tried a lot of dessert recipes and checked in on how they made me feel. And my friends, these no bake peanut butter bars are incredible. They have just the right amount of chocolate and peanut butter that will excite your taste buds. The melted coconut oil and cocoa powder are the secret ingredients that make this a 5 star recipe!

HOW TO MAKE

The first step for these no bake peanut butter bars is to line a baking dish with parchment paper. I used an 8×6 Pyrex dish. Any 8×8 pan or rectangular dish works well. You want to make sure you have some parchment paper overhang. This will make it easy to later cut our no bake peanut butter bars.

In a mixing bowl, combine all the crust ingredients and give it a stir. You’re looking for a dough like consistency where the ingredients all stick together.

Press the chocolate dough with a spatula or back of a spoon into the bottom of the lined baking dish. This will form our crust. Transfer to the freezer to let this set.

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

For the peanut butter layer, combine all of the peanut butter ingredients to a mixing bowl. Then, take the baking dish from the freezer and add the peanut butter mixture. Use a spatula to spread the peanut butter filling on top of the crust. Place the baking dish in the freezer again.

For the chocolate topping, add the cocoa powder, melted coconut oil, and honey. You’ll want the honey or maple syrup at room temperature, so that it is easier to combine with the other ingredients.

After the chocolate mixture becomes a chocolate sauce consistency, pour on top of the peanut butter layer. Place the baking dish back in the freezer for another hour. The waiting may be the hardest part of this recipe as the bars just look so good.

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

When ready to serve, take the baking dish from the freezer and lift the no bake peanut butter bars out by using the parchment overhang. Use a big knife and slice into bars.

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

These no bake peanut butter bars taste best chilled. I like to let them sit out for 2 minutes before biting into the bar. Note that these bars will melt if they are sitting out too long.

More Easy Dessert Ideas

If you love the peanut butter and chocolate combo, check out my chocolate peanut butter smoothie. The flavors go together brilliantly!

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

5 from 13 votes
A healthy gluten free and dairy free dessert recipe. These no bake peanut butter bars are divine and great to share with friends and family. No need to turn on the oven or stove. Just grab a mixing bowl, 5 ingredients, and let’s get to it.
GUIDE
Course Dessert
Cuisine healthy
Servings 25 bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
INGREDIENTS

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 4 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoon honey maple syrup for a vegan option
  • 2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • pinch of salt

Peanut Butter Layer

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoon honey maple syrup for a vegan option
  • 2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Topping

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey maple syrup for a vegan option
INSTRUCTIONS

Instructions

  • Line a baking dish with parchment paper. I used a Pyrex dish but any 8x8 pan or rectangular dish works well. Make sure to have some parchment paper overhang, as this will help when later cutting the bars.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all the crust ingredients and give it a stir. You’re looking for a dough like consistency where the ingredients all stick together.
  • Press the chocolate dough with a spatula or back of a spoon into the bottom of the lined baking dish. This will form our crust. Transfer to the freezer.
  • For the peanut butter layer, combine all of the peanut butter ingredients to a mixing bowl. Then, take the baking dish from the freezer and add the peanut butter filling. Use a spatula to spread the peanut butter filling on top of the crust. Place the baking dish in the freezer again.
  • For the chocolate topping, add the cocoa powder, melted coconut oil, and honey. You’ll want the honey or maple syrup at room temperature, so that it is easier to combine with the other ingredients. After the chocolate mixture becomes a chocolate sauce, pour on top of the peanut butter layer. Place the baking dish back in the freezer for another hour.
  • When ready to serve, take the baking dish from the freezer and lift the no bake peanut butter bars out by using the parchment overhang. Use a big knife and slice into bars.
NOTES

Notes

These no bake peanut butter bars taste best chilled. I like to let them sit out for 1-2 minutes before biting into the bar. These bars will melt if they are sitting out too long.
NUTRITION FACTS
Calories: 202calCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 5gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 95mgPotassium: 112mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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4 Comments

  1. Liz July 8, 2020 at 2:31 am - Reply

    HOLY COW these are INCREDIBLE! I made these over the weekend for my family and friends and they were gone within minutes. I just love peanut butter and chocolate. These taste like something I would have bought at a vegan restaurant however I actually made in my home in no time. Thanks Em!

    • Emily July 8, 2020 at 5:03 am - Reply

      Awww thanks Liz! I’m so glad they were a hit with your friends and family. I’m a peanut butter and chocolate lover too :)

  2. Sara Dent September 25, 2020 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    These are amazing. I absolutely love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Prepping these, knowing that there are simple ingredients (and nutritious!) made me feel so good about them. I froze mine and they didn’t last long…I ate them within a week or two. So good!

    • Emily September 27, 2020 at 10:58 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing this Sara!! I’m glad to hear that you felt great about making them. It’s so nice to have food on hand that we feel good about and actually enjoy. Xoxo

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