No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars  

By Rena |

Keep the oven off with these healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars! They’re loaded with all-natural ingredients and are whipped up easily in less than 30 minutes. The hardest part is waiting for them to set!

side shot of peanut butter bar on a white plate topped with salt flakes

Making healthy no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen! From Cookie Dough Bars to Chocolate-Filled Oat Bars, anything chocolatey that I can make a little healthier is a win in my house. I especially like that I can give my family a treat without worrying about added ingredients and sugar overload!

These No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars are packed with both peanut butter and chocolate. They’re like a healthy peanut butter cup in bar form. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are sweet, nutty, and smooth, and can also be made paleo-friendly (with almond butter). These healthy treats are 100% vegan as well!

Why You will love this no-bake dessert recipe

  • They’re easy! It takes me less than 30 minutes from beginning to chilling these no-bake peanut butter bars. That is no time at all!
  • No cooking required: The most cooking that you’ll have to do is to melt the chocolate in the microwave. It’s so easy!
  • Healthy: There is no processed sugar! You can easily opt for healthy dark chocolate chips and peanut butter that is 100% peanuts keeping it natural and still amazingly delicious.
  • Make-ahead: This is an excellent healthy dessert recipe to make a day ahead, and perfect for sharing with friends.
  • Everyone loves them! Kids and adults alike will be all over these no-bake peanut butter bars!
top view of 3 square peanut butter bars on white parchment paper

Ingredients for No-bake Peanut Butter Bars

For the bottom layer  

  • Peanut Butter: The star of this recipe! I like to use peanut butter which is 100% peanuts, with no added ingredients. The extras are unnecessary! You can substitute almond butter or sun butter if you have allergies or are looking for a paleo-friendly alternative.
  • Flour: I like to use coconut flour or almond flour, however, you can also use 2 cups of fine oat flour if needed.
  • Sweetener: Maple syrup, honey, or agave are all perfect in this recipe! Using maple syrup or agave makes these no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars vegan as well.

For the top chocolate layer 

  • Peanut butter: Yes, more peanut butter! You can never have enough peanut butter in no-bake peanut butter bars!
  • Chocolate: Dark chocolate or chocolate chips of your choice.
  • Coconut oil: Coconut oil helps the chocolate layer to harden up so that it’s not too runny.
  • Salt flakes: Adding a little salt on top of these peanut butter chocolate bars is a must! All of the other flavors really pop with this simple addition.

ingredients to make peanut butter bars

How do you make peanut butter bars?

  1. Into a medium bowl, add the peanut butter, maple syrup, or which sweetener you are using, and mix thoroughly until smooth.  

2. Then, add the coconut or almond flour. Using a spatula mix well until combined. If the dough gets hard to mix, you may use your hand until a thick dough mixture is formed.  

3. Prepare a 9×5-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Pour the dough mixture into the baking dish.  

peanut butter bar mixture added on the bottom of the pan

4. Using your hands. Press down on the dough and spread out smoothly into an even layer across the entire bottom of the dish.  

5. Place the dish with the peanut butter dough in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Then make the top layer. 

6. Place the chocolate/chocolate chips, coconut oil, and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl.

7. Melt the chocolate in the microwave using 30 seconds Bursts until the chocolate is nicely melted to prevent it from burning. Mix until smooth.  

8. Next, remove the dish with the peanut butter dough from the freezer. Pour the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter dough.  

9. Using a spatula, spread the chocolate evenly. Sprinkle with some salt flakes if using.

10. Place the dish back into the freezer for about 10-15 minutes until it sets.   

side shot of chocolate peanut butter bar in the pan before it sets

11. Once it sets, remove the dish from the freezer. Careful remove from the pan by pulling on the parchment paper from each side

12. Slice into 12-16 square bars. Top with more salt flakes if needed. Enjoy.   

Tips for Success

  • If needed you can substitute coconut or almond flour for oat flour. To make oat flour, simply blend 2 cups of dry oatmeal in a blender or food processor until it is a fine powder.
  • If you like a little crunch, add 3/4 cup of creamy peanut butter and 1/4 cup of chunky peanut butter when you’re making the dough. Stick to creamy peanut butter in the topping though, so that the chocolate layer is silky smooth!
  • Make sure you use refined coconut oil as virgin coconut oil will taste coconutty which is not ideal for this no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars recipe.
  • If needed, you can melt the chocolate in a bain marie (double boiler) on the stove by filling a pot with hot water and placing a heat safe bowl with the ingredients on top. Mix occasionally until the chocolate is melted.
top view of peanut butter bars on a white platter

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you mix peanut butter with melted chocolate?

Yes, this is how you make the top chocolate layer in no-bake peanut butter bars. Mixing peanut butter with melted chocolate makes the top layer become fudgy, like a hot fudge sauce that hardens when it chills.


What are peanut butter bars made of?

These healthy no-bake peanut butter bars are made of peanut butter, chocolate, coconut or almond flour, maple syrup, and coconut oil. I like to sprinkle some salt flakes on top to make the flavors really pop!

How do you make chocolate-covered peanut butter balls?

Check out my recipe for Healthy Buckeye Balls. They are absolutely delicious and just the bite you’re looking for!

top view square bar of no bake peanut butter bar topped with salt flakes

If you love No-Bake peanut butter bars, try these:

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top view of 3 square peanut butter bars on white parchment paper

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

No-bake healthy peanut butter bars made with simple ingredients like peanut butter, chocolate chips, maple syrup, coconut or almond flour, and coconut oil.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Refrigerate: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 309kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

For the bottom layer:

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup coconut flour or almond flour See notes
  • ½ cup maple syrup honey, or agave

For the top chocolate layer:

  • ¼ cup peanut butter or almond butter
  • 3.5 oz dark chocolate chip melted, sugar-free or dairy-free
  • 2 tbsp refined coconut oil
  • Salt flakes

Instructions

  • Prepare a 9×5-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Into a medium bowl, add the peanut butter, maple syrup, or which sweetener you are using, and mix thoroughly until smooth.  
  • Then, add the coconut or almond flour. Using a spatula mix well until combined. If the dough gets hard to mix, you may use your hand until a thick dough mixture is formed.
  • Pour the dough mixture into the baking dish.
  • Using your hands. Press down on the dough and spread out smoothly into an even layer across the entire bottom of the dish.  
  • Place the dish with the peanut butter dough into the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  • While the dough is chilling, make the top layer. Place the chocolate/chocolate chips, coconut oil, and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl and melt the chocolate in the microwave using 30 seconds bursts until the chocolate is nicely melted to prevent it from burning. Mix until smooth.  
  • Next, remove the dish with the peanut butter dough from the freezer. Port the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter dough.
  • Using a spatula, spread the chocolate evenly. Sprinkle with some salt flakes if desired. 
  • Place the dish back into the freezer for about 10-15 minutes until it sets. 
  • Once it sets, remove the dish from the freezer. Carefully remove from the pan by pulling on the parchment paper from each side. 
  • Slice into 12-16 square bars. Top with more salt flakes if needed. Enjoy.

Notes

  • if you need to sub the coconut or almond flour, you can use 2 cups of fine oat flour.
  • You can make oat flour by blending dry oatmeal in a food processor or with a blender.
  • You may also sub the flour with one scoop of whey protein, or 2 tbsp of flaxseed
  • sweetener: use maple syrup. honey, or agave
  • Vegan option: use dairy-free chocolate chips and either maple syrup or agave.
  • Use creamy peanut butter like Jiff brand 

Nutrition

Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg
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