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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.
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 9x5-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