No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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May 1, 2015

As summer comes I started to enjoy no bake desserts more and more. These no bake chocolate peanut butter bars are so easy to prepare and are totally addictive. I knew I am going to like their taste, but didn’t expect to love them so much. They also have this beautiful marbled effect on top, that hardly someone could say it takes no more than 20 minutes to prepare.

I’ve seen more similar recipes for chocolate peanut butter bars and was surprised to see that all have extra sugar, some even to 1 cup.

I added no extra sugar on these and they were sweet enough and hold their shape really well. The biscuits or graham crackers are already sweet and there is no need for extra sugar from my point of view.

You can never go wrong when pairing chocolate with peanut butter. Even if you don’t like peanut butter you are going to love these bars. The flavors combine so well, a bit of sweet, salty, chocolaty, nutty flavor, mmmm…totally amazing.

You can hardly stop to one bar, therefore I suggest to freeze some bars from the beginning if you want to have for later, either wise you risk to eat them all in one day 🙂 Enjoy my friends.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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Even if you don't like peanut butter you are going to love these no bake chocolate peanut butter bars. The flavors combine so well, a bit of sweet, salty, chocolaty, nutty flavor, mmmm...totally amazing.
Servings 12 servings
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients
  

Base

  • 7 oz (200g) digestive biscuits (graham crackers)
  • 1/3 cup (70g) unsalted butter , melted
  • 1/2 cup (120g) crunchy or creamy peanut butter

Chocolate Layer

  • 7 oz (200g) bittersweet chocolate (55%-70% cocoa)
  • 1/4 cup (60g) creamy peanut butter , divided

Instructions
 

  • Place the biscuits (or graham crackers if used) into the bowl of a food processor and blend until crumbs form. Add peanut butter and melted butter and process until completely combined and the mixture holds together.
  • Slightly grease a 8×8 inch (20x20cm) square pan and line with parchment paper, in such a way that some edges are longer to make it easy to lift it up once it's set.
  • Spread the peanut butter mixture into the prepared baking pan and press with the back of the spoon to create a smooth surface.
  • Melt chocolate and 2 tbsp (30g) of creamy peanut butter over bain marie, over low heat. Stir until smooth. Meanwhile place the other 2 tbsp (30g) of peanut butter into a small sauce pan over low heat and stir until melted and smooth. Spread the chocolate over peanut butter layer. Add teaspoons of melted peanut butter on top and with a knife create swirls on the surface.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours to set. Let it sit 10 minutes at room temperature before cutting. Bars can be frozen well. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1gSugar: 14.1gCholesterol: 22mgCalories: 307kcalSaturated Fat: 9.2gFat: 22gProtein: 6.3gCarbohydrates: 22.9g
Calories: 307kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate bars, chocolate peanut butter bars, easy chocolate peanut butter bars, marbled peanut butter bars, no bake chocolate peanut butter bars, no-bake dessert, peanut butter dessert, peanut butter recipes
Nutrition facts 1 Serving (56g) Calories: 307, Fat: 22.0g, Saturated fat: 9.2g, Unsaturated fat: , Carbohydrates: 22.9g, Sugar: 14.1g, Fiber: 1.7g, Protein: 6.3g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Calories from Fat 198, Sodium 205mg, Potassium 180mg, Vitamin A 7%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 5%, Iron 13%, Nutrition Grade C+, daily percent values are based on a 2000 calorie diet,

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  1. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) Author says:

    looove that these are no bake and so perfect for summer! and of course pb & chocolate make me happy happy happy!

  2. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen Author says:

    Love, love, love these Ella! So gorgeous to look at, and there is nothing that goes together better than chocolate and peanut butter!

  3. Liz Author says:

    These are gorgeous!!! Your swirled them to perfection!!!

  4. Lance Santillan Author says:

    Hi,
    I am an 11 year old boy who wants to become a proffesional chef.This website helps me and has some delicious easy to cook recipes.I tried making these and they didn’t come out like yours but they taste gorgeous! I also tried the bloomin onion bread and that too was delicious! Thank you for your help and if I ever get a Michelin star I will credit you.
    Lots of Love: Lance

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      hehe 🙂 glad to hear that Lance.

  5. Kristen Author says:

    Awesome recipe! Simple to make (hard to not munch on while making lol) and super delicious. I brought some to share with my co workers and they all loved them but then again peanut butter and chocolate is the best combination. Would make this again!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      So glad they turned great for you:) We really love them too

  6. Nora Author says:

    When using Graham crackers, what is the cracker to biscuit ratio? this is the first I’ve heard of “Digestive Biscuits”.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Digestive Biscuits are very similar to graham cracker therefore you can use same amounts .. Europeans are probably more used with the name "digestive " biscuits.. 

  7. Penni Author says:

    Hi thank you very much for the recipe 🙂 love it alot! I made it last week and my family and friends love it too. I posted it on my blog here http://www.midnitekitchen.tk/2015/07/no-bake-chocolate-peanut-butter-bars.html and give the hyperlink to your blog. Tons of thanks and love from Indonesia! 🙂

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      So glad you enjoyed this recipe too.. Just checked your link.. it turned really beautiful. Good Job.

  8. Anna Author says:

    I made these today I used homemade ground down granola instead of biscuits and used mixed nut butter they are delicious ??

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      So glad to hear that.. I am sure they were delicious this way too.

  9. Sarah Author says:

    hi..i wanna make these but i cannot find bittersweet chocolate where i live..can i use dark chocolate instead? if so then how much should i use? thanks i cant wait to make them

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      sure.. bittersweet chocolate is dark chocolate.. use same amount.

  10. Amentha Author says:

    Hi Ella,

    I’m so in love with your cooking & baking ! I tried the No bake Peanut Butter Chocolate bars. It turned out pretty well. I made it for a small family gathering last week and they loved it.

    Thank you so much !!
    Lots of love from India !!
    Amentha

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I am so glad Amentha that you and your family enjoyed this recipe:) Hope you will try some more and let me know, maybe even send me photos on Facebook or tag me on Instagram. Best, Ella

  11. Muhammad Author says:

    I have cocoa powder, can u plz tell me how to use it instead of choclate??

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      You can make like 3 or 4 tbsp cocoa powder with 4 tbsp sugar.. and about 1 tbsp butter and around 3 tbsp of water.. Heat it on stove top.. stirring continuesly until it gets dark and all melted.. pour it over, make swirls with the peanut butter  and let it set.

  12. Christiana Author says:

    Hmmm…Now I feel like a bit of an idiot!
    Thought these sounded amazing so I got all the ingredients together and tried making them today.
    I carefully measured all the base ingredients (200g digestive biscuits, 70g unsalted melted butter and 120g creamy peanut butter) and followed instructions to the T but my mixture never ‘held together’. I tried both a low power (at first) and high power mixer (after that) but all I was left with was a runny, sticky mixture and a number of peanut-butter coated appliances. I even tried adding a couple of digestives in the mix later on, hoping that might help set the mixture, but all that I apparently mamaged was to waste some extra ingedients. Now have the mix in a pan inside my freezer, hoping against hope that might help turn it into something solid enough to eat, but I somehow don’t see that happening…
    Wondering what the heck it was that I did wrong, especially since everyone that tried the recipes seems to say it came out amazing…I’m not totally hopeless in the kitchen and did follow the step by step video, so can’t for the life of me figure this out…
    Any ideas, for future reference?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      You should definitely not feel like an idiot.. everybody who tries new recipes may end up with a failure from time to time… It's hard for me to figure it out as I was not there with you to see…I am not sure what type of peanut butter did you use. that might be the reason, also don't use hot melted butter.. melt it and let it cool a bit before adding over the biscuits. I did it recently for an anniversary and turned great.. hope you will try it again 

  13. Colin Author says:

    Made this recipe yesterday. They looked wonderful

    But frankly they were almost inedible. The crust does not hold together once removed from the fridge.
    A typical graham cracker crust recipe, baked or unbaked, calls for a similar amount of graham crackers/digestive biscuits, a similar amount of sugar, but sugar in place of the peanut butter this recipe uses. This is simply too much grease for the amount of dry ingredients. I will try again but will substitute a more normal graham cracker crust.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I am not sure what went wrong for you.. everytime I make this recipe with digestive biscuits works perfectly

  14. Krystle Author says:

    Tried this recipe today. I used chocolate chip as substitute, since i didn’t have chocolate bars. But somehow the chocolate became lumpy instead. Did i do wrong somewhere?

  15. Nina Author says:

    Is it ok if I use aluminum instead of parchment paper. Plz reply soon want to make it tomorrow or day after. Thanks

  16. sandy Author says:

    I had the same problem. I ended up using 350 grams of digestive biscuits and approx. 1 cup of graham wafer crumbs. It’s in the fridge right now so I don’t know how it will turn out but it was the right consistency when I spread it in the pan

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      that's weirs.. maybe it's from the peanut butter you used.. I am not sure why for some this recipe does not work.. 

  17. Maire Author says:

    Greetings from Finland!
    Thank you so much for this recipe. I have made them twice within one week, and they turned out quite a success. Everybody loves the taste, really! After the first batch, my husband requested for more although he is not a big fan of chocolate or peanut butter. My kid went crazyyy every time I suggested we’d make them. I also served them during coffee break at work, and all of my female colleagues eagerly took a copy of your recipe. All in all, your recipe is simple, tasty, healthy, and super easy to make…oh, and it looks beautiful as well. Thank you once again!
    p.s. On my second batch, I added Oreo cookie crumbs in the Digestive mixer in order to sweeten it and it works out really well. 🙂

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I am so happy about that Maire.. same here.. not big fans of peanut butter but in this combination is simply great.. I will try with oreo cookies too .. sounds like a great idea:)

  18. Aina Author says:

    That’s a wonderful recipe and I had to ask to you with regards to t chocolate..can I use the regular chocolate instead of the one you have used and by bitter chocolate do you mean dark chocolate?

    Please let me know asap.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      yes.. dark chocolate.. milk chocolate should work too if you like it better

  19. Aina Author says:

    Could you please tell which peanut butter you have used? Can I use American garden’s peanut butter?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I am sorry for the late answer.. hope you tried the recipe. .I am sure the American garden;s peanut butter should work.. I always use different brands and works all the time

  20. Giulia Dimech Author says:

    hi where is the recipe of the no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars please because i cannot find it can you tell me where it is pls?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      It is here: http://www.homecookingadventure.com/recipes/no-bake-chocolate-peanut-butter-bars .. right after the description text.. near the  print button

  21. Serena Author says:

    Hi Ella! Thanks so much for this recipe! These chocolate peanut butter bars are so beautiful, especially with the swirls. I really loved watching your video. 🙂

    For those who had problems making the base, I think the type of peanut butter might make a difference. (?) I used natural peanut butter (just ground peanuts and salt). The result was a bit too soft because I think the natural peanut butter is runnier than regular peanut butter. I didn’t take this into consideration when I was making these bars. Heheh. 😛 Anyway, I made an almond meal crust to save whatever I had, and my friends really enjoyed eating them. I will try to make this again!

    Thanks for your cooking videos, Ella! They are so well-crafted and thoughtfully-made.

  22. Bernice Author says:

    it’s turns out so nice,And can i ask ,What’s the background music?

  23. aisyah Author says:

    I haved try it! My siblings love it so much..????
    The simple recipe!thank you!

  24. Sahar Author says:

    Hi,
    I just had to tell you how much me & my family loved these. Thank you so much for this wonderful and easy recipe. After reading some comments from other readers about problems with the base of the bars.. I just grinded the biscuits and mixed in peanut butter and butter by hand (something I do for most of such recipes) and it held up well and turned out beautiful. I also added some salted crushed peanuts on the base before topping with the chocolate layer. Loved the final swirls! Looked spectacular and my family was literally fighting over the last piece 🙂 😉

  25. Ryan Gianos Author says:

    Hello,

    Just wanted to say this looks delicious, thanks for sharing.

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