No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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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. 

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  • Makes about 9-12 servings
  • Base
  • 7 oz (200g) digestive biscuits (graham crackers)
  • 1/3 cup (70g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) crunchy or creamy peanut butter
  • Chocolate Layer
  • 7 oz (200 g) bittersweet chocolate (55%-70% cocoa)
  • 1/4 cup (60g) creamy peanut butter, divided
  1. 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.
  2. Slightly grease a 8x8 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.
  3. Spread the peanut butter mixture into the prepared baking pan and press with the back of the spoon to create a smooth surface.
  4. 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.
  5. Refrigerate for 2 hours to set. Let it sit 10 minutes at room temperature before cutting. Bars can be frozen well. Enjoy!
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Nutrition facts 1 Serving (56g) - Calories:307, Fat:22.0g, Saturated Fat:9.2g, 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
On May 01, 2015 at 09:18 am, Kayle (The Cooking Actress) said...
looove that these are no bake and so perfect for summer! and of course pb & chocolate make me happy happy happy!
On May 05, 2015 at 07:28 am, Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen said...
Love, love, love these Ella! So gorgeous to look at, and there is nothing that goes together better than chocolate and peanut butter!
On May 08, 2015 at 11:08 am, Liz said...
These are gorgeous!!! Your swirled them to perfection!!!
On June 03, 2015 at 12:03 pm, Lance Santillan said...
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

hehe :) glad to hear that Lance.

On July 01, 2015 at 01:04 pm, Kristen said...
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!

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

On July 07, 2015 at 08:24 am, Nora said...
When using Graham crackers, what is the cracker to biscuit ratio? this is the first I've heard of "Digestive Biscuits".

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

On July 10, 2015 at 06:23 am, Penni said...
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 and give the hyperlink to your blog. Tons of thanks and love from Indonesia! :)

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

On July 10, 2015 at 03:43 pm, Anna said...
I made these today I used homemade ground down granola instead of biscuits and used mixed nut butter they are delicious ??

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

On July 15, 2015 at 10:24 am, Sarah said...
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

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

On September 06, 2015 at 09:16 am, Amentha said...
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

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

On October 21, 2015 at 02:07 pm, Muhammad said...
I have cocoa powder, can u plz tell me how to use it instead of choclate??

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.

On October 31, 2015 at 12:06 pm, Christiana said...
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?

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 

On November 10, 2015 at 09:10 am, Colin said...
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.

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

On November 26, 2015 at 11:50 pm, Krystle said...
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?
On December 10, 2015 at 02:58 pm, Nina said...
Is it ok if I use aluminum instead of parchment paper. Plz reply soon want to make it tomorrow or day after. Thanks
On December 15, 2015 at 11:23 pm, sandy said...
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

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

On December 16, 2015 at 10:57 am, Maire said...
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. :)

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:)

On December 17, 2015 at 09:17 am, Aina said...
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.

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

On December 17, 2015 at 09:23 am, Aina said...
Could you please tell which peanut butter you have used? Can I use American garden's peanut butter?

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

On December 19, 2015 at 04:03 am, Giulia Dimech said...
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?

It is here: .. right after the description text.. near the  print button

On March 16, 2016 at 02:33 pm, Serena said...
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. :P 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.
On May 31, 2016 at 09:37 am, Bernice said...
it's turns out so nice,And can i ask ,What's the background music?
On November 03, 2016 at 10:48 am, aisyah said...
I haved try it! My siblings love it so much..???? The simple recipe!thank you!
On February 14, 2019 at 11:44 am, Sahar said...
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 :) ;)
On December 28, 2019 at 08:03 pm, Ryan Gianos said...
Hello, Just wanted to say this looks delicious, thanks for sharing.

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