These chewy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are made with only 4 ingredients - they're a vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar free easy delicious dessert!
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These Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are the perfect treat for peanut butter lovers! They’re made with only four ingredients, they’re vegan, flourless and refined sugar free. You don’t need any special equipment and you don’t even need to bake them. It doesn’t get easier than this no-bake dessert!
While most recipes for chocolate peanut butter bars mix peanut butter with powdered sugar, butter and graham crackers to make the peanut butter crust, I use oat flour and maple syrup instead to make the recipe dairy-free.
Ingredients to make chocolate peanut butter bars
With only 4 ingredients to make this recipe, it’s a good idea to use high quality ingredients for each of the items below.
- Peanut butter: This is the hero ingredient of the recipe and you’ll probably need to buy a whole jar, since you’ll need about 3/4 of it just for these peanut butter bars. You can use any brand you like and any variety. I recommend smooth peanut butter though for the best texture.
- Oats: Use rolled oats, old fashioned oats or quick oats. You’ll want to place the oats in a blender or food processor though to make it powder like – essentially oat flour. This only takes a minute to make it. This provides the structure and texture for the bars, and replaces the traditionally-used graham cracker crumbs. You can substitute with rice flour.
- Maple syrup: This is a natural sweetener that also helps to bind the base of the chocolate peanut butter bars since we’re not using any butter. You can substitute with other sticky sweeteners like honey or agave syrup.
- Chocolate chips: I like to use vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips or bitter-sweet chocolate chips, but you can use any kind you like. You can also use your favorite vegan chocolate bar since you’ll be melting it.
How to make chocolate peanut butter bars
Start by heating up the peanut butter and maple syrup together. You can do this on a stovetop, but I find it quicker in the microwave to heat it for one minute. Then use a spoon to combine them well together.
Next, add the oat flour and combine it with the peanut butter and maple syrup mixture until there are no more flour streaks.
In another bowl, heat the chocolate chips with the second measurement of peanut butter. Again, you can use the stovetop or the microwave, and heat just until the chocolate melts. Then stir to combine.
And now you’re ready to assemble everything. Use an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish and line it with parchment paper or foil. Make sure you have enough hanging on the sides to make it easier to lift the chocolate peanut butter bars when they set. That makes it easier to cut them.
Press the peanut butter layer down firmly using the back of a spoon. Pour the chocolate mixture on top spreading it evenly with the back of a spoon or spatula. Then set it in the fridge for 1-2 hours until the chocolate is set on top.
Then you can use the parchment paper to lift the entire piece out of the baking pan and cut them into 16 equal chewy decadent chocolate peanut butter squares.
Tips for making chocolate peanut butter bars
- Use high quality smooth peanut butter. The peanut butter is the most crucial part of the recipe so make sure to buy something that’s creamy with a delicious, natural peanutty flavor.
- Make sure to use a larger piece of parchment paper than necessary. This will allow some of the paper to hang on the sides, making it easier to lift the bars out of the pan and slice them neatly.
- Use the stovetop to heat the ingredients together if you prefer. The microwave is quicker for me, but you can do this on a stovetop. Just be sure to watch it carefully as you don’t want to overheat either of the mixtures.
- Make your own oat flour to save money. While you can definitely buy oat flour, making it at home is as easy as placing the measured amount in a blender or food processor and crumbling it until it’s flour-like. It usually takes a minute.
- Place in fridge, not freezer to set. To get a smooth chocolate layer on top, I recommend placing it in the fridge. If you rush it and place in the freezer instead the chocolate will crack on top, thus affecting the presentation.
We’re obsessed with these easy delicious chocolate peanut butter bars! They are the perfect dessert for anyone who loves peanut butter and chocolate, and are very similar to peanut butter cups. They have a fudgy consistency, but made with no dairy and no refined sugars. Best of all, they only require 4 ingredients!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
For the peanut butter base
- 1 ½ cups peanut butter
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 1 ½ cups oat flour
For the chocolate topping
- 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- Line a 9×9 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, place the 1 ½ cups peanut butter and maple syrup and microwave for 30-60 seconds until combined and smooth. Add oat flour and stir until well combined. The mix will be thick. Transfer mixture into the prepared baking pan and press evenly into the pan.
- To make the chocolate topping, melt the chocolate chips and the remaining peanut butter in the microwave or on the stove. Stir until smooth. Spread over peanut butter layer.
- Chill in the refrigerator until completely firm, about 2-3 hours. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve cold.
- Instead of maple syrup, you can use honey or agave syrup
- Instead of oat flour, you can use almond flour.
- Instead of chocolate chips, you can use a chocolate bar of choice.