Last updated on August 24th, 2021
These no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars are the perfect back-to-school treat for kids – or adults of any age. For what it’s worth, they’ve become one of my favorite snacks and… I’m not even that big of a fan of peanut butter.
Tips & Tricks on making the best ever No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
The ingredient list utilizes pantry staples and has substitution options.
- graham crackers
- granulated sugar
- brown sugar
- half-and-half (or heavy cream)
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
For substitutions, if you don’t have half-and-half, you can go with either heavy cream, or even whole milk. If you’re looking to use a nut or oat milk, those work well as dairy milks aren’t required to “set up” these bars. They’re no bake!
The same rules apply for the butter. If you prefer to use margarine or a vegan / vegetarian spread option, feel free to swap those out at a 1:1 ratio.
Grease medium-size rectangular baking dish, or spray with vegetable-based cooking spray. Line the bottom of the dish with half of the graham crackers. Set the other half aside.
In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter and half-and-half (or heavy cream). Microwave on high heat for 30 seconds, uncovered. Remove bowl from microwave and stir. Return to microwave and heat for another 30 seconds. Repeat this step until mixture is melted and sugars have dissolved, or about 2 minutes longer – stopping to stir.
Pour half of the mixture over the graham crackers in the prepared pan.
Top with the remaining graham crackers set aside earlier. Pour remaining mixture on top of the graham crackers, creating a set of layers.
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In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, uncovered. Remove from microwave and stir. Return to microwave and heat for another 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat this process until chocolate and peanut butter has melted and is smooth – or for another 1 1/2 minutes.
Pour the chocolate mixture on top of the layered graham cracker bars. Use a spoon or spatula to smooth the chocolate evenly over the graham crackers. Refrigerate at least 2 hours to set up.
Cut into bars into equal squares and store in a cool place. Bars are good, stored tightly in a container for up to 7 days, refrigerated if possible.