No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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.
Weird!

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
  • butter
  • half-and-half (or heavy cream)
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
ingredients for no-bake bars

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.

making No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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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.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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Course: RecipesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

16

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

0

minutes
Calories

190

kcal
Setup Time

2

hours
Total time

15

minutes

These No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are an easy and fun after-school snack for your young or not-so-young kids!

Ingredients

  • 10 whole graham crackers, broken in half

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs, finely crushed

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1/2 cup half-and-half (or heavy cream)

  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)

Directions

  • 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. Crackers, butter mixture, crackers, butter mixture.
  • 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 and store in a cool place.

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