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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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Last Updated on December 19, 2022

Chocolate peanut butter bars have layers of honey, peanut butter, pretzels, and chocolate. Sweet and chewy, easy bars have a touch of crunchiness from the pretzels.

stacked peanut butter bars

no bake peanut butter bars

Ever crave something sweet but don’t feel like putting in a ton of effort? Yeah…I get that way too! That is where my incredible peanut butter squares were born. And they are DELICIOUS!

You can make a batch of these easy bars to enjoy as an after-dinner treat or a quick pick-me-up in the afternoon. They also make a great gift!

why you’ll love peanut butter squares

  • Rich chocolate flavor
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Easy recipe
  • Makes a great gift
overhead shot of peanut butter squares on a plate

chocolate peanut butter squares ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup of Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup of Organic Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 of Honey 
  • 1/4 Cup of Melted Peanut Butter

*Optional: 10-12 Chopped Pretzels

makes four squares

easy peanut butter bars stacked

how to make peanut butter bars

  1. Grate 1/2 cup of cocoa butter. 
  2. Place it in a double boiler with the coconut oil. 
  3. Stir until melted. 
  4. Turn the heat off and stir in the cocoa powder and honey.
  5. Stir until glossy.
  6. Pour 2-3 tablespoons into the bottom of a silicone mold; just until the bottom is covered. (this made 4 of the squares in my mold).  
  7. Place the chocolate in the freezer for 30 minutes until frozen.
  8. Remove from the freezer and place a tablespoon of peanut butter on each square.
  9. Spread it out in a thin layer, leaving a small border around the edges. 
  10. Pour the remaining chocolate over the top of the peanut butter. It should just cover it. 
  11. Place chopped pretzels on top if desired. 
  12. Place the bars back in the freezer for another hour or until frozen solid.
  13. Enjoy! 
  • *Make sure the honey is thoroughly mixed. It will tend to sink toward the bottom.
  • **You can replace it with maple syrup to make it vegan

faqs

how do you store these easy bars?

No bake peanut butter bars will last in the fridge for a week. Be sure to keep them airtight. You can store the easy bars at room temperature, but they tend to soften a fair amount, so I prefer to keep them chilled.

can you freeze chocolate peanut butter squares?

Yes! It’s best to slice the no bake peanut butter bars before you freeze them. Keep airtight, and they will last up to 2 months in the freezer.

are these easy bars vegan?

No, due to the honey, they aren’t vegan. However, you can swap the honey for maple syrup to make them vegan.

What helps you when you’re stressed? Leave some ideas for me to try in the comment section this week! 

Sending so much love to everyone this week. 

Yield: 4

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

easy peanut butter bars stacked

Chocolate peanut butter bars have layers of honey, peanut butter, pretzels, and chocolate. Sweet and chewy, easy bars have a touch of crunchiness from the pretzels.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup of Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup of Organic Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 of Honey
  • 1/4 Cup of Melted Peanut Butter
  • *Optional: 10-12 Chopped Pretzels

Notes

  1. Grate 1/2 cup of cocoa butter. 
  2. Place it in a double boiler with the coconut oil. 
  3. Stir until melted. 
  4. Turn the heat off and stir in the cocoa powder and honey.
  5. Stir until glossy.
  6. Pour 2-3 tablespoons into the bottom of a silicone mold; just until the bottom is covered. (this made 4 of the squares in my mold).  
  7. Place the chocolate in the freezer for 30 minutes until frozen.
  8. Remove from the freezer and place a tablespoon of peanut butter on each square.
  9. Spread it out in a thin layer, leaving a small border around the edges. 
  10. Pour the remaining chocolate over the top of the peanut butter. It should just cover it. 
  11. Place chopped pretzels on top if desired. 
  12. Place the bars back in the freezer for another hour or until frozen solid.
  13. Enjoy! 

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    2. I am with you. This is the first time I’ve commented on your blog, but I wanted to send you some love. I love your recipes, and bought your cookbook, and have been going through it one recipe at a time. It’s the only cookbook I’ve ever had where I want to make every recipe in it. So, that’s my task this year, seasonally of course. I love your masala chickpea curry and sweet potato sage raviolis.

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      Thank you for all you do! You are making a difference. Deb

    3. Sorry, Lauren! Confused you in my last comment with the Minimalist Baker! I love both of your blogs and other than the cookbook, and the recipes I mentioned, my comment is still good! You are a positive influence in my life. Thank you!

    4. I do a little exercise when I feel restless and stressed that helps alot and is also a form of mindfullness since you need to have total focus on your body.
      Start by "tighten" your toes and feet, hold for 10-15 seconds. Relax for 20-30 seconds. Then tighten the toes, feet and calves, relax. Then toes, feet, calves and thighs and so on until you reach all the way up to your neck. Make sure that you really relax between the parts where you tighten your muscles. Notice how your body feels and try to focus on your breathing.
      (I hope this makes sense, I´m Swedish;)).

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