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No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

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These No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars are healthy desserts or snacks made with 6 simple ingredients, 100% sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan.

A delicious keto snack to fix your sweet cravings with no sugar in less than 20 minutes.

What Are Peanut Butter Bars?

Peanut Butter Bars are simple no-bake snacks made of 3 simple ingredients and topped with a chocolate layer.

It’s a recipe that can be made in under 20 minutes with minimal equipment.

Why You’ll Love These No-Bake Bars

These no-bake snack bars are full of peanut butter and chocolate so they are absolutely delicious.

They are made without any refined sugar, no dairy, and no eggs, so they are

  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Vegan
  • Keto-friendly.

How To Make No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Making these bars is crazy easy. You can do them in under 20 minutes.

Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Peanut Butter – choose natural peanut butter, the one made with only peanuts and salt. If all you have is raw peanuts, you can make it yourself with my peanut butter recipe. Natural peanut butter is always vegan and keto-friendly.
  • Coconut Flour coconut flour is a high-fiber low-carb flour that is perfect for no-bake recipes as it doesn’t go bad like all-purpose flour or almond flour would.
  • Sweetener – pick any powdered sweetener you like. If you are on a low-carb diet, opt for powdered erythritol, but you can also use powdered coconut sugar or powdered brown sugar. It’s also possible to use maple syrup or coconut nectar.
  • Cocoa Powder – prefer unsweetened cocoa powder to reduce the amount of unnecessary sugar.
  • Coconut Oil – coconut oil is the key ingredient to keep the chocolate layer harder.

Making The Peanut Layer

Combine the creamy peanut butter, coconut flour, and sweetener of choice in a mixing bowl.

Stir the peanut mixture with a silicone spatula until it becomes sticky. Then use your hands to keep kneading it into a consistent peanut butter ball.

Line a 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan with lightly oiled parchment paper. This is what we’ll use to make the bar and freeze them.

Transfer the peanut butter dough ball into the loaf pan and press it down into a flat layer.

Use a spatula to smoothen the top of the peanut butter layer before taking the pan to the freezer while making the chocolate layer.

Making No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Making The Chocolate Layer

Start the chocolate layer in another microwave-safe bowl by combining the peanut butter and coconut oil.

Microwave for about 30 seconds to melt the coconut oil.

Tip: Make A Bain-Marie If No Microwave

If you don’t have a microwave, you can make a bain-marie. Place boiling water in a large bowl and dip the bottom of the bowl with the peanut butter and coconut oil into it.

Make sure no water comes into the peanut butter mixture though.

Add the sweetener and cocoa powder into the peanut butter mixture. Incorporate them gently with a silicone spatula.

Remove the loaf pan from the freezer and pour the chocolate layer on top of it. Spread it with a spatula to make the surface as flat as possible.

Pop the no bake peanut butter bars into the freezer again to chill them. It takes about 30 minutes to fully set.

Cut the no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars into 12 slices. To make cutting easier, place the blade under hot water.

Storage

These no-bake peanut butter bars soften quickly at room temperature, so they need to be kept in the fridge.

Since they are dairy-free, they can be stored for up to 4 weeks, but you’ll have eaten them long before that.

Allergy Swaps

You can make the following swaps if you need to:

  • Peanut Butter: substitute the peanut butter for almond butter or sunflower seed butter for a completely nut-free alternative.
  • Powdered Erythritol: if you are sensitive to erythritol, you can swap it for any other powdered sweetener, including powdered sugar. You can also use maple syrup or coconut nectar as a liquid sweetener option. If you use a liquid sweetener, you have to add a bit more coconut flour.
  • Coconut Flour: you can swap the coconut flour for a protein powder of your choice or powdered Graham crackers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Freeze No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars?

Yes, you can freeze these bars! Probably not for more than 4 weeks, but this quick keto dessert can definitely be frozen!
Don’t microwave though, leave them to defrost for 30-60 minutes in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

Can I Add Chocolate Chips To The Bars?

Yes, incorporate semi-sweet chocolate chips into the peanut butter batter before spreading it into the loaf pan.
You can make my low-carb chocolate chips recipe.

How Do These Treats Taste?

The no-bake bars taste a lot like peanut butter, but they have both a soft chewy texture and a rich crackling chocolate shell.

Can I Use Graham Crackers For The Peanut Butter Bars?

Yes, you can use crushed graham cracker crumbs instead of coconut flour.
Use my low-carb Graham cracker recipe to make a low-sugar version.

What Can You Mix In Peanut Butter?

You can add chocolate chips or vanilla extract to add a delicious taste.

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe too. As always, share a pic with me on Instagram if you try them. I will love to see your creation.

Recipe Card

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

No-bake Peanut Butter Bars

6.2gNet Carbs
4.87 from 365 votes
These No-bake Peanut Butter Bars are a healthy dessert with 5 simple ingredients. It's 100% sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan. A delicious easy low-carb recipe to fix your sweet cravings with no sugar in less than 20 minutes.
Prep Time: 15 mins
cool down 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Yield: 12 bars
Serving Size: 1 slice

Nutrition

Net Carbs 6.2g
Fat 18.2g
Protein 6.8g
Calories 216.8kcal
4.87 from 365 votes
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Ingredients

Peanut Butter Layer

Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer

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Instructions

  • In a medium mixing bowl, add peanut butter, coconut flour, and powdered sweetener.
  • Combine with a spatula, then knead with your hand to form a consistent peanut butter dough.
  • Transfer the peanut butter dough into a rectangle loaf baking pan covered with a piece of parchment paper. I used a 9×5-inch cake loaf pan.
  • Press the dough to cover the bottom of the pan evenly. Use a spatula to smooth the top.
  • Put the pan in the freezer while you prepare the chocolate peanut butter layer.
  • In a small mixing bowl, add peanut butter and coconut oil. Microwave for 30 seconds, or bring on the stove for 1 minute under low heat, constantly stirring to combine both ingredients.
  • Stir in erythritol and unsweetened cocoa powder. Make sure you stir the mixture fast to avoid any lumps or otherwise gradually add the powdered ingredients stirring after each addition.
  • Remove the loaf pan from the freezer. Spread the chocolate layer on top of the peanut butter layer. It should set really fast as your base is very cold. Spread evenly using a spatula.
  • Freeze for 30 minutes before slicing into 12 slices. Warm the knife blade under heat before cutting. It prevents the chocolate layer from breaking.

Storage

  • These bars are soft and must be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Can store up to 4 weeks or freeze and eat frozen or defrost 30 minutes to 1 hour before eating. 
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Nutrition Facts
No-bake Peanut Butter Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 216.8 Calories from Fat 164
% Daily Value*
Fat 18.2g28%
Saturated Fat 7.4g46%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.5g
Sodium 118.2mg5%
Potassium 172.6mg5%
Carbohydrates 10.6g4%
Fiber 4.4g18%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6.8g14%
Net Carbs 6.2g
Calcium 14.9mg1%
Iron 0.9mg5%
Magnesium 52.8mg13%
Zinc 0.8mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    32 Thoughts On No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars
  1. 5 stars
    Tried these for the first time tonight, and I must have done something wrong ….. they are delicious by the way …. but my peanut butter layer was not firm. I had to use xylitol for my sweetener and then make it powdered ….. so maybe that’s what happened. Will definitely make these again but will buy powdered sweetener. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made these as peanut butter cups several times using muffin tins and they are amazing. I’ve used swerve powdered and it was awesome. Tonight I tried Anthony’s powdered and it is nowhere near as sweet. I’ll have to try Anthony’s in a other recipe to see if it’s still as bland

    • I really love swerve too in my treats ! Enjoy the recipes here and thanks for the lovely feedback, XOXO Carine

  3. So you said to not substitute coconut flour, but unfortunately am very allergic to coconut, so is there something I can?

    • 5 stars
      Interestingly, I started to make these for my daughter-in-law before I remembered that she hates coconut! Since I had already started I decided to try using some unflavored whey protein powder, same amount. Of course I don’t know what the texture of these are like with the coconut, but they worked up well with the whey powder and are soft, but kept in the fridge or freezer are awesome! I swapped out butter for the coconut oil in the chocolate topping. These completely satisfy my occasional crave for a peanut butter cup! I will be making these often!

      • Definitely a great idea for a high protein peanut butter snack! Thanks for sharing your tips, Enjoy the recipes on the blog, XOXO Carine

        • I haven’t tried anything of yours yet that I haven’t loved! And it all began with your fabulous eggless peanut butter cookies! ????❤

          • That is so lovely 🙂 Thanks for the kind words. Enjoy the recipes here, XOXO Carine

    • I am sorry to hear that you have coconut allergy. I didn’t try something else in this recipe so I am not sure what could work. Probably almond flour but you may need way more and the texture will be softer too. I ope you will find more coconut free recipes on the blog, XOXO Carine.

  4. What gives? In your write up, you specify “peanut butter – I use 100% natural peanut butter with no oil added, no sweetener added made with 100% peanuts” but the link in your recipe takes me to a product that includes: “Organic Valencia Peanuts, Organic Flax Seeds, Organic Coconut Sugar, Palm Oil, Sea Salt, Probiotic.” Do you have the wrong link??

    • I am not sure what happened with the link redirection sorry for that. It has been upadated. I am using 100% natural peanut butter made in New Zealand where I live. I updated the link and you can find it here. Enjoy ! XOXO Carine.

    • I am sorry to hear that! Coconut flour is very often use on keto recipe that is too bad that you can’t enjoy it. I hope you will enjoy another recipe on the blog, XOXO Carine.

    • Thank you! I can’t wait to see what you are making next from the blog, look forward for your next comment, XOXO Carine.

  5. 5 stars
    These are amazing. Thank you! I’m wondering what the saturated fat might be? Trying to figure out Weight watcher equivalent points

  6. Bless your pea picking heart for the recipe….I can hardly wait to try it!!!!
    Sheila….south Georgia

  7. 4 stars
    These are super easy to make and really help curve the sweet tooth. There was a strong coconut flavor.

  8. Hello! Do you have any experience using maple syrup. I am not a fan of Stevia and other sugar replacements. Thanks!

    • Any liquid sweetener will work in this recipe, maple syrup is a great swap if you eat refined sugar free like brown rice syrup. Enjoy ! XOXO Carine.

  9. Hi, im going to try these for sure. Where abouts do you buy you monk fruit powder from? Thanks for your great recipes. They have inspired me to start eating healthy again.

    • You can buy owdered monk fruit here, you get 20% off if you use my coade sweetashoney at the checkout or buy crytal monk fruit and bring it into a powder in your blender ! Enjoy the bars. XOXO Carine.

      • Hi Carine, I live in Germany and can’t purchase the sugar product from the US website. I have at home erythritol but I am not sure it is the right kind since it is the very small grains kind. Is the “powdered sugar” the equivalent of “sucre glace”? In that case I will need to look for it on Amazon since I didn’t manage to find powdered sugar for diabetics in the shops. Can’t wait to try your recipe as soon as I have figured out which sugar I need to use, My husband loves peanut butter and I’m curious to see if my son will enjoy it too 🙂 XOXO Emilie

        • Hi Emily (BFF), You can find powdered erythritol on Amazon here. It is sugar free and diabetes friendly. It is basically the grainy erythritol, powdered into an icing sugar texture (like sucre glace texture in French). I am sure you are all going to love this bar, such a treat for peanut butter lovers like Oli. XOXO Carine.

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