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Five-Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Five-Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars. These are so simple and they disappear before your eyes!

 

Five-Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars. These are so simple and they disappear before your eyes!

 

These peanut butter bars have been around my family for years now. I don’t make them as often as I’d like as they’re rich, sweet and not at all low-calorie…but they are really good and they always disappear quickly!

 

Anytime I can make a dessert with just five ingredients – especially those that I almost always have lying around – I am ALL IN. These peanut butter bars are like that: graham crackers, powdered sugar, butter, peanut butter, and chocolate. That’s it!

 

I almost always make them in the summer since they’re no bake as well. And with the insanely hot weather we’ve had around here lately, there is no way I’m turning on my oven.

 

{By the way, I have a new peanut butter obsession that I want to share with you. I stumbled upon it at Costco a few weeks ago and I absolutely LOVE it. It’s called PB Fit and it’s a peanut butter powder. They basically removed the oil from peanuts then turned it into a powder (as I understand it).

 

The result is the same peanut butter flavor (really!) and all the protein but without all the calories. I haven’t tried it yet in these peanut butter bars but I definitely plan to. So far I’ve mixed a little with water for a quick peanut butter fix and I’ve added it to smoothies; both are delicious). Here’s my affiliate link if you’re interested in checking it out on Amazon (that’s where I’ll likely buy mine next). I bought the organic version but they do have non-organic as well.}

 

 

 

You’ll find it simple to make these peanut butter bars but I did make a quick video to demonstrate just how simple they really are. Hope you enjoy it!

 

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars stacked on top of each other

5-Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

5-Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

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These peanut butter bars are very sweet. I typically use 3 cups sugar but you can use less if you prefer. I also like to use a little more graham crackers if I have them. This is the reason for the varying amounts in the recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups graham cracker crumbs, don't worry if there are a few larger "chunks"
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 12 ounce bag milk chocolate chips (or semi-sweet; use your favorite)

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar. Stir in peanut butter. Add melted butter and mix well.
  2. Pour mixture into a greased baking dish and spread evenly to edges. (Anything from 8x8 to 13x9 will work, just keep in mind that the smaller the pan, the thicker the bars. I typically use a 13x9 size.)
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup, melt chocolate chips in microwave until just melted, stirring well until smooth.
  4. Pour chocolate over peanut butter mixture in pan, spreading evenly out to the edges. Refrigerate for about an hour or until chocolate is just firming up and slice into bars (if you wait too long it will be tough to slice).
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Mckenzie

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

Can you use regular sugar instead of powdered sugar?

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

Unfortunately, you really can't. It would be much too sweet and change the consistency.

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Joy

Saturday 10th of November 2012

These look so yummy! Will definately be trying these! Today I made peanut butter layer brownies & I can barely wait for them to set!

the wicked noodle

Saturday 10th of November 2012

You'll love them, Joy!!

nükhet kuzuoğlu

Thursday 11th of October 2012

i never use butter or oil in these kind of desserts. they are always delicious.

the wicked noodle

Friday 12th of October 2012

I think the butter adds a necessary richness, but by all means, make it the way you like. That's what cooking and baking is all about :-)

Allan

Sunday 19th of February 2012

I love making these. Each I make them I add another handful of candy to it. I wonder how much it can hold ;-) Love that first pic, really cool

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