Quick No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

These no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars are a dream come true for any dessert lover looking for a quick, delicious treat without the hassle of baking. Ready in just 5 minutes, they combine the irresistible flavors of peanut butter and chocolate with the crunch of oats and nuts, creating a satisfying snack that’s perfect for any time of the day. Here’s how to whip up these delightful bars in no time.


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter: The main flavor component, offering a rich and creamy base.
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup: Acts as a natural sweetener and binder for the bars. Choose honey for a floral sweetness or maple syrup for a deeper, autumnal flavor.
  • 2 cups quick oats (rolled oats work too): Provides texture and body to the bars, making them hearty and satisfying.
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips: Adds a chocolatey sweetness that complements the peanut butter.
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional): Introduces a crunchy texture and nutty flavor. Use any nuts you like – almonds, walnuts, or pecans work great.
  • Pinch of salt (optional): Enhances the flavors of the peanut butter and chocolate.
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  1. Mix the Wet Ingredients:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the creamy peanut butter and honey or maple syrup. If the peanut butter is too thick, gently warm it in the microwave for a few seconds to make it easier to stir.
  2. Add the Dry Ingredients:
    • Gradually fold in the quick oats into the peanut butter mixture, ensuring they’re fully coated and mixed well.
    • Stir in the chocolate chips and chopped nuts (if using), along with a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness. Mix until everything is evenly distributed.
  3. Form the Bars:
    • Line an 8×8 inch square baking dish with parchment paper for easy removal.
    • Transfer the mixture to the prepared dish. Press down firmly with the back of a spoon or your hands to compact the mixture into an even layer.
  4. Chill and Serve:
    • Refrigerate the dish for at least 1 hour to allow the bars to set. This chilling time helps the bars firm up and makes them easier to cut.
    • Once set, remove from the refrigerator and lift the bars out of the dish using the edges of the parchment paper. Cut into squares or bars.


  • Storage: Keep the bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze them for longer storage. They’re a great snack to have on hand for a quick energy boost.
  • Customization: Feel free to add other mix-ins to the bars, such as dried fruit, seeds, or a drizzle of chocolate on top for extra decadence.

Enjoy your quick and easy no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars, a delightful treat that’s sure to become a regular in your dessert rotation!