Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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These rich and chewy peanut butter bars with a layer of dark chocolate are the perfect blend of sweet and salty and need no baking at all!

Stack of four of peanut butter bars

If you love peanut butter and chocolate, there’s no easier sweet treat than these simple peanut butter bars. They take just 10 minutes to put together (excluding chill time) and make a delicious snack for an on-the-go pick-me-up. No need to turn on your oven, these chewy squares are easy to make ahead or freeze for whenever you need something sweet.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Quick and Easy: These peanut butter bars take just 10 minutes to prep and a handful of steps to put together.
  • Pantry Staple Ingredients: My recipe uses simple ingredients you likely already have in your pantry and is great for using up any leftovers from other recipes.
  • Great For Batch Baking: Peanut butter bars freeze well, so they’re easy to make in large batches and keep for later.
  • No Oven Needed: The fridge does all the hard work for you, no oven required.

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The ingredients

Ingredients for peanut butter chocolate bars
  • Rolled Oats
  • Peanut Butter: I use my homemade peanut butter for this recipe, but you can use any creamy peanut butter you like – just make sure it’s pourable.
  • Honey: To make this recipe vegan, swap out for maple syrup and extra oats.
  • Coconut Oil
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Dark Chocolate Chips: Use high-quality dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips with a high cocoa percentage.

How to make peanut butter bars

Make The Peanut Butter Layer: Add the oats to a food processor and blend until you get a flour-like consistency. Then, add the peanut butter, honey, salt, vanilla extract, and coconut oil and blitz until well combined. Transfer the peanut butter mixture to a lined baking tray or silicone mold, using a spatula to spread until it’s an even layer in the pan. Place in the refrigerator/freezer to set a little.

Steps for preparing the peanut butter layer

Make The Chocolate Layer: Using the double boiler method, add the chocolate chips to a bowl over a pot of simmering water and melt. You can also microwave them in a microwave-safe bowl in 15-20-second bursts until melted. Stir well.

Pour the melted chocolate on top of the peanut butter layer, then return to the fridge/freezer to set.

Steps for melting chocolate and covering peanut butter bars

Once the peanut butter chocolate bars have set, lift them from the tin (having parchment paper larger than the tin will help) and slice them into squares or bars.

A close up of a square of peanut butter bar

If you try this peanut butter bars recipe, let me know how it goes in the comments below. I’d appreciate a recipe card rating and would love to see your recipe recreations – tag me on Instagram @Alphafoodie!

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

5 from 14 votes
By: Samira
These rich and chewy peanut butter bars with a layer of dark chocolate are the perfect blend of sweet and salty and need no baking at all!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12 bars



Peanut butter layer

  • 3 cups rolled oats or instant
  • 1.5 cups peanut butter homemade link to the blog post
  • 1/2 cup honey or agave/ maple for Vegan
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Chocolate ganache layer


Make The Peanut Butter Layer

  • Add the oats to a food processor and blitz until they have a flour consistency. Then, add the remaining base ingredients and blitz for a further 1-2 minutes until the mix is fully combined.
  • Turn out and press into a baking tray or silicone mold so it forms an even layer, then refrigerate.

Make The Chocolate Layer

  • Melt the chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl over a double boiler, stirring occasionally. You can also do this in the microwave in 10-15-second bursts.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter layer and return to the fridge to completely set.
  • Once set, slice into squares or bars and enjoy.



To Store: Once chilled, to keep the bars firm, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Alternatively, these are freezer-friendly for up to 3 months. 
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Freezer friendly: 3 Months
Shelf life: 4 Days


Serving: 1Bar, Calories: 465kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 117mg, Potassium: 409mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 165mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Really easy and absolutely delicious! I’ve made them twice and both times they were gone in minutes 🙂 I used ManiLife peanut butter (no palm oil, no sugar – just deep roast peanuts!) Thank you Samira for such a yummy recipe!!