Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars

A healthy treat satisfy your sweet tooth... Just 5 ingredients, 15 minutes prep time, gluten-free, vegan and so yummy! One of the most popular dessert recipes on the website, they are just the right balance of chocolate and peanut butter (sub your favorite nut or seed butter), indulgent tasting and satisfying! Plus there is a paleo, oat-free option.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars

A quick + easy gluten-free dessert everyone will love!

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By now you know we love having a stash of healthy treats in our freezer or refrigerator.

And we love making our own — we use simple, gluten-free and real ingredients, it’s less expensive and they taste amazing.

These Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars are all that!

And these bars are one of my most popular and loved recipes! You all love them, my family loves them and all my boys’ friends devour them!

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Best part they are  made with just 5 ingredients and super easy to make!

All you need is:

natural peanut butter (substitute any nut or seed butter you love)

maple syrup

oat flour (or almond flour)

chocolate chips (use a dairy-free version as desired)

coconut oil.

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The base is just 3 ingredients:

Peanut Butter (or any nut or seed butter of your choice) +

Oat flour** (toss your favorite gluten-free oats into a food processor) ** If you can’t tolerate Oats, we have also made these with Almond flour and they are equally delish!** +

Maple Syrup .

And the chocolate top is melted chocolate chips and a touch of coconut oil.  That’s it!

They take less than 15 minutes to prep, then set in the refrigerator.

First, heat the peanut butter and maple syrup over low heat. Stir in oat flour (or almond flour) and press into the pan.

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press the base layer of peanut butter, oat flour or almond flour, and maple syrup into pan

Top with melted chocolate and refrigerator to set. That’s it!

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pour melted chocolate over top then refrigerate to set

And like I said, it takes literally 15 minutes to make the bars, then they set in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or overnight.

And they store well in the fridge or freezer for weeks (if they last that long!).

Pro tip: Before slicing them let them sit at room temperature for 5 minutes or so.  If you slice into them when they are just out of the refrigerator, the chocolate my crack.

But if you wait 5-10 minutes, they will slice cleanly!

Oh, and did I mention …. they are really YUMMY!

So go ahead and make a batch! You’ll be happy you did!

**UPDATE: Many of you have asked for a substitute to oat flour. We made it with almond flour in place of oat flour and it worked beautifully if you are looking for an oat-free, grain-free alternative.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars

A healthier treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.. Just 5 ingredients, 15 minutes prep time, gluten-free, vegan and yummy!
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snacks, Cookies and Bars, Bar Cookies
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free, No Bake
Keyword: gluten free, easy dessert, healthy dessert, chocolate peanut butter no bake bars, gluten-free vegan paleo dessert, chocolate peanut butter easy desssert, gluten-free chocolate peanut butter bars, no bake dessert
Servings: 16 bars
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family



  • 1 cup natural peanut butter or nut or seed butter of your choice. We use creamy.
  • 1 cup gluten-free oat flour or almond flour** easy to make your own oat flour! Toss 1 heaping cup of your favorite gluten-free oats into a food processor to convert to oat flour**
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • **UPDATE: many of you have asked for a substitute for oats. We have made it with almond flour in place of oat flour and it works beautifully if you are looking for an oat-free, grain-free alternative.


  • 1 cup chocolate chips or dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil


  • Cover an 8 x 8 inch square pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a small sauce pan, on low heat, mix peanut butter and maple syrup until combined and smooth -- approximately 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, add oat flour and stir until well combined. The mix will be thick.
  • Transfer mix to the square pan and press into pan to spread evenly. I like to press the mix down with a spatula to make sure it is even.
  • Wipe the sauce pan clean, then heat chocolate chips and coconut oil on low heat, stirring frequently until melted and well combined.
  • Remove from heat, then pour chocolate evenly over bar mixture. (rock pan side to side a bit to make sure even)
  • Refrigerate 2-3 hours, or overnight, until firm
  • Remove from refrigerator and let bars rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes before cutting. If they are cold, the chocolate may crack a bit when cutting.
  • Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container. Can be frozen.
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85 thoughts on “Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars

  1. My new favorite treat! These no bake bars are so easy to make and delicious!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes with us all! I love following your blog.

    1. Thanks Cassie! So happy you love the bars too! One of the reasons I love this recipe so much is I always have the ingredients on hand!

    1. Hi. I’ve never made them with Sunflower Seed Butter but it should work great! Let me know if you try.

  2. Hi Karen,

    Thanks for the recipe, can i substitute the marple syrupe? I’ve IR, thats why i have to use something what is less sweet.


    1. Hi Nora. You can substitute honey for the maple syrup… not sure what IR is… can you tell me more?

  3. Hi! I don’t have pure maple syrup on hand cans I make with honey instead? Or can you suggest other substitutes? Thanks!! Love your Instagram!!

    1. Hi! Yes, honey should work fine!Let me know how you like them. And so happy you love my Instagram– thank you!

      1. 5 stars
        HI! I made them with the honey. I can’t stop eating them! Thanks for these simple clean recipes. I have maple syrup on my grocery list and will try them again with that

  4. This recipe doesn’t have the addition of graham cracker crumbs that your PB Cuos do. Can you share why you made the change? I made the cuos for a friend’s super bowl party, with the substitutof ginger snap crumbs. They were a hit!

    1. So happy you love the peanut butter cups! They are a favorite of one of my boys! While these bars have the same peanut butter chocolate flavor, the bars are just a different recipe. The oat or almond flour give it a slightly different flavor and texture. Let me know if you try.

  5. Hi Karen, this recipe sounds so good and I’d like to make it for my family but my daughter has a coconut allergy- can I omit from the chocolate topping or any recommendations for a substitute?
    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi! There is only a tablespoon so you can certainly omit the coconut oil. You could always add a tablespoon of almond milk or soy milk… it just softens the chocolate a bit so that it doesn’t crack when you cut it. Let me know if you it 🙂

  6. My 4 year old and I had lots of fun making these together! He also loved licking the spoon after I melted the chocolate ?

  7. LOVE THESE!!!! I went with the almond butter + almond flour route and used dark chocolate. I also added some popped quinoa + amaranth to the chocolate for an extra crunch. These will become a staple. Thank you!!!

  8. 5 stars
    I love these bars. So easy and Simple to make.. My favorite s healthy snack.
    Thank you for sharing recepies. I love them all…

  9. These are so delicious. I’ve made them for others and they ask for the recipe, so I turn them onto your site. They are a favorite of mine. I need to reduce my sugar intake, so I reduce the amount of chocolate and it’s still amazing!

  10. 5 stars
    These were so easy and delicious! Perfect for a hot day when I wanted to make something but not turn on the oven! The kids really enjoyed these as well and my sons best buddy who can’t have gluten was delighted with them!

  11. 5 stars
    These chocolate peanut butter no bake bars are incredibly amazing! They are so delicious and easy to make. They are so similar to a peanut butter cup except a way way healthier one! We love to keep ours in the freezer and eat them frozen! They are such a nice treat! My kids love them. I did use almond flour in my version and they are perfect.

  12. 5 stars
    These were delicious. Lasted only a day at my house. I added a little less than a cup of Rice Krispies cereal to the base mixture for a little crunch and I would definitely do it again! They were easy to make too!

  13. 5 stars
    These were delicious. Lasted only a day at my house. I added a little less than a cup of Rice Krispies cereal to the base mixture for a little crunch and I would definitely do it again! I also used almond flour instead of oats. They were easy to make too!

  14. 5 stars
    These are so so so easy to make and super yummy !
    I added nuts and cramberrys between the peanut/oat base and the chocolate topping. Super yum!

    Thank you ????

  15. 4 stars
    These are my little go to dessert when I want something quick and easy and healthier! I love all of her recipes though! Everyone of them is delicious!

  16. I am not a baker at all, but these are so easy. They are absolutely delicious! They will for sure be a staple for my family. Thank you!

  17. Just made the chocolate peanut butter bars but didn’t use peanut butter due to my daughters peanut allergy. i used Sunbutter instead which is made from sunflower seeds but tastes exactly like peanut butter ?

  18. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe! So quick and easy and delicious! Have made 3 times now and I love these!! Used golden syrup as couldn’t find maple syrup and it worked well! Thank you so much for your awesome recipes! Much appreciated x

  19. I am going to make these and bring them with to all the Christmas celebrations I go to so I can resist the other less healthy treats.

  20. 5 stars
    I am not sure I am getting thru with this message. My IPad does not let me send msgs. I love your recipes. Thanks so much

  21. 5 stars
    These bars are amazing!! I made them with dark chocolate no sugar added chips and almond butter. I also made my oat flour a little more coarse because I like the chunky texture. I ate a majority of the pan myself ? They are low sugar and overall a healthy treat! Maybe next time I’ll share with my family ?

  22. Hello! I do not have access to maple syrup nor honey. Can agave or melted down brown sugar work as well? Also I whipped up my own cashew butter. Could that be used? What is the proper consistency for the nut butter? Thanks!

  23. 5 stars
    I made these this week using almond flour instead of oat flour, and my family and I devoured them! So good and so easy to whip up!

  24. You warned the reader these would be hard to keep around. I thought you were thinking too much of yourself BUT…I want to eat the entire batch RIGHT now. I’m considering taking them to a neighbor so I have to ask permission before I eat them. Thanks

  25. Made these delicious bars today. I absolutely love anything with peanut butter. These sure a treat.. I replaced maple syrup with honey and also madw my own choclate instead for the topping with coconut oil,honey and unsweetened cocoa powder… Best homemade treat ever

  26. 5 stars
    Made these for my son-in-law’s birthday. I used almond flour and cashew butter and the bars came out great! I also put a little course salt on top of these before putting in the fridge and that was a nice touch with the chocolate. The cashew butter is more mild than peanut butter but these were still very tasty. Will definitely be making again. Thanks so much for the recipe :).

  27. These were super easy. I made them with Smuckers Natural PB, Bob’s Red Mill almond flour and Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels. Only thing I would change would be to add more chocolate chips so the chocolate layer is a little thicker. It was nice to find an easy dessert option for my daughter who is gluten/dairy/corn/oat free. I will make these again!

  28. Do you use natural peanut butter no sugar or oils added? Just wondered how the Costco natural peanut butter would make this recipe different than say JIF peanut butter.


  29. 5 stars
    So good & easy to make! Used almond flour, a few extra chocolate chips & sprinkled course salt on the top as recommended by a reviewer. Excellent!

  30. 5 stars
    This recipe is terrific!!
    It is super easy and delicious.
    Not to mention it’s a healthier option.

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