Reindeer Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars

Our most popular Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars made fun and festive for the holidays! Naturally gluten-free, vegan and paleo optional, they have a layer of peanut butter (sub your favorite nut/seed butter), a layer of chocolate and are topped with a festive gluten-free pretzel & candy reindeer! A healthier holiday cookie and a perfect gluten-free Christmas treat.

Reindeer Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars easy festive gluten-free Christmas holiday dessert recipe
Reindeer Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars

Easy recipe for Healthier, Festive Christmas Dessert!

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So excited for you to make these Reindeer Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars!

It is a fun and festive take on our most popular Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars.

It’s the same naturally gluten-free, vegan, paleo-optional, 5 ingredient peanut butter (sub your favorite nut or seed butter) chocolate bars but with the addition of some gluten-free pretzels, candy and sprinkles to make a fun and festive reindeer!

Adorable, healthy-ish as Christmas cookies go and so yummy, they are sure to be a crowd favorite!

How to Make Reindeer Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars

The bars are  just 5 ingredients, and the reindeer made with 3 ingredients, and they are super super easy to make!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

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

maple syrup

almond flour (or gluten-free oat flour)

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

coconut oil

gluten-free mini pretzels (I used gluten-free snyders and grain-free Savor by Suzie which are a good paleo option )

gluten-free candy eyes

gluten-free mini red m&ms or red candy

sprinkles as desired

Step by Step How to Make the Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars

The bars come together in 2 steps and take less than 15 minutes:

  1. Make the peanut butter layer by melting the peanut butter with maple syrup. Then remove from heat and mix in almond flour  (or gluten-free oat flour) until well combined and smooth. Press into prepared pan.
  2. Make the chocolate layer by melting chocolate chips with a touch of coconut oil until well combined. Pour on the peanut butter layer and rock pan gently so that it spreads evenly.

A few tips/answers to frequently asked questions:

We love peanut butter but feel free to substitute any nut or seed butter.

We have been making these bars with almond flour lately but they also work with gluten-free oat flour. You can make your own by tossing your favorite gluten-free oats into a food processor and processing until very fine.

We like to use parchment paper in the pan so that it is easy to lift out when you are ready to slice and serve them.

Step by Step How to Make the Reindeer Topping:

The reindeer are made using:

  • gluten-free pretzels for antlers
  • candy eyes and
  • a mini red m&m (or similarly small red candy for the nose.

Then I sprinkled the entire pan with some red, white and green sprinkles to make them extra festive!  It makes such a fun gluten-free Christmas dessert!

Alternatively, you can do the entire pan with just red, white and green sprinkles and it would be a festive gluten-free holiday dessert as well!

Pro tip: the biggest challenge is breaking or cutting the gluten-free pretzels in half so that they look like antlers.

The gluten-free pretzels do not break evenly so don’t focus on having them look perfect or exactly the same.

You can see by my photo below that they all look a bit different and I tried to pair similarly broken pieces together but it isn’t necessary, it will still look cute!

Reindeer Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars festive gluten-free Christmas holiday dessert recipe

After chilling in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours, simply lift the parchment paper out of the pan, let sit for about 10 mikutes at room temperature and slice! (Pro tip: letting them sit a room temperature for a few minutes minimizes the chocolate cracking when you slice them)

You will get 9 reindeer bars.

If you opt to make bars with just sprinkles, you can get 16 bars.

When making a large holiday dessert platter, I like to make a batch of each and plate them together so it is super festive!

Either way, the bars so so delicious!

Can you really go wrong with a creamy peanut butter layer, thick layer of chocolate and holiday candy?!

They taste as delicious as a classic cookie but are a bit healthier.

It’s a little sweet, a little salty, a little crunchy and unbelievably delicious!

And they make a super fun and festive gluten-free Christmas or holiday platter when mixed together!

Reindeer Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars festive gluten-free Christmas holiday dessert recipe

Hope you love them as much as we do!

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Reindeer Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars

Our most popular Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars made fun and festive for the holidays! Naturally gluten-free, vegan and paleo optional, they have a layer of peanut butter (sub your favorite nut/seed butter), a layer of chocolate and are topped with a festive gluten-free pretzel & candy reindeer! A perfect gluten-free Christmas treat.
Prep Time20 minutes
Chilling time3 hours
Total Time3 hours 20 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snacks, Holiday Baking, Cookies and Bars, Holiday Cookies
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free, No Bake, Paleo-friendly
Keyword: gluten free, gluten-free christmas cookies, no bake holiday dessert, reindeer chocolate peanut butter bars, gluten-free reindeer christmas desssert, gluten-free vegan paleo holiday dessert, gluten-free chocolate peanut butter holiday bars, reindeer no bake christmas dessert, gluten-free reindeer chocolate peanut butter bars
Servings: 9 bars
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family

Equipment

  • 8x8 inch pan

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Layer

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter or nut/ seed butter of your choice. We use creamy.
  • 1 cup gluten-free almond flour or gluten-free oat flour** We have been making them with almond flour lately. If you opt for oat flour, it is easy to make your own -- Toss 1 heaping cup of your favorite gluten-free oats into a food processor to convert to oat flour**
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Chocolate Layer

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

Reindeer Topping

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free pretzels, broken or cut in half* *use grain-free pretzels for paleo option. Note: breaking the gluten-free pretzels so that they look like antlers can be challenging so don't look for perfection or exactness.
  • 18 gluten-free candy eyes
  • 9 gluten-free mini red m&ms or small red candy
  • gluten-free red & green sprinkles or festive decorations like xmas trees

Instructions

  • Cover an 8 x 8 inch square pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Make the peanut butter layer: 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 almond flour (or 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. Set aside.
  • Make the chocolate layer: 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 peanut butter layer. (rock pan side to side a bit to make sure even). Let set for about 10 minutes.
  • Make the reindeer topping: You should be able to make 9 reindeer (3 across and 3 down). Gently press pretzel antlers into the chocolate layer, then the candy eyes and m&m nose. Sprinkle with red & green sprinkles as desired.
    Alternatively, you could just add red & green sprinkles and festive decorations. If you choose this option, you will get 16 bars. If I'm making these for a crowd, I like to do one batch reindeer, one batch just sprinkles and serve them together.
  • 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 too cold, the chocolate may crack a bit when cutting.) Enjoy!
  • Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container.
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