These no-bake peanut butter chocolate bars are super easy, healthy and low in sugar. They contain just 4 ingredients and are basically a healthy version of peanut butter cups!
Peanut butter is one of my favourite ingredients to make desserts with. It’s so versatile and it’s super handy for no bake recipes!
I’ve used it in peanut butter cookies, cakes, granola, flapjacks and protein bars with great success.
Peanut Butter Bars Without Graham Crackers Or Powdered Sugar
I said at the beginning of the year in my banana pancakes post that I wanted my recipes to be a mix of treats and healthy desserts. This is one of the healthy ones!
The idea came to me one night last week when 3 am hunger woke me up. Again.
For the last few weeks, I’d been struggling with low blood sugar during the night. The intense hunger that came with it kept waking me up and I found it hard to get back to sleep.
To combat this issue, I decided I’d try eating something with more healthy fats and protein before bed. I did this by having a spoonful of peanut butter.
It actually worked great and kept my low blood sugar at bay. But there was just one problem…
As much as I love peanut butter, trying to swallow it straight from the spoon was pretty hard.
So, I did what I do best and found a way to incorporate it into a dessert…
The result? These delicious AND healthy vegan peanut butter chocolate bars.
I wanted to make these chocolate peanut butter bars without Graham crackers (that are used in the traditional recipe) because;
- They don’t sell them many places here in the UK
- They contain refined wheat and sugar, neither of which make for a good night’s sleep!
So instead of Graham crackers, I used oat flour.
Making chocolate peanut butter bars with oatmeal still gives them a nice soft bite, just without the extra nasties.
Instead, oat flour provides complex carbohydrates, a good dose of fiber to keep your gut happy, and a little extra protein to help stabilise your blood sugar.
These Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars Are Naturally Sweetened
Unlike most of the other recipes I saw online, I made these peanut butter chocolate bars without powdered sugar.
Instead, I used agave syrup which has a much lower glycemic index.
This means that the sugar is released into your bloodstream much more slowly, and therefore doesn’t make your blood sugar spike and crash.
The only refined sugar in these bars come from the layer of dark chocolate on top. But because I used 85% cocoa chocolate, it was very minimal.
Each one of these peanut butter chocolate bars contains only 5 grams of sugar and are packed with healthy fats.
I’ve been eating one every night before bed and I’ve been sleeping much better than before!
How To Make No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
These no-bake bars are SO simple to make. The steps are very quick and easy to follow.
Step 1: Mix the peanut butter and agave nectar together. This creates a nice, runny base mix.
Step 2: Add in the oat flour and combine to form a sticky dough. My advice would be to use your hands for this step- it gets super sticky!
Step 3: Using your hands again, flatten the dough mixture into a lined dish or pan. Set this aside or place it in the fridge while your make the chocolate topping.
Step 4: Prepare the topping by melting dark chocolate and a little more peanut butter together over a low heat.
Step 5: Pour the chocolate topping over the flattened peanut butter “dough” and spread out using the back of a spoon or spatula.
Step 6: Place in the fridge for at least 3 hours, then cut into bars or squares. I cut mine up quite small to make 20 mini bars.
Low-Fat Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
I know that the word “healthy” means different things to different people, so if you’d prefer to make your chocolate peanut butter bars low fat, you can use powdered peanut butter.
I experimented with PB2 and had pretty good results.
The low-fat chocolate peanut butter bars have only 2g of fat compared to 10g if you use regular peanut butter!
Another change I’d recommend if you’re using powdered peanut butter is to use whole oats rather than oat flour. I found the oat flour mixed with the powder was a bit too dry and chewy, but whole oats worked really well.
Recipe for low-fat chocolate peanut bars:
- 200g Powdered peanut butter (1.5 Cups)
- 300ml Water (1 Cup + 3 Tablespoons)
- 125g Oats (3/4 Cup + 1 Tablespoon)
- 6 tablespoons Agave nectar or maple syrup
- 150g Dark chopped chocolate (1 Cup) + 1 Teaspoon powdered peanut butter
- Mix the powdered peanut butter, water, oats and agave in a bowl to form a wet dough. Press into a lined 12 inch dish and set aside.
- Melt the chocolate and powdered peanut butter on low heat until smooth. Pour over the peanut butter base and chill in the fridge for 3 hours.
- Cut into squares and enjoy!
For the full-fat version, please see the video and written instructions below.
Whichever version you decide to go with, I hope you love this recipe! If you do make it, please let me know how it went!
An easy, 4 ingredient healthy peanut butter chocolate bar recipe. A soft peanut butter base and a hard chocolatey topping.
- 200 g Peanut butter** 3/4 Cup
- 7 Tablespoons Agave nectar (or maple syrup)
- 150 g Oats, ground into a flour (1.5 Cups)
- 2 Tablespoons Peanut butter
- 150 g Chopped dark chocolate (1 Cup)
Mix the peanut butter and agave together in a bowl.
Add the oat flour and use your hands to form a wet dough.
Press into a 12inch dish lined with parchment paper using your hands and set aside.
Melt the chocolate on low heat with the 2 tbsp peanut butter until smooth. Pour over the peanut butter base and chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours before cutting into squares.
**It's important not to use the runny kind of peanut butter. I like to use Whole Earth for this recipe.
*These bars will last for up to 1 week in an airtight container in the fridge.