A peanut butter and graham cracker base, topped with a chocolate layer means these no bake bars are fun to make and even more fun to eat.
These are so simple that even the kids can get involved. And we’ve got no shortage of kitchen helpers (and tasters) around here.
Were you looking for something healthy this morning? If yes, you might want to keep on moving. Because what we have today is a dessert so easy that you might have everything you need to make them hiding in your pantry. And so good that you’re going to want to.
It’s no secret that chocolate and peanut butter are a favorite around at house. The addition of ground graham crackers means the base has just the right balance of salty and sweet without falling too firmly in either camp.
And the melted dark chocolate needs no further explanation than this…
These bars require a few hours to set in the fridge. They are easiest to slice at room temperature, but best to eat chilled, so they’re a great dessert to make ahead and keep in the fridge until about 10 minutes before serving.
And no one would complain if you added an extra drizzle of chocolate on top just for good measure.
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- 12 oz Graham Crackers (2.25 cups crushed)
- 3/4 cup Unsalted Butter
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2 cups + 2 Tbsp Creamy Peanut Butter, divided
- 1 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
- 8 oz Dark Chocolate (60% or more), chopped
- Line an 9″x9″ pan with parchment paper. (This will make the bars easier to lift out when chilled.)
- Crush the graham crackers until they form a fine sandy texture. This is easiest to do in a food processor, but you could also put them in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
- Melt the butter in the microwave in 10 to 15 second increments. Stir in vanilla extract and salt.
- Combine butter mixture, 2 cups of peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar. Stir well.
- Spread peanut butter / graham cracker mixture in pan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes until firm.
- When base is firm, melt 2 Tbsp peanut butter with chopped chocolate until smooth and creamy, stirring every 15 seconds or so.
- Pour melted chocolate over base. Refrigerate until firm, 1 to 2 hours (see note below).
- Slice into bars and serve!
My grandma gave us her piano! Some day the girls will take lessons, but for now nothing coming out of this thing can really be called music. 😉