Almond Butter No Bake Bars
Try using smooth almond butter in place of the smooth peanut butter in this recipe, and youll have a recipe for no bake peanut butter bars without peanut butter! I really like Barney Butter brand almond butter.
If you can find a smooth, no-stir cashew butter, you can even make cashew butter no bake bars. No stir nut butter is just the kind of nut butter that has little to no oil separated on top of the jar when first opened.
I wouldnt recommend trying Sunbutter. Its simply too soft and drippy to set up.
Whats In These 5 Ingredient Healthy Peanut Butter Bars
Yes, you read that right. These vegan peanut butter contain only 5 ingredients, and trust me, the process is even easier to make them .
I always struggle calling some recipes healthy, as so many people have different definitions of healthy. But for me personally, I try to look at the benefits of all the ingredients in the recipe. And let me tell you, these fruit-sweetened no bake peanut butter bars are packed with nutrients!
Peanut butter. I use creamy smooth peanut butter. You can use crunchy, but I think the texture is better with smooth. The lovely part about peanut butter is that its packed with magnesium, which helps with muscle movements and energy creation!
Oats. I make my own oat flour, but you can absolutely purchase store bought. For store bought, I love Arrowhead Mills or Bobs Red Mill. When making your own, I find its best to use sprouted oats. Im not sure why this is but, it is much easier to turn into a fine powder. Not only that but rolled oats may help to regulate blood sugar.
Dates. Yes, these no bake peanut butter bars only contain fruit as a sweetener! Many people scoff at dates , but the truth is that they might help with brain health!
Vanilla extract. Vanilla is my favorite part of these peanut butter bars, as it makes these bars taste like a Reeses peanut butter cup in bar form. And a surprising benefit that I recently learned is that vanilla may help toothaches!
Granola Bars The Minutemen Of Breakfast Or Snack Time
You know that feeling of free-floating anxiety, the kind that you cant quite pin down? For me, it usually comes from a lack of control. And when youre responsible for the well-being of others , there is so much thats always going to be out of your control.
Of course, having a refrigerator stocked with all sorts of grab-and-go breakfast snacks doesnt actually solve whatever is really bothering me. But it does honestly give me a feeling of control.
The older I get, the more I accept that feeling is fact. And having homemade peanut butter granola bars on hand makes me feel like Im more in control.
These bars not as healthy, of course, as a piece of fruit or, say, a bowl of unsweetened muesli. But the combination of whole grain oats, coconut, protein-packed nut butter and healthy fat from virgin coconut oil means that these bars are way healthier than the boxed kind.
These homemade peanut butter granola bars are chewy as the day is long, dont require you to fire up the oven, and keep forever in the refrigerator . Like any sort of granola bar, certain ingredients are interchangeable within their particular categories, such as mix-ins , sugars , fats , aromatics , and bulk .
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If you want a delicious version that is vegan, paleo AND dairy free, check out these amazing No Bake Paleo Chocolate Almond Butter Bars made by my good friend Demeter at Beaming Baker. Shes the queen of easy no-bake dessert recipes!
Or for more chocolate peanut butter recipes, check out my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothies, Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Pie , Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossoms, or Reeses Peanut Butter Cookie Cups. Im also working on a recipe for Gluten Free Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting. Stay tuned for that one, its seriously amazing! Enjoy!
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These tasty granola bars are so easy to make, here’s how:
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How To Make The Easiest Rich Chocolate Ganache Topping
If youve ever had a rich chocolate truffle and thought that it must have been hard to make, get ready for a happy surprise! Truffles are just thick chocolate ganache rolled into balls and chilled.
You can do so many things with ganache, which is made simply like this:
- Place chocolate disks, chips, or chopped chocolate in a heat-safe bowl or measuring cup.
- Gently heat cream in the microwave or on the stovetop.
- Pour the hot cream over the chocolate pieces, and let it sit for 2 minutes.
- Stir the mixture until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
Theres only one difference between the poured chocolate ganache here, truffles, and the whipped chocolate ganache I love for frosting on a rich gluten free chocolate cake: the relative balance of chocolate to cream.
Here, we use 8 ounces of chocolate pieces, and 4 fluid ounces of heavy whipping cream. If youd like a harder, more rigid chocolate layer, try reducing the cream to 3 1/2 fluid ounces.
Faq+ Tips For Perfect Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars:
CH-CH-CH-CHILL THEM! Before slicing the bars, its important to make sure you chill them. Youll want to let them set at least 40-60 minutes in the fridge. You can try to hurry things along with 25-30 minutes in the freezer instead, but I recommend the fridge route if you have time.
GLUTEN-FREE? READ THIS. Youll want to use certified oat flour or make your own . Oats themselves dont contain wheat gluten, but theyre often farmed or processed in ways that cause cross-contamination.
OUR FAVORITE DAIRY-FREE CHOCOLATE CHIPS. If youre vegan or avoid dairy, youll want to use dairy-free chocolate chips. Our favorites are THESE and THESE. They both taste awesome and are allergy-friendly!
CAN I USE ANOTHER KIND OF NUT OR SEED BUTTER? Ive only tested them with peanut butter, but I dont see a reason that other nut or seed butters wouldnt work. I bet almond butter or cashew butter would be delicious!
CAN I DOUBLE THIS TO MAKE A 9×13 PAN? Yep! If youd prefer to make a 9×13 pan of chocolate peanut butter bars, youll just double the recipe.
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BARS. I recommend cutting the chocolate peanut butter bars into squares and storing covered or in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
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Peanut Butter No Bake Bars
Satisfy your sweet tooth the easy way with this smooth, creamy peanut butter no bake bars recipe. Add the almost-instant rich chocolate ganache topping, and they taste just like a peanut butter cup!
When you want a little something sweet without turning on the oven, these bars are the perfect treatany month of the year. Plus, these naturally gluten free bars keep for ages in the freezer!
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- Quick Oats. Quick oats work like a charm for gluten-free granola bars. Theyve got a great soft texture that packs down well and doesnt make them too chewy. If youre gluten-free make sure to use gluten-free oatsBobs Red Mill& One Degree brand are two of our go-tos!
- Crisp Rice Cereal. Heres the secret for a granola bar with great texture! Youll cut the oats with crisp rice cereal. It adds lightness and crunch, which is crucial, in my opinion! Note: this recipe doesnt work as well with puffed rice. We recommend crisp rice cereal only. See the FAQ for our favorite GF brands!
- Natural Peanut Butter. We want the drippy kind of creamy peanut butter made with just peanuts or peanuts and salt. If youre using peanut butter spread , you may need to play with the amount of liquid in the recipe to keep these from being dry. We love PB Co old fashioned peanut butter best, but you can use your fave!
- Honey. Next up is some honey. This adds sweetness and helps bind the granola bars together. If youre vegan, feel free to use agave or pure maple syrup instead.
- Vanilla. I love adding some vanilla to peanut butter granola bars! Its that little secret something that makes them so good!
- Salt. Trust me. It wont turn your granola bars salty, itll just balance that flavor like a dream.
- Some Chocolate Chips . Im not here to tell you what to do, but Im just going to casually mention that drizzling these no-bake peanut butter granola bars with a little melted chocolate is super delicious.
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Easy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
You might be asking, what the heck are no bake chocolate peanut butter bars? Some folks know them as Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars, Homemade Reeses No Bake Peanut Butter Bars, or even No Bake Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars.
The classic version of peanut butter bars include 2 layers: one layer thats firm & sweet featuring peanut butter, and the second is the chocolate topping. How is my recipe for no bake chocolate peanut butter bars any different?
Most no bake peanut butter bars are made with a combination of butter, confectioners sugar and graham crackers. Years ago, when I really, really craved/needed to make a healthy, vegan + gluten free peanut butter bar, I realized that I had to leave those ingredients out.
So heres what I came up with
Tips To Make This Recipe
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How To Make Peanut Butter No
The honey and peanut butter needs to be room temperature and slightly warm for easy mixing. Directions include to heat it on the stove or in the microwave.
STEP 1: In a small saucepan, heat the peanut butter and honey on low heat for about 2-3 minutes. Or heat the honey and peanut butter in a microwave dish in the microwave for 30 seconds. Once the peanut butter is melted and warmed slightly, remove it from the heat and transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Whisk together the honey and peanut butter and add the quick cook oats, rice cereal, vanilla and chia seed, then gently mix until it is combined.
STEP 2: Spray an 8-inch square dish with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. Gently press the prepared mixture into a pan and cover it with plastic wrap. Set it in the refrigerator to cool and harden. Once it has hardened slice into 10 bars or 9-12 squares. Then serve and enjoy these easy-peasy no bake peanut butter bars!
Ingredient Marshmallow Peanut Butter Bars
These marshmallow peanut butter bars are an easyand tastytreat to make for Christmas.
Each holiday season, Id see pictures of colored marshmallows held together by fudgy chocolate and think, I need to find out what those are! They look good!
Turns out, theyre called Church Window bars. And, like most retro-recipes, theres lots of ways to make them. The bones of the recipe call for chocolate and marshmallow. Then, some call for coconut, while others use peanut butter.
Since I love peanut butter during the holiday season , I decided to try the peanut butter variation.
Turns out, these classic no-bake bars are really simple to make. Since they are just chocolate, peanut butter, and marshmallows, I consider them a confection and not a cookie. I worried how the fruit-flavored marshmallows would work with the peanut butter. The combination works great think of them as a fun take on peanut butter and jelly.
To make, combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. This is key. If your pan is too thin, the chocolate can scorch.
Warm over low heat until everything melts together.
Allow the chocolate mixture to cool a little. If you dont the marshmallows will melt when you add them to the sauce. After a few minutes, stir in the marshmallows.
Spread the mixture into a parchment-lined 9x9x2-inch square pan. Chill.
Cut into squares. Done.
- 1 bagfruit-flavored or vanilla marshmallows
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Why Youll Love These
- Quick and easy. This oat protein bar recipe can be made in just one bowl without any fancy equipment.
- Just 7 ingredients, most you probably already have in your pantry!
- Vegan friendly using maple syrup and plant based protein powder.
- Gluten free using certified gluten free rolled oats.
- Tastes like healthy dessert! The combination of peanut butter and chocolate will have you thinking these healthy oatmeal bars are dessert.
How To Make This Recipe Nut Free
With so many allergens and food sensitivities, I am always looking for ways to make my recipes accessible to everyone. If you or one of your friends or family have a tree nut allergy, the peanut butter in this recipe can be replaced with sunflower seed butter.
In addition to providing its own unique flavor that is a great swap for peanut butter, sunflower seed butter also offers up additional nutrients. It’s rich in protein, vitamin E, fiber, zinc, and iron.
I promised you these were easy! Are you looking for more easy recipe inspirations? Make sure you check out my recipe for Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast. Now let’s make some granola bars!
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No Bake Peanut Butter Bars Recipe Tips
Making Honey Nut Cheerios Crumbs Use 5 Cups ofcereal to make 2 Cups of crumbs.
Gluten Free Oats For those of you sensitive to Cheerios use Certified Gluten Free Oats. Grind some up into a crumb consistency and use them in place of the cereal. I do not use oats in my peanut butter bars. Play with the oats amount in the recipe and how much they are processed into smaller pieces until you find an amount and texture you are happy with.
Chocolate Chips I like semisweet chocolate chipsfor my recipe. If you like milk chocolate go for it! The choice is yours.
Melting Chocolate Melt the chocolate in 30 secondintervals, stirring each time. The short time intervals will make sure thechocolate doesnt over heat. It needs to be smooth enough to spread.
Use Wet Hands Slightly damp hands make easy work ofpressing the peanut butter mixture into pan.
Make Them Dairy Free Use Dairy Free Chocolate Chips and Margarine to make this recipe dairy free.
Make Thick Bars Use an 8×8 or 9×9 Pan for thickerpeanut butter bars.
I think these Gluten Free No Bake Peanut Butter Bars aregoing to be a new favorite for those of you that dont bake or cant get enoughpeanut butter and chocolate. Easy,decadent, and no bake. Theres nothing left to say. Enjoy!