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Easy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

This no bake chocolate peanut butter bar recipe is a simple alternative to the traditional Canadian Nanaimo bar.  Several years ago custard powder companies added tartrazine (food colour) which I am violently allergic to, so I came up with this peanut butter bars variation.  The peanut butter adds a nice variety to the traditional recipe, the filling is very smooth, and melts on the tongue with the chocolate. It’s darn good even if I do say so myself.s

This no-bake recipe has three layers, but is very simple to put together.  The distinct layers make this square really pretty to serve.  I know your family will go gaga over these chocolate peanut butter bars, everyone seems to love chocolate and peanut butter.

A large tray of No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter bars with three layers. Oreo layer, peanut butter layer in the center and topped with melted chocolate chips. You can see several cut bars on a tray, one served on a plate with a cup of coffee beside it.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar Ingredients

Bottom – Oreo Coconut Layer Ingredients

1/2 cup butter

4 oz dark unsweetened chocolate

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

2 cups oreo cookie crumbs

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup chopped peanuts

Middle – Peanut Butter Layer Ingredients

1/4 cup butter

3/4 cup peanut butter

1/2 tsp vanilla

3 cups icing sugar

3 tbsp milk

Topping Layer

2 cups chocolate chips

]2 tbsp butter

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar Directions
Bottom – Oreo Coconut Layer

The bottom layer uses Oreo cookies instead of graham crackers, and peanuts instead of walnuts making for a very dense full of flavour crust.

In a medium saucepan melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate together.

Bottom layer of a no bake chocolate peanut butter bar recipe.

Add the vanilla and egg, beat well.  Then add the oreo crumbs, coconut, and chopped peanuts.t
Mix well, place in the bottom of an 8 by 8-inch pan and press firmly.

Middle –  Bring on the Peanut Butter

In the bowl of a mixer add the butter and the peanut butter.  Whip for at least a minute to blend them together and add the vanilla and mix.

Add the icing sugar one cup at a time.  Start at a low speed and increase to high once the icing sugar is incorporated.  This will keep the icing sugar from dusting everything around you.  Beat well after each addition.

Judge how firm your peanut butter mixture.  It should be firm enough to hold its shape.  If your peanut butter mixture is crumbly and won’t hold together add milk a tablespoon at a time until it is a consistency that will hold together.

Place this layer on top of the chocolate oreo layer and press into place.

Peanut butter layer in ano chocolate peanut butter bar. Part of a peanut butter bars recipe.

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Top Layer –  Chocolate Topping

Place 2 cups of chocolate chips into a bowl with two tablespoons of butter.  Microwave on low until the chocolate chips are just melted, stir until soft.

Melted chocolate before being added to a chocolate peanut butter bar recipe.

Once the chocolate is melted, pour and swirl on top of the peanut butter layer.

An entire pan of no bake chocolate peanut butter bars with a thick luscious layer of chocolate on top.

Chill the chocolate peanut butter bars until firm, at least two hours.  I left mine overnight before cutting but that is not necessary.

If you find that your top layer is difficult to cut, leave the squares on the counter for a few minutes to soften.

No bake chocolate peanut butter bars being served on a pedestal plate with coffee.

These no bake chocolate peanut butter bars freeze and pack really well.  This is one of the recipes I made to take to Prince George for my family loved one.    They were cut, wrapped in parchment paper and then frozen.  When it was time to leave I took them out of the freezer and placed in a cooler, they traveled very well.

Of course, I served a few to Hubs before they hit the freezer.

A large tray of No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter bars with three layers. Oreo layer, peanut butter layer in the center and topped with melted chocolate chips. You can see several cut bars on a tray, one served on a plate with a cup of coffee beside it.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

No bake chocolate peanut butter bars, with a dark chocolate layer of coconut and oreo. Then a thick layer of peanut butter, all topped with a thick layer of melted chocolate.
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Prep Time:30 mins
Total Time:30 mins

Ingredients

Oreo Peanut Layer

  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 oz dark unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups oreo crumbs
  • ½ cup coconut
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped peanuts

Peanut Butter Layer

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk

Chocolate Topping

  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp butter

Instructions

Oreo Peanut Layer

  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate.
    Bottom layer of a no bake chocolate peanut butter bar recipe.
  • Add the vanilla and egg, beat well. Then add the oreo crumbs, coconut and chopped peanuts.

Middle Peanut Butter Layer

  • In the bowl of a mixer add the butter and the peanut butter. Whip for at least a minute to blend, then add the vanilla and mix.
  • Add the icing sugar one cup at a time. Start at a low speed and increase to high speed once the icing sugar is incorporated. This will keep the icing sugar from dusting everything around you. Do it a cut at a time beating well between additions.
  • Judge how firm your peanut butter mixture is. It should be firm, so that it holds it shape. If your peanut butter mixture is too ctumbly add a tablespoon of milk at a time until its a consistency where it will hold together.
  • Place this one top of the chocolate oreo layer and press into place.
    Peanut butter layer in ano chocolate peanut butter bar. Part of a peanut butter bars recipe.

Top Chocolate Layer

  • Place 2 cups of chocolate chips into a bowl, with two tablespoons of butter. Microwave on low until the chocolate melts, stir until soft and then pour and swirl on top of the peanut butter layer.
  • Chill the chocolate peanut butter bars until firm. I left mine overnight but its not necessary. If you find it hard to cut the top chocolate layer leave you squares on the counter to soften a little bit before cutting.
    An entire pan of no bake chocolate peanut butter bars with a thick luscious layer of chocolate on top.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Canadian
A large tray of chocolate peanut butter bars with oreo crust, peanut butter center, and melted chocolate on top.

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