These delicious peanut butter bars are a sweet recipe that parents and kids alike will love! They're super-simple to satisfy a craving at the drop of a hat, and their ingredients are easily substituted for allergy-friendly foods to make these a real crowd-pleaser for any event.

yummy peanut butter bars recipe

Who doesn't love peanut butter and chocolate? These bars are not like the peanut butter pars you got in school. These are more like a peanut butter cup in bar form. And they are so rich and yummy.

Peanut Butter Bars vs Peanut Butter Cups?

I've tried homemade peanut butter cups before, and they're cute but super time consuming. And I tend to eat more of them because they are addicting and little. So you just pop them in your mouth. The bars are definitely easier to make and as a bonus, they are no bake! If you're looking to convert this into a birthday party-friendly cake format, you can easily sandwich a layer of ice cream in between several layers of the peanut butter, chocolate and graham cracker crumbs that make up this family favorite. I've served it a few times that way at parties and people are always super-impressed. With a peanut butter and chocolate combo, it's pretty much impossible to go wrong!

yummy peanut butter bars recipe

Here's my favorite way to serve it: plain and simple, sliced up into scrumptious little grabbable slices on a plate. You better grab yours quick, because these peanut butter bars don't tend to last long when I put them out in front of the kids! One blink and they're devoured in a jiffy.

yummy peanut butter bars recipe
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Peanut butter bars
Ingredients
Bars
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
Frosting
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl combine butter and peanut butter. {melt a little for ease}
  2. Add graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar
  3. Combine ingredients and press into pan
  4. Put peanut butter and chocolate chips into bowl.
  5. Melt in microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring mixture in between.
  6. Combine until smooth.
  7. Pour over bars and frost evenly.
  8. Chill in fridge for 45 mins to 1 hr.
  9. Cut and enjoy.

There are a couple easy swaps that can make this recipe really friendly for anyone, even those with allergies. We've made it with almond butter in place of the peanut butter and even sun butter for people who are totally off nuts. Non-glycemic Swerve is good for those who don't respond well to sugar, and ground up walnuts work well in place of graham cracker crumbs. These even freeze well if you're look for an easy grab-and-go treat for a summer day. I make them in big batches and freeze a bunch all at once so that I can eat them in little increments. Especially when I use my healthified ingredients, these are actually a pretty healthy snack! I like to make them with dark chocolate pieces for a grown-up version that contrasts well against the kids' favorite buttery-smooth peanut butter filling.

Have you ever made peanut butter bars with your family?

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