These no bake peanut butter bars are easy, healthy peanut butter bars topped with a silky luscious chocolate peanut butter ganache. A comforting dessert ready in less than 20 minutes with a bonus! Yes, the recipe is not only vegan but also, grain-free, paleo and keto friendly!
I am so glad you are here today to try these easy, luscious peanut butter bars! You know my passion for peanut butter and easy vegan desserts, right? So this is my new creation or should I say an improvement of my 3 ingredients peanut butter cookies, turned into no-bake peanut butter bars. That’s pretty much what it is but you will love the chocolate peanut butter ganache on top of those bars. It brings the previous cookie recipe to the next level of decadence.
5-ingredient no bake peanut butter bars
You are reading well, all you need to make this delicious no bake vegan dessert are 5 ingredients. Let see what you need and also, how you can adapt the recipe to your taste.
- Peanut butter – no surprise, peanut butter bars are made of peanut butter but make sure you are using the healthy kind. You need pure peanut butter here, no added oil, no added sugar or salt
- Maple syrup – you can replace this with any unrefined liquid sweetener like agave syrup (the bar will taste sweeteer!), coconut nectar, sugar-free monk fruit syrup (the texture will be dryer) or brown rice syrup to decrease GI
- Coconut flour – it is delicious grain free, gluten free, keto friendly, perfect for raw baking. It is also high in fiber and perfect to stabilize blood sugar level and create healthy dessert. While all-purpose white wheat flour shouldn’t be eaten raw, it is safe to eat raw coconut flour. If you don’t like the coconut flour I recommend using fine oat flour in the recipe, see the variation of ratio in the recipe notes.
- Dark chocolate – most 70% cocoa chocolate are vegan friendly. The darker, the less sugar it will have so choose what you prefer
- Coconut oil – you need coconut oil for the ganache but you can use refined coconut oil to avoid the coconut flavor or unrefined coconut oil
Does the bars taste like coconut?
This is probably one of your main questions since the recipe uses a good amount of coconut flour. Coconut flour is not as flavorsome as dessicated coconut simply because it is made from the leftovers of soak coconut meat while making coconut milk. As the coconut meat is soaked, then dried the coconut flavor is washed off. So, except if you absolutely hate coconut flavor, you won’t taste much coconut in these bars.
How to store no bake peanut butter bars?
No-bake recipes in general must be stored in a cool place, fridge or freezer, in an airtight box. You can keep these bars for up to 1 week in the fridge or freeze them for a few months. Simply defrost the bars 2 hours before eating, at room temperature.
More no-bake vegan dessert recipes
No-bake vegan desserts are the easiest to indulge on a treat that is nourishing and delicious. I recommend you also try:
- No-bake peanut butter pie – a silky-smooth peanut butter pie with chocolate shortbread crust
- No-bake vegan brownies – a 1-bowl raw chocolate brownie recipe without dates
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Your friend, Carine
No-bake peanut butter bars
- Cover a rectangle baking dish 9 inches x 5 inches, with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, stir peanut butter and maple syrup until evenly combined and smooth.
- Stir in coconut flour, the dough will get thick, dry and difficult to stir with a spatula so use your hands to knead the dough and form a ball.
- Evenly press the peanut butter dough ball all over the prepared pan. You want to fully cover the pan in an even layer of peanut butter dough. Smooth the top of layer using the back of a spoon.
- Freeze while you prepare the chocolate ganache
- In a small mixing bowl, add the pieces of 70% vegan dark chocolate with melted coconut oil and peanut butter.
- Melt under bain-marie or in the microwave by 30 seconds burst, stirring between to prevent the chocolate from burning. It is ready when all the chocolate is melted and the mixture is shiny and smooth.
- Remove the baking dish from the freezer and pour the chocolate ganache over the peanut butter layer.
- Spread evenly with a spatula.
- Return the pan to the freezer for 10 minutes or until the chocolate ganache is set.
- Slice the whole batch into 16 peanut butter bars.
- Store bars in the fridge in an airtight container for 1 week or freeze. Defrost 2 hours before eating at room temperature or enjoy half frozen. Note that the peanut layer dries out slightly after freezing, the texture will be closer to a shortbread be still delicious