These chocolate peanut butter bars are to die for! They remind me of a Reece Cup, but with a creamy peanut butter and oat base. They are no bake, and only take about 25 minutes to make from start to finish (that includes 15 minutes in the freezer!).
I made a version of this recipe for few of my recipe development clients and I got rave reviews! Mainly because these chocolate peanut butter bars require standard ingredients that are in most kitchens and don’t require any cook time! They remind me of a protein ball, but in bar form. While I love a protein ball from time to time, I think I love these bars even more!
What makes these chocolate peanut butter bars healthy?
- These bars are sweetened with maple syrup, which is much healthier than white sugar. As I said before, this recipe is reminiscent of my protein ball recipe. Instead of using honey, this recipe calls for maple syrup. I think I might start using maple syrup in my protein balls now! It really does add the perfect sweet flavor.
- If you needed to, you could use almond butter instead of peanut butter. I have not tested this recipe using almond butter, so if you end up trying it, let me know how it goes!
- The type of chocolate you use in this recipe is really up to you. You can cut up a dark chocolate bar and melt that. I decided to use semi sweet chocolate chips, but feel free to use whatever you prefer!
- I would use a loaf pan when throwing this recipe together. It forms the bars into the perfect size!
- You must split the peanut butter into 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup increments. There are three layers to these bars and there is peanut butter in two layers!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- 8×4 loaf pan
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked oats
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 cup peanut butter, creamy
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips, melted
- Add the oats, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and ½ cup of the peanut butter to a large bowl. Stir until well combined.
- Add parchment paper to an 8×4 loaf pan. Evenly press the oat mixture into the parchment paper.
- Spread the remaining 1/4 cup of peanut butter over the oat mixture in the pan.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Using a spoon, spread the chocolate on top of the peanut butter layer.
- Freeze for 15 minutes, then transfer to the refrigerator (or eat them right out of the freezer!). Slice into 6 bars and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.