No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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No-bake cookies have met their match with these no bake chocolate peanut butter bars. It doesn’t get much easier than just stirring everything together and pouring it into a pan.

Before I tell you more about these amazing homemade candy bars, I’d better confess that no-bake cookies and I have a bit of a love/hate relationship.

No Bake Chocolate Bites

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

I love how easy no bake cookies are to make; I hate how unattractive they tend to be. I love how rich the chocolate and peanut flavors can be; I hate the raw oatmeal that frequently overwhelms the cookies.

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(That whole raw oatmeal situation is balanced with the addition of coconut in these no bake chocolate coconut cookies or bars or bites… whatever you call them, the coconut changes the texture (and improves it!) in the best way possible.)

When I ran across these no-bake bars, (a.k.a. “the best recipe I’ve ever messed up“) I couldn’t believe I’d never thought to try making the cookies into bars. At least they would look better, right?

I’m going to be flat-out honest here and tell you my thinking when I started making these treats. (My friend Donna can attest to it because we were talking on the phone at the time.)

I thought, “I’ll make these because the kids will love having a dessert over the weekend and I won’t be tempted to eat more than one.”

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars

That is seriously funny in hindsight. I almost licked the saucepan clean as I was waiting for the bars to harden in the refrigerator.

The additional coconut, honey, and nuts in these bars take them far out of the league of traditional no-bake treats.

That oatmeal that I dislike in other cookies? It is providing structure and just a bit of flavor, instead of being the dominant ingredient.

All the deliciousness of no bake cookies - in an easy bar method!
No Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies

There are plenty of options with these bars. If you prefer a completely unprocessed ingredient list, use pure dark chocolate, natural peanut butter, and unsweetened coconut.

No-bake cookies and bars benefit greatly from the addition of coconut. The texture and the flavor can’t be beaten. If you are like me and have no plans to give up your refined sugars (and are too impatient to make a special trip to the store), use whatever ingredients happen to be in the house.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

I found that a 1″ square piece of these bars satisfied my chocolate craving. (One square at a time, that is. I can’t even describe how much I enjoyed these treats!)

As I was enjoying one of these with my husband late last night, we both agreed that they put store-bought candy bars to shame.

no bake chocolate peanut butter bars

These no bake chocolate peanut butter bars are a naturally gluten free treat too! Check out all of our gluten free dessert recipes here.

For more no-bake desserts, try these Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies, Monster Cookie Dough Bites, and the Chocolate Zebra Cake.

chocolate peanut butter bars with oatmeal and coconut stacked on plate

Kitchen Tip: I use these bowls, this spatula, and this pan to make this recipe.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:

  • peanut butter
  • honey
  • coconut oil 
  • rolled oats
  • shredded coconut
  • chopped pecans
  • dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • vanilla extract
peanut butter, coconut oil, and chocolate chips in bowl

To make the chocolate coconut bars, melt the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil in a medium-size saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir frequently as the mixture melts.

When it has melted, remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is completely smooth.

melted chocolate mixture for no bake bars

Add the oats, coconut, and pecans. Stir to combine. Pour the mixture into an 8×8 pan. Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens, at least 3-4 hours.

Slice into 1″-2″ square pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

To make this in the microwave, combine the peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, and chocolate chips in a large glass mixing bowl. Microwave 90 seconds at high power. Stir and return to microwave. Heat for an additional 90 seconds, only until the chocolate has almost melted. Stir until smooth.

No Bake Chocolate Bites

No Bake Cereal Bars

Rice Krispies Treats are the original no-bake cereal bar and I know very few people who can resist them. Want to know how to make gooey, soft, and chewy Rice Krispie Treats?

Chocolate-drizzled peanut butter cup rice crispy treatscoconut lover’s rice crispy treats, even chocolate-covered pretzel rice crispy treats – I love them all.

No bake cereal bars like these no bake crunch bars and these crispy chocolate bars can made with rice krispies or corn flakes. And for the ultimate treat for any peanut butter lover, no bake peanut butter bars can be made in mere minutes.

Those chewy, slightly crunchy, peanut butter cereal bars are loaded with pockets of gooey marshmallows and they are a huge hit every time we make them.

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Bars

5 from 15 votes
Chocolate and peanut butter are a perfect match in these chewy no-bake treats.
 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 60 bite-size pieces

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • cups dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats (not instant oats)
  • 1 cup coconut
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Melt the peanut butter, honey and coconut oil in a medium-size saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir frequently as the mixture melts.
  • When it has melted, remove it from the heat and add the chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir until completely smooth. Add the oats, coconut, and pecans. Stir to mix well.
  • Pour into an 8×8 pan. Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens, at least 3-4 hours. Slice into 1″-2″ square pieces. Store in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Notes

Alternate microwave directions:
Combine the peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, chocolate chips, and vanilla extract in a large glass mixing bowl. Microwave 90 seconds at high power. Stir and return to microwave. Heat for an additional 90 seconds, only until the chocolate has almost melted.
Stir until smooth. Add the oats, coconut, and pecans. Stir to combine. Pour into an 8×8 pan. Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens, at least 3-4 hours. Slice into 1″-2″ square pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 93kcal · Carbohydrates: 7g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 7g · Saturated Fat: 3g · Cholesterol: 1mg · Sodium: 21mg · Potassium: 69mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 4g · Vitamin A: 2IU · Vitamin C: 1mg · Calcium: 7mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 3/3/13 – notes and photos updated 3/29/23}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Carolyn says

    I love these, I use a little less coconut oil and more peanut butter just so they dont melt too fast. I also mix up the nuts with what I have. They are sooooo great.5 stars

  2. Debbie says

    Hi!

    The No Bake Peanut Butter Coconut Bites recipe looks delicious! Is there anything I can sub for the oats? I know my husband would love these , but he’s allergic to oats.

  3. JoAnn says

    Am I the only one who doesn’t understand the :amounts: listed for ingredients ? ( what is 0.42 cups of oatmeal ) ????

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi JoAnn, the recipe is written with 2 cups of oats. It sounds like you may have accidentally adjusted the number of servings. (there’s a slider for that in the recipe card if you hover over the number of servings.) Doing that will change the amounts to unusual portions.

  4. Janet says

    Oh my goodiness!!! I made these today and they are sooo good. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I love to cook and love cookbooks. I’ll look yours up.

  5. Heather Curry says

    My family loves these. The flavors compliment each other well. Will definitely be making these again5 stars

  6. Mindy says

    These are awesome!! They are the perfect summer treat – no oven required and served chilled. I love that there is no refined sugar added, and most importantly they are so tasty! I used a glass dish, and had a hard time getting them out, so would grease the pan or line it with parchment paper next time. Thank you!!5 stars

  7. Holly says

    These turned out so delicious and I even snuck some riced cauliflower in without anyone noticing! Nothing wrong with adding a little something healthy as long as flavor isn’t affected 😁5 stars

  8. Michele Nissel says

    I have made these several time and think they are wonderful!!
    I am trying to reduce sugars and am wondering if it is possible to omit the honey and increase the peanut butter by an equal amount?

  9. Penny says

    Mine is more of a question…unrefined coconut??? Do you mean buying a coconut and grating it yourself??? Or can unrefined coconut be purchased???

    Thanx…these sound delicious!!!

    • Mary Younkin says

      Penny – Unrefined refers to the coconut oil, not the coconut flakes. You should be able to find the unrefined oil with the other oils at your local grocery store.