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Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars – Gluten-Free Recipe

These healthy no-bake peanut butter bars are easy to whip up. Plus the best part is that they are gluten-free, sugar-free, and perfect for a low-carb diet. The simple ingredients come together to create healthy peanut butter bars that will satisfy your sweet tooth without refined sugar.  

Crafted with wholesome ingredients reminiscent of Reese’s peanut butter cups, this delectable sweet treat is destined to become one of your favorite things.

Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

This is the perfect snack for peanut butter lovers who enjoy a great recipe using healthy ingredients. When frozen, these peanut butter chocolate bars are the perfect dessert for hot days. When served at room temperature, the peanut butter mixture makes a healthy dessert that is sure to satisfy your sweet craving.

Store individually and take one to work in place of granola bars but be sure to keep them cool until they are ready to serve. 

dry ingredients

Healthy Peanut Butter Bars Ingredients

This is what I used to make this healthy snack, for measurements and instructions in one easy-to-read place, check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Almond Flour: This is a great alternative to all-purpose flour as well as wheat flour and is a great source of fiber. If you make your own oat flour or want to substitute some of the flour for coconut flour, you can but this recipe is perfect using almond flour if you have it on hand. 

Cocoa Powder: I use Dutch cocoa for the chocolate mixture because it delivers a strong flavor of milk chocolate to this recipe. 

Stevia: This natural sweetener has a high star rating, making it a great replacement for granulated sugar. 

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has many health benefits and is great for a variety of no-bake recipes because it holds the dry ingredients together.

Vanilla Extract: You can use your favorite brand of vanilla extract for this recipe to add a nice flavor to the other organic ingredients. 

Erythritol: This ingredient is a great sweetener for the peanut butter base.

Peanut Butter: You can use homemade peanut butter or your favorite brand of natural peanut butter for this recipe. 

Cream Cheese: This ingredient mixes perfectly with the creamy peanut butter to create a deliciously creamy texture. 

Whipped Topping: Using premade whipped topping makes this an easy recipe to whip up but if you want to make your own sugar-free whipped cream recipe, click here.

mixing the ingredients

Kitchen Tools Needed

These no-bake bars will need a square or rectangular baking dish to create no-bake peanut butter bar recipes that are in bar form. You can use any pan you want but for best results, I suggest using an 8×8 pan as well as parchment paper and cooking spray to prevent sticking. 

You will also need a hand mixer or food processor to combine the ingredients. Although you could use a mixing bowl and spoon with a little elbow grease. 

You will also need an airtight container for storing these healthy no-bake peanut butter bars. 

Instructions

Step 1: Mix Dry Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, combine almond flour, cocoa powder, sweetener, and coconut oil. Mix until well combined.

You will be left with small pieces of chocolate that will create an even layer for the bottom of the pan. 

Step 2: Prepare Baking Pan

Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan to prevent sticking. Alternatively, line a square pan with parchment paper.

chocolate topping

Step 3: Create the Chocolate Layer

Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan, creating a sturdy chocolate layer.

Then place the pan in the freezer for a couple of minutes while you prepare the filling.

No bake crust

Step 4: Mix Wet Ingredients

In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter, erythritol, cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar-free whipped topping until smooth and creamy.

wet ingredients.

Step 5: Create Peanut Butter Layer

Remove the pan from the freezer and spread the peanut butter filling evenly over the crust.

Run the back of a spoon or butter knife over the top of the peanut butter layer to ensure a smooth finish.

peanut butter layer

Step 6: Refrigerate the Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Refrigerate the bars for approximately an hour to allow the flavors to meld and the filling to set. For a frozen texture, you can also store them in the freezer or put them in for a half hour before serving. 

Slice into bars and enjoy your healthy no-bake peanut butter bars!

Variations on this No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

You can swap out the peanut butter with almond butter or cashew butter to create a similar recipe. If you prefer a different sweetener, use a bit of maple syrup, pure maple syrup is best, or agave syrup to sweeten this recipe but keep in mind that it will change the texture.

A great swap without creating an entirely new recipe would be brown sugar because it has a similar texture. 

If you aren’t following a low-carb or sugar-free diet, you can create a base with graham cracker crumbs instead. Simply mix graham crackers and brown sugar with butter before pressing it into the bottom of the pan.

You can also add a lot of great things to top this delicious recipe. My daughter loves a chocolate topping so we sprinkle on dark chocolate chips, chia seeds, and sea salt on top. Sometimes we use a medium bowl, preferably a microwave-safe bowl or a small saucepan on medium heat to melt the chocolate before freezing. 

Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars Recipe.

More Recipes You’ll Love

If you are looking for a delicious recipe for keto peanut butter balls, you’ll love this one. If you are looking for an easy air fryer recipe, give these low-carb peanut butter bars a try. 

You may also want to try this recipe for overnight apples and cinnamon. The hardest part of making this recipe is smelling the food cooking all night. They remind me of the quick oats served for breakfast at my high school.

I am currently working on making a similar recipe for oat bars, specifically no-bake oatmeal bars. This recipe for healthy no-bake peanut butter bars has inspired me to make no-bake peanut butter oatmeal bars too. 

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Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars Recipe.
Yield: Bars

Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

These healthy no-bake peanut butter bars are easy to whip up for a gluten-free, sugar-free, low-carb dessert with a rich peanut butter flavor.

Ingredients

Chocolate Layer

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup Stevia or other preferred sweetener
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

Peanut Butter Layer

  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup erythritol
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter (without added sugar)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (light or reduced-fat version can be used)
  • 8 ounces sugar-free whipped topping

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine almond flour, cocoa powder, sweetener, and coconut oil. Mix until well combined. You will be left with small pieces of chocolate that will create an even layer for the bottom of the pan. 
  2. Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan to prevent sticking. Alternatively, line a square pan with parchment paper.
  3. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan, creating a sturdy chocolate layer.
  4. Place the pan in the freezer for a couple of minutes while you prepare the filling. In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter, erythritol, cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar-free whipped topping until smooth and creamy.
  5. Remove the pan from the freezer and spread the peanut butter filling evenly over the crust. Run the back of a spoon or butter knife over the top of the peanut butter layer to ensure a smooth finish.
  6. Refrigerate the bars for approximately an hour to allow the flavors to meld and the filling to set.
  7. Slice into bars and enjoy your healthy no-bake peanut butter bars!

Notes

For a frozen texture, you can store these healthy no-bake peanut butter bars in the freezer or put them in for a half hour before serving. 

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Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 387Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 19mgSodium 147mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 3gSugar 22gProtein 9g

The nutrition in recipes is caluculate by AI, mistakes happen. It is highly recommended to check carb counts to make sure these recipes fit into your diet.

About Thirty Something Super Mom

Melissa Dixon Thirty Something Super Mom
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My journey started after a Crohn's disease diagnosis, inspiring a commitment to well-being. This site shares my distinctive approach to healthy living with my collection of nutritious recipes that boast authentic flavors, mimicking the indulgence of traditional dishes. I love sharing guilt free recipes for low carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo, and the specific carbohydrate diet. I also share tips on natural living, including homemade cleaners and cleaning hacks. I also share my experience as a veterinary technician and pet groomer, to integrate pet health tips, homemade dog food recipes, and grooming insights to ensure your pets thrive.

Sam

Monday 8th of April 2024

This turned out great! Thanks or the easy recipe!

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