Are you ready for literally the best dessert I have ever made? This is no joke. These no bake peanut butter bars are going to completely blow you away! And the best part is that they are so easy and quick to make.
This amazing recipe was inspired by Deliciously Ella’s Fudge Peanut Slices, with my own twist of course, and I have absolutely no doubt that you are going to adore them!
No Bake Peanut Butter Bars: How Simple Desserts Come Together
I’ll admit it: I am not a huge dessert fanatic. I love sweets, but I would say that most of the time, I enjoy savory more.
However, when the craving for sweet comes around, there is no stopping it! I absolutely love to indulge, and I think you should too – the right way.
When I started my plant based journey, I used to use a lot of maple syrup and agave to sweeten my desserts. It took years until I learned that these sweeteners are not health promoting at all. Nothing wrong with consuming them once in a while, but don’t rely on them as your go to sweetener. More about healthy sweeteners here (+an insanely delicious no-bake cheesecake recipe).
These days, I’ve learned that desserts can be extremely healthy, even if they are slightly more decadent and indulgent. And they don’t have to be difficult or complicated to prepare.
99% of the time, I do not create baked desserts. This is for a few reasons: firstly, it takes more time. And secondly, cooking fats like nuts and seeds (which are usually used in desserts), is not health-promoting. It oxidizes the fat and creates free radicals, which we don’t want in our body. Free radicals promote things like inflammation, and are thus the underlying cause for many diseases.
*Note: this one is a bit of an exception, since I am using peanut butter, which is roasted… however, if you want to stick to this rule 100%, you can easily substitute with raw almond butter!
Instead, I highly suggest going the blender or food processor route, and using dates as sweetener. It’s easy, quick, and so delicious!
Listen, I promise, if I can do this, you can too! Remember, I was not born a cook. I used to hate cooking. AND I used to be scared of desserts the most. That is before I discovered how easy it was to blend a couple of ingredients together!
If you’re intimidated by making desserts, this is the perfect one for you. Ready? Let’s do it!
For this yummy recipe, you will only need 7 ingredients that can be easily found pretty much anywhere! You are going to create two layers, and you will only need a food processor (even a simple, cheapy one will do) to create them.
First, you’ll make the crust. This crust is so delicious that you could just feel good about making THAT into cookies and devouring. You can stop at this step! Also, this crust is low fat, yet very moist. And did I mention it’s packed with nutrients?
Now is the hardest part of the whole entire recipe. Using your fingers to spread out the “dough” in your baking dish. Actually, it’s very, very easy! This “dough” is very moist and easily shaped. It’s my favorite crust that I have ever created!
Second, you’ll make the luxurious filling (3-ingredients). Before you do that, rinse the food processor. But really – don’t put too much time into it. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Warning: do not devour the whole filling before scooping it onto the crust. You will want to. But don’t. Ok?
I like to top the mixture with cacao nibs. They give it just a little, slight chocolaty flavor. So delicious! But this is completely optional.
After freezing your beautiful creation for just a couple of hours, this is what will happen. You will use a spoon to eat right out of the pan. Don’t be ashamed. I did the same thing!
Of, if you have a little more self control, you will actually cut the “cake” into bars. Don’t wait too long – 2 hours is the maximum. At this point, the “cake” will be soft enough to easily cut through into bars. Then, you can put them back in the freezer so that you can enjoy them whenever you want.
Healthy, No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars
For the first layer:
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
For the first layer:
- Add rolled oats to food processor, and process until slightly broken down.
- Add raisins, dates, and almond butter, and process until the mixture starts to stick together.
- If the mixture is still not sticking together well, add a few more dates.
- Line a square 8 inch glass dish with parchment paper.
- Press the mixture from the food processor into the baking dish.
- Set aside.
For the second layer:
- Rinse the food processor - you don't have to rinse extremely well.
- Add peanut butter, dates, and soy milk into food processor.
- Process until completely smooth - about 5 minutes.
- Add second layer on the first, using a rubber spatula.
- Sprinkle with cacao nibs (optional).
- Set in the freezer for 1-2 hours.
- Remove from freezer, and cut into bars.