No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Serves: 16 squares
  • oil or butter for greasing dish
  • 1 cup roasted, salted peanuts
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 3 ½ ounces semi-sweet chocolate (approximately a heaping ½ cup)
  • 3 ½ ounces dark chocolate (or use all semi-sweet)
  • ¼ cup creamy or crunchy natural (unsweetened and unsalted) peanut butter, divided
  1. Grease an 8x8 or 9x9-inch glass baking dish with oil or butter and line with unbleached parchment paper.
  2. Place peanuts and dates in the bowl of a food processor and process until completely crumb-like and sticky. Press into the bottom of your baking dish evenly, creating a crust. If mixture is too sticky, use plastic wrap to help spread it out.
  3. Using a double boiler or glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, melt chocolate with 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter and stir until combined and creamy. Pour on top of the peanut/date crust.
  4. Using a small spoon, drizzle (do NOT dollop) the remaining 2 Tablespoons peanut butter over the chocolate, teaspoon by teaspoon, in lines. If your peanut butter is not loose enough to do this, warm over a double boiler to thin it out.
  5. Using the tip of a knife, gently create swirls along the top of the bars. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator 10 minutes before serving. Remove from baking dish and cut into squares. Serve immediately or keep in the fridge.
Recipe by Pamela Salzman at