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Easy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Bars

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Are you looking for an easy treat that can be made quickly and requires no baking? These easy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Bars combine the deliciousness of chocolate and peanut butter with everyone’s favorite Chex cereal, for a dessert that can be enjoyed in just a few minutes!

No bake chocolate peanut butter Chex bars on parchment paper.

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Who has time to bake a dessert? Especially when it’s hot outside and you just want something sweet and cool to eat! 

It can be tough to find time to bake a dessert, especially when the weather is hot. And sometimes you just don’t want to turn on the oven.

A pan of chocolate peanut butter Chex bars.

These No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Bars are the perfect solution! They only take a few minutes to make, and require no baking. Plus, they combine two of everyone’s favorite flavors – chocolate and peanut butter!

Below you will find tips, tricks and helpful hints for making this recipe including step by step instructions with pictures. If you would like to go directly to the recipe, scroll down to the recipe card.

A box of Honey Nut Chex cereal.

What is the Best Chex Flavor to Make No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

The great thing about these no bake bars, is that you can use any variety of Chex cereal that you want. My Family tends to always have Honey Nut Chex on hand, because that is one of our favorites, but really, you can use what ever you want.

Ingredients needed to make no bake chocolate peanut butter bars.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Bar Ingredients

*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.

To make these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Bars, you will need:

Light Corn Syrup- Light corn syrup is used in this recipe as the “glue” that holds the bars together. I like to use light corn syrup as oppose to dark because it has more of a neutral flavor.

A measuring cup of corn syrup.
Light Corn Syrup

Sugar- This recipe uses sugar to sweeten the bars. You could use a different type of sugar, like brown sugar, but I find that white sugar works best.

A bowl of granulated white sugar.
Granulated Sugar

Creamy Peanut Butter- I recommend using a creamy peanut butter for this recipe so that it is easy to mix together with the other ingredients.

A bowl of creamy peanut butter.
Creamy Peanut Butter

Salt- Just a pinch of salt is used to enhance the sweetness and flavor of these bars.

A bowl of salt.
Pinch of Salt

Chex Cereal- As I mentioned before, you can use any variety of Chex cereal for this recipe.

A bowl of Honey Nut Chex next to the cereal box.
Chex Cereal

Milk Chocolate Chips- I like to use milk chocolate chips for these bars, but you could also use semi sweet or even dark chocolate if you prefer.

A bag of Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips
Milk Chocolate Chips

Butter- Butter is used in the chocolate peanut butter topping. You could also use margarine if you prefer.

Two tablespoons of butter in a bowl.
Salted Butter

How to Make No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Bars

Making these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Bars is super easy!

[1] Begin by greasing a 9×13 baking dish or a jelly roll pan. You can also line the bottom with a sheet of parchment paper, if desired.

A jelly roll pan with parchment paper.

[2] Combine the corn syrup and sugar in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 2-2 1/2 minutes. You can also combine them together on the stove.

Combine the corn syrup and sugar in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 2-2 1/2 minutes.

[3] Once the sugar has dissolved into the corn syrup, stir in the salt and 1 cup of the creamy peanut butter.

Once the sugar has dissolved into the corn syrup, stir in the salt and 1 cup of the creamy peanut butter.

[4] Add the cereal to the mixture and stir until the cereal is completely covered.

Add the cereal to the mixture and stir until the cereal is completely covered.

[5] Press the cereal mixture into the baking dish or jelly roll, making the top as flat as possible.

Press the cereal mixture into the baking dish or jelly roll, making the top as flat as possible.

[6] To make the chocolate topping, add the chocolate chips, 1/4 cup of peanut butter, and butter to a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute, then stir until the mixture is smooth.

A bowl of melted chocolate, peanut butter, and butter.

[7] Spread the chocolate mixture over the top of the cereal bars, then refrigerate for 30 minutes before cutting into bars.

Chocolate ganache spread over cereal bars.

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Does This Recipe Use Graham Cracker Crumbs?

No, this recipe does not use graham cracker crumbs. Instead of using graham cracker crumbs like other recipes, this recipe has Chex cereal as its base.

No bake chocolate peanut butter Chex bars on parchment paper.

Can I Substitute the Corn Syrup in This Recipe?

Yes, you can substitute the corn syrup in this recipe for honey or agave nectar. However, keep in mind that this will change the flavor of the recipe slightly.

No bake chocolate peanut butter Chex bars on parchment paper.

Can I Use a Natural Peanut Butter?

Yes, you can use a natural peanut butter in this recipe. However, the consistency of the bars may be slightly different since natural peanut butters are not as smooth as regular peanut butter.

No bake chocolate peanut butter Chex bars on parchment paper.

What is the Best Way to Store These No Bake Bars?

These No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Chocolate peanut butter bars cut in a pan.

Baking Tips

-Use light corn syrup for this recipe because it has a more neutral flavor. However, you can use dark corn syrup if that is what you have on hand.

-You can use any variety of Chex cereal for this recipe. My family tends to always have Honey Nut Chex on hand, but feel free to use whatever you have.

No bake chocolate peanut butter Chex bars on parchment paper.

-I like to use milk chocolate chips for this recipe, but you could also use semi sweet or even dark chocolate if you prefer. Use a high quality chocolate, because it tends to melt better.

-Store these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

-Line your pan with parchment paper to remove the bars easier.

A close up picture of Chex cereal bars.

No Bake Chex Bar Variations

You can customize them however you like by adding different toppings or flavors. For example, you can substitute white chocolate for milk chocolate and use cookie butter instead of peanut butter. The possibilities are endless!

Chocolate poured over no bake Chex bars.

When to Serve No Bake Dessert Bars

They’re perfect for parties, potlucks, or any other gathering where you need a quick and easy dessert that everyone will love!

No matter what the occasion, these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Bars are sure to be a hit! They’re easy to make, require no baking, and can be made ahead of time. Plus, they’re customizable so you can make them your own.

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Easy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Bars

Yield: 32
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Are you looking for an easy treat that can be made quickly and requires no baking? These easy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Bars combine the deliciousness of chocolate and peanut butter with everyone's favorite Chex cereal, for a dessert that can be enjoyed in just a few minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 1/4 Cups Creamy Peanut Butter, divided
  • 6 Cups Chex Cereal
  • 1 Bag Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter

Instructions

  1. Begin by greasing a 9x13 baking dish or a jelly roll pan. You can also line the bottom with a sheet of parchment paper, if desired.
  2. Combine the corn syrup and sugar in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 2-2 1/2 minutes. You can also combine them together on the stove.
  3. Once the sugar has dissolved into the corn syrup, stir in the salt and 1 cup of the creamy peanut butter.
  4. Add the cereal to the mixture and stir until the cereal is completely covered.
  5. Press the cereal mixture into the baking dish or jelly rolls, making the top as flat as possible.
  6. To make the chocolate topping, add the chocolate chips, 1/4 cup of peanut butter, and butter to a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute, then stir until the mixture is smooth.
  7. Spread the chocolate mixture over the top of the cereal bars, then refrigerate for 30 minutes before cutting into bars.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1 Bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 106mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 3g
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