These no-bake lunch lady peanut butter bars taste just like the grade-school cafeteria recipe! Soooo good and easy to make.
The sweet and salty combination of peanut butter and chocolate make these a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Plus, they only call for six simple ingredients.
The Best Peanut Butter Bars
Do you remember these no-bake peanut butter bars from school? They’re such a nostalgic treat everybody loved from the lunch lady.
It’s a simple dessert featuring crunchy graham crackers, creamy peanut butter, and Hershey’s chocolate.
Made from scratch, these homemade goodies will make you feel like a kid all over again.
So make a batch and spoil your children. And sneak a couple for yourself while you’re at it. I won’t tell!
Why You’ll Love These Peanut Butter Bars
- With just 6 ingredients, they’re super easy to make!
- No oven needed
- Loved by kids and adults alike
- Taste just like peanut butter cups (Yum!)
- You can freeze a batch and save for later.
- Chocolate + peanut butter = Need I say more
Tips & Tricks
No-bake dessert bars like this are so easy to make! Still, if you want the best, follow my tips and tricks:
- Make them crunchy. I love using creamy peanut butter. But if you want to add a little more crunch, use crunchy peanut butter. You can also throw a few chopped nuts into the mix.
- Add sea salt. The pinch of sea salt helps cut the sweetness. It also makes these taste even more like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!
- Use pretzels. Swap the graham crackers with crushed pretzels for a candy bar texture. Or, use half of both. It’s delish! If you go either route, I recommend using unsalted butter. Those pretzels are salty enough!
- Go gluten-free. Want to make this a gluten free dessert? Just use gluten free graham crackers. No one will ever know!
- Try natural peanut butter. If you want to use natural peanut butter, I recommend Skippy Natural. Just be sure to keep the bars in the fridge. They will soften quickly when using natural peanut butter.
How to Store
Leftover lunch lady peanut butter bars are the perfect midnight snack!
Fridge or freezer, they store well. So you can have some on hand for when your sweet tooth strikes.
To Store: Place the leftover bars in an airtight container. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days.
To Freeze: Place the lunch lady peanut butter bars in a freezer-safe container, label, and freeze. Frozen peanut butter bars will last for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
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