Crunchy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Bars-you only need 5 ingredients to make these no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars. They are easy to make at home and taste better than any store bought candy bar!
When I was in junior high, I was a candy bar addict. I ate one every single day after school before basketball practice. I don’t know why I thought that was a good idea…the candy bar before practice or me playing basketball, ha! I eventually retired my jersey and stuck to cheerleading. I am much better at yelling from the sidelines:)
Anyways, our junior high office sold candy after school and the second the bell rang, I would race to purchase my candy bar. I was always starving after school. I don’t think my dad knew of my candy addiction. I am sure he thought I was using my money to purchase healthier snacks for practice:) Shhh, let’s not tell him and let’s hope he isn’t reading this.
One of my favorite candy bars was a Whatchamacallit. Do you guys remember those candy bars? I don’t even know if they still make them because I haven’t had one since junior high, but I do remember loving the crispy chocolate peanut butter candy bar. They were so good.
Well, the other day I was flipping through my friend Mary’s new cookbook, The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook, and saw a recipe for Crunchy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. I immediately made them because I am a sucker for chocolate and peanut butter and I was hoping they would taste like a Whatchamacallit. Guess what? They DO taste like my favorite candy bar, but I think they are even better! YAY!
You only need FIVE ingredients to make the bars and I had all of the ingredients in my kitchen. I love that these bars are no-bake! You combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, honey, and butter in a microwave safe bowl and melt. Stir together and add cornflakes. They are the secret ingredient to creating the crisp and crunch!
Chill the bars until solid, but make sure you lick the bowl while they are chilling. You will want a taste of what’s to come:)
Cut into bars and enjoy! The bars will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. These easy no-bake bars are a great treat to have around at all times. Whenever I need a sweet fix, I can turn to my trusty container of Crunchy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Bars. They remind me of my good old junior high days! I am so glad I can make my favorite candy bar at home!
And make sure you check out The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook. It is filled with simple, family-friendly recipes that are easy to whip up during the week. Plus, there is a chapter all about sweet treats. Of course, I made a dessert in a book about dinners…ha! I guess I am still a junior high candy addict at heart.
Crunchy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- Prep Time
- 5 minutes
- Cook Time
- 2 minutes
- 48 bite size pieces or 12-16 candy bar size pieces
- 1½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 3 cups cornflakes
- Place the chocolate chips, peanut butter, honey and butter in a large glass mixing bowl.
- Microwave for 2 minutes at full power.
- Remove from the microwave and stir until the chocolate has completely melted and everything is well combined.
- Gently stir in the cornflakes. Mix until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into an 8x8 square baking pan. Smooth the mixture across the pan and refrigerate until firm, at least 2-4 hours.
- Slice with a sharp knife and store chilled in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- Note-you can substitute crisp rice cereal for the cornflakes if you wish.