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Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. Doughy, soft, and fluffy peanut butter base, layered with sweet, fudgy chocolate. All made with simple ingredients: almond flour, maple syrup, peanut butter, eggs, and rich dark chocolate. These bars are sweet, salty, made with just the right amount of peanut butter, extra chocolatey, gluten-free, and butter-free. Every last bite is truly delicious, they really are quite magical!

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There’s nothing my family loves more than chocolate and peanut butter paired together. It has always been the family “vice”. Universally, it’s a flavor we all love and could easily enjoy weekly – and sometimes we do!

With the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day both on the horizon, I have two focuses for the month when it comes to desserts…recipes for a crowd, and all things chocolate.

If they happen to be easy, and even somewhat wholesome, that’s just an added bonus!

Excitedly, these peanut bars, have all of the above. They’ll feed a crowd, chocolate is involved, and they don’t require a lot of effort. They’re low in sugar and even gluten-free!

So you see, these really are kind of like a magic chocolate peanut butter bar. I’ve made probably six batches in the last few weeks and we haven’t tired of the recipe yet. I’m even looking forward to sharing these on Super Bowl Sunday, they’re the perfect game-day dessert.

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The peanut butter bar details

Nothing fancy here, just mix the wet ingredients with the dry and simply bake the bars in a baking dish. One bowl – nothing complicated. As mentioned, I used almond flour for these bars, so they’re naturally gluten-free.

And then, I used maple syrup as the sweetener, which I really love. Sweet dessert bars are, of course, delicious, but I hate the “sugar” headache you can get when they’re overly sweet. Don’t worry though, these peanutty bars are still plenty sweet!

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The glazes

The glaze, or glazes, I should say, make these bars, and both are so simple. Just chocolate chips and either oil or milk.

Using milk gives us a really creamy, dark, and rich glaze that stays softer on the bars. It’s delicious and will leave you with chocolatey fingers.

Using oil gives us a more stiff glaze that really sets up and hardens after some rest time.

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Both are equally delicious, it’s more of a texture thing. The chocolate + milk glaze is creamy and fudgy. While the chocolate + oil glaze is more firm, like milk chocolate. Using both gives you the best of both, so you don’t have to pick one.

And we love that! Each bite is filled with sweet, fluffy, almost cake-like peanut bars and extra fudgy chocolate glaze. Yummmy!

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Looking for easy old-school-style desserts? Here are a few ideas: 

Crinkle Top Brownies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Blondies

Giant Salted Espresso Hot Fudge Cookies

Lunchroom Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Lastly, if you make these Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 24 bars
Calories Per Serving: 261 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Chocolate Glaze


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9×13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
    2. In a bowl, stir together the coconut oil and peanut butter, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla. Add the almond flour, baking powder, and salt.
    3. Spread the dough out into the prepared dish. Transfer to the oven and bake for 20-22 minutes, until just set in the center. Let cool completely.
    4. Meanwhile, make the glaze.
    Glaze 1: Microwave 1 cup chocolate chips and oil on 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until melted and smooth.
    Glaze 2: Microwave 1 cup chocolate chips and milk on 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until melted and smooth.
    5. Spread glaze 2 over the cooled bars, let sit 15-20 minutes, then drizzle over glaze 1, using a butter knife to swirl the 2 glazes together (note the order you add the glazes does not matter). Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour until set. Slice into bars and enjoy! Keep stored in a cold place or in the fridge.
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    1. Hi there,
      Sorry to hear your base was dry. Did you finish the recipe? Was there anything you adjusted? Please let me know how I can help! xT

  1. I left these out over night are they still ok to eat? Our house runs on temp of 69 degrees

    I completely forgot to chill them for an hour also

    1. Hi Natalie,
      Yes, that should be just fine:) I would pop them in the fridge when you can though! Thanks for trying this recipe! xT

  2. What can i substitute for the avocado oil? I have sesame on hand? or should I do purchase some avocado? Thanks. Love all your recipes!

    1. Hi Annette,
      I would not recommend sesame oil, but something like coconut oil would work well for you! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT

  3. 5 stars
    These are absolutely delicious ! I love that the ingredients are healthier too with the almond flour, natural peanut butter and maple syrup instead of sugar ! I used ChocZero chocolate baking chips and those are a delicious low sugar option. These make a great afternoon snack for my boys, and me of course ! Thanks so much Tieghan !

    1. Hey Shannon,
      Love it!!🍪🍦 I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks for making it and sharing your review!! xx

    1. Hey Geraldine,
      Happy Monday!! So glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks for making it:) xT

  4. Hello,
    I’m looking for a clarification with this recipe. When you say “1/2 cup melted coconut oil” do you mean, 1/2 cup of solid coconut oil that has been melted, or 1/2 cups worth of melted coconut oil? I guess I’m trying to figure out, am I measuring the coconut oil as a solid or as a liquid? Or another way of asking would be, should I have 1/2 cup of solid coconut oil, or 1/2 of melted coconut oil?

    I hope I’m making sense! Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Alice,
      You will want to use 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil, so it will be 1/2 cup in its melted state:) I hope this helps! xx

  5. Hi!! Really want to try these but have a tree nut allergy – can you use regular flour and will the recipe need to change at all?

    1. Hey Madi,
      I would try using a gluten free flour blend for best results in this recipe:) Please let me know if you give this a try, I hope you love it! xx

    1. Hi Brittney,
      Happy Sunday!!🍀 I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it and sharing your comment! xT

    1. Hey Jasmin,
      So sorry to hear that you had some issues with the base! Next time, I would try using more coconut oil. Please let me know if there is anything else that I can help with! xx