These peanut butter pretzel bars are a sweet and salty treat, with no baking required! They’re easy to make, just mix it up and put it in the freezer! You’ll have dessert ready in no time.

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Peanut butter and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations. Salty peanut butter and rich chocolate is a classic duo and once you add crunchy pretzels to the mix, this dessert is irresistible! I wanted to keep these Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars a little healthier, so in addition to pretzels, I also used almond flour. Almond flour is simply finely ground almonds, so it contains lots of healthy fats and protein.

Tips for Making Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

  • I used windowpane shaped pretzels and found that I needed about 1 cup of whole pretzels to equal 2/3 cup of crushed pretzels. Depending on the shape, you may need a little more or a little less. Just make sure you measure the crushed pretzels.
  • I recommend using natural, no-stir peanut butter. I like Santa Cruz or the Whole Foods 365 brand of creamy, no-stir peanut butter.  If your peanut butter is too oily or too dry, you may have problems with the texture. No-stir peanut butter is smoother and easier to mix.
  • The coconut oil helps soften the chocolate just slightly so you can store the bars in the freezer, but the chocolate will still be soft enough to bite through even when it’s chilled. If you don’t have coconut oil, you can substitute the same amount of butter instead.

The mixture will be slightly crumbly, but it will hold together. The texture should be like wet sand, but slightly sticky.

peanut butter bar dough

I recommend lining the loaf pan with parchment paper before pressing the dough inside. This will make it easier to remove the bars from the pan. I like to fold the parchment paper edges completely over the dough so I can press it down with my hands, without worrying about getting sticky palms! This makes it easier to press into an even layer.

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How to Store Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

I recommend storing the bars in the freezer but you can transfer them to the refrigerator to soften them slightly before serving. If you’re taking them straight out of the freezer, they’ll be fine at room temperature for a few hours. The chocolate may start to melt slightly, but the bars stay together.

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

These peanut butter pretzel bars are a sweet and salty treat, with no baking required! They’re easy to make, just mix it up and put it in the freezer! You’ll have dessert ready in no time.


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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup crushed pretzels (about 1 cup whole pretzels)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the crushed pretzels, peanut butter, almond flour, and brown sugar. It should form a clumpy mixture. It might be slightly sticky.
  2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and press the pretzel mixture into the pan in an even layer.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and coconut oil for 45 seconds at 50% power.
  4. Stir and continue to microwave the chocolate at half power until melted.
  5. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the pretzel mixture and smooth into an even layer.
  6. Place the bars in the freezer for at least an hour, then remove the parchment paper from the pan and cut into squares.
  7. Store the bars in the freezer.

Keywords: Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

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Still can’t get enough peanut butter? Try one of these other tasty dessert recipes!

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies– These are grain-free, oil-free, gluten-free, and vegan… but they taste just like a regular soft and chewy peanut butter cookie!healthier peanut butter cookies

Healthy Peanut Butter Dip– This is my favorite dip for apples and strawberries. If you love peanut butter, this is a great high-protein recipe that will fill you up!peanut butter dip

Frozen Yogurt Bark– This creamy bark is made with Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and just the right amount of chocolate to make this healthy recipe taste like a decadent dessert!frozen yogurt bark

What’s your favorite sweet and salty combination?