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Vegan Peanut Butter Bars

Vegan Peanut Butter Bars taste just like a peanut butter cup, but better! They only require 4 ingredients, come together in 15 minutes and are the best no bake treat! Keep them in the freezer for a sweet snack all month long.

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three Vegan Peanut Butter Bars stacked on top of each other with a bite taken out of the one on top.

why you’ll love this recipe

  • Vegan Peanut Butter Bars taste just like a reese’s peanut butter cup, but better!
  • You only need 4 ingredients and about 15 minutes to make them.
  • No cooking required, these are the best no bake treats.
  • Keep them stored in your freezer for a quick and healthy dessert or snack all month long.
  • Fudgy tops and caramely bottoms.
  • Made with toasted coconut, dates, peanut butter and vegan dark chocolate.
  • This recipe is vegan, plant-based, gluten free and dairy free.
  • Check out these dark chocolate almond butter cups for another great dessert recipe!

ingredients and Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Vegan Peanut Butter Bars. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this page for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

For the crust/ based of this recipe you will need dates. I prefer using medjool dates since they tend to be softer and sweeter.

Shredded toasted coconut is also used in the base. I have not tested this recipe with any substitute.

All natural runny peanut butter is used in both the base and fudge topping. You can instead use almond butter or cashew butter.

Use vegan dark chocolate to keep this recipe vegan and dairy free. If you don’t mind the dairy you can use milk chocolate instead.

all the ingredients you need to make this recipe.

how to make

ONE: Start by toasting the coconut in the oven or air fryer. I prefer using my air fryer because it’s quick and easy! Add the shredded coconut to a piece of parchment paper and air fry at 350F for about 4-5 minutes. Watch it closely because it will burn quickly.

TWO: Next, remove the pit from the dates and add them to a food processor. Blend for about 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Then, add in the toasted coconut and 4 tbsp of peanut butter and blend once more.

THREE: Add this mixture to a prepare 8×8 baking dish that’s been lined with parchment paper and firmly press it into the pan covering all corners.

FOUR: Next, melt the dark chocolate with about 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil. You can do this in the microwave or on the stovetop. I prefer the microwave. Then, combine the melted dark chocolate and peanut butter together.

FIVE: Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust and spread until even and smooth and store in the freezer for about 4 hours or until the tops have hardened completely.

SIX: Option to sprinkle with sea salt and then cut into squares and enjoy!

Tips and tricks

Use soft and gooey dates for best results. If you have hard dates, soak them in hot water for 10-15 minutes to soften them up.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave with coconut oil to get it smooth and creamy. Melt in 30 second increments, stirring well each time.

How to serve and store

Enjoy these bite sized Vegan Peanut Butter Bars with a cup of coffee, tea or on their own.

They make the perfect after dinner dessert!

Store these bars in an airtight container in the freezer and enjoy within 30 days.

the bars cut into smaller bite sized pieces.

Taste and Texture

Vegan Peanut Butter Bars taste like a reese’s peanut butter cup, but with a little added crunch from the toasted coconut.

They are chewy, soft and fudgey.

frequently asked questions

What can I used instead of coconut?

I have not tested this recipe with anything other than coconut, but I would suggest using oats or almonds.

How can I toast the coconut?

I recommend air frying it at 350F for 4-5 minutes. You can also bake it in the oven. Just be sure to watch it carefully because it will burn quick.

Do I have to toast the coconut?

No you don’t, but I think it adds more flavor!

a hand holding one of the bars with a bite taken out of it to show the texture.

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Vegan Peanut Butter Bars

Vegan Peanut Butter Bars taste just like a peanut butter cup, but better! They only require 4 ingredients, come together in 15 minutes and are the best no bake treat! Keep them in the freezer for a sweet snack all month long.
PIN RECIPE
PREP TIME:
5 minutes
COOK TIME:
4 hours
TOTAL TIME:
4 hours 5 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

Crust

  • 15 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 1/3 cups of shredded coconut, toasted
  • 4 Tbsp of runny peanut butter

Fudge Layer

  • 1/2 cup runny peanut butter
  • 1 cup vegan dark chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil (for melted the chocolate)

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

24 servings

Directions

  1. Start by toasting the coconut in the oven or air fryer. I prefer using my air fryer because it's quick and easy! Add the shredded coconut to a piece of parchment paper and air fry at 350F for about 4-5 minutes. Watch it closely because it will burn quickly. 
  2. Next, remove the pit from the dates and add them to a food processor. Blend for about 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Then, add in the toasted coconut and 4 tbsp of peanut butter and blend once more. 
  3. Add this mixture to an 8x8 baking dish that's been lined with parchment paper and firmly press it into the pan covering all corners. 
  4. Then, melt the dark chocolate with about 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil. You can do this in the microwave or on the stovetop. I prefer the microwave, see notes above.
  5. Combine the melted dark chocolate and peanut butter together and pour over crust. Spread until even and smooth and store in the freezer for about 4 hours or until the top has hardened completely. 
  6. Option to sprinkle with sea salt and then cut into squares and enjoy! 

Notes

  • Cut the squares into bite sized pieces for a quick snack or dessert.
  • Use soft and gooey dates for best results. If you have hard dates, soak them in hot water for 10-15 minutes to soften them up.
  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave with coconut oil to get it smooth and creamy. Melt in 30 second increments, stirring well each time.

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