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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bars

Secretly healthy brownie bars - from @choccoveredkt... oil-free, sugar-free, raw, #vegan, paleo, & gluten-free. Full recipe:


Cookbook Update:

Two weeks ago, Amazon saw a crazy surge in orders of the Chocolate Covered Katie Cookbook that caused them to completely sell out of copies (which was so incredibly fantastic!!). They got more copies in and immediately sold out again, and everyone who’s tried to purchase the book since then has been told it was currently unavailable while they waited for a third printing.

Please accept my apologies for this; it’s been so frustrating not being able to tell people when the book would be back in stock. But finally, as of this morning, it should now be available again on Amazon and in stores.

Thank you so much to all of you who have been buying it!!!!

Secretly healthy brownie bars - from @choccoveredkt... oil-free, sugar-free, raw, #vegan, paleo, & gluten-free. Full recipe:

Now, let’s talk about these no-bake chocolate peanut butter brownie bars. Because… that’s why you’re really here, right? These bars can be many wonderful things, including all of the following:

raw / sugar-free / dairy-free / paleo / vegan / and gluten-free!


no bake peanut butter brownies

You don’t need to refrigerate the brownie bars, making them perfect for road trips or for adding to a lunchbox. And they also freeze well, so you can have chocolate on hand whenever a craving strikes. Which may or may not be a good thing…

Secretly healthy brownie bars - from @choccoveredkt... oil-free, sugar-free, raw, #vegan, paleo, & gluten-free. Full recipe:



No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bars

Adapted from: Homemade Larabars

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder
  • just over 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups loosely packed pitted dates
  • 1 cup raw almonds or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw nuts of choice
    • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 2 tsp water
    • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, optional
    • 1/4 cup nut butter of choice (or pb2) OR allergy-friendly alternative
    • 2 tsp pure maple syrup or honey OR stevia to taste
    • 2 tbsp milk of choice (plus extra if using stevia)

    *Notes: If you have a small or medium food processor, it may be a good idea to process in two batches so as not to overwork your machine. Using a blender might yield an overly sticky result, so try that at your own risk. Recipe: In a high-quality food processor, combine all but the final three ingredients (but including the chocolate chips, if using) until sticky crumbles form. If it’s still too crumbly to stick together, process longer. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper, then transfer the crumbles to the pan and use a second sheet of parchment to press down evenly into the pan. In a small dish, stir together the final three ingredients to make a frosting – it will look liquidy at first, but just keep stirring. Spread the frosting over top, then set in the fridge until ready to cut and serve. You can also drizzle melted chocolate on top if desired. I let mine sit in the fridge for a few hours, then I was easily able to slice and place the brownies in a sealed container to bring to a party. Store leftovers unrefrigerated for a few days, or refrigerated a few weeks, or frozen for up to 2 months.

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    1. Lucie says

      Oh my gosh! These brownies look to die for! Of course, I’m biased, because PB and chocolate is my ultimate favorite flavor combination 🙂 I’d rather use almonds than walnuts, though I’m wondering – almonds are a bit harder than walnuts, should I soak them first?

    2. Michelle says

      I was wondering what was going on! I had bought a copy a few months ago on amazon but I went to order a second copy last week for a friend and Amazon said it was temporarily unavailable but didn’t list a reason. A few days later when I tried again it said it was available but there were only 4 copies left.

      You can bet I got one of those 4 copies! 😉

    3. Sarah says

      These brownies look delicious, and that’s so wonderful about your book! I bought my copies long ago and everything I’ve made from it has been a big success.

    4. Elyse says

      OH MY! I am a sucker for anything chocolate and peanut butter so I’m going to pin these and make them this weekend. Can’t wait to try them!

    5. Amy says

      These look fantastic (and easy). One question though: why must the nuts be raw? Could plain roasted unsalted nuts be used instead?

    6. Lucy says

      Omg, this recipe arriving in my inbox just made my day. You could not have thought up something more perfect. Chocolate, peanut butter and dates are three of my favourite foods ever (also avocados and hummus. Is that strange?) Thankyou!!!

    7. Jeanette says

      Are the chocolate chips listed in the recipe for the optional drizzle on top, or are the chips optional to add to the nut mixture on the bottom? And, can I use roasted, unsalted nuts in place of raw? Thank you Katie, for your wonderful recipes! I am always amazed at what you come up with!

    8. Abby says

      I am in LOVE with your cookbook! My goal is to try every recipe by the end of the year. My birthday is coming up and I asked my mom to make the Chocolate Obsession Cake with healthy Nutella frosting. Pretty excited about these brownies too, especially that they are no-bake!

    9. Amanda says

      Uh oh, it looks like it’s already selling out again!

      I just went to order a copy (my second) on Amazon, and it told me “Only 10 left in stock”. Then after I ordered it said “Only 7 left in stock”.

      🙂 Katie, you are a rock star!

    10. Aenia says

      I am making this ASAP, as soon as I get more dates (and peanuts). Chocolate+peanut/nut butter is my favorite combination of all times 🙂 I love all of your chocolate+pb recipes by the way!!

    11. Candice says

      Great idea coating the brownies with peanut butter and drizzling with chocolate, they look like they come from some fancy coffee and cake shop!

    12. Maria says

      Wow, these look so pretty and are actually a healthy decadent treat! I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I love sweetening goodies with dates as you do here. This is a keeper!

      • Colleen says

        I made these but they turned out more like chocolate frosting covered with peanut butter frosting – mine definitely were not the texture of a bar and could have easily been spread on a cake! I followed the recipe exactly with walnuts so I’m not sure what went wrong. But the flavor was great.

    13. Amy says

      Bought some dates and nuts over the weekend and this recipe looks AWESOME! I wanna do this one 🙂 I feel like I need a special occasion to make them though…your photos are pretty nice!

    14. Shaindel says

      Question: Can you work on turning some of these recipes to date-free? They all look so yummy, but as a religious Jew, I would need to hand-check all dates for bugs before using, and that is VERY time-consuming.

      Thanks! It would be very much appreciated

        • Shaindel says

          My family doesn’t do raisins, but others do. Usually currants are considered a substitute for raisins but I’ve never tried it, and I have no idea if they’d work as a substitute for dates.
          We do use most dried fruits without checking, though. Any ideas which would work?

            • Shaindel says

              I could use prunes. I’ve never used them, though. Would it change the flavor?

            • Karen says

              It might, I haven’t tried it, but people have said in the comments of Katie’s fudge baby recipe that they have successfully made them with prunes and this is a very similar recipe so I think it should work.

            • Shaindel says

              Thanks! We’ll definitely have to try it. Do you think it would work in other recipes (like the {no bake} Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake or Raw Chocolate Fudge Balls)?

    15. Melissa Webb says

      Congrats on selling out of your book… Twice! Amazing! I love your book and can’t wait for another one!

    16. clueless canadian says

      Hi Katie! I love your website. Your positivity and creativeness are admirable 🙂 I just recently started my own blog about health and wellness… hope to be as successful as you!

    17. Harriet Emily says

      Oh my gosh these look soooo heavenly! They have to be the best brownie bars I’ve ever seen!! There’s nothing I love more than the chocolate and peanut butter combo! MMM!

    18. Allyson says

      I made these. I used macadamia nuts in addition to the walnuts. Mine turned out not sticky enough apparently bc when I went to cut it it totally crumbled. So I dished out the servings and we are with a spoon. But I’d really like it to be a brownie. Just processing longer will do this? I’m afraid to try again without knowing for sure!

    19. Katy | Her Cup of Joy says

      Wow your brownies look amazing, I can’t even believe they’re no bake. I must make these asap! By the way, congrats on your cookbook! That is so amazing that you’ve come this far at such a young age!

    20. Mattie says

      I am new to your blog but I saw these on pinterest and knew I HAD to make them. I used all walnuts for the nuts, and they were so freaking good I wanted to eat the whole pan!

      Thanks from a new fan!

      • Unofficial CCK Helper says

        You can cut them whatever size you want from the 8-inch pan. On the nutrition page, it says it is based on 20 brownies as seen in the photos.

    21. Liz says

      KATIE, YOU ARE A GENIUS! Made these last night, they are unreal. They are 1000000% boyfriend-approved as well. Ever recipe I make of yours is better than the last!!! I’m a huge fan!

    22. Freddy Falck says

      I am a chocolate fanatic and have got many interested in the art of making chocolate. Your recipe of Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bars sounds delicious and I am sure to try that out.

    23. Gina says

      Oh, Chocolate Covered Katie, you’re my hero! I made these last night to share with friends and they are sooo good! They definitely hit that I-need-a-brownie spot!

    24. Denise says

      Hi Katie:
      I made these yesterday and they are delicious. I used 1 c. Walnuts and 1/2 c. Raw pistachios. For 2 & 1/2 cups of medjool dates, I used 11 per cup, so 27 total. It’s always a good idea to measure out your dates because sizes are different.
      One recommendation is ‘don’t over process’!!!!!!!! At one point, things looked perfect, I could definitely pinch the mixture and it stuck together.
      I could see pieces of walnut & pistachio and chocolate chips (dairy free – I’m vegan) and IT IS AT THIS VERY POINT THAT YOU SHOULD STOP AND UNPLUG THE FOOD PROCESSOR. I made the choice to pulse a few more times and the dough changed. Shiny in appearance. Don’t let it happen to you ; ) !
      It’s a great recipe, Katie!! I also added some cinnamon and anise seeds. I did swirl some melted chocolate over the top.

    25. Lindsay says

      Made these tonight as a treat as my husband and I are doing 30 days of Paleo, and we LOVE them!! Amazing recipe! He said that they are his favourite dessert!

      So excited to see what else you have up your sleeve!

    26. Ronda Weiss says

      I made these today and they’re so good! I used hemp seeds as my “nut of choice” and used honey in the topping with crunchy PB. They’re fast, tasty, and low in guilt.

    27. Joan says

      How do you make them stick together? Had trouble with this and put in Vitamix to blend well. I wondered if it is the type of dates you use. I noticed in the story there were softer or firmer dates.

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