Dark, intense peanut butter bars are keto and low carb. An easy no-bake recipe, these bars are gluten-free and are made without graham crackers.
I adore these healthy keto peanut butter bars! They are chocolatey, intense, and wonderful. They combine two of my favorite foods: creamy peanut butter and very dark chocolate.
There’s something addictive about peanut butter. And when paired with dark chocolate, it’s even more dangerous.
But these amazing bars are so satisfying, that a little goes a long way. My husband and I have been enjoying one square each night after dinner, with our coffee, taking small bites, savoring, prolonging the pleasure.
The ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this tasty keto dessert. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need:
- Blanched almond flour
- Unsalted butter
- Creamy peanut butter
- Dark chocolate chips
How to make keto peanut butter bars
This is a no-bake recipe. Super easy! And these tasty bars are made without graham crackers. I use almond flour instead.
Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
- For the bottom layer, you mix almond flour, butter, peanut butter, and honey or a low carb liquid sweetener.
- Then for the top layer, you melt chocolate and butter and spread that on the bottom layer.
If you don’t want to use the honey substitute, feel free to experiment with a granulated sweetener or with stevia. I haven’t tried this recipe with other sweeteners, though, so I don’t know what would work and what wouldn’t.
But is this a healthy recipe?
These keto peanut butter bars are a sweet-tasting dessert, and as such, they shouldn’t displace other, more nutritious foods in your diet.
But as far as desserts go, I think this is indeed a good choice. Almonds and dark chocolate are very healthy. Butter is harmless for most healthy people (though some experts still want us to limit its consumption).
And peanut butter, though not paleo, was actually declared healthy by Walter C. Willett, M.D., Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health.
More peanut butter recipes you might enjoy
Speaking of peanut butter, you should definitely try this amazing keto peanut butter fudge. It’s wonderful.
And these keto peanut butter truffles are perhaps too good! They are so rich and chocolatey.
Keto Peanut Butter Bars
- 3/4 cup 85% cacao chocolate chips (100 grams)
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- In a medium bowl, use a rubber spatula to mix together the almond flour, melted butter, peanut butter and honey substitute.
- Use the spatula to transfer the mixture to a wax-paper-lined, 8-inch square pan, and to spread the mixture evenly.
- Place the chocolate chips and the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each microwave session, until almost fully melted. Stir the mixture with a rubber spatula until fully melted.
- Pour the melted chocolate on top of the peanut butter mixture, using the spatula to scrape it off the bowl and to spread in evenly. Work gently, so that the chocolate layer stays on top of the peanut butter layer.
- Cover the pan with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until set and firm, about 4 hours.
- Carefully lift the wax paper and place it on top of a cutting board. Using a sharp chef’s knife, cut into 16 squares.
- Keep leftover peanut butter chocolate bars refrigerated in an airtight container, separated by layers of wax paper. Remove from fridge five minutes (but no longer, or they become too soft) before serving.