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Lighter No Bake-Peanut Butter Bars are a way to satisfy your peanut butter craving without the guilt! You know those peanut butter bars? The ones with a whole stick of butter and a pound of powdered sugar? Yeah, these bars are just like those but lightened up!

Skinny No Bake Peanut Butter Bars - this easy peanut butter bar recipe has way less calories and fat than the regular version and they're JUST as good if not better!

Easy Peanut Butter Bars

I love those no bake peanut butter bars that taste like a peanut butter cup, don’t you? While it’s totally fine to eat the real thing, my problem is I can’t stop once I start. That’s why I made these lightened up peanut butter bars – that way I can eat more of them!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Easy and No Bake
  • Lightened up ingredients like low fat crackers and white chocolate instead of a ton of sugar.
  • I really liked these bars – they’re rich in peanut butter flavor, perfectly sweet without being overly so, and they’re crunchy from the Ritz. They also have the distinction of being dairy-free (if chocolate doesn’t bother you), which makes them a great party treat.
Easy Skinny No Bake Peanut Butter Bars Recipe - this one is a keeper!

How to make Lightened Up Peanut Butter Bars

  • White Chocolate: The original recipes uses butter, which has a lot of fat and calories. I used white chocolate instead, which has less fat. The chips have sugar, while butter doesn’t, but they help bind the bars together without all the bad fats from the butter.
  • Honey: Have you seen how much powdered sugar goes into the regular peanut butter bars recipe? It’s a lot! I got rid of the powdered sugar completely by using honey. That, combined with the sugar from the white chocolate, makes these just as sweet as the originals, but more naturally so.
  • Ritz Crackers Honestly, I don’t think there’s a huge difference between pretzels and graham crackers and Ritz. They’re all carblicious, but I used low-fat Ritz.
  • Chocolate: Normally I coat the tops of these bars in peanut butter and chocolate. For these, I just mixed some mini chocolate chips into the dough. I love using mini chips because you get a lot of bang for your buck (you can use less and still taste them in every bite).
  • Peanut Butter: Use regular no-stir peanut butter. For an even lower fat version, use reduced fat peanut butter.
stacked peanut butter bars with chocolate chips baked in.

Expert Tips

  • One tube of Ritz crackers has about 31 crackers in it, which yields about 1 1/3 cups of crushed crackers.
  • These aren’t a health food – they still have sugar, fat, and calories, but they’re just a lightened up version.
  • Once you have all the ingredients you just stir them together and press them in the pan – super easy!
Skinny No Bake-Peanut Butter Bars that taste just like the non-skinny version!

Lighter No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

4.34 from 3 votes
These EASY No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars have less calories and fat than my normal version. They use white chocolate instead of butter, honey instead of cups of powdered sugar, and low-fat Ritz crackers for binding!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield 36 squares
Serving Size 1 bar
Diet: Low Calorie, Low Fat

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup (268g) creamy peanut butter (no-stir peanut butter only)
  • ¼ cup (43g) white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ⅓ cups crushed low-fat Ritz crackers (about 1 sleeve or 31 crackers)
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Line an 8×8” square pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Place peanut butter in a large bowl.
  • Melt the white chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth.
  • Add white chocolate to peanut butter along with honey and vanilla and stir until smooth. Stir in crushed Ritz crackers. (I crushed them by placing them in a large ziploc bag and rolling the bag with a rolling pin.) Stir in mini chocolate chips.
  • Press mixture into prepared pan. Chill at least 3 hours, then cut into squares. These are firm from the refrigerator but get quite soft at room temperature, so be sure to plan for that.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use reduced fat peanut butter if you want, but be sure to use a no-stir peanut butter no matter what flavor.
  • One tube of Ritz crackers has about 31 crackers in it, which yields about 1 1/3 cups of crushed crackers.
  • These aren’t a health food – they still have sugar, fat, and calories, but they’re just a lightened up version.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on February 22, 2023

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42 Comments

  1. I just made these and while they are delicious- they are not very low calorie or weight loss friendly. I spread it around and made 30 in a pan, they came out to about 100 calories each. They are teeny though! Like, size of a piece of bread cut into fourths! (Sorry couldn’t think of something else universal lol) but other than being small and quite caloric, they are DELICIOUS, and an amazing little treat.

  2. Love you peanut butter recipes! I also enjoy your writing style. I usually skip to the recipes but yours I enjoy reading! Thanks for all you do!

  3. Can you swap out 1/2 cup honey for maple syrup? ( I’m not crazy about a strong honey taste)Can I use the same amount of melted butter instead of white chocolate?

  4. I used Rice Krispies in place of the Ritz crackers. And I did indeed use butter, but Lactose free butter. We have a wheat and dairy allergy in our house so this worked out amazing!
    Thank you!

  5. Thanks for sharing the yummy looking recipe! FYI most reduced fat products contain more sugar than regular, so they may not make this recipe as “healthy” as you hope. For an even healthier peanut butter chocolate treat, try tossing in to the food processor 8-9 medjool dates, a few tablespoons natural peanut butter, 1 cup raw nuts of your choice, 2-3 tablespoons raw cacao powder and a few tablespoons mini chocolate chips. Press into a pan and let set in the fridge for a few minutes, then enjoy!

  6. Oh my word. I’m so glad these are skinnier because they look dangerous! Because I also definitely turn to sugar when I’m feeling emotional. Sugar, chocolate, carbs, salt…. basically this is exactly what I need to get me through this January diet!