Easy Peanut Butter Squares

May 15, 2021


By: Jasmine Briones 

If you’re looking for a quick and delicious dessert recipe, these easy peanut butter squares are a winner. Not only is peanut butter and chocolate the ultimate combination, but these bars are ready in just 30 minutes and cost less than $5 to make.

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This recipe is from Sam Turnbull’s new Cookbook Fast Easy Cheap Vegan. These magic little bars taste like peanut butter cups but better because they are way less fussy to make. You can use crunchy or smooth peanut butter for this recipe, but Sam prefers crunchy because of the awesome texture it gives these treats. 

Here’s What You Need to Make These Easy Peanut Butter Bars:

  • Powdered Sugar – If you don’t have powdered sugar, you can make your own by processing granulated sugar in a high-speed blender with some corn starch. Check out this recipe here.
  • Graham Crackers – It is sometimes hard to find vegan graham crackers because most contain honey, but believe it or not, the original red Nabisco boxes are accidentally vegan. If you can’t find those, however, you can use any cookie crumbs of your choice to make this recipe.
  • Peanut Butter – You can use either chunky or smooth peanut butter for this recipe, but Sam recommends crunchy because it helps give the bars the perfect texture. Also, if you’re allergic to peanut butter, don’t have it on hand, or simply don’t prefer it, you can use any nut butter of your choice to make this recipe.
  • Dark Chocolate – You can use dark chocolate in any form for this recipe, whether it’s chips, chunks, or a broken-up chocolate bar. Darker chocolate of 80% or more is recommended when making these easy peanut butter bars because it helps balance out the sweetness.
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Easy Peanut Butter Squares

  • Author: Sam Turnbull
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 2-inch squares


These magic little bars taste like peanut butter cups but better because they are way less fussy to make. You can use crunchy or smooth peanut butter for this recipe, but Sam prefers crunchy because of the awesome texture it gives these treats. 


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons vegan graham cracker crumbs or other vegan cookie crumbs (gluten-free if preferred)
  • 1/2 cup chunky or smooth natural peanut butter or other nut or seed butter
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, melted
  • 4 oz (2/3 cup) dark vegan chocolate or vegan chocolate chips, melted. 


  1. Line an 8 x 4” loaf pan (or similar sized dish) with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, cookie crumbs, peanut butter, and vegan butter to make a thick dough. Dump the dough into the prepared pan and firmly press down to cover the bottom.
  3. Melt the chocolate And a microwave-safe bowl in 20-second increments, stopping to stir as needed. Remove it from the microwave just before it is completely melted (they will be tiny pieces left) and start to finish the melting. (This will ensure you don’t burn the chocolate.) Pour the melted chocolate over the dough base layer and spread it evenly.
  4. Chill in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, until the chocolate is set. One sec, remove the pan and cut into 1-inch squares. You can cut the squares with the frozen, but they’re easiest to cut when they were at room temperature, so the chocolate doesn’t shatter. 



Quick Tip: These squares are very sweet, so using 70% or higher dark chocolate is recommended to balance the flavors. 

Make-Ahead: Prepared bars can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes

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  3. Kate Flanagan says:

    Chocolate and peanut butter, can’t go wrong!

  4. Donna Kay says:

    Allergic to peanuts so will be making this with almond butter instead.

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    You guys said it! Can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate 🤩

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  10. Teresa Downum says:

    My oh my! Dark Chocolate and any nut butter would be great for these!

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    You cannot beat PB & Chocolate.

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    sounds great!

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    • Angela says:

      I made this today with nutter butters instead of graham crackers and it turned out amazing!

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  32. Cassandra says:

    Girl, as soon as I find some vegan graham crackers, I’m making a double batch of these!! Peanut butter and chocolate is the perfect love story.

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  40. killian says:

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  42. Christy Reynolds says:

    I love chocolate, I love peanut butter, I love cookies…. how can you go wrong combining them?

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  100. Caitlin says:

    Peanut butter and chocolate is the dream!

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    Can’t wait to try these peanut butter squares. Thanks for sharing.

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    Love Sam’s recipes and this one is no different! Thanks for sharing!

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    Such a quick and easy recipe, and yummy snack!


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  112. Ava says:

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  116. katie says:

    I will absolutely being making these. Peanut butter is my favorite food group.

  117. Stevie says:

    These look delicious!

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    Looks so yummy!
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    Can’t wait to try these bars.


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    Quick and easy desserts are the best!

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    Cookbook entry

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    I’ve made these before!! Love it

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  141. Emily says:

    Anything with peanut butter is YUM! Can’t wait to try this 🙂

  142. Allysa K says:

    Agree. these would be great sandwiched between a toasted marshmallow! Def going to do that!

    • Denise Corklin says:

      If you are looking for vegan marshmallows I have fallen in love with “dandies”….the most authentic I’ve found without piggies in the background🥴

  143. Chelsea says:

    Nothing beats chocolate and peanut butter

  144. Melissa says:

    This looks so good! I love y’all’s ideas in the YouTube video about using the crust/dough part of the recipe to make cookie dough balls… yum! I’m already a newsletter subscriber, so I’m excited to enter to win this cookbook!

  145. Michelle Everhart says:

    Yummy can’t wait to try

  146. Angelica Bronson says:

    I had no idea the red nabisco box was vegan! Score

  147. Jennifer says:

    These look like a dessert even I can do! Looking forward to the results of the contest!

  148. Terri says:

    Reminds me of my beloved scotcharoos only healthier!

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  150. Aastha says:

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  151. Émilie says:

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    I need to try this😍

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    These sound soooo good

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  157. Susan Jetton says:

    I can’t wait to have this cookbook!!!
    Fast, easy and cheap! That describes what comes out of my kitchen.

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    Looks amazing! I love Sam’s recipes

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    These look delicious! Il

  162. Casey says:

    This looks so yum!

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  164. Nicole says:

    Love to try this!


  165. Melinda says:

    Can’t wait to try these! So yummy sounding!

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  167. Ivette says:

    Starting a vegan lifestyle!


  168. Ivette says:

    Starting a vegan lifestyle!!


  169. Ivette says:

    Starting a vegan lifestyle with a cookbook sounds perfect!


  170. Mattison says:

    Yum! I can’t wait to try these. I have been wanting to buy Sam’s book!

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    This book would be the perfect gift for my boyfriend!

  172. Iris VanDyke says:

    I made these tonight and omg so easy and delish!

  173. Lorena Rosales says:

    I will make it for my kids


  174. Susn allen says:

    Thx u Sam these look bombe!!

  175. Amy Barczak says:

    Subscribed! Sounds so good!

  176. Charlotte says:

    Peanut butter and chocolate my two heavens…
    The cookbook sounds like it has some banger recipes!

  177. C.C. says:

    will be making these for next work potluck!


  178. Michelle says:

    This looks so good!

  179. Colby says:

    C’mon – who doesn’t love Fast, Easy & Cheap! LOL

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  181. Michelle says:

    Can’t wait to try this!

  182. Kathy says:

    Thank you for the free chance to win your cookbook.

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    I love the It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken blog! Have made so many recipes from the blog!

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    Please enter me for the Fast Easy Cheap Vegan cookbook. Thanks.

  186. Laura says:


    have to try this with almond butter! allergic to peanuts:P

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    I really like Sam Turnbull‘s approach & recipes—would love to receive this cookbook! Thank you!

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    if the giveaway is still going… 😌

  190. Susan says:

    Entered! Thanks! Slp628@gmail.com

  191. Lyla San Jose says:

    These look delicious-pb and chocolate is the best combo ever!! 🥰

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    Another incredible looking cookbook that I would love to win!

  194. Katie. Mulreed says:

    gotta love peanuts 🙂

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    All the recipes look so good

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    The family will love this!

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