Nutella & Peanut Butter Graham Bars with Chocolate Frosting

I love peanut butter.  And I love Nutella.  Two great loves of my life.

And these bars combine those two loves.

The finished product is like eating the inside part of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup that’s been spiked with a bit of Nutella.

All coated with chocolate frosting.

Make no mistake: It’s very fast and easy to get Project Ooh and Ahh going.

They are no-bake, and no mixer is required.  In just a few minutes and you’ll be oohing and ahhing, too.

 

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Nutella & Peanut Butter Graham Bars with Chocolate Frosting

For the bars:

1 c butter (2 sticks), melted

1/3 c brown sugar

2 c powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1.5 c graham cracker crumbs

1/2 c Nutella

2/3 c peanut butter

For the chocolate frosting:

1.5 c chocolate chips

1/4 c butter

1/4 c cream or milk

1/2 c powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions: In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the butter.  Then add the brown sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and stir by hand until combined (will look lumpy and strange).  Then add the graham cracker crumbs and stir until combined.  Finally, add the Nutella and peanut butter and stir until combined.   Press the mixture into a sprayed 9 x 9 pan (for thinner bars, use a 9 x 13 pan but I prefer thicker bars).  Place in freezer.

While the bars are cooling, make the chocolate frosting by melting the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, taking care not to scorch them and checking every 15-30 seconds or so.   After the chocolate chips are melted add in butter and cream and stir to incorporate.  Then add powdered sugar and vanilla extract and stir to incorporate.  If mixture becomes too thick to work with and the chocolate begins to set up, microwaving it again for 15 seconds will soften it.

When the frosting is ready, remove the bars from the freezer, frost them, and put bars back into the freezer to set up for a half hour before slicing them.

I store my sliced bars in the freezer or fridge in an airtight container and take them out about 20 minutes prior to eating.  As they come up to room temperature, the flavor intensifies and they are more delicious and creamy but they will keep for weeks/months in the freezer as a make-ahead dessert.

Notes & Substitutions:

To make this vegan, replace all butter and cream with margarine and almond or soy milk.  Rather than using Nutella use all peanut butter, use chocolate peanut butter that is vegan-safe, or add some cocoa powder to the nut butter of your choice.

To make this gluten free, use GF graham cracker crumbs.

If you don’t like Nutella, don’t have it, have a peanut allergy, want to use different ratios or types of nut butters, etc. feel free to try them.  More than likely most substitutions will work just fine.  You’re looking for approximately 1 to 1.5 cups of nut butter, total, in whatever type and combination you prefer.

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A Visual Guide

First melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl

Add in the sugars & stir

Then add the graham cracker crumbs & stir

Then, add in the Nutella and PB & Stir

Didn’t I tell you, these were calorie free?

The bowl weighed about 5 pounds at this point. Butter, sugar, graham cracker crumbs, Nutella & PB. What’s not to love?

Press the mixture into the sprayed pan and freeze.

Make and apply the chocolate frosting, and put the whole thing back into the freezer to set up for a half hour or so.

The finished bars are rich, decadent, fattening, sweet, peanut buttery with a hint of Nutella, too.  Everything I want in a dessert.

I don’t want “healthy” desserts.

I want these.


It’s like the bar version of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.  The graham cracker crumbs, combined with the sugar, butter, and Nutella, make a really close approximation of a Reese’s PB Cup.

And that’s a beautiful thing.

This is the type of dessert I’d recommend cutting the pieces fairly small.  They are like lead balloons of sugar and butter and nut butter in your belly, which is wonderful.  And filling.

But suit yourself and cut them big, by all means!

This recipe looks longer and far more complicated than it is.  It took me longer to type this up than make these bars.  Truly, a 5-minute special of active prep time.  I was just being extra thorough with the directions and notes based on questions I anticipate receiving.


Similar & Related Recipe Suggestions:

If you like Peanut Butter, check out my entire section of Peanut Butter Recipes

If you like Chocolate, check out my Chocolate Recipes

If you like Chocolate + PB, try Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

If you like Nutella, check out my Fudgy Nutella Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you like Peanut Butter + Chocolate + In Bar Form, check out No Bake Nutter Butter & Special K Bars with Chocolate Frosting

and No Bake Special K Bars with Chocolate Frosting


From my last post featuring our Aruba Vacation Highlights, thanks for saying it was fun for you to see.  It was fun for me to post!  And I loved hearing about your favorite vacation memories and stories.

Questions

1. Best thing you’ve ate or done so far this weekend?

These bars rank right up there and Sunday I plan to take lots of pictures.  I love planning and scheduling photo-making time for myself.  It’s like a date with myself and my camera. It’s such a nice thing for me to have that penciled in on my mental calendar and I look forward to it but it’s weather dependent so we shall see.

2. Do you like Nutella? Peanut Butter?  Chocolate?

If you say no, I may question your sanity.

3. Any favorite desserts you’ve had lately?

P.S. If you’re just catching up on posts from the weekend, here are mine since Friday

117 comments on “Nutella & Peanut Butter Graham Bars with Chocolate Frosting”

  1. OMG, these deserts look really good. I getting a sweet tooth just looking at them. And to think I can use Nutella and be healthy. That is a plus. Thanks for the recipes. Now I can keep my weight down.

  2. Can you believe I’ve never tried nutella? so far I’ve been enjoying a weekend filled with family and friends. That trumps any food I’ve eaten ;-)

  3. oh my gosh these look good! i am so making them soon and yes i LOVE nutella & pb. best thing i’ve done this week-end so far is probably hanging out with family on state street! have a great rest of the week-end!
    xo~ kristina

  4. and perfectly timed because IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!! <3 <3 HAPPY BIRTHDAY gorgeous goddess <3

  5. I love chocolate and I love peanut butter, but I can’t do nutella. too sweet. I like making my own, though by mixing unsweetened chocolate with nutbutter! YUMMY!

  6. Oh my. Those are absolutely beautiful.

  7. I think I’ll have to surprise my husband with these on Father’s Day next Sunday! We are both Nutella, peanut butter, and chocolate fans, but he’s the one that introduced me to Nutella. I’m pretty sure I’ll score some points with this recipe! Thanks!

  8. I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. But to be honest, I have actually never tried Nutella! I’m not a fan of Filberts (hazelnuts, whatevs) , so I don’t know if I’d like it! But it’s mixed with chocolate, so that’s gotta mean it’s good, right?? Because these bars look soooo good!

    I went to a 90th birthday party yesterday and today my husband and I are going to the zoo before hunkering down and actually getting some chores and food prep done. That part won’t be the most fun, but it’s gotta be done!

  9. wow those look…sweet haha! you know, i like the idea of nutella and i favor justin’s choco-hazelnut spread because it’s not too sweet but the real nutella kinda makes me feel tooth rot and a little sick! i had a spiked bourbon caramel sea salt milkshake last night…wow! so good!

  10. Peanut butter + nutella = heaven, probably. :)
    I love nutella. So much that I used to over-do it all the time and feel really sick. :P But I’m better about that, now..
    One of my faves is nutella inside a thin crepe with sliced bananas (that aren’t too sweet yet).

  11. These kind of remind me of buckeyes but the nutella puts it over the top! They looks absolutely decadent!

  12. OMG those bars are H U G E !!!!
    Nutella + Peanut Butter > Peanut Butter & Jelly

  13. There’s nothing like combining your two loves… these look GREAT!

  14. I think Dustin would LOVE these bars!!! I know i would! Oh my lawd, they sound incredible. I might have to try them, for Dustin, of course. ;)

    The pics are awesome! Hope they were accepted, I’d be shocked if they weren’t.

  15. may i greet you here too?? happy birthday!!! i made that cake batter no bake with chocolate frosting…soo good but so sweet too. what else you think i can use besides the condensed milk? bc i love cake batter!

    • Just a splash of milk then or cream. You just need the dough to stick together. You are using such a very *small* amt of sweetened cond milk I really just recommend using that but if you must, then sub out and use cream or even almond milk :)

  16. Now I remember what I was going to do today, MAKE THESE!!!!

  17. Best thing I ate. Organic Cherry Tomatoes by the Pint & Organic Purple Grapes.
    Both a little bit on sale. Some Flackers & Baba Ganoush.

  18. Ah, Averie- these photos are beautiful, and the recipe makes me so hungry! Sounds just perfect!

    Ive had a great weekend. All though I have been working, I have spent so much time with my friends- which is always great. Ive also had a few runs, and enjoyed the sunny weather!

  19. I love nutella and peanut butter. For some reason I had never heard of Nutella in NC (where I’m from). After living in Italy for 5months, I discovered it and absolutely can’t live w/o it. I enjoy peanut butter as well. I have a 1/2 piece of toast of Nutella and Almond butter every morning w/ my cereal. Yum! Also, enjoyed the Aruba posts, I have never thought of Aruba to visit much, but now I really want to go.
    Suzanne

  20. Your pictures look amazing Averie! Love the pink you added to the shots. Nutella and PB?! Seriously 2 of my favorite things. I don’t see how you can go wrong. Knock out treat girl!

  21. Wow. Those bars look AMAZINGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Beautiful photos!!!!

    ps—Happy Birthday, gorgeous :-)

  22. umm YUMM much?? You always have the best combinations to make sweet treats even better! Beautiful photography btw!!

  23. Bless you and this recipe!!
    You know I am going to make these… Yes I already checked that I have everything I need, they are staples really for me. ;)

    Happy bday too. :)

  24. Nutella and pb= my snack almost every night for the past week and a half..LOVE IT!!

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