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Peanut Butter Corn Flake Bars

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If a quick and easy no-bake treat is what you need, these chocolate and peanut butter corn flake bars are just the thing. They are the perfect mix of crunchy, chewy and delicious.

stack of peanut butter corn flake squares with chocolate topping.

You are just a few minutes and a handful of ingredients away from a delicious sweet treat. The peanut butter layer is sweet and chewy with  the crunch of corn flakes throughout.

Of course a layer of chocolate on top brings it all together. These no bake treats will become your favorite quick treat!

Ingredients: corn flakes, peanut butter, sugar, corn syrup and chocolate chips ready to be made into scotcharoo bars.

If you have a saucepan, a spoon and a few pantry staples, you are well on your way to a fabulous treat. Just melt together some peanut butter goodness and stir in plenty of cornflakes.

Then press that delicious mixture into a greased pan. Go ahead and give it a good press, that is what is going to hold it all together as it sets.

Then melt together some chocolate and peanut butter and spread it over the top.  The peanut butter not only drives home the flavor combo, but keeps the set chocolate softer.

So as you take a bite, you get that creamy chocolate that gives way to the chewy crunch of the peanut butter and corn flake layer.  They are so quick and easy to make, you will want to do it all of the time.

peanut butter corn flake mixture pressed into pan.

They would be great after school snacks or perfect for drop in guests you weren’t expecting.  They are always just a few minutes away and a happy surprise to those they are served to.

Can I use something other than peanut butter?

Yes, other nut butters would work great in this recipe. Almond butter would be tasty or sunflower butter if that’s your preference.

small squares of chocolate peanut butter corn flake bars in front of pan of treats

Tips and tricks:

Go ahead and crunch up the corn flakes a bit while you are stirring, you don’t have to be gentle and keep them whole.

Give the peanut butter mixture a good smash down when you transfer it to the pan.  That is what is going to hold them together when it’s time to cut and serve them.

Be careful not to overcook the chocolate chips when you are melting them.  Give them a good stir between each trip to the microwave and stop as soon as it stirs smooth. 

More No Bake Peanut Butter and Chocolate Treat Recipes

Chocolate and peanut butter go well with oatmeal too. Make some no bake cookies for another easy dessert that doesn’t require the oven.

For a texture that is more like a Reese’s peanut butter cup, try making no bake peanut butter bars. They are melt in your mouth delicious.

large pieces of no bake chocolate peanut butter corn flake bars in front of pan of bars

Or for a great snack, try making monster cookie energy bites. They are perfect for an afternoon pick me up or an after work out treat.

If it’s the cereal crunch that drew you to this recipe, you can check out my collection of recipes with corn flakes for more yummy inspiration.

It never hurts to have  some quick and easy treats like this up your sleeve. What are your favorite simple treats to make?

stack of peanut butter corn flake squares with chocolate topping.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cornflake Bars

Servings: 16 Servings
Author: Carlee
No bake cornflake bars are a quick and easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth. They only take a couple of minutes to put together. The bars are a great mix of chewy and crunchy with that classic peanut butter and chocolate flavor combination.
4.63 from 116 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients
 

Peanut Butter Layer

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups cornflakes

Chocolate Icing

  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter

Instructions
 

  • Grease an 8" square pan and set aside.
  • In a medium to large sauce pan, cook the peanut butter, corn syrup, and sugar over medium low heat until it's warm and gooey. The sugar should be dissolved into the mixture and not grainy.
    1 cup creamy peanut butter, ½ cup light corn syrup, ½ cup granulated sugar
  • Remove from heat and stir in the corn flakes, there's no need to be gentle or try not to break them.
    4 cups cornflakes
  • Press peanut butter corn flake mixture into prepared pan. Apply some pressure to make it all stick together. The bottom of a measuring cup works well for this.
  • In a small bowl, combine the chocolate chips and remaining peanut butter.
    ¾ cup chocolate chips, 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Continue to microwave in 15 second bursts until you are able to stir the mixture smooth. Spread over peanut butter layer.
  • Allow to set, you can hasten the process by putting it in the refrigerator.
  • Cut into small pieces and serve.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 238kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 6gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gSodium: 95mgFiber: 3gSugar: 23g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Kim Knapp

Wednesday 20th of December 2023

Could you substitute honey for the corn syrup?

Carlee

Wednesday 20th of December 2023

Yes, honey would be delicious.

Penny McDonald

Saturday 19th of November 2022

I dont have chocolate chips. Recommendations for chocolate?

Carlee

Saturday 19th of November 2022

If you have chocolate bars, that would work. Otherwise make a batch of fudge icing instead.

angela duffy

Sunday 12th of December 2021

Does it matter what peanut butter I use? Can I use all natural?

Carlee

Sunday 12th of December 2021

I haven't tried it, but I think it should work ok in these. Let me know how it goes!

Aurealius

Friday 19th of November 2021

Not sure what i did, corn syrup may have been old but it was harder than rick when it set. Our goat likes them though. Will try again with new syrup.

Carlee

Saturday 20th of November 2021

If it gets over caramelized it can set really hard too. I'd either cook it a little less time or a little bit lower temperature next time.

Linda

Friday 5th of November 2021

I’m thinking of making these without the chocolate , but I want to add some marshmallows and candy corn., Do you think they will both just dissolve in the heat/warmth of the mixture?

Carlee

Saturday 6th of November 2021

I would think if you add them at the end with the cereal they should be fine. That sounds really delicious!