No Bake Peanut Caramel Bars Recipe

These No Bake Peanut Caramel Bars are the perfect sweet and salty combination. You can make them with cereal, or pretzels, and the best part is, they don't require an oven, so they are the perfect summer snack to keep your house cool.

You can make these tasty no bake peanut caramel bars in just a few minutes using your microwave. The perfect snack for summer or when you are short on time.

We also love this one, because we don’t have to turn on the oven and heat up our entire home. It’s quick, simple, full of sweet and salty flavor, and the perfect snack to satisfy your sweet tooth.

You will love this sweet and chocolatey combination. It’s also a great recipe to have the kids help with as well.

We made these for our neighborhood party the other week, and they were a hit. Everyone was asking what was in them, and if they could get the recipe. So, here it is. This is a recipe you will definitely want to keep handy.

would these work with almond butter?

This recipe calls for peanut butter. We definitely recommend peanut butter because we have found that it has the best texture for these bars.

However, you could use almond butter. The texture and taste will be a little different but it would definitely work still.

what could i use in place of cheerios?

For this recipe we used Cheerios cereal (specifically honey nut Cheerios), however, if you don’t have Cheerio’s on hand, or would prefer something different, here are a few other options we recommend:

  • Golden Graham Cereal
  • Frosted Cheerios Cereal
  • Chex Cereal
  • Mashed Graham Crackers
  • Pretzel Rods (crushed)
  • Frosted Flakes Cereal
  • Chocolate Cheerios Cereal
  • Peanut Butter Cheerios Cereal
  • Coco Puffs Cereal
  • Cocoa Pebbles Cereal
  • Rice Krispies Cereal
  • Vanilla Wafers (crushed)
  • Teddy Grahams

Really any peanut butter, chocolate, or vanilla based cereal would work for this recipe. If you want to go for a more sweet and salty combination, we recommend using pretzels.

We have also made these using Teddy Grahams and Graham crackers and they were delicious.

To crush them, I will usually just take a rolling pin and crush them up a little bit. You don’t want them too crumbled or they will have a hard time sticking together. You may need to make more of the peanut butter caramel mixture.

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Serves: 24

No Bake Peanut Caramel Bars Recipe

This no bake treat can be made in just a few minutes using a microwave!

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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  • 1 (11 ounce) bag caramels
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter, divided
  • 4 cups Cheerios
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter


  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave caramels, water and 1/2 cup peanut butter on high for 1 minute; stir. Microwave for 1-2 minutes longer or until melted.
  2. Add cereal and peanuts and stir until coated.
  3. Spread in a greased 9x13-inch pan; set aside.
  4. In another microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips, butter and remaining peanut butter on high for 1-2 minutes and stir until smooth. Spread over cereal mixture.
  5. Refrigerate before cutting.



30 cal


1 g


5 g


1 g
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