Chocolate Peanut Butter Ramen Bars have the perfect texture. Creamy smooth peanut butter, mixed with the ramen noodles and silky smooth chocolate topping. Every bite is a tasty surprise.
Ramen noodles aren’t an ingredient you’d typically associate with a dessert recipe. It’s a bit strange, I know, but I had a feeling it just might work. It’s not that much of a stretch. I’ve been making Chocolate Peanut Butter Haystacks for years with chow mein noodles. I decided to give it a try and hope for the best!
My youngest daughter loves cooked ramen noodles so they are always plentiful in our pantry. Plus, they are crazy cheap – like $0.25 a bag or something. Grab a package and crush them up into small pieces with a rolling pin. And no, they aren’t cooked. You won’t be using the little spice packet that comes with it. I don’t think that would work unfortunately!
The topping is simply melted chocolate chips. I know it’s not that fancy, but whatever. It’s all good! The chocolate will harden as it cools and the peanut butter mixture will firm up a little bit, but still stay relatively soft. It’s nice and chewy!
Did I mention this was a no-bake dessert? It’s getting hot and I never feel like using my oven when my house is sweltering. I keep them in the fridge so they always stay chilled. Plus, if I left them on my counter, the chocolate would probably melt. I need central air!
I shared another ramen noodle dessert last summer: Rocky Road Bites. They are also no bake!
Why You’ll Love These Ramen Bars
- It’s a no bake dessert
- A tasty chocolate and peanut butter combination
- Fun texture that nobody is expecting
- Great for holidays, special occasions, or just because
- Cooking spray
- Ramen noodles
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Powdered sugar
- Smooth peanut butter
- Milk chocolate chips
How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Ramen Bars
- Step One: Add parchment paper to a 9×9 baking pan and then spray with cooking spray.
- Step Two: Add ramen noodles, sweetened condensed milk, salt, powdered sugar and peanut butter to a large bowl and stir together.
- Step Three: Spread mixture evenly into baking pan.
- Step Four: Microwave the chocolate chips on medium for 45 seconds. Stir and continue to microwave at 15 second increments on medium until melted. Stir in between. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t seize.
- Step Five: Pour melted chocolate on top of the ramen mixture in the pan and spread to cover. Place in the fridge for 2 hours or until set. Cut into squares and enjoy.
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What to Serve with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ramen Bars
Here are all the best chocolate and peanut butter treats to enjoy alongside these tasty ramen bars.
- Chocolate and Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies
- Slow Cooker Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cups
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies
Helpful Tips and Tricks
- When you go to cut your ramen bars into pieces, I recommend using a nice and freshly sharpened knife. The sharper it is, the easier it is to cut. The texture of these bars can be difficult. In order to get nice clean cuts, wipe the knife blade off in between cuts.
- Want to make these bars for specific holidays? Use cookie cutters in the shape of whatever will go with your theme to make these look different than classic square or rectangular bars. Try christmas trees for Christmas, Easter eggs for Easter, 4 Leaf Clover for St. Patrick’s Day, and more.
Recipe Variations and Substitutions
- For a sweeter variation on this recipe, you can add 1 cup of brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to the ramen noodle mixture.
- You can also change up the toppings by adding different kinds of nuts and/or dried fruits.
- For an extra indulgent treat, try adding ½ cup of marshmallow fluff to the top before baking. If you’re looking for more savory flavors, you can substitute the chocolate chips for white chocolate chips or add 1 teaspoon of chili powder and 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika to the noodle mixture.
- Use some melted almond bark or melting chocolate wafers to add some more flavors to these tasty bars.
Store any remaining bars in an airtight container. Store them in the fridge, especially when it’s warmer weather so the topping doesn’t melt.
If stored properly, these treats should last up to 4-5 days.
Can I Freeze This?
Yes! These are a tasty treat to freeze for later. Place them in a freezer safe container with parchment paper in between layers so they don’t all freeze together.
Then it’s easier to remove however many you want when you need them again.
It is also helpful to flash freeze leftover bars so they freeze and stay individual instead of freezing all together as one big unit. To flash freeze dessert bars, place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and then line out the desserts. Place them in the freezer for a few hours before removing them once they’re frozen solid. Once solid, place them in the freezer safe container or bag and then into the freezer for up to 3 months.
Let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight before enjoying again.
What other things can I add?
Try adding some marshmallow fluff on top of these bars or add a few mini marshmallows to the mixture.
Try adding some sprinkles or for a very sweet decadent treat, add a thin layer of frosting. The options are limitless.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ramen Bars
- 1 package ramen noodles crushed
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk 10oz/300ml can
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- Add parchment paper to a 9×9 inch baking pan and then spray with cooking spray.
- Add ramen noodles, sweetened condensed milk, salt, powdered sugar and peanut butter to a large bowl and stir together.
- Spread mixture evenly into baking pan.
- Microwave the chocolate chips on medium for 45 seconds. Stir and continue to microwave at 15 second increments on medium until melted. Stir in between. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t seize.
- Pour melted chocolate on top of ramen mixture in the pan and spread to cover. Place in the fridge for 2 hours or until set. Cut into squares and enjoy.
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