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No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Pie

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Is there anything better than that combination of sweet and salty? No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Pie combines layers of creamy, decadent, and luscious chocolate and peanut butter with the perfect savory pretzel crust. The best part, anyone can make this sweet treat!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie

It’s always the right occasion for a no-bake dessert. Whether you’re looking for the perfect confection to take to a party or something sweet to celebrate the weekend, they’re always a crowd pleaser. From Gluten and Dairy Free Tropical Icebox Cake to this mashup of the ultimate flavor duo, it’s a dessert that is beloved for a reason.

Ingredients

Not only is Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Pie easy to make for any level of cook, but it also utilizes easily accessible ingredients. This is a fun layered dessert that your kids can even get into the kitchen and help create. And licking the spoon is totally encouraged.

  • Gluten Free Pretzels This not only adds that balance of salty savory flavor in the crust, it also created texture in every bite.
  • Dairy Free Butter – Brings moisture to the pretzels and helps form the crust for this layered no-bake pie.
  • Dairy Free Cream Cheese This gives the peanut butter layer creaminess and tang.
  • Instant Chocolate Pudding – All good things start with chocolate pudding. Using instant pudding gives maximum flavor with an easy process.
  • Powdered Sugar – Balances the tang of the cream cheese.
  • Milk – This dessert is completely Dairy Free. Oat milk gives the chocolate pudding it’s creamy body.
  • Peanut ButterA little sweet and a little savory, peanut butter is chocolate’s best friend.
  • Dairy Free Whipped Topping – The final crown to this layered pie. Use your favorite Dairy Free topping to make this extra easy.

How to Make No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Pie

If you are looking for a fun and easy way to get your kids into the kitchen, this sweet confection is it! Layers of sweet, creamy, and crunchy goodness come together with ease. The hardest part is the waiting to dive in and devour it.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Pie

Time needed: 25 minutes

Layers of peanut butter cheesecake and chocolate top a buttery pretzel crust for the ultimate no-bake dessert.

  1. In Crust We Trust

    Crush up your pretzels and spread them into the bottom of a 7×10 baking dish. Pour the melted butter over the top and lightly press down.

  2. Peanut Butter

    Add the peanut butter, oat milk, powdered sugar, and cream cheese to a bowl and mix until it’s smooth and creamy. Spread it over the top of the pretzel crust.

  3. Chocolate

    Make the chocolate pudding according to the package directions, but reduce the oat milk by half a cup. If using Dairy Free milk beat the pudding on high to help it set. Spread the chocolate pudding over the peanut butter layer.

  4. Top It Off

    Spread the whipped topping over the top of the chocolate pudding. Garnish with additional crushed pretzels if desired.

Variations

This recipe is completely Dairy Free and Gluten Free. However you can use your favorite pretzels in this recipe, as well as regular milk and butter. The measurements will be exactly the same.

In addition you can also make this same dessert with different flavors of instant pudding such as vanilla or butterscotch. Have fun playing with your flavor combinations!

Peanut Butter Substitutions

Because peanut allergies are so common, you can easily substitute the peanut butter in this recipe for your favorite nut butter such as almond or cashew. In addition, you can also make it completely nut free by using an alternative such as sunflower seed butter.

Tools

Using a hand mixer makes this dessert come together that much faster. It’s especially helpful when mixing the chocolate pudding layer. When making instant pudding with dairy free milk, it’s a little harder to get it to set and mixing at a high speed helps.

Storage for No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Pie

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Pie is the perfect make ahead dessert. It only gets better as it refrigerates and the flavors of the layers marry and the pretzel crust slightly softens. This is a dessert that needs to remain refrigerated unless it’s being served. Keep it covered tightly with plastic wrap and it will last for up to five days in the refrigerator. Trust me, it will get eaten first.

How to Make this Recipe Nut Free

With so many allergens and food sensitivities, I am always looking for ways to make my recipes accessible to everyone. If you or one of your friends or family have a tree nut allergy, the peanut butter in this recipe can be replaced with sunflower seed butter.

In addition to providing its own unique flavor that is a great swap for peanut butter, sunflower seed butter also offers up additional nutrients. It’s rich in protein, vitamin E, fiber, zinc, and iron.

Top Tip for No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Pie

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Pie

This layered no-bake icebox cake is all about the texture as much as the flavors. It’s that balance of crunchy and luxuriously silky and creamy. When mixing together the peanut butter and cream cheese layer, make sure that your cream cheese is softened to room temperature. This will allow it to mix together easily and remain lump free.

When it comes to mixing together the instant pudding layer, it takes a little more work to get the pudding to set with Dairy Free milk. This is also true if using a lower fat or skim milk. Make sure everything is cold from the milk itself to the bowl. In addition to making sure the oat milk and bowl are cold, always mix your pudding together at a high-speed using a hand or stand mixer.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Pie

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Pie

A pretzel crust is topped with layers of peanut butter cheesecake and chocolate pudding for the ultimate no bake dessert.
4.67 from 3 votes
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Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 24 minutes
Servings: 10

Equipment

  • 2 mixing bowls
  • 1 hand mixer
  • 1 7"x10" baking dish

Ingredients

  • 8 oz pretzels, crushed, plus additional for topping if desired
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 5.9 oz instant chocolate pudding, plus oat milk to prepare
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, plus a little additional for topping if desired
  • 8 oz whipped topping
  • 1/4 Cup Milk

Instructions

  • Crush the pretzels and spread them into a 7×10 baking dish.
  • Drizzle the melted butter over the top of the pretzels and press down.
  • Add the peanut butter, milk, cream cheese, and powdered sugar to a bowl. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  • Spread the peanut butter mixture over the top of the pretzel crust.
  • Mix the chocolate pudding according to the package directions with the milk reduced by half. If using Dairy Free milk mix on high to help it set.
  • Pour the chocolate pudding over the top of the peanut butter layer and spread it out.
  • Spread the whipped toping over the top of the chocolate layer.
  • Drizzle a little peanut butter over the top and use a skewer to create a pattern if desired. Garnish with additional crushed pretzels.
  • Enjoy!

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32 Comments

  1. Melissa

    I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but it looks delicious. You also make a pretzel crust in the Strawberry Pretzel Jello salad recipe. In that recipe you bake the pretzel crust in a 400° oven for 8-10 minutes then let it cool completely. The crust tends to stay crunchier even when you have leftovers. Just a thought.

    Jennifer

  2. The ingredients say to reduce milk by 1/2 cup but the directions say reduce milk by 1/2. Can you clarify? Thanks!

    1. Hello,

      Thank you for asking. For the recipe, please just reduce the milk but half cup to prepare the pudding.

  3. Do the pretzels get soggy? Can the pretzel crust be baked a few minutes before adding the other ingredients?

  4. 4 stars
    I used the same pretzels but my pretzels are chewy and not very appetizing. The rest is really great, though!

  5. Can you use regular milk instead if oat milk? And if I don’t want to make it gluten free can I just use the same amount of regular ingredients?

  6. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. I’m on the keto diet and this can easily be changed to fit that lifestyle by swapping the pretzels with chopped pecans and a little salt and using no sugar sweetener. I’m making this today!

  7. 5 stars
    Loved this! I make it with dairy (regular cream cheese, milk, & whip cream). I have made it for 2 different events and everyone loved it! Some people even going in for thirds.

  8. It was a hit. Made at 2pm and pretzels lost crispness by 6:30pm. However, it was still delicious. I melted peanut butter to drizzle on top with pretzel pieces.

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