These homemade Nutty Buddies are such a fun and nostalgic treat! They are inspired by the classic Little Debbie snacks. This quick and easy 15-minute recipe requires only 3 ingredients. They are chewy, crunchy, chocolaty, and creamy. Kids and adults love them!

Nutty Buddies.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These Nutty Buddies are quick and easy to make.
  • This recipe requires just three easy ingredients.
  • They are loaded with the classic peanut butter chocolate combination.
  • This easy snack recipe takes only 15 minutes to make.
  • They are no bake and require no oven.
  • Serve for an afternoon snack or easy dessert.
  • Kids love them! Try these Gluten Free Rice Krispies Treats too!
  • This recipe can be made with gluten free wafers.
  • Check out these Homemade Twix Bars for another nostalgic treat!

What are Nutty Buddy Bars?

Nutty Buddy bars are tasty snacks made of crispy wafers layered with peanut butter and covered in chocolate. They’re sweet, crunchy, and perfect for satisfying your cravings!

Little Debbie Nutty Buddy bars were created by a company called McKee Foods in the United States.

They started making them a long time ago. Since then, they have become a favorite snack for lots of people who love the combination of peanut butter, chocolate, and crispy wafers.

Ingredients & Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for these gluten free Nutty Buddies. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

First, use gluten free vanilla wafers. If you are not gluten free, feel free to use regular wafers.

Choose all natural creamy peanut butter made from only peanuts and salt. If desired, replace with creamy almond butter or cashew butter. For a nut free option, use sunflower butter.

Dip the bars in melted dark chocolate for a rich flavor. Milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and white chocolate work well too.

If desired, sprinkle a little sea salt or some sprinkles on top!

Ingredients for Nutty Buddies.

Taste & Texture

These homemade Nutty Buddies taste like the classic treat! They only contain three ingredients, which all have a prominent taste.

The wafers are slightly chewy and crunchy. The peanut butter is gooey, while the coating is creamy!

How to Make

Step 1

First, spread peanut butter on the top of each wafer. Place on a parchment lined pan. Place in the fridge or freezer for 10 minutes.

Peanut butter vanilla wafers.

Step 2

Dip each wafer in the melted chocolate mixture. Coat on all sides. Place on a parchment lined pan.

Chocolate coated wafers.

Step 3

Place on a parchment lined pan.

Step 4

Refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the chocolate has set.

Step 5

Lastly, remove the Nutty Buddies from the fridge and serve!

Nutty buddy bars.

Expert Tips & Tricks

Follow these tips and tricks to make the best nutty buddies.

First, use fresh wafer cookies for the best texture. Do not use old or stale wafers.

Use vanilla wafers.

Choose all natural creamy peanut butter. It is much more creamy and smooth than brands made with added oils or sugar.

Dip each wafer cookie completely in the melted chocolate mixture. Then, coat all sides.

Use parchment paper for easier clean up and removal.

Finally, allow the chocolate coating to completely harden before serving.

How to Serve & Store

Serve these homemade Nutty Buddies once the chocolate coating has firmed up.

Serve by themselves or as part of a dessert board!

In addition, they are delicious crumbled on top of ice cream.

Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where did Little Debbie Nutty Buddy Bars come from?

Little Debbie Nutty Buddy Bars originated in the United States. They were created by the McKee Foods Corporation and have become a popular snack.

Can I use gluten free wafers?

Yes, absolutely! I used gluten free wafers for these photos.

Can I dip them in milk chocolate?

Sure!

What do they taste like?

These taste like the classic nostalgic Little Debbie bars. They are crunchy, crispy, and loaded with chocolate and peanut butter.

Chocolate wafer cookies.

Equipment Needed

USA Pan 3 Piece Cookie Sheet Set: Place the bars on a cookie pan to chill.

Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Sheets: Use parchment paper for easy clean up.

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Nutty Buddies.

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These homemade Nutty Buddies are inspired by the classic Little Debbie treat! They are made with only a few easy ingredients. This no bake recipe has the classic peanut butter chocolate flavor. They are so fun for kids!
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Ingredients

Instructions 

  • First, spread peanut butter on the top of each wafer. Place on a parchment lined pan. Place in the fridge or freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Dip each wafer in the melted chocolate mixture. Coat on all sides. Place on a parchment lined pan.
  • Refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the chocolate has set.
  • Finally, remove from the fridge and serve!

Notes

  • Since I am gluten free, I used gluten free wafers.
  • Use all natural creamy peanut butter made from only peanuts and salt.
  • Dark chocolate adds a delicious contrast to the peanut butter and wafers.  If you prefer, use milk or semisweet chocolate.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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Calories: 141kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Cholesterol: 0.4mg, Sodium: 61mg, Potassium: 128mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 4IU, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 1mg

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