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Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna

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Chocolate peanut butter lasagna is a creamy, layered dessert with delicious mousse-like filling and two types of pudding, that is an instant crowd favorite.
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Table of Contents
  1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This chocolate peanut butter lasagna comes straight from Grandma’s recipe box and has a creamy, mousse-like filling made with peanut butter, cream cheese, and whipped cream. It’s followed by a layer of rich vanilla and chocolate pudding and topped with Cool Whip to create one of my favorite no-bake desserts of all time.

If you love easy recipes, make sure you check out our No Bake Peanut Butter Bars. For a truly decadent dessert, try our Reese’s cheesecake.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 cup of crushed dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup of flour
  • ½ cup of margarine, melted
  • ½ cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 16 ounces Cool Whip
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) packet of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) packet of instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3 cups of milk

PRO TIP:

The pudding will not set with dairy-free or lactose-free milk. Make sure you are using regular milk in this recipe.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

WHIPPED TOPPING: If you prefer to make your own whipped cream, you can substitute it for the Cool Whip. Check out our easy recipe for homemade whipped cream. Light Cool Whip would also work fine as a substitute in this recipe.

PUDDING: If you prefer to use sugar-free pudding, it will also work in this dessert.

PEANUT BUTTER: We recommend smooth peanut butter for this recipe but if you prefer, you could use a crunchy variety as well.

CRUST: You could also use graham crackers or Nilla wafers for the crust. Or what about crushed Nutter Butters? They’d give you a tasty peanut butter cookie base.

TOPPING: There are lots of fun toppings you can add to the top of this sweet treat. Try mini chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, Reese’s mini pieces, or even Reese’s peanut butter cups chopped into small pieces.

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How To Make This Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 350°F. To make the crust, combine the crushed dry roasted peanuts, flour, and melted margarine in a bowl.

chocolate peanut butter lasagna process shot of ingredients being mixed together in a bowl

STEP TWO: Press the crust mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Bake the base of your chocolate peanut butter lasagna in the oven at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes and then leave it to cool.

chocolate peanut butter lasagna process shot of crust mixture pressed into a pan

STEP THREE: To make the second layer, combine peanut butter, cream cheese, 8 ounces of Cool Whip, and powdered sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer.

PRO TIP:

Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that it blends nice and smooth and doesn’t leave you with lumps in your cream cheese-peanut butter layer.

chocolate peanut butter lasagna process shot of ingredients mixed together in a bowl and spread over the crust

STEP FOUR: Once all the ingredients have been mixed together, spread the filling over your cooled crust in the pan.

STEP FIVE: For the third layer, combine the vanilla and chocolate instant pudding mixes together with the milk and then follow the instructions on the pudding packet for the required mixing time.

chocolate peanut butter lasagna process shot of vanilla and chocolate pudding mixed together in a bowl with milk and spread over the cake

STEP SIX: Spread your pudding mixture over the cream cheese layer in the pan.

STEP SEVEN: For the fourth and final layer, take the remaining 8 ounces of Cool Whip and spread it over the pudding layer. Sprinkle the Cool Whip generously with grated chocolate and crushed roasted peanuts.

chocolate peanut butter lasagna process shot of cool whip spread over the cake and garnished with peanuts and chocolate shavings

STEP EIGHT: Lastly, you’ll want to leave the chocolate peanut butter lasagna in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours or overnight to set firmly (if you can wait that long!).

PRO TIP:

Be sure to allow layers to cool where indicated.

How To Serve

Everyone’s favorite peanut butter and chocolate candy, Reese’s, is a perfect topping for a peanut butter chocolate lasagna. For even more decadence, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce on top.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: This amazing dessert can be stored in the fridge covered in plastic wrap for up to three days.

IN THE FREEZER: This dessert can be frozen in an airtight container for up to three months, but do be aware that freezing may alter the texture of the cheesecake and pudding layers.

close up shot of a baking dish of chocolate peanut butter lasagna garnished with peanuts and chocolate shavings

Chocolate peanut butter lasagna is a creamy, layered dessert stacked with delicious layers of fluffy peanut butter filling, two types of pudding, cream cheese, and Cool Whip. It is a crowd favorite that will leave every peanut butter lover asking for more.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can you use graham crackers or Nilla wafers for the crust instead?

You can use these sweet crackers for the crust. Just crush to fine crumbs using either a food processor or a rolling pin.

Can I freeze this dessert?

You can freeze this chocolate peanut butter dream stored in an airtight container for up to three months. Be aware though that freezing may alter the texture of the cheesecake and pudding layers.

Do you have to bake this recipe?

This recipe is ALMOST no-bake. You just have to bake the crust before adding the other layers.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna

5 from 6 votes
Chocolate peanut butter lasagna is a creamy, layered dessert with delicious mousse-like filling and two types of pudding, that is an instant crowd favorite.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup crushed dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup margarine, melted
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 16 ounces Cool Whip
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding (1 packet)
  • 3.4 ounces packet of instant chocolate pudding (1 packet)
  • 3 cups milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • With a fork, mix crushed dry roasted peanuts with flour and margarine.
  • Press into the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes and then let cool.
  • Mix peanut butter, cream cheese, 8 ounces Cool Whip and powdered sugar together. Spread over cooled crust.
  • Mix instant vanilla pudding and instant chocolate pudding together with cold milk and stir until thickened. Spread on top of the second layer.
  • Spread remaining 8 ounces of Cool Whip over the third layer. Sprinkle with grated chocolate and crushed peanuts.
  • Refrigerate at least 4 to 6 hours or overnight.

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Notes

Note: The pudding will not set with dairy-free or lactose-free milk. Make sure you are using regular milk in this recipe.
 
Note: Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that it blends nice and smooth and doesn’t leave you with lumps in your cream cheese-peanut butter layer.
 
Note: Be sure to allow layers to cool where indicated.

Nutrition

Sodium: 504mg | Calcium: 146mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 757IU | Sugar: 33g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 335mg | Cholesterol: 33mg | Calories: 500kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Fat: 30g | Protein: 11g | Carbohydrates: 51g | Iron: 1mg
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    • Layne Kangas says

      We’ve honestly never had leftovers to try this with 😉 I usually leave in the fridge a couple of days. I think it would freeze well, though! Enjoy 🙂

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