I just had a stunning revelation.

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Literally, like five minutes ago. I am about to burst so I obviously have to tell you: s’mores are healthy.

 

Seriously.

Think about this. Ignore my insanity. Is this real life?

An actual s’more is the epitome of portion control. A semi-healthy “cracker” that is easily passed off for diet food any day of the week. A perfect ounce of chocolate, preferably dark and packed with antioxidants. A fluffy marshmallow that triples or quadruples in size and makes you feel like you’re eating more. Annnnnnnnd you cook it yourself.

 

See? Health food right there. It’s like you just ate three bunches of spinach and a a bushel of broccoli. Or in my case, a floret. Don’t you feel good about yourself??

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Too bad my s’mores are made with six ounces of chocolate and 45 marshmallows. Leave it to me to completely ruin a simply perfect s’more. I’ve taken every ounce of portion control out of the game. I’ve added extra sugar. I’ve added sticks of butter. I’ve even added extra LAYERS. I hope you still love me.

 

I seriously have an issue. I mean… s’mores pie. S’mores brownies. S’mores tarts. S’mores cake in jars.

 

S’mores with marshmallows made of beer. What’s next? I hope s’more.

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These can be bars or they can be a square of gooeyness that you eat with a fork. Or they can be a pan of dessert that you eat by yourself with a giant spoon while sitting on the couch and watching The Bachelorette. It’s up to you. I honestly just needed something to stuff under a marshmallow.

 

All that they contains is a quick graham crust, a chocolate ganache, and a pillow of homemade marshmallows – which if you haven’t noticed, is my new fixation. They are so incredibly easy to make. And I know you’re thinking that they can’t possibly be easy – but they are. The first time may be a bit stressful, but after that, you’ll have it down pat. And then you’ll want to make marshmallows every five seconds. And you’ll want to eat them with things. Like melted chocolate and a stick of butter.

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Eat them frozen or eat them refrigerated and gooey. I toasted the marshmallow on top of a few with a kitchen torch for effect, but it really doesn’t need toasted at all. I’m just a freak about toasting things.

 

And apparently a freak about s’mores.

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No Bake S’mores Bars

makes one 8 x 8 pan of bars

for marshmallow layer:

I used smitten kitchen’s homemade marshmallow recipe; the one I modified for the beer marshmallows.

for crust:

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs

1 tablespoon of powdered sugar

Spray an 8×8 inch pan with nonstick spray, then add powdered sugar and shake to cover and coat the bottom. In a bowl, add melted butter and graham crumbs together and mix with a spoon until all of the crumbs are moistened. Press into the pan and set in the freezer while you make the middle layer.

for chocolate layer:

3/4 cup heavy cream

8 ounces of chocolate, chopped (I used Lindt)

Combine cream and chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on medium power for 45 seconds, then remove and stir. Heat again on medium power for 30 seconds, and stir. Continue to stir until chocolate is melted. If needed, microwave 1-2 more times but only in 30 second increments. Ideally you want to stir the chocolate into the cream. Once the chocolate is smooth, remove pan from freezer and pour chocolate evenly over the top. Refrigerate or freeze for 2-4 hours before serving.

To assemble the bars, cut marshmallows into desired size. You can cut and entire 8 x 8 square to fit over top, or you can cut squares like I did for separate bars. You can either refrigerate or freeze the crust and ganache – it is your preference. Freezing will result in an obvious almost frozen texture. Refrigerating will make for a “messier” bar that requires eating it with a fork. You can use a kitchen torch to toast the marshmallow or just leave them plain. I assume that you can also deviate from the “no-bake” bar and stick them under the broiler for a few minutes to toast.

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Now I have to go spend s’more time on the treadmill.

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128 Responses to “No-Bake S’mores Bars.”

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    Lisa — June 16, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    Delicious… and NO Bake… Heaven! You rock!
    Take care,
    Lisa

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    • Lisa @ www.bakedinmaine.com — June 16th, 2011 @ 11:51 am

      That’s what I’m sayin’
      i LOVE a no-bake recipe, especially with those yummy ingredients!!!
      ;-)

      ps. Jessica is a rock-star!

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    Nicole, RD — June 16, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    I just drooled on my keyboard…

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats — June 16, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    Holy crap, these look SOOOOOO good. And easy!

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    Liz — June 16, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    “S’more time on the treadmill”?!?! Hahaha! Looks delish!!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — June 16, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    Love the smores obsession. I still have the smores in a jar bookmarked – I will make it soon! And this too!

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    Lisa @ www.bakedinmaine.com — June 16, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    OMG!

    S’mores are my favorite summer sweet treat!
    Your version is less messy and easier…
    I want one now!!!

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    Lisa — June 16, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    “Now I have to go spend s’more time on the treadmill.”
    LOL. hysterical. and same here girl. Just looking at those makes me feel like I have to go run some laps. but chocolate makes it all worth it, right? ;)

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    Cynthia (It All Changes) — June 16, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    Health food? I’m sold. I can’t wait for the first s’mores of the season. :-) Now you make them even more mouth watering.

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    Kristina @ spabettie — June 16, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    I need s’more treadmill time just LOOKING at these. holy YUM.

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    Gina (Yogattude) — June 16, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    Your photos are absolutely stunning!

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    Katrina — June 16, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    Beautiful idea. I love s’mores as well. I’m glad you’re on my side.

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    janetha @ meals & moves — June 16, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    What the hell is going on in your head. YOU ARE A GENIUS.

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    Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen — June 16, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    I love this idea! I’m totally with you on making homemade marshmallows! So far i’ve made chocolate, lime, raspberry, mint, strawberry, pomegranate and apple cinnamon. I too have a problem :)

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    Patti — June 16, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

    These are fabulous! And I love your blog! Cannot wait to read s’more! ;-)

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    Paula @ Cookware Cooking — June 16, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    How could s’mores not be good for you? Lovely!

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    maria — June 16, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    Yum yum yum!!!! Will definitely be making these this summer :-)

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    Maria — June 16, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    Amazing!

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    Jen — June 16, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    I’m with on the whole s’more obsession! I love smitten kitchen’s recipe for marshmallows and find excuses to make it multiple times a year. These bars sound ridiculously good!

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    kaceyt — June 16, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    love it! next on your to-do list should be s’more cheesecake!

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    mary — June 16, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    your photos are always so great at making my mouth water at my desk.

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    what katie's baking — June 16, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    ohh jessica. what you do to me!!!
    these look amazing.
    hahaha ‘now i’ll go spend s’more time on the treadmill’..lolll awesome!

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — June 16, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks fantastic!! I seriously want some s’mores now!

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    Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) — June 16, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    HOLY MOLY- I don’t know how you come up with these ideas, but good Lord, this one looks fabulous if you’re someone who loves smores (raises hand). Yum!

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    Jocelyn @ Enthusiastic Runner — June 16, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    Wow those look amazing!!

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    Winelady Cooks — June 16, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

    I totally agree with you. Health food, no bake and chocolate, my kind of pairings.

    Keep up the good work. : )

    Joanne

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    OnSugarMountain — June 16, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    Absolutely stunning photos! If the description wasn’t enough of an incentive to try this recipe, the photos turn it into a must-make :D

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    Emmie — June 16, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

    It looks like heaven in a pan!

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    Christine — June 16, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

    There’s always a loophole! Just like you can balance eating candy with vegetables.

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    Baking Serendipity — June 16, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    S’mores are my favorite summer treat. I can see this pan being demolished (quickly) at my house, with time to start a campfire and make more. Love it!

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    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — June 16, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

    i am addicted to your writiing…oh and your recipes :)

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    Hilliary Wolfe — June 16, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

    I love S’mores! I am going to have to try these ASAP!

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    Sues — June 16, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    These look amazing and I can’t believe they’re no-bake!! I’m OBSESSED with s’mores, too, and just made s’mores pancakes. SO good!! :)

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    Vivianne — June 16, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    WOW. Seriously, wow.

    Those look 8394238094x better than any s’more I’ve ever made.

    Yummmm.

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    Kath — June 16, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    Gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! You’ve outdone yourself!!

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    Lyn @LovelyPantry — June 16, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

    Amen!!!!!!

    It looks so good I can almost taste it. I’ll be adding this to my list of things I MUST prepare. My husband will love me a whole lot more for these :-D

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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking — June 17, 2011 @ 12:57 am

    This looks awesome! I’m loving the no-bake recipes lately because our oven is out of commission.

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    Michelle @ KissedBySweets — June 17, 2011 @ 6:15 am

    That looks so delish!! I live in the UK now and most people have no idea what a s’more is!! But we have no graham crackers here so I can’t make them!!

    Michelle
    http://www.kissedbysweets.com

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    MomentumMom — June 17, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    Oh yum. My boys are going to love these. Can’t wait to make them!

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    Val — June 17, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    I made marshmallows last weekend for a bonfire we were having. Instead of vanilla, I added mint extract. Grasshopper smores were wonderful!!!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — June 17, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    Oh my! Those are like pure heaven…and the pictures! Swoon!

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    Cookbook Queen — June 17, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    I need these in my life.

    I mean…I am all about health food, so obviously.

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    Tracy — June 17, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    So, I think you hate my thighs. But oh, how they love you. ;-)

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    Paula at Dishing The Divine — June 17, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    These look so delicious! Perfect to use with the homemade marshmallows that I made the other day!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — June 17, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    thank you for having a s’mores obsession that then feeds MY s’mores obsession! can’t wait to try these!

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    Blond Duck — June 18, 2011 @ 11:44 am

    I thought you hated the treadmill! :)

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    Dixie Caviar — June 19, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    These look crazy, crazy good.

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    claudia — June 20, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

    Dear Jessica,
    Your blog makes me drool. ‘Nuff said.

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    Elle — June 22, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    You are one dangerous girl. That’s all I’m saying.

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    Jan — June 27, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    What a fun recipe :)

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    Jessie — July 3, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

    These looked so good that I had to make them.
    But my boyfriend loves peanut butter so I used a peanut butter graham cracker crust. Thanks for a terrific recipe!

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