Copycat Nutty Buddy Bars

7 Reviews / 4.7 Average
These copycat Nutty Buddy Bars are free of processed ingredients and pretty close to those Little Debbie ones I used to eat as a kid. They're a perfect little treat for when you're craving something for dessert.
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Back in college, my roommate Jenn and I put away some Nutty Buddy bars (chocolate peanut butter cookie bars). This highly processed “treat” is not something you might wonder if it would pass the real food test…clearly, anything by Little Debbie does not! So I have not had one in a while. I think the ingredients say it all…

But boy, do I remember exactly how they taste. And the other day Jenn said to me, ”When are you going to come up with a Copycat Nutty Buddy Bars recipe so we can make them at home?” It honestly had not occurred to create a homemade version, but I was up for the challenge.

And, while the result is not exactly like the original (I am not about to whip up some wafers from scratch), these homemade nutty bars are pretty reminiscent of what used to be my favorite packaged dessert! Let me know if you agree in the comments. :)

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  1. I too, am on the quest to recreate the Nutty Buddy, I have 2 son’s and a husband who would live in a diet soley consisting of nothing but these (and goldfish, of course) and I just want to recreate it so that once I’ve got it it mastered, I can find ways to make it healthier. I like these, I’m wondering if whipping the pb into a mouse and using philo dough of different thicknesses and baking that first, then coating that with milk chocolate and drying on a rack? I’m telling you. I had an epiphany tonight when I took a bite of my son’s bar. I’m

  2. 4 stars
    Thinking about trying this with a butter waffle cookie. Might taste closer to the real deal over a triscuit. Overall good though.

  3. I know that Triscuit crackers only have 3 ingredients and those ingredients are all real food, but what about the BHT preservative that they pump into it “to preserve freshness” according to their box?

    Doesn’t adding a possible carcinogen preservative kick it out of your real food guidelines?

    1. Never mind, I see that you addressed this earlier in the thread. I’m sad to say I will not be buying triscuits, but hope to try this recipe with a similar cracker that doesn’t contain BHT.

  4. I wasn’t sure if I would like these. I thought they might might be sweet enough, and thought about adding honey to the peanut butter. I’m so glad I made them exactly as posted. No need for extra sweetner. They were just right. I used organic dark chocolate chips.

  5. 5 stars
    My grandson (5 1/2) and I made these this weekend! Our chocolate was a little stiff, even after a bit more cream and some coconut oil, but we loved them! They were not as pretty as Lisa’s (most of the chocolate was on top) but the taste/texture was very appealing! He said we should make them again!


    5 stars
    SO easy and SO much like a Nutty Buddy! Definitely a close imitation and I wouldn’t change anything about this recipe. Not to mention feeling no guilt after eating them! Thank you so much for this reward after making such a lifestyle change.

  7. I wonder if there might be some kind o waffle f ice cream cone made of healthy ingredients that could be used instead of Triscuits…

  8. 5 stars
    These are SO GOOD! I wasn’t sure about using triscuits but i was pleasantly surprised. The texture is what makes them special!
    Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  9. Organic Triscuits are available, and as far as I can tell, they don’t contain BHT in the packaging.

    1. April Heimerle

      Lol! It’s just a small square shaped shredded wheat “cracker” (as we call them here). Triscuit is the brand name. (I think they’re made by Nabisco?) They have several flavors, depending on the seasoning powder, with plain being the only type I’ve seen mentioned on this site. However, you’re not missing much as the commentors before suggested…they have preservatives in their packaging.

  10. It is a great idea to replicate those delicious heavenly treats. :-)
    I also would like to think if an alternative to triscuits. Something more delicate. Maybe a rice based water would work. Vanilla in the wafer seems like a flavor that would help resemble the original.
    But the texture of them is the key thing that appeals to me, so I will try to think of a less dense and more simple water than the Triscuits.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Hayley Gardner

    Hi Lisa! I am such a lover of your blog and cookbooks! Your blog literally changed my life! I was SO SO excited to see this post as I use to love those treats. I do have a question regarding this recipe. Not sure if you are aware but the packaging of Triscuits has BHT in it, a preservative. When I first began this journey of eliminating processed foods and preservatives from my diet BHT was one of the things I learned about. It is a terrible preservative that has been linked to cancer. So my question is are you using a different type of cracker or the actual Triscuit brand and if so do you know something about BHT that I don’t as I would love to know because many of the kellogg brands have BHT in their packaging and due to popular demand they are in the process of eliminating it from their packaging. Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge and I appreciate all you do!

    1. Hi, Hayley, I think a slightly improved option may be the Back to Nature brand crackers that are similar to Triscuits. I am also wondering if a Wasa cracker ( made from rye) may be substituted for some people who cannot eat wheat. I might add a little extra salt in there to compensate for the unsalted nature of Wasa crackers.

    2. I’m holding a box of Trisciots right now that I purchased about a week ago. There are only 3 ingredients listed. Whole Grain Wheat, canola oil and sea salt. I don’t see where it says BHT is listed.

      1. It is listed under the ingredients in small letters. I was grocery shopping on Tuesday and went to purchase them so I could try this recipe and double checked and spotted “contains BHT in packaging to preserve freshness” listed under the ingredients. I guess the organic option doesn’t have it so I’ll have to look for those as they were not available at my local grocery store. Thank you!

    3. I agree – Triscuits are not ideal not only for the possible BHT, but the refined oil as well. I do also buy the Back to Nature brand as another option and Whole Foods has a store brand that is similar as well. I do like that they are 100% whole-grain!