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No Bake Peanut Butter & Cornflake Chocolate Tiffin

An easy no bake chocolate tiffin made with peanut butter and cornflakes. 

Stack of No Bake Peanut Butter & Cornflake Chocolate Tiffin on blue and white patterned plate

No Bake Peanut Butter & Cornflake Chocolate Tiffin

Yes we needed a chocolate hit and after staring at the cornflakes one day, I thought oh they would add a good bit of crunch to a chocolate tiffin or fridge cake as it's sometimes known.

They worked really well. I would usually add raisins to tiffin, but I thought it wouldn't go well with the peanut butter. As it turned out, the peanut butter was really subtle in these, so I could have added them.

Mind you, the boy is not keen on raisins in tray bakes, although he loves raisins in his porridge in the morning. Go figure!

Stack of No Bake Peanut Butter & Cornflake Chocolate Tiffin on blue and white patterned plate with pot of white daisies in background.

What is tiffin?

Tiffin refers to two types of food.

1. Tiffin is a homemade packed lunch in India. The lunch often features, dal, vegetables, rice, yoghurt, pickles and often a sweet dish packed into a separate layer. The lunchbox it is served in is also sometimes called a tiffin

2. Tiffin is also a Scottish no-bake chocolate slice. It was invented in Troon in Scotland at the beginning of the 20th Century. It usually contains biscuits (particularly Digestive Biscuits, which are similar to Graham Crackers), raisins and chocolate and is always on the menu in Scottish tearooms. 

It's the kind of homemade snack our mum or granny would offer us as children in Scotland.  It's also lovingly referred to as chocolate cement or chocolate concrete

In the USA it would be called fridge cake or refrigerator cake as it is chilled rather than baked.

Close up of No Bake Peanut Butter & Cornflake Chocolate Tiffin slice

How you do make chocolate tiffin?

Before you start, you will need a lined square brownie pan to chill the tiffin in. You can use non-stick greaseproof paper, but I like to use foil backed greaseproof paper as it moulds to whatever dish you are using.

Scroll down for a printable recipe.

digestive biscuits

1. Measure out 200g or 7oz of digestive biscuits or Graham crackers. It works out as roughly 13 biscuits. I use Molly's digestives as they are dairy free and suitable from vegans. You can buy them in Tesco.


2. Measure out 50g of cornflakes, which works out as 2 cups of cornflakes. You can use whichever brand you buy.

biscuits and cornflakes in food processor

3. Pop them into a food processor. If you don't have a food processor you could crush them in a large freezer bag using a rolling pin. 

biscuit crumb mixture in food processor

4. Whizz or crush until fairly fine, although you want to leave enough texture for a bit of a crunch.

dark chocolate and peanut butter in white bowl

5. Melt 200g or 7 oz of dark chocolate in a bain marie (a bowl over simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water, as the chocolate will seize) with 4 heaped tbsp peanut butter.

tiffin mixture pressed in lined brownie pan

6. Pour the crushed biscuit mixture and melted chocolate mixture into a large bowl and mix well, then press into your prepared brownie pan. Chill in the fridge while you melt some more chocolate. 

melted dark chocolate in white bowl with pink spatula

7. Melt another 150g or 5 1/3 oz of dark chocolate in bain marie for the topping, Once the chocolate is completely melted pour over the tiffin mixture and smooth over the surface, then pop into the fridge to chill. 

No Bake Peanut Butter & Cornflake Chocolate Tiffin on plate

8. Once the chocolate is set you can cut the tiffin into squares or bars.

For more Scottish recipes have a look at my recipe index of Scottish Recipes for Vegans and Vegetarians

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Tiffin recipes

Do try making tiffin yourself at home. As well as this peanut butter and cornflakes recipe, I also have an oreo chocolate tiffin which is suitable for vegan and includes raisins or my traditional chocolate tiffin which includes butter, but that can be swapped for dairy free spread.

Chris over at Thinly Spread makes chocolate tiffin which include rice krispies. 

Claire over at Foodie Quine make a tiffin called Tunnock's Teacake Rocky Road (Tunnocks teacakes are a luxury Scottish biscuit topped with mallow and chocolate), which is suitable for my vegetarian readers if they use veggie marshmallows in the recipe.

Helen over at Family Friends Food makes a super-fruity chocolate tiffin, which is packed with lots of different dried fruits. It can be made vegan by substituting the butter with dairy-free spread.

Janice over at Farmersgirl Kitchen makes a chocolate tiffin with hazelnuts and figs and tops it with white chocolate (you could use dark chocolate instead).

Kate over at Veggie Desserts makes a Christmas chocolate tiffin which includes raisins, cranberries, orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg. A couple of tweaks can easily make this one vegan too.

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Scottish, vegan
Yield: 8 bars or 16 squares

No Bake Peanut Butter & Cornflake Chocolate Tiffin

A Scottish tiffin no-bake fridge cake made with peanut butter and cornflakes.
prep time: 15 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 25 mins


  • 200g/7oz digestive biscuits or Graham crackers (13 biscuits)
  • 50g/2 cups cornflakes
  • 200g/7oz dark chocolate
  • 4 heaped tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 150g 1 1/3 oz dark chocolate


  1. Line a square brownie pan with non-stick baking paper or foil backed greaseproof paper.
  2. Whizz up biscuits and cornflakes in a food processor or pop them in a large freezer bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Leave a bit of texture, you don't want it to be too fine.
  3. Melt the dark chocolate in a bain marie (a bowl over simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water, as the chocolate will seize) with the  peanut butter.
  4. In a large bowl mix together the biscuit mixture and melted chocolate together until well mixed, then press into the lined brownie pan. Chill in the fridge.
  5. Melt the second batch of chocolate (as above) and spread over the tiffin base and chill.
  6. Once set cut into bars or squares and serve.
  7. Will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for a week.
  8. Enjoy!
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  1. Peanut butter and chocolate were simply meant to be together. This looks fantastic!! Drooling now, thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh yes they are good together. I hope you try them Rosa.

  2. Interesting..the only tiffin I knew till I read your post was the carry away meal in India. A good way to take care of chocolate cravings and use up a bit of cornflakes. Lovely recipe.

    1. Ah yes, I think that has to been the best known tiffin. I have no idea why it is called tiffin here in Scotland, maybe it's because it's a snack that can taken with you, a bit like Indian tiffin.

  3. I have made your other tiffin, the one with the raisin a few times. My daughter loves it. This one looks good too. Jill

    1. Hi Jill, yes there have been a few people who have told me they make that recipe a lot. It's a popular one. I'm glad your daughter likes it too.

  4. Love this recipe Jac! I didn't actually know what a Tiffin was until I read this but now I get it. You and me both with the Peanut Butter....yum!! Cheers

    1. Thanks Adrianne and yes they are so good together!

  5. I had never actually heard of a tiffin! Thanks for filling me in, and for such a fun recipe!

  6. Never heard of tiffin before, either the India or Scottish version, but I can't wait to try it! Looks so decadent.

  7. I love tiffin as it makes such a good after school snack for the children. I got my recipe from my mum and it doesn't have cornflakes in so that is definitely something I need to try next time.

  8. OMG, I just learnt about the Scottish Tiffin after reading your post. Had never heard before. What a great recipe. thanks for sharing. Looks so decadent. Need to try this one.

  9. I love both kinds of tiffin, but particularly the sweet variety. Peanut butter is a great addition - thanks for the recipe.

  10. Love tiffin - I bet this tastes amazing
    with the peanut butter

  11. My sisters live in Tiffin,Ohio

    1. Haha, brilliant! I never knew such a place existed. You must make this for them. It will make them laugh.

  12. These are absolutely gorgeous! Definitely recommend it! Thank you. I added cashew nuts and raisins! Simply delish.

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed them and I loved your idea. I would definitely love raisins, but my son has gone of them :(


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