Healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Corn Flake Crunch Bars is a quick, easy and simple snack which is gooey, crunchy and sticky all at once! This simple, naturally sweetened recipe is completely vegan, gluten free, dairy free and with a peanut-free option!
I think it’s safe to say most childhood parties, potlucks or office morning teas in Australia would ALWAYS include cornflake crackles. Along with crunch bars, brownies, and rice crispy treats, they were always a favorite.
Cornflake crackles are an easy, no bake dessert or treat, flavored with honey (or golden syrup), butter, sugar and of course, cornflakes. What I loved most about them was that they were super sticky, seriously addictive, but also SUPER SWEET. If you attended any birthday party, you’d arrive looking like gold and leave with sticky fingers and a golden grin.
My Australian readers have often left requests on Facebook for this iconic foodie classic to be given a healthy makeover, without sacrificing on taste. The texture had to be chewy, crunchy, gooey, and sticky and without being overly sweet. They had to be portable, stable at room temperature, and easy to keep in the refrigerator. Not only have all those bases been covered, but you’ll only need THREE ingredients to make them! They are also suitable for those following a gluten-free, vegan, dairy free and refined sugar free lifestyle!
Traditionally, the obvious first ingredient is corn flakes. For those who follow a gluten-free diet or lifestyle, the original cereal cannot be used, as it contains some form of barley in it. Instead, I used the gluten-free cornflakes, which fit the bill perfectly. Alternatively, you can use Erewhon Corn Flakes or Nature’s Path Fruit Juice Sweetened Flakes. Of course, if you can tolerate gluten fine, the original is fine.
The two final ingredients are a creamy nut or seed butter and a sticky sweetener. For the creamy nut butter, I opted to use creamy peanut butter, as it’s easily accessible and helps keep the crunch bars firm, yet gooey. With that said, peanut butter tends to overpower recipes, especially ones which use three or four ingredients only. If you don’t want the flavor to be overpowering, you can definitely use smooth almond butter or cashew butter. Alternatively, for an allergen-friendly or nut-free option, smooth sunflower seed butter or soy nut butter are perfect replacements.
The sticky sweetener is the final part here, and it comes with two choices. For my version, I used pure maple syrup, as it let the peanut butter shine through, and also kept these crunch bars vegan-friendly. The second option is manuka honey, which is similar to the classic recipe. If you are a peanut butter fan AND aren’t following a vegan diet, definitely go the honey route- There is something so perfect about cereal + peanut butter + honey. Well, you could swap out the cereal for toast, but….
For those who want super gooey bars, feel free to increase the maple syrup or honey by an extra tablespoon or two- I know some prefer it this way (especially if you want it to replicate the original) so do whichever you prefer!
Morning tea, office potluck or even a child’s birthday party- Bring these lightened up healthy 3 Ingredient Corn Flake Crunch Bars and enjoy the classic, with a healthy makeover!
Healthy 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Corn Flake Crunch Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free, No Bake)
3 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Corn Flake Crunch Bars
- Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- Add your corn flake cereal into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt your peanut butter with pure maple syrup. Pour over the corn flakes and mix until fully combined. For ultra gooey corn flake crunch bars, add an extra tablespoon or two or maple syrup.
- Pour mixture into the lined pan and lightly wet your hands. Press bars firmly into place and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until firm. Cut into bars.
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