Healthy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Healthy No Bake Chocolate Peanut butter crunch bars using just one bowl, 5 ingredients and less than 2 minutes! This quick and easy snack or dessert is naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free and can be made sugar free! 

 

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars (V, GF, DF)- Easy, fuss-free and delicious, this healthy candy bar copycat combines cereal, chocolate and peanut butter in one! {vegan, gluten free, sugar free recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Thank Goodness For Archived Cookbook Recipes

I may have a shed a tear when my editor told me to nix a recipe which incorporated my favorite childhood snack and my favorite candy bar in one. My copycat crunch bar recipe is one of my favorites because it’s so easy, uses two ingredients and can be made completely sugar free!Just kidding about shedding a tear, I didn’t shed any because I have no heart and no soul and thus, no emotions. 🙂

In all seriousness, the worst part of the cookbook process may have been cutting down on so many recipes I had planned to share. Narrowing it down to just one strawberry recipe, one doughnut flavor, and one oatmeal breakfast was not an easy feat. What was worse was having to actually omit at least 15-20 recipes, including today’s delicious offering. 

The best thing about having a food blog prior to the cookbook means whatever didn’t make the cut makes it to the blog….and also saves my derriere when I feel like sharing a recipe and have been a little bit behind on the development/testing/shooting/eating part! 

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars (V, GF, DF)- Easy, fuss-free and delicious, this healthy candy bar copycat combines cereal, chocolate and peanut butter in one! {vegan, gluten free, sugar free recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

When it comes to flavor pairings, I really don’t think much can come between peanut butter and chocolate, except allergies. To be completely honest, I wasn’t besotted (flashback to my high school essay days) by this combination until I tried my first peanut butter cup back in 2009. To say it was love-at-first-sight would have been an understatement. I was sick, couldn’t taste it, and it enhanced my sore throat.

Fast forward to a week later when I was feeling much better, and I truly got the enjoy this combination, although in the shape of a deformed Christmas tree. I remember bringing back packets of it for my friends back in Australia, and slowly introducing them to this epic combination we were lacking! Now that I’m based across America and Australia, I have this candy at my disposal!

BOOM.

However, I am fully aware that eating multiple peanut butter cups a day is not the best idea, so there had to be other ways to get this delicious combination. To combat this, I wanted to make a faux candy bar, meets healthy snack bar, meets healthy dessert, meets cravings satisfied. 

For a potluck bbq, I’d made a recipe from one of my favorite new cookbooks, The Weeknight Dinner cookbook. I’d bought this cookbook with the intentions of broadening my savory creations, but as always, it was the sweets which took my fancy. I adapted on of their chocolate based cereal recipes to give it a healthy makeover.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars (V, GF, DF)- Easy, fuss-free and delicious, this healthy candy bar copycat combines cereal, chocolate and peanut butter in one! {vegan, gluten free, sugar free recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Crunchy, crispy, smooth and creamy and all words to describe these no bake chocolate peanut butter bars. You bite into it and are met with of these, which are a texture lovers dream! Just like a traditional candy bar, they don’t need any refrigeration and can be stored at room temperature. 

Traditional candy bars or chocolate bars (or my beloved crunch bar) use butter, sugar, margarine and several kinds of oil to produce a delicious end product. My version uses just FIVE ingredients, and take less than 2 minutes to whip up! Not only are these beauties completely vegan, gluten free and dairy free, but it also has the option to be made completely sugar-free, so take note below!

HOLLA!

The ‘crunch’ factor can come in two folds. The first and most dominant one is in the cereal used. The original recipe from the cookbook used cornflakes, but my preference lies in rice crispy treats, so I used these gluten-free crispy rice cereal. It’s my favorite to use in these no bake bars and these no bake rice crispy cups. If you don’t have a gluten intolerance, any crispy rice cereal will work fine. The second part comes with using crunchy peanut butter. You are welcome to use smooth peanut butter if that is all you have on hand, but I love the added texture of the little pieces of peanuts throughout! 

Speaking of peanut butter, for those with peanut allergies, I’d recommend you use crunchy sunflower seed butter or soynut butter

As these no bake chocolate peanut butter bars are based around chocolate (hello), PLEASE make sure you choose a high-quality chocolate bar (baking style or standard) or chocolate chips. I used my favorite dairy free chunks, which I regularly eat on its own. For those who want to keep this completely sugar-free, use your favorite sugar free BAKING bar or chips. Simply melting a generic sugar-free candy bar won’t yield the results you are after. Also, for the maple syrup, swap it for this sugar-free alternative. While not as good as the original, it’s the best sugar-free syrup when used IN recipes. 

Snack, dessert or a healthy alternative to a traditional candy bar, these healthy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars will satisfy any peanut butter + chocolate + cereal lover out there! 

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars (V, GF, DF)- Easy, fuss-free and delicious, this healthy candy bar copycat combines cereal, chocolate and peanut butter in one! {vegan, gluten free, sugar free recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Healthy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free) adapted from the Weeknight Dinner Cookbook. 

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Healthy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Healthy No Bake Chocolate Peanut butter crunch bars using just one bowl, 5 ingredients and less than 2 minutes! This quick and easy snack or dessert is naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free and can be made sugar free! 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy, chocolate, no bake dessert, peanut butter
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 20 bars
Calories: 121kcal
Author: Arman

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish or deep baking tray of choice with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Add crispy rice cereal into a large mixing bowl and set aside. In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, combine all your other ingredients and heat until melted. Remove from microwave/off stove and whisk until completely incorporated.
  • Pour the chocolate/peanut butter mixture over the crispy rice cereal and mix until combined. Pour into the lined baking dish and refrigerate until firm (at least an hour). Remove and cut into bars. 

Notes

Healthy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars can be kept at room temperature in a sealed container. They are best kept refrigerated for up to 4 weeks. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 2% | Vitamin C: 3% | Calcium: 3% | Iron: 2%

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81 thoughts on “Healthy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  1. These totally remind me of those nutty bars that I ate as a kid! In fact, I don’t think I’ve had one since I was a kid…and after seeing these photos, I have a strange craving for one. But I like the homemade version WAY better. I definitely need a bar or two in my life. Love that these are no-bake, too! 🙂

    1. My son-in-law says these remind him of a candy bar he loved as a kid. It was called Whatchamacallit. If you keep them in the freezer they stay crunchy for weeks, if they last that long!

  2. These are not gluten free as they call for rice crisp cereal. They all have “malt” syrup which is derives from wheat. If u know anything about being gluten free which I do! U can use the brown rice crisp cereal that should not have any malt flavorings if u can find it.

      1. FYI ALDI brand rice crispies cereal is gluten free! ? It uses rice syrup, NOT malt! Can’t wait to make these!

  3. I’m not a big dessert person, but if you throw PB and chocolate together it’s a lot harder for me to resist! It’s Reese’s PB egg season right now and they’re EVERYWHERE. Fun fact, I dated a guy in college who worked for the Hershey factory here in Virginia and he would bring me boxes of fresh candy bars. My dad was really sad when we broke up.

  4. These bars kind of remind me of a snack I ate long ago, but used marshmallows too. PB and Chocolate are the best combo! And, thanks for the link to the sugar free Maple syrup that you mentioned in a previous post, too.

  5. I’m interested in trying these fantastic bars, thank you Arman! I’m Italian and, as you might understand, I have some trouble with cups. I know more or less the equivalent for almost all ingredients I need for your recipes, but I have some doubt on cereals. How many grams is a cup of flake cereal? 30g?
    Can you or anybody else help me?
    PS. your blog is great, and it would be super if you could give us (I mean, us who use metric system 😀 ) grams for every ingredient in every recipe!
    Thank you!
    Valentina

  6. Can I replace the coconut butter? I dont have it right now and want to make those sweets immediately …they look so great

  7. To be sure you make these dairy-free, you’ll need to find dairy-free chocolate chips, too. Most have milk in them. Look for dark chocolate variety and read the label.

  8. Could the maple syrup be substituted for honey? Or golden syrup? Maple syrup is pretty expensive in New Zealand! =(

  9. I’ve just been looking for recipes as to how I can fit peanut butter into my food. Think I’ve found the perfect one! Thanks again Arman, you’re the man.

  10. I just made these and used melted Lily’s chocolate chips, almond butter and coconut nectar(didn’t have maple )syrup) omg, delicious!

  11. What if you substituted half of the chocolate chips with butterscotch chips, making it like “Scotcheroos”?

  12. These look yummy, but not sure I would like maple syrup. I’m not worried about all the “free” stuff so could I use basic white corn syrup?

  13. Made these last night and they’re delicious! I also added sunflower seeds and chia seeds, and they’re super crunchy. Only thing is, when they’re out of the fridge they start to go very sticky – any way you can make them a bit more ‘resilient’?

  14. Hi
    These sound delicious & as soon as I receive a reply from you I’ll make them immediately. You mention you could substitute a sugar free alternative for the maple syrup. Which can I use as a substitute??
    Thanks
    Kat

  15. Just a thought on the “crumbly” comment. As I haven’t made these YET, headed to the kitchen after I type this!, when I’ve made no bake cookies in the past, they’ve ALWAYS been timed on the stove/burner. You bring the melted ingredients to boil of exactly ONE minute, then remove from heat. If you boil any longer they tend toward the crumbly side. If you under boil they don’t set up. Just wondering if that might be a factor here?
    Ok, so there’s my two cents worth, I’m heading to the kitchen for some yummy treats!!!

  16. I don’t have chocolate chips but I do have 3.17 Oz chocolate bars. How many of those equals 1 1/2 cup of chocolate chips?

  17. If I weren’t married I would totally be proposing to you right now. This is exactly the recipe I’ve been looking for! thank you!

  18. Another freakin kick ass recipe. I’m on your site at least twice a week baking up one concoction or another. But My husband says this is one of his favorites!!!

  19. HI!thanks for the great recipe. Wanna try it right NOW. I was just wondering if it would be ok to use honey instead of the mayple syrup?

  20. I don’t think these are healthy but they are delicious and we love them! There is a lot of fat in PB and chocolate chips have sugar in them. 😬 we eat them anyhow!

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