Kit Kat Bars


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Learn how to make homemade kit kat using just 5 ingredients and ready in 5 minutes! Easy, delicious, and seriously addictive! 

kit kat bars.

The best kit kat bars

Ever tried making your own candy before? It’s so much easier than you think and you’ll love just how much more delicious they are. Honestly, we’ve stopped buying them after seeing just how easy it is!

Some of our favorites to make are peanut butter cups, snickers, and of course, the humble kit kat! 

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • 5 Ingredients. Have you looked at the package of a standard kit kat? Well, you’d see that they have a laundry list of ingredients! These ones? Just 5. 
  • No baking required. The hard part about this recipe is waiting for them to set. 
  • Quick and easy. Less than 5 minutes hands on time and honestly, that’s being generous. 
  • Healthy. Okay, so healthier may be a better term, but these are naturally sweetened and have no butter.

What I love about this recipe is just how much they actually taste like kit kat! Crispy, sweet, and full of chocolate flavor, you’ll never buy them from the store again!

Ingredients needed

You’ll love the short and simple ingredient list to make this recipe. You can find everything at your local grocery store and its super affordable. Here is what you’ll need: 

  • Chex cereal. The secret ingredient which gives the bars the gorgeous kit kat texture. You can also use mini vanilla or chocolate wafers. 
  • Peanut butter. Creamy peanut butter or any nut/seed butter of choice. 
  • Maple syrup. You can also use agave nectar or honey. 
  • Coconut oil. Refined coconut oil has no coconut flavor. The addition of this makes the chocolate extra creamy and easy to bite into. 
  • Chocolate. Either a chocolate bar (chopped) or chocolate chips. 

How to make a kit kat bar

Making homemade kit kat bars is ridiculously quick and easy, and need just one bowl.

Step 1- Prep the cereal

The easiest way to make them is to place your dry cereal in a large mixing bowl. Set that aside, as you won’t need it until the very end.

Step 2- Melt the ingredients

Find a large microwave-safe bowl or a large saucepan. Place ALL your other ingredients into them, and heat/microwave until melted. Whisk it well.

Step 3- Let the candy set

Finally, you’ll pour the melted mixture over the dry cereal and mix well (with a spatula!) until fully combined. Transfer everything into a lined square pan, and refrigerate until it is firm.

kit kat bar.

Tips to make the best recipe

  • If you don’t own a microwave, you can melt the chocolate, maple syrup, coconut oil, and peanut butter together in a small saucepan using the double boiler method. Once melted, fold through the cereal.
  • Use a slightly wet knife when cutting them into pieces.
  • If you refrigerate the bars, let them sit at room temperature for several minutes before enjoying. 

Dietary swaps and substitutions

What we love about this homemade kit kat recipe is how easy it is to adjust it to be suitable to other diets out there. This is what we’ve tested successfully- 

  • Use butter instead of oil. If you are allergic to coconut, you can substitute it with equal parts of butter. 
  • Make them gluten free. Use gluten free chex cereal or any gluten free crispy cereal of choice. 
  • Make them vegan. Use vegan chocolate chips instead of dairy-based ones. 
  • Swap out the peanut butter. Use smooth almond butter or cashew butter, or keep it nut free by using tahini or sunflower seed butter. 
  • Add mix-ins. Chopped nuts, seeds, or even caramel are all fantastic additions. 

Storage instructions

If you’d like to store these at room temperature, keep them covered at they will last for at least two weeks.

For those who want to keep them longer, store them in the refrigerator and they’ll keep for up to up to two months.

These are also freezer friendly! Place leftovers in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many calories per serving?

There are just 123 calories per serving.

Can I use wafers?

If you’d like to use wafers instead of Chex cereal, you are welcome to do so.

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Kit Kat Bars With 5 Ingredients | Ready In 5 Minutes

4.99 from 794 votes
Learn how to make homemade kit kat using just 5 ingredients and ready in 5 minutes! Easy, delicious, and seriously addictive! 
Servings: 24 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 3 minutes
Total: 4 minutes


  • 3 cups Rice Chex Cereal can use any Chex cereal of choice
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips can use baking chocolate of choice
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter can use any nut or seed butter of choice
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil can sub for butter


  • Line an 8 x 8-inch deep dish or deep baking tray of choice with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Add Rice Chex cereal in 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 wet mixture over the Rice Chex cereal and mix until combined. Pour into the lined baking dish and refrigerate until firm (at least an hour). Remove and cut into bars. 


TO STORE: Leftovers will keep at room temperature, covered, for up to two weeks. If you refrigerate them, they’ll keep for two months. 
TO FREEZE: Place the candy in a ziplock bag and store it in the freezer for up to 6 months. 


Serving: 1BarCalories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSodium: 80mgPotassium: 90mgFiber: 2gVitamin A: 63IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 14g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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    1. Hi! You can try and find some golden style cereal or square shaped ones in Woolies- I always being chex back 🙂

  1. Yumm! Any dessert with PB automatically has my attention. These look delicious!

  2. Hello,

    Could you use a mixture of puffed rice and crusted cheerios or just one or the other and still obtain the same result?

  3. OH MY GOD. These are incredible. Almost too good to be true! Almost, but definitely real! What a dream.

  4. Hi, here in the UK we have similarly looking cereals, but they are made of wheat. Do you think they would work for the recipe as well or would be too ‘dense’? Thanks! 🙂

    1. For sure! If you plug in the ingredients into a weight watchers calculator, it will provide it for you! 🙂

  5. Looks great Arman! Didnt see a link for the monkfruit maple syrup… would love to know what brand that is! Cant wait to make this.

  6. JUst wondering if anyone tried to make it without the maple syrup?? What else can I use for liquid? More coconut oil?? I just think it would be too sweet with the chocolate, peanut butter and maple syrup

      1. Just wanted to let you know… I swapped the maple syrup and coconut oil so 1/2 C coconut oil and 1/4 C maple syrup and also added another cup of Chex and they were perfect!!