Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Kit Kat 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!
The original no bake chocolate peanut butter crunch bar recipe has set off a trend and it ain’t stopping. The first was the paleo version of it and now? I merged two popular candy bars in one to create the ultimate no bake treat to satisfy any sweet tooth!
Many years ago, there used to be only one kind of kit kat- The original. Several years later, the ever popular kit kat crunch bar came into the picture, and it soon became one of my favorites.
Kit Kats are unique candy bars, as they have a chocolate wafer in the center. When I was creating this recipe, I didn’t want to use wafer cookies, as every packaged brand I saw contained multiple variations of sugar and a slew of other ingredients. I wanted to keep this recipe simple, so the thought of developing a homemade wafer biscuit went out the door.
I needed to narrow down a cereal or clean eating cookie which could resemble the texture of a kit kat and remembered one of my all time favorite snacks of all time- Chex Mix.
For those who don’t know what Chex mix is, it’s a combination party mix of Chex cereal with fun additions- Candy, peanut butter, nuts, fruits and well…anything. On its own, the Chex cereal provides a wafer-like consistency, without any of the added nasties in the original cookies.
BINGO. We’ve got our kit kat base so let’s add the rest of the ingredients!
The texture of these no bake bars is perfect for those who want in on ALL the action. They are crispy, crunchy, sweet and have pockets of pure chocolate goodness. The combination of Chex cereal to chocolate is on point, and every bite is a flavor explosion!
The chocolate base is made up of four easy ingredients, which allows these bars to firm up nicely and be sliced into moreish pieces. These ingredients are baking chocolate, pure maple syrup, coconut oil and of course, smooth peanut butter.
A sticky sweetener like maple syrup is key, as it helps firm the bars up, and adds a subtle sweetness. If you don’t have maple syrup, you can use agave nectar, brown rice syrup, coconut nectar or even honey. Please note, the honey is very overpowering and can be hard to hold up.
As a fan of dark chocolate, I used my favorite dairy free chocolate chips. They are sweet, but not overpowering, and they also don’t have a bitter aftertaste. You are welcome to use any baking chocolate of your choice, though! You’ll then add in your coconut oil and your drippy peanut butter.
Coconut oil is necessary to keep these crunch bars firm, but if you are a fan of butter, that works too. Peanut butter is my nut butter of choice, as I really enjoy the flavor and it marries well with chocolate. For those with nut allergies or not a fan of peanut butter, you’ve got options! Peanut butter can be subbed for almond butter or cashew butter. Soy nut butter and sunflower seed butter are fantastic swaps if you want to keep this entire recipe allergen-friendly too (just be sure to use butter over coconut oil!).
For my friends who want to keep this completely sugar free, this is absolutely possible. Swap out the sticky sweetener for this monk fruit sweetened maple syrup. It is the only sugar-free sweetener that works, as the others simply won’t hold up. Secondly, you’ll want to use either an unsweetened dark chocolate bar or a stevia sweetened chocolate bar. Both work fine, it just depends on how sweet you want the final result to be!
Traditional candy bar lovers unite- You can now enjoy a homemade, easy and healthier version using just FIVE Ingredients! These Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free) are your answer!
Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars
- Line an 8 x 8-inch deep dish or deep baking tray of choice with parchment paper and set aside.
- Add Rice Chex cereal (or chex cereal of choice) 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.
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