Protein Crunch Bars

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These protein crunch bars taste exactly like the classic candy bar, but they’re way healthier! Loaded with peanut butter, chocolate, and crunchy rice cereal, they have an addictive crispy bite and irresistible flavor!

Homemade Low Carb CRUNCH Protein Bars.

It’s no secret I love high protein snacks, especially when they satisfy my sweet tooth. 

Some of my favorite high protein treats include protein brownies, cheesecake, and these protein-packed crunch bars. 

Whether you’re like me and always looking for a healthier chocolate bar or you’re ready to save some money by making your own protein bars, I promise you’ll love this recipe!

Table of Contents
  1. Why this recipe works
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make protein crunch bars
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Storage instructions
  6. Frequently asked questions
  7. More high-protein snack recipes to try
  8. Protein Crunch Bars (Recipe Card)

Why this recipe works

  • Perfect texture. The chocolate melts in your mouth, and the brown rice cereal gives you that essential crunch factor. 
  • Over 10 gram of protein. Making it one of my favorite pre or post-workout snacks. 
  • Naturally vegan and gluten-free. Use vegan protein powder and chocolate chips so everyone can enjoy them! 
  • A healthier alternative. Like Snickers protein bars, this crunch bar recipe will satisfy your candy cravings while keeping your health goals on track.

This recipe is a double whammy. Not only will you save money by making your own protein bars, but you’ll never (repeat, never) buy regular candy bars again, especially when you pair these with homemade twix and almond joys

Ingredients needed

Homemade protein bars are simple by design. Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Brown rice cereal. To put the crunch in crunch bars, of course! If you can’t find brown rice cereal, use puffed quinoa instead. 
  • Peanut butter. Smooth and creamy peanut butter with no added sugar. Not a fan of peanut butter? Swap it for almond butter or any nut/seed butter of your choice. 
  • Maple syrup. We’re a big maple syrup family since it has a great sticky consistency and naturally caramelized flavor. That said, when I don’t have it, I’ll use brown rice syrup. 
  • Protein powder. I used vanilla protein powder because that’s what I had on hand, but of course, chocolate protein powder would work just as well. 
  • Chocolate chips. To melt and coat the protein bars. I used Enjoy Life semi-sweet chips, but any brand of chocolate chips will work, or you can make your own

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

How to make protein crunch bars

Step 1- Prep work. Line an 8×8-inch or 8×10-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. 

Step 2- Make the batter. In a microwave-safe bowl or on the stovetop, combine the peanut butter and maple syrup. Add the dry ingredients and mix until you have a cohesive batter. 

Step 3- Shape, chill, and slice. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press firmly in place. Refrigerate the bars until firm, then slice using a sharp and slightly wet knife. 

Step 4- Chocolate coat the bars. Melt the chocolate chips. Using two forks, carefully dip each bar into the melted chocolate. Repeat until all bars are covered in chocolate, then refrigerate until firm. 

Homemade Low Carb CRUNCH Protein Bars stacked on top of one another.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Move quickly. When it comes time to coat the bars in chocolate, you’ll want to work speedily before the chocolate has time to set. 
  • Switch up the chocolate. While I prefer semi-sweet chocolate chips since they remind me of classic crunch bars, you can use milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or even white chocolate chips!
  • Cut the sugar. When I’m watching my carbs, I’ll make a sugar-free version by using keto maple syrup and sugar-free chocolate chips
  • Make buncha crunch. This may be controversial, but I actually prefer buncha crunch to classic crunch bars! If you agree, all you have to do is use a tablespoon to scoop out your crunch pieces instead of shaping them into bars. 

Storage instructions

To store: Leftover crunch bars can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. I like to wrap the bars between layers of parchment paper so they don’t stick together. 

To freeze: Transfer leftover crunch bars to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 6 months. Allow frozen bars to thaw overnight in the fridge before enjoying. 

crunch protein bars.

Frequently asked questions

Which protein powder is best?

I prefer to use casein or brown rice protein powder since they absorb moisture well and have a naturally pleasant flavor.

Can I leave out the protein powder?

Yes, you can. You may need to add more cereal to compensate.

More high-protein snack recipes to try

Homemade Low Carb CRUNCH Protein Bars

Protein Crunch Bars

5 from 85 votes
These protein crunch bars taste exactly like the classic candy bar, but they’re way healthier! Loaded with peanut butter, chocolate, and crunchy rice cereal, they have an addictive crispy bite and irresistible flavor!
Servings: 20 Bars
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside. 
  • In a microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, combine your nut butter with syrup and mix until combined. Add your dry ingredients and mix very well, ensuring it is all fully incorporated.
  • Transfer the mixture to the lined pan and press firmly in place. Refrigerate until firm. Once firm, use a sharp, slightly wet knife, and cut into 20 bars.
  • Melt your chocolate chips and moving quickly, use two forks to dip each bar in the melted chocolate, ensuring each one is evenly coated. Repeat until all bars are covered in chocolate and refrigerate until firm. 

Notes

TO STORE. Leftover crunch bars can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. I like to wrap the bars between layers of parchment paper so they don’t stick together. 
TO FREEZE. Transfer leftover crunch bars to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 6 months. Allow frozen bars to thaw overnight in the fridge before enjoying. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1BarCalories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 10gFat: 7gSodium: 90mgPotassium: 124mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 380IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 18g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Recipe published May 2018 but updated to include new information for your benefit.

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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. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. Just a tweak. I put the melted chocolate on top after the base has firmed up in fridge as less messy. I also add wheatgrass and top with goji berries. Also 1/2 a f peanut butter and 1/2 peanut protein powder mixed with water. Lowers the fat and makes more protein too.
    This is the best most easy and tasty recipe for protein bars! Thank you for sharing this.

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. Just a tweak. I put the melted chocolate on top after the base has firmed up in fridge as less messy. I also add wheatgrass and top with goji berries. Also 1/2 a f peanut butter and 1/2 peanut protein powder mixed with water. Lowers the fat and makes more protein too.
    This is the best most easy and tasty recipe for protein bars! Thank you for sharing this!

  3. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. Just a tweak. I put the melted chocolate on top after the base has firmed up in fridge as less messy. I also add wheatgrass and top with goji berries.
    This is the best most easy and tasty recipe for protein bars! Thank you for sharing this!

  4. These protein crunch bars look great! I always love a nice little crispy factor in my treats. Gives a great contrast of texture and flavors. And you can’t go wrong with chocolate either!