Love crunch bars? This delicious candy is easy to make at home with simple ingredients. All you need is milk chocolate, crisped rice, peanut butter, and coconut oil to make this yummy treat at home. Plus, it’s much healthier than the chocolate bar!
I’m a big fan of making my favorite versions of unhealthy food from scratch. Homemade candy is still a sugary treat, but it’s much healthier than the store-bought stuff and cheaper too! I’ve made homemade junior mints, mounds candy bars, and twirlers! Now I’m adding my favorite candy bar to the list, Nestle Crunch Bar!
Crunch bars are chocolate bars filled with crispy rice. You can make them at home with rice crispy cereal or a healthier popped cereal like quinoa crisps.
How To Make Chocolate Crunch Bars
For this recipe you will need 3 cups of crispy rice cereal, 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips, 1 cup of natural peanut butter, and 1/4 cup of coconut oil.
Line an 8×8 in baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper and set aside.
Measure out the cereal and pour it into a large mixing bowl.
Then in a microwave-safe bowl, mix the coconut chips, peanut butter and coconut oil together. Microwave the chocolate mix in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until the chocolate starts to melt. Alternatively, you can warm the chocolate, oil and peanut butter in a double boiler on the stovetop.
Next, pour the melted chocolate mixture over the crispy cereal and mix until coated.
Scoop the batter into the lined baking dish and press the top with a spatula until the top is even and smooth.
Refrigerate the crunch bars for 2-3 hours, or until set. Cut the bars into even squares and serve immediately.
Crunch Bars FAQ
- Is this recipe keto-friendly? No, this recipe isn’t keto, but you can make a few substitutes to make it lower in sugar. I suggest swapping the chocolate chips with stevia sweetened chocolate, and the rice cereal with shredded coconut, nuts, and seeds. Making those changes will make this recipe low-carb!
- Can I use natural cereal instead of rice crispy cereal? Yes, other puffed cereal like quinoa puffs can be substitute the crispy cereal. You will find healthier puffed cereal options at health food grocery stores or online.
- What can be used instead of coconut oil in this recipe? Other solid fats like butter and cocoa butter can be used in place of coconut oil.
Homemade Crunch Bars
Learn how to make the best homemade crunch bars at home with simple ingredients! This is a treat the whole family will love and is a great dessert to bring to gatherings.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes + Refrigeration Time
- Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
- Yield: 12 bars 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Microwave
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 3 cups crispy rice cereal
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate, or dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
- Pour the crispy rice cereal into a large mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix the chocolate chips, peanut butter and coconut oil together. Microwave for 2-3 minutes or until the chocolate melts. Check frequently to ensure the chocolate doesn’t burn.
- Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the cereal and mix until the cereal is coated.
- Pour the crunch bar mixture over the parchment lined dish and spread evenly over the bottom of the pan.
- Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until the candy bars are set. Cut the bars into even squares and serve immediately.
- Store leftover bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The bars will melt at room temperature, so keep the cold until you serve them.
- Serving Size: 1 bar