If Crunch Bars were your favorite candy as a kid, then you are going to love my modernized, healthy take on the crispy chocolate bars that you know and loved. My Homemade Healthy Crunch Bars use only seven simple ingredients, and are dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan friendly! If you’re someone who just can’t live without their daily (or weekly) candy bar, then you’ll love this recipe as a healthier alternative day-to-day!
Friends, I don’t know about you, but as my boys have gotten older, I’ve become more nostalgic for the things that I loved as a kid. Maybe it’s the act of watching them grow and subsequently remembering my own childhood, but lately I’ve found myself missing my favorite childhood candy. So, I knew I needed to create a healthier option!
My Homemade Healthy Crunch Bars were born from this desire, and I truly could not be more obsessed. They’re everything that I loved about traditional crunch bars- the rich, chocolatey taste, the crispy puffed texture, and that signature crunchy bite. But, of course, this recipe is made with better-for-you ingredients, so it supports your body while satisfying your taste buds!
And if you’re looking for other, nostalgic sweet treats, I highly recommend trying out my Grain-Free Death by Chocolate Brownies (Cosmic Brownies, anyone?!), my Paleo Salted Caramel Cups (my take on Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!) or my Best Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls for the ultimate, healthy Cinnamon dupe!
As mentioned above, this recipe uses only seven different ingredients, making it such a quick and easy recipe to throw together, any time!
Making these crunch bars is so simple and easy! To get started, simply line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper, making sure to spray the inside of the pan with oil so that the paper sticks to it!
Next, place your cereal of choice into a large bowl and set it aside. Then, add all of your remaining crunch bar ingredients to a medium sauce pan over the stove and heat over medium-low heat, until all of the ingredients are fully melted.
Once they are melted, turn the heat off and remove the pot from the stove. Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl with the cereal, and toss it all to coat well. Then, transfer the mixture to a baking dish.
Use a spatula to press the bars firmly into the dish, until they’re evenly spread out across the pan. Then, prepare the chocolate topping by adding the chocolate chips and coconut oil to a small dish. Melt the chocolate by microwaving it in 2, 30-second increments in the microwave, until it’s fully melted. You can also melt it on the stove, if you prefer, using the double-broiler method.
Once the chocolate topping is melted, drizzle it on top of the mixture in the baking sheet. Sprinkle some course sea salt on top, and freeze for 1 hour or refrigerate for two. Once they’ve hardened, slice them into bars, and enjoy! This recipe stays good in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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