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Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars with only 5 ingredients! This crunchy vegan treat is made with gluten-free rice puffs and the recipe is similar to homemade Scotcheroos bars. This is a very easy no-bake dessert which is perfect to make with kids!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bars, chocolate, crunchy, peanut butter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 239kcal
Author Michaela Vais

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Check my step-by-step VIDEO right under the recipe instructions.
  • Line a 6×6 inch (ca. 15 cm) pan or 7×7 inch (ca. 18 cm) pan with parchment paper. You can also use an 8×8 inch (ca. 20 cm) pan, however, the bars will be less thick.
  • Add liquid sweetener, 1/2 cup peanut butter, vanilla extract, and salt to a bowl, and stir to combine.
  • Add the rice puffs to the bowl and stir until the rice cereal is well-coated. Depending on the size of the rice puffs, you will need 2 1/2 to 3 cups.
  • Spread the mixture in the pan and press it down as firmly as possible with a spatula. You can also use the bottom of a jar to compress the mixture.
  • I added 1/3 cup peanut butter in addition on top, but this step is optional!
  • Melt the chocolate chips in a double-boiler or in a microwave and pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter cereal mixture. Spread it evenly.
  • Put the pan in the fridge for about 60 minutes (or in the freezer for a shorter time).
  • Cut into bars (which works best with a hot knife) and enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Video

Notes

  • You can use any other nut butter instead of peanut butter. Some examples are almond butter, cashew butter, etc. To make the recipe nut-free, simply use sunflower seed butter.
  • The additional 1/3 cup peanut butter will make the bars moist, but at the same time, they will stay crunchy. You can leave out the additional layer of PB though.
  • Please do NOT add water to the recipe otherwise the bars get soggy!
  • I recommend using salt if your peanut butter is unsalted.
  • For a "Scotcheroos twist", sub half of the dairy-free chocolate chips with vegan butterscotch chips!
  • Recipe serves 9. Nutrition facts are for one (of 9) bars.
Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Crunch Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 100
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.1g17%
Carbohydrates 29.2g10%
Fiber 2.6g10%
Sugar 15.9g18%
Protein 5.2g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.2g | Protein: 5.2g | Fat: 11.1g | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 15.9g