Mini Crunch Bars with Peanut Butter Shell Drizzle

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When Mother Nature gives you a rainy, dreary weekend in October, I say dive into Halloween prep. Look online for costume ideas, troll the dollarstore aisles for decorations, buy a massive pumpkin, and make candy bars. You’ll be feeling better in no time!

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As a kid, I always loved Crunch Bars. There’s just something about crispy rice cereal wrapped in chocolate that is so much fun to eat. Luckily, it’s really easy to make a vegan version of the popular candy at home. Unlike the store bought bar, my version is free of dairy, soy, and artificial flavour.

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To take this bar to the next level, I drizzled on a peanut butter shell made with all-natural peanut butter, a bit of coconut oil (to help solidify the drizzle when chilled) and sweetener. For shizzle, my drizzle. As always, the chocolate PB combo was a match made in heaven. If you’d like a nut-free version, feel free to swap out the PB for sunflower seed butter (like Sunbutter) or you can just skip it entirely. Either way, this mini bar is an easy way to get your chocolate fix and it would make a fun treat to serve for Halloween too!

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Mini Crunch Bars with Peanut Butter Shell Drizzle

Vegan, gluten-free, no bake/raw, soy-free

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Like the store bought candy bar, only much tastier and better for you! This dark chocolate bar comes together in about about 15 minutes flat. Try serving it at a Halloween party, but make sure to keep the bars in the freezer until just before serving. They will get soft at room temperature so you can try serving them on a chilled plate. One thing is for sure, they won't last long!

Yield
12 mini bars
Freeze time
15
Prep Time
Cook time
0 Minutes
Total Time

Ingredients:

Crunch Bar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 tablespoons liquid sweetener (maple syrup, agave, etc.), or to taste
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rice crisp cereal
Peanut Butter Shell Drizzle
  • 2 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter (or any nut/seed butter of choice)
  • 1.5-2 teaspoons coconut oil, as needed to thin out
  • 1 teaspoon liquid sweetener (maple syrup, agave, etc.)

Directions:

  1. For the crunch bar: Line a 9x5 inch loaf pan with two pieces of parchment paper, one going each way. In a pot over low heat, gently melt the coconut oil and then whisk in the rest of the crunch bar ingredients (except the rice crisp) to taste. Once the mixture is smooth remove from heat and stir in the rice crisp cereal. Pour mixture into prepared pan, smooth out, and then freeze for 10-15 minutes, or until the chocolate is solid.
  2. For the PB drizzle: Melt the coconut oil and then whisk in the peanut butter and liquid sweetener. Adjust to taste if desired. Scoop into a plastic baggie.
  3. Remove crunch bar from freezer and cut into 12 small bars. Snip a tiny hole in the baggie and drizzle the PB mixture onto the bar (you can also try drizzling it with a spoon, if desired).
  4. Return bars to the freezer until the PB drizzle is solid, about 5 minutes.
  5. Serve straight from the freezer or fridge. Bars will melt slightly at room temperature so I don't suggest keeping them out long. Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer.

Note: To make these bars nut-free, use sunflower seed butter (I like Sunbutter brand) in place of the peanut butter.

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The winner of a signed copy of my cookbook goes to: Beth S.!

Congrats Beth!! I’ll shoot you an email this morning to collect your info. A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in the What Did U Do? Farm Sanctuary campaign! I just found out the fundraiser is extended until October 9th, so there is still time to donate if you still want to help out. hugs!

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Vicki @ WITK October 7, 2013

It’s rainy here today and I love crunch bars, kismet! These look super delicious.

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Laura October 7, 2013

I used to be obsessed with these when I was a kid. I am so happy you created a much healthier version!

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Lauren @ The Highlands Life October 7, 2013

I love that I have all these ingredients. Yum!! Making these soon!

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Emily - It comes naturally blog October 7, 2013

Mmm.. they look great. I’ve been trying to make crispie bars, but whatever I try the puffed rice always goes soft and chewy rather than crisp. I’ll have to try this recipe to see if I can master it…

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 7, 2013

Ooh I love this peanut shell thing you’ve got going here! I totally agree with you – rainy weekends are a great opportunity for cooking! I was having a bit of trouble with lighting (my place gets very dark when the sun isn’t out!) but managed to come up with a few stunners. Your photos look absolutely gorgeous today Ange! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 7, 2013

I hear you on the dark photography conditions! I find shooting on a white surface helps when it’s dark out. :)

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Jennifer October 7, 2013

Is there a way to “share” these recipes on Facebook, instead of just liking them?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 7, 2013

Hey Jennifer, If you post the recipe link on facebook, you can share them that way and a pic will pop up and a short description of the post. hope this helps!

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Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} October 7, 2013

These look perfect for Halloween! I love that you added the peanut butter drizzle, ’cause chocolate and PB are the perfect combination!

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Joanne Craven October 7, 2013

These look sooo good! Gonna make them, so will just have to hit the gym a little harder than usual coz there’s no way I can eat just one!!!!

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Caitlin October 7, 2013

these look delicious, angela! perfect for halloween and anytime at all.

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Katy October 7, 2013

I am so making these for Halloween this year! I never would have thought that making candy bars at home was so simple.

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan October 7, 2013

You are the BEST “for shizzle my drizzle”!! haha!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 7, 2013

heheh :)

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Christine @ Gotta Eat Green October 7, 2013

Oh my goodnes.. these look amazing! They are the perfect vegan treat for halloween.. or every day until halloween! Love that they are so easy to make. And a pb + chocolate combo is perfect!

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Jessica @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad October 7, 2013

Oh my goodness! Those look fantastic. I have had a serious sweet tooth lately but didn’t have a good way to meet it. This will be perfect. I can’t wait to try it.

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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health October 7, 2013

Baking is definitely the best way to spend a rainy day inside. These remind me of Star Crunches. I’m not sure if they sell them in Canada. Of course, these are way healthier and more yummy looking. And life isn’t complete without a little drizzle. ;)

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Kristi October 7, 2013

I’ve always wondered about peanut butter and coconut oil. I love it with chocolate, so I was pretty sure peanut butter would work well. I guess I have a reason to try it now. This recipe looks great.

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Ali Bowling October 7, 2013

Oh my! What delicious evil have you brought (happily) into my life!?! My husband will go nuts over these!

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Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat October 7, 2013

Totally pinning! I’m excited because I already have the ingredients at home too!

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Shundara@SavyNaturalista October 7, 2013

Easy bars that only take a few minutes! I love a crispy bar I am looking forward to trying them…. :)

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Leon October 7, 2013

Wow, these look ridiculously awesome. I’d like to make them soon. When you say brown rice crisps, is that unsweetened? I’m not sure we have those here, just the ones sold as cereal which I’m sure have some sugar (and other stuff) in them.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 7, 2013

Yes they are lightly sweetened. As far as cereals go, they are quite low in sugar with 3 grams per cup :) at least for this brand, 365

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Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie October 7, 2013

These are going to be the death of me. YUM! <3

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Jen @ The Existential Broccoli October 7, 2013

Yay for healthy(ish) Halloween candy! These look they’ll satisfy every craving that comes my way.

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Janae @ bring joy October 7, 2013

Sorry you had a rainy dreary weekend! It’s funny because this is my first fall in Texas & it’s so odd to me that the leaves aren’t changing & it’s not really getting colder (I don’t consider mid-80′s colder).

Love healthy candy alternatives, especially for my kids. Just lovely, Angela.

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 7, 2013

Oh the Mr is going to FLIP when I make these!!

You said “for shizzle, my drizzle.” I don’t know why that hit quite the funny bone over here!

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Simi @ theMicroHarvest.com October 7, 2013

These look so yummy! I am definitely going to make a batch this week for a girls’ movie night :)

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suzanne October 7, 2013

I am drooling – CANNOT wait to make these! I have already made so many of your recipes and my list of those to try is endless ! Your twix bars are always a HIT! Halloween is a good excuse to revisit that recipe and make this one too.
Just made the raw almond butter cups and they went over great – I am going to take a chance and pack one in my kids lunches tomorrow – they have a freezer pak in there so hopefully they will not melt.
I have a question if you don’t mind- I tried to make flourless fudge cookies – original recipe was not vegan (2 eggs) so I used chia egg and it spread out like crazy. I wanted to make these as they are without PB (just WW flour, salt, cocoa, vanilla and egg). They were like delicious chocolate chewiness but nothing I could serve others – a big clumpy mess! Any thoughts on what else I could do? Thanks Angela!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 7, 2013

Hi Suzanne, so glad you are enjoying the recipes so much! Thank you :)
Sounds like there was too much liquid in the cookies. I would try reducing the water in the flax egg?
Also, have you tried this flourless cookie recipe on my blog? http://ohsheglows.com/2011/02/11/flourless-chocolate-cookies-gluten-free-vegan/ but I’m guessing you can’t do the almond butter in these?

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suzanne October 7, 2013

Thanks – I will try less liquid – though the dough was hard to mix as there is no liquid in it other than the vanilla and chia egg. I have not tried your recipe and will try it next but did want to find one with no nut butter (we can have nut butter – I just wanted the pure chocolate in this cookie!)
Thanks so much!

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The Vegan Cookie Fairy October 7, 2013

Heavenly!!!

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Lizz October 7, 2013

These look amazing…and I am sure they will be when I make them like every other recipe of yours. I absolutely love your site! Also I have that exact box of cereal in my kitchen right now…it’s meant to be for me and these candy bars!

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Lindsay from Shiny Love Affair October 7, 2013

Wow! These looks aboslutely amazing. Crunch bars have always been my favourite chocolate bar. Can’t wait to try out this recipe. Love how simple it is and the peanut butter drizzle is the perfect addition. Thanks for sharing Angela!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks October 7, 2013

There’s so much about these that I am just in love with! First, no bake, and cereal bars, and with Crispy cereal, and Pb. And chocolate. Half my first book was dedicated to nobake peanut butter-based cereal bars :) Huge fan!

And I love the peanut butter magic shell-ish drizzle. Cannot go wrong with more PB.

I would devour these bars! Have (another) PB-crunch-chocolate bar going on my blog tomorrow. Can never have enough PB :)

Pinned!

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BYOL October 7, 2013

As always I am floored by your stunning pictures. Do you think this recipe would work without the coconut oil?

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Stephanie October 7, 2013

The coconut oil is what sets these bars so it would have to be replaced with another oil/fat that is solid at room temperature. I wonder if Earth Balance would work?

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 7, 2013

I am soooo making these this weekend – love this flavour combo!!

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LT October 7, 2013

These sound delish! But just 1 cup of rice cereal … can that be right? That’s a whole lot of coconut oil to nurse the 1 cup of rice crisp?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 8, 2013

Yes that’s right! The coconut oil is used because it hardens into a chocolate-like texture. hope this helps!

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Jessica Noelle Glitterpony October 7, 2013

Oh, I love where your head’s at with this one! Crispies? Chocolate? Peanut butter? YES. Count me in! :)

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Stephanie October 7, 2013

I made these this morning and they lasted less than half an hour. Our family is new to veganism and grandma was quizzing our 14year old son, really trying to get him to admit that he missed meat/dairy. He told her that vegan meals are “ok” in his books but the desserts are amazing.

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Gretchen October 7, 2013

I’ve made these raw before, and they were awesome. Instead of the rice crisps, you can soak and then dehydrate buckwheat groats, and get the same texture.

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Randi (laughfrodisiac) October 7, 2013

Oh yummmm. They look amazing! I will definitely be making these this week!

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Alex @ Kenzie Life October 7, 2013

These look awesome! Do you think they’d be good with some added vanilla sunwarrior in them to give them a protein boost?

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Katie October 8, 2013

Read your recipe this afternoon and made them as soon as I got home! I used kamut puffs instead of rice and they still worked just as well – deeelish! Thanks :)

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Lisa October 8, 2013

Hi, would rice syrup work in place of agave or maple syrup?

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Angela October 8, 2013

I’m with you on agave Lisa. Maple does have a distinct taste that is part of the equation, but I will try the recipe using agave and report back as soon as I can.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 9, 2013

Hey Lisa, I’m not sure as I’ve only made them this way before. I would assume it would work though! Let me know if you try it out.

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Michele Sparrow October 8, 2013

Hi Angela! Great recipe! I have some of that chocolate koala crisp cereal in the house right now:

http://us.naturespath.com/product/koala-crisptm-cereal

Do you think I could use that without the unsweetened cocoa powder and just continue on with the recipe?

Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 9, 2013

Yes you can use that cereal if you’d like – I wouldn’t leave out the cocoa powder entirely though. Maybe only reduce it by a few teaspoons?

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