Mini Crunch Bars with Peanut Butter Shell Drizzle

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 7, 2013

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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
Prep time
Cook time
0 Minutes
Chill time
15

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.

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Tips:

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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Kate September 20, 2014 at 9:48 am
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I made these on 2 separate occasions. The first time, I used Cacao and Maple Syrup as the sweetener because thats all I had at the time. It was just O.K.- not sweet enough for me, the cacao was too strong and all I could taste was the oil coating in my mouth from the coconut oil.
I held out hope and tried again using unsweetened cocoa, agave and reduced the oil to 1/3C – This formula worked better, but I my mouth is still coated with oil after eating them. Kind of bummed but my boyfriend seems to have no problem finishing off the recipe. LOL

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Lieke October 8, 2014 at 12:06 pm
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These are absolutely amazing! I’ve made them three times already and can’t get enough. Just chocolate and peanut butter perfection. And so easy to make as well!

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dena Ferretti December 6, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Any reason why this recipe would bind up? and the oil would separate? Followed the directions and have a mass of cocoa and separated oil :(

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Lieke December 19, 2014 at 3:58 am

Wow wow wow. These chocolate crunch bars are amazing, they taste super rich and the crunch in there is so nice. Thank you!

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Ashley July 11, 2015 at 3:51 am

Do you think substituting the coconut oil for cacao butter would reduce the melt factor out of fridge/freezer?

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Mila September 13, 2015 at 6:37 am

My mouth is literally watering!

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Janelle October 29, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Looks great! Has anyone tried this recipe with quinoa crisps??

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Laura February 11, 2016 at 10:49 pm
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I just have to say, these are delicious. I love them, my kids love them, my husband loves them. I love the texture, how they’re cold, obviously the taste. I can’t believe they’ve only been rated at 3.3/5. Thank you for these gems!! (Among soo many others)

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K.Laird May 19, 2016 at 10:49 am
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These are easy & delicious. Chocolate, crunchy, topped off with P/Butter. Yum! So happy to be finding vegan desserts I needn’t be afraid of :)
(Nearly started a riot the day I made your Turtle Oatmeal Cookies, we all loved them)

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Angela Liddon May 24, 2016 at 10:07 am

Hahaha, Turtle Oatmeal Cookies were such a hit!! :) Thanks for the lovely comment – happy baking!

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