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All you'll need is 5 ingredients, and 15 minutes to make these Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars. Enjoy them as a healthy snack or dessert.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

All you'll need is 5 ingredients, and 15 minutes to make these Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars. Enjoy them as a healthy snack or dessert. 
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 252kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rice cereal
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter , creamy
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon maple syrup , pure (sub coconut nectar or brown rice syrup)
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (sub raw cacao powder)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with 2 sheets of parchment paper. One going in each direction. Set aside.
  • Pour 3 cups of rice cereal in a large bowl and set aside. 
  • In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add the peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract (*see note). Using a heat-safe spatula, stir until softened and completely combined. 
  • Remove from heat and add the cocoa powder and stir gently to combine. It will take 1-2 minutes to fully incorporate. 
  • Pour mixture on top of the rice cereal. Using a spatula, gently stir to combine. Stir until the cereal is evenly coated. The mixture will be thick and may seem like it won't cover the cereal, but just keep stirring, it will be enough. 
  • Pour and spread mixture into prepared baking dish. Press down with a spatula to make it even all around. This helps everything stick together better too. 
  • Place in the freezer for 20 minutes. When finished, pull up by each side of the parchment paper. Place on cutting board and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container at room temp for 4-5 days. You can also freeze them for 1-2 months. 

Notes

* If your peanut butter is too dry, add one tablespoon of coconut oil to the saucepan, along with the PB, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
* If you have unsalted peanut butter, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the saucepan ingredients. * Makes about 16 squares
* Prep time doesn't include 20-minute freeze time.

Nutrition

Serving: 2bars | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 456mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg