No-bake peanut butter crunch bars are a delicious and easy snack to make. With just a few simple ingredients and a handful of steps, you'll have a sweet treat that everyone will love!
These bars are seriously perfect for when you're in a hurry or don't want to turn on the oven. Plus, they're great for satisfying your sweet tooth!
No-Bake Peanut Butter Crunch Bars
These No-Bake Peanut Butter Crunch Bars taste like a Reese's peanut butter cup. They are sweet, crunchy, and have a strong peanut butter flavor. If you're a fan of Reese's, then you'll love these bars!
But it's more than that - these no-bake dessert bars are like a rice krispy treat, but with chocolate and peanut butter. So, it's a familiar texture - but with fun new flavors.
Definitely a great experience.
What Are Some Variations on This Recipe?
If you want to change up the recipe, there are a few things you can do. For example, you could use almond butter instead of peanut butter. Or, if you're not a fan of nuts (or you have someone in the family that's allergic), you could use sunflower butter instead.
You could also add in some chopped nuts or marshmallows for a little extra texture and flavor. Pretty much anything that you would combine with chocolate would taste awesome.
No matter how you make them, these No-Bake Peanut Butter Crunch Bars are sure to be a hit! So what are you waiting for?
What Goes into Making No-Bake Peanut Butter Crunch Bars?
With only five ingredients, this easy no-bake dessert recipe is a fast and fun treat to make. You probably have most of this in your cabinets already!
- 1 ½ cups dark chocolate
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 ¼ cups peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups puffed rice cereal
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How to Make No-Bake Peanut Butter Crunch Bars
In a medium-sized bowl, melt the chocolate until it is smooth with no lumps. Stir in the coconut oil until the oil is fully incorporated.
Add peanut butter and vanilla to the melted chocolate and stir until it's fully incorporated.
Remove from heat.
Add the puffed rice cereal and stir until it's fully coated.
Pour the mixture into a baking dish lined with parchment paper.
Refrigerate until firm (at least an hour), then cut into bars and serve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it called "crunch" bars?
The bars are called "crunch" bars because of the puffed rice cereal that's used in the recipe. The cereal gives the bars a nice crunchy texture that's perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth!
How Do You Melt Chocolate?
You can melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl or over a double boiler.
If you're using a microwave, be sure to stop and stir the chocolate every 30 seconds to prevent it from burning.
If you're melting the chocolate over a double boiler, simply place the chocolate in the top of the boiler and heat until melted. Be sure to stir the chocolate frequently so that it doesn't burn.
Can You Make This Recipe Vegan?
Yes, you can easily make this recipe vegan by using vegan chocolate and peanut butter. I can say with confidence that this works really well with vegan chocolate, just take care to not overheat the chocolate (vegan chocolate, in my opinion, is very prone to overheating) and if you do get it a little too hot, add a little coconut oil to loosen it.
Can You Make This Recipe Gluten-Free?
Yes, you can make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free chocolate and peanut butter. You'll also need to use gluten-free puffed rice if you want the bars to be completely gluten-free. I have had some trouble finding gluten-free puffed rice cereal in the past in grocery stores, but online sources seem to be more readily available.
Tips to Store No-Bake Peanut Butter Crunch Bars
These bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. If you want to keep them fresh for even longer, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to one month. I like to wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap before storing them so that they don't stick together.
Looking for More No-Bake Desserts?
If you love the idea of a no-bake dessert so your kitchen doesn't heat up unnecessarily, join the club! We will be adding more delicious ideas here soon, but for now, check out these favorites that are often on our dessert menu. Make sure you bookmark the recipes or print them out so you will have them on hand when you need an easy treat!
- 1 ½ cups (300g) dark chocolate
- 1 tablespoon (14g) coconut oil
- 1 ¼ cups (312g) peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
- 3 cups (126g) puffed rice cereal
- In a medium-sized bowl, melt the chocolate until it is smooth with no lumps. Stir in the coconut oil until the oil is fully incorporated.
- Add peanut butter and vanilla to the melted chocolate and stir until it's fully incorporated.
- Remove from heat.
- Add the puffed rice cereal and stir until it's fully coated.
- Pour the mixture into a baking dish lined with parchment paper.
- Refrigerate until firm (at least an hour), then cut into bars and serve.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g