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Healthier Homemade Crunch Bars

Easy Healthier Homemade Crunch Bars (vegan + gluten-free)

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These Healthier Homemade Crunch Bars need just a couple ingredients and a few minutes to make. You'll be in chocolate heaven before you know it! They're full of crave-worthy chocolate and a satisfying crunch, but have no dairy or refined sugar. Make these as an allergen-friendly holiday treat or a fun dessert!


  • 1.5 cups vegan, refined sugar-free chocolate (such as Hu chocolate gems)
  • 1.5 cups brown rice crisp cereal
  • 1/2 cup raw creamy almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of fine salt


  1. Add chocolate to a microwave safe container and microwave for 2 minutes.  Stir well.  Chocolate should measure about 1 cup when melted.  You can also melt on the stovetop with a double boiler.  Do not overheat the chocolate.  I typically melt the chocolate about 3/4 of the way and then stir off the heat to melt the rest.
  2. Add melted chocolate to a large mixing bowl along with the brown rice crisp cereal, almond butter, maple sugar, vanilla and salt.  Stir well to combine.
  3. Transfer the mixture to an 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment paper in both directions.  Smooth with a mini spatula into one even layer.
  4. Freeze for 10 minutes.  Lift the parchment paper from the baking pan and use a sharp knife to cut into twelve bars (five cuts in one direction and one cut halfway through in the other direction).  Enjoy immediately.
  5. Store leftovers in an airtight container separated by parchment paper.  Store in the freezer for up to 3 months (allow to thaw at room temperature before enjoying).  Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks (allow to briefly thaw at room temperature before enjoying).
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Category: Dessert/Candy
  • Method: Freezer

Keywords: vegan crunch bars

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