These No Bake Clean Eating Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars are a play off one of the most popular recipe posts on New Nostalgia. That post is called Best Recipe I’ve Ever Messed Up has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.
I’m feeling like a proud peacock because I took the base of that recipe and came up with another delicious recipe that you are going to LOVE! These bars are to die for!
My Best Recipe I Ever Messed Up bars are like a chocolate peanut butter fudge base with oats and dried cranberries stirred in. They are wonderful, but I wanted to make an even more decadent, candy-bar-like treat.
For these Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars, I kept out the oats and dried cranberries, divided the base recipe into 2 layers, one with chocolate, one without, and added some crispy rice cereal to the top chocolate layer.
Clean Eating Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars
I made these the day after Halloween because I needed a peanut butter chocolate fix that was considered clean eating, and that would keep me out of my girl’s candy stash. These bars did the trick! I think they are even better than that one popular peanut butter chocolate bar that comes in the orange package and has a bazillion artificial ingredients and preservatives in it!
The coconut oil is a healthy fat and is a must in this recipe. If you don’t like coconut, try this recipe anyway! The coconut flavor disappears into the chocolate and peanut butter and it gives these bars a super smooth consistency. It is also the ingredient that helps the bars set up when refrigerated. Make sure you keep them refrigerated unless you don’t mind sticky chocolate!
The layers in these bars make them a feast for the eyes, but if you are desperate for a chocolate peanut butter crispy fix, you can skip the dividing and layering part and mix all ingredients together, adding the crispies last. I’ve been known to do this and have been desperate enough to not even wait for the bars to set up–in other words, yep, I ate straight from the pan.
But if you want an impressive presentation and fun little layered crispy square bites, then follow the recipe below.
Don’t forget to tell me what you think after you make them! I think you might just be hooked!
aka To Die For Bars
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2/3 cup honey (I use raw honey)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (this brand is my fav) regular size is fine too
- 1/2 cup crispy rice (I used gluten-free)
In a medium-sized saucepan, melt together peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil.
Remove from heat. Pour 1/3 of the mixture into a small glass rectangular pan (about half the size of a 9x13 pan) and place in refrigerator until hardened.
Meanwhile, add mini chocolate chips and crispy rice to the remaining peanut butter mixture.
Stir until combined and chocolate chips are melted.
Spread chocolate mixture on top of set peanut butter layer. Refrigerate until hardened and cut into squares.
Store in refrigerator.
AprilDecember 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm
Ok, my daughter & I made this today…. The peanut butter layer had a bit too much honey for my taste. I’ll put a little less honey next time. Also, the peanut butter layer didn’t stay as a square but kind of smeared around when I was cutting the last few pieces. Maybe they should be in the fridge longer? I’m wondering about giving as Christmas gifts if they’ll stay…. very good, though!!!!
AmyNewNostalgiaJanuary 3, 2018 at 9:01 am
Yes, keep in the refrigerator longer, the peanut butter should set up! I’ve made them several times and it has set up every time. Feel free to adjust the honey amount to your taste…I think the recipe is flexible. They would make great Christmas gifts. 🙂 I hope you had a very Merry Christmas. <3
AprilDecember 18, 2017 at 10:12 pm
Can’t wsit to try these … thanks!
AmyNewNostalgiaDecember 19, 2017 at 11:18 am
You bet! Enjoy. <3
AprilDecember 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm
*wait. Can’t wait. 😉
LindaNovember 27, 2017 at 3:41 pm
I chuckled at your “yep, I ate directly from the pan” comment. LOL. Makes me want to try these ASAP!!!
AmyNewNostalgiaDecember 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm
Let me know if you do try them and what you think. Haha…yes, sometimes straight from the pan is what needs to happen. Lol.
JulieNovember 15, 2017 at 8:04 am
Your Pin isn’t linked.
AmyNewNostalgiaNovember 15, 2017 at 9:38 am
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I’m not sure if it is just me, but I can’t get Pinterest to save this today. 🙁
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