Sunday, November 11, 2018

Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free) + 10 More Peanut Butter Recipes

Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)

November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month. As if we need another reason to eat peanut butter! Peanut butter is not only creamy and delicious, it's also a great vegan source of protein. And it makes the perfect partner to chocolate. Together, chocolate and peanut butter are the foundation of many rich, decadent and delectable treats. These no-bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Bars are one tasty, dessert-worthy example.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Although peanut butter is high in calories, you don't need a lot of it to get a good amount of protein. It's all about moderation. And these Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Bars have the decadent feel of a store-bought treat with healthier, all-natural ingredients, including optional added chia seeds.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)

These chocolate bars are super fast to make, and everything comes together in one pot. Just heat the chocolate chips, peanut butter, brown rice syrup and coconut oil in a small pot over medium heat, and then stir in the vanilla, shredded coconut, salt and chia seeds. The mixture is quite thick and creamy.

Then, stir in the two cereals - a crispy rice cereal and a flaked corn cereal - and press the mixture firmly into a square baking dish lined with parchment paper. These chocolate bars can be a delicious gluten-free dessert or snack as long as you source the ingredients carefully to ensure the brands are free of gluten.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Once these squares have been refrigerated for a couple of hours, you can get to cutting...and eating! The only downside to these Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Bars is that they are very addictive. I ate more than a few myself, and the whole pan was empty by the next day. I have two teenagers, who fortunately keep me from eating the whole pan of chocolate bars myself. My daughter (and unofficial taste tester) tells me these bars are a good mix of sweet and salty. She noted that they satisfy a sweet tooth, have a pleasant crunch and offer a healthier alternative to a chocolate-dipped granola bar or a store-bought chocolate bar.

Read on after the recipe for 10 more amazing vegan recipes featuring our beloved peanut butter as the key ingredient.



Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)


by Joann MacDonald
Ingredients (16-20 bars)
  • 1 cup (non-dairy) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup natural (salt and sugar free) peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups gluten-free crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup gluten-free flaked corn cereal
Instructions

Line an 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

In a small pot, heat chocolate chips, peanut butter, brown rice syrup and coconut oil over medium heat. As mixture warms and chocolate chips melt, stir together until smooth and creamy. The mixture will be thick.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Mix in coconut, chia seeds, salt and both cereals. Stir together well.

Turn mixture out into prepared pan and flatten down with the back of a spoon or your hands until top is smooth.

Cover lightly and put into fridge until bars set (about 2 hours).

Cut and enjoy!


10 More Delicious Vegan Peanut Butter Recipes 


In celebration of all things peanut butter, I've joined together with 10 other food bloggers to share more new, vegan peanut butter recipes. These recipes prove that peanut butter isn't just for breakfast. There are recipes here for every time of day, and for both meals and snacks. Check out the pictures below and get to each recipe by clicking on the recipe name. I guarantee your mouth is going to water!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats by Thyme & Love


Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats by Jeni at Thyme & Love



5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola by Elephantastic Vegan


5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola by Bianca at Elephantastic Vegan


Low-Fat Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins by Healthy Helper


Low-Fat Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins (gluten-free + no added sugar) by Kaila at Healthy Helper




Peanut Butter Hummus by This Healthy Kitchen



Peanut Butter Hummus by Rosa at This Healthy Kitchen


Sweet Potato Peanut Stew by Healthy Midwestern Girl


Sweet Potato Peanut Stew by Elizabeth at Healthy Midwestern Girl


Spicy Thai Peanut Noodle Soup by Plant Based Recipe


Spicy Thai Peanut Noodle Soup (low fat, no oil) by Jen at Plant Based Recipe


Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie by Vegan Blueberry


Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie by Rebecca at Vegan Blueberry


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups by Nutriplanet


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups by Nele at Nutriplanet


Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Fudge by Rhubarbarians


Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Fudge by Trish at Rhubarbarians


Peanut Butter Brownies by Plentyfull Vegan




Peanut Butter Brownies by Emma at Plentyfull Vegan


Don't these peanut butter recipes look incredible? I honestly want to make each and every one. I'm thinking a whole weekend devoted to eating peanut butter maybe. What did I say about moderation again? Oops. If you or somebody else in your family has an allergy to peanut butter, many of these recipes would work with an alternate nut butter or a nut-free peanut butter alternative.


How About You?


What's your favourite way to eat peanut butter? Do you like it the traditional way - spread on toast with jam? Or do you have a more unique way of getting your peanut butter fix? Tell us about it.


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7 comments:

  1. so yummy
    Thanks for sharing this lovely post
    Have a nice week
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    1. Thanks so much! I hope you'll give them a try. I really like them...a little too much. ;)

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  3. I love desserts with peanut butter in them.

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  4. These crunch bars have me drooling! Happy peanut butter party! :)

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