These Homemade Crunch Bars Are Your Next Favorite Snacks

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These homemade crunch bars are healthier and more delicious than regular crunch bars, and you can grab the whole family to make them! No matter what age, your kids, grandkids, spouses, and friends will all love these yummy crunch bars!

These crunch bars are SO easy to make, with only a few ingredients, these bars are a great dessert to bring to your next party or to share with the family. You will be so surprised by how easy they are to make!

Are homemade crunch bars healthy?

These crunch bars are a dessert, but they are significantly healthier than a store-bought crunch bar. Regular crunch bars have loads of refined sugars and preservatives. This recipe is super simple and cuts back to the basics. Instead of a complicated recipe, this dessert has simple and pure ingredients. You should enjoy this treat guilt-free!

What type of cereal should I use?

For this recipe, I use a crispy rice cereal. This addition is what gives the bars that nice crunch, so it is imperative that you get a good crispy cereal. At any store, they have crispy rice cereal, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find something that works.

What garnishes can I add to these crunch bars?

These crunch bars don’t need garnishes, as they are perfectly delicious without them. However, if you are wanting to add some more fun to this recipe, there are a few garnishes that you can try. The first thing that I would recommend is shredded coconut. Adding this to the crunch bars is so delicious and adds some fun flavor. Another thing that you can do is sprinkle in some fruit before it hardens in the fridge. It would be so delicious to sprinkle in some pomegranate seeds into the mixture before letting it set. No matter what you add, you will LOVE these crunch bars!

What can I use as an alternative to peanut butter?

There are a lot of nut butter alternatives for those with allergies. If you are allergic to all tree nuts I would try sunflower butter, this butter is a great option for those who cannot have tree nuts. Of course, you can always use almond or cashew butter if peanuts is what you are trying to avoid. 

What should I use if I’m out of maple syrup?

Some common alternatives for maple syrup are honey and molasses. With both of these, you would just use a 1:1 ratio from the original recipe requirements and the new sweetener. Honey and molasses both have a similar consistency to maple syrup, so it is better to use one of those rather than going for granulated sugar. The maple adds a really unique flavor to these crunch bars so I recommend using it if possible, but if not, the crunch bars will still be delicious!

homemade crunch bars

How long should I keep the crunch bars in the fridge?

The reason that you put the crunch bars in the fridge is to help them solidify. Since the chocolate has to melt when you are making this treat, popping it in the fridge afterwards will ensure that it isn’t a sticky mess when you try to slice them up. I would keep the crunch bars in the fridge for at least an hour before removing them to serve. Once they have solidified, you can slice them up to your desired size and serve them. Once served, you can place them back in the fridge in an airtight container for storage.


I hope this recipe and others from Family Savvy make your Christmas and holidays more special (and less stressful). As always, thank you so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!

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Homemade Crunch Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 3 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Half a stick of butter


    1️Add crispy rice cereal into a large mixing bowl and set aside. Combine all your other ingredients and heat until melted. Then, whisk until completely incorporated
    2️Pour the chocolate/peanut butter mixture over the crispy rice cereal and mix until combined. Pour into a lined baking dish and refrigerate until firm for at least an hour
    3️Remove from the fridge and cut into bars. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 489Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 15mgSodium 260mgCarbohydrates 51gFiber 4gSugar 33gProtein 9g

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