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
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.