No-Bake Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

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By Emily Maxson

No-Bake Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

 

When my daughters came home from college during quarantine, I made a lot of treats. I think it was my way of trying to make their newfound circumstances more fun. Each week I put together a batch of peanut butter bars, experimenting with different ingredients. I would keep a pan in the refrigerator and we would all slice off pieces to nibble on throughout the day. If you just take a little bite here and there and don’t take a full bar at once, you are eating less, right?

This recipe is the version we all liked best. I love that they are gluten-free, dairy-free, and sweetened with pure maple syrup. They remind me of Special K bars but are made with healthier ingredients. Enjoy!

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 dozen bars 1x

Ingredients

Scale

1 1/2 cups natural peanut butter

3/4 cup pure maple syrup

1 cup puffed quinoa (I like nuts.com brand)

1 cup salted peanuts, chopped

1 1/2 cups dairy free chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate

1/4 cup natural peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups peanut butter and the maple syrup.
  3. Add the puffed quinoa and the chopped peanuts. Mix well.
  4. Spread the peanut butter mixture into the parchment lined pan and smooth.
  5. Add the chocolate chips or dark chocolate and 1/4 cup peanut butter to a bowl and melt in the microwave, or over a saucepan filled with simmering water.
  6. Spread the melted chocolate mixture on top of the bars and smooth.
  7. Place in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours until set.
  8. Cut into bars and store in the refrigerator.

Notes

Total time does not include setting time, which is noted in the instructions.

  • Author: Emily Maxson
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
emily maxson

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Food is my passion. I am inspired by both the art and the science of the culinary world. I enjoy being in my kitchen creating, testing and writing recipes to share with you. I believe that cooking food at home is one of the best things you can do for your health, and it doesn’t have to be complicated.

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