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If chocolate were a food group…

homemade crunch bars

We could eat brownies for breakfast, cookies for lunch, hot fudge sundaes for dinner. And dark chocolate crunch bars all day long.

Yes, that would be a nice life.

Copycat Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars!

Nestlé doesn’t currently offer a darker variety of their popular Crunch bars, which means they are missing out. This dark-chocolate version is richer and more delicious than any milk-chocolate candy bar could ever dream to be.

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  • 1/4 cup rice crispies (brown or white, or gf) (30g)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (50g)
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil (60g) (See nutrition link below, for substitutions)
  • Sweetener to taste (options include: pure maple syrup, NuNaturals alcohol-free vanilla stevia drops, or agave. I haven’t tried granulated sugar or powdered stevia in this recipe.)
  • tiny dash salt (makes the flavor pop)


Combine coconut oil and sweetener. Stir, then add cocoa powder and rice crispies (If needed, add 3 tbsp water or milk of choice, only if using stevia.). Stir until it gets thick. Pour into any flat container (or candy molds, or smush between layers of wax paper or in ziploc bags). Freeze until solid, and store in the freezer.

*View Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars Nutrition Facts*

vegan crunch bar

What’s your favorite candy of all time?

We didn’t often eat candy at home when I was growing up, but I always got candy bars at the movies. I’d go through phases– one year it was Twix bars, one year was Milky Ways, another year was Raisinettes. And I never tired of Mounds bars or M&Ms. For sure, my choice was always chocolate. Didn’t even want to know about the Sour Patch Kids or Shock Tarts.

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Next up: healthy Butterfingers??

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Lena says:

    No lie, I came to the blog exactly one minute ago for the sole purpose of opening the copycat Reeses PB eggs recipe. (Admittedly after eating one of the actual Reese’s PB cups…) I want to make this recipe so bad but I don’t have rice crispies! Argh. Definitely writing down to buy some… I’m excited 😀 That last photo looks so good!

    1. Cheri says:

      Haha Lena — copycat recipes are the best and so are Reese’s! They are my favorites! I did a video on how to eat one properly — very helpful!!! This should go along great with your making the copycat ones 😀 HAAHA


  2. Lena says:

    Also it’s hard for me to pick a favorite candy, but Tim Tams always made me drool just by thinking about them. And also Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. And Snickers. And Bounty. Oh boy…

    1. Anna Banana says:

      Tim Tams are the best! I did some work in Australia and I brought home about 8 packs for my friends. They were so skeptical that I had to photograph each of them taking their first bite! No one was skeptical after that.

      1. Katelyn says:

        I looooove Tim Tams! I studied abroad in New Zealand and have been hooked ever since… :)

  3. Juliana says:

    My grandma is a Nestle bar ADDICT. She will love these! Thank you!
    And YES to healthy butterfingers. Oh my goodness, those were my favorite until I couldn’t eat them anymore with my health.

  4. Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to try this! My little brother has had a severe dairy allergy for years and crunch was his FAVORITE candy bar. I cannot wait to make some for his 18th Birthday, I think it will just make his day!

    1. Dee says:

      What an amazing sister you are!!!

  5. Rachel says:

    Looks delish! I definately love the crunch of crunch bars, but I can never taste the chocolate because I have gotten used to darker chocolate! Great variation!

  6. Tricia says:

    I love Crunch bars and Butterfingers. I’ve found vegan crunch bars, but butterfingers are another story :/ oh well, these look great and simple and i cant wait to make them :)

  7. Every candy bar should have a dark version!
    A homemade butterfingers would be amazing! Especially cause I’m curious as to what makes the inner layer crunchy but flaky!

  8. Kimii G. says:

    Wow, these look amazing!
    My favorite chocolate bars were Nestle’s Sidekick and Coffee crisp!

  9. Samantha says:

    oh my god..nom nom nom nom nom making these now nom

  10. My mom was JUST telling me about her “homemade” chocolate with coconut oil (we’re on a coconut oil kick! lol!) What a coincidence! They look delicious!!!!

  11. I’d have to say my favorite candy of all time would be a snickers. I’ve been wanting to make a healthy version for a long time, but I don’t know what to do for the caramel…any ideas? Can’t wait to surprise my friends with this recipe in the meantime… Thanks!

    1. Katia says:

      Snickers is my favorite too. This site has a vegan caramel recipe , but I haven’t tried it. If either of you come up with a healthy Snickers bar I would be incredibly happy.

      1. vicki says:

        Medjool dates taste so much like caramel. I like to soak mine overnight…or even a couple of days. The softer the better. You can mix the dates, pitted, w/soaked cashews and the date soak water depedning on how thick you want it.

      2. vicki says:

        oh…and you can mix that in a magic bullet. easy peasy.

  12. Mich says:

    I love Crunch bars; I’m glad I’m not the only one who always wished for a dark chocolate version. :) Can’t wait to try this.
    I like chocolate and non-chocolate sweets equally. Though I was never much of a fan of the American chocolate in general (being raised on Irish Cadbury…) Reese’s PB cups have definitely always been my fav. I could eat bags and bags of them until I get sick…… which is why I never buy them. So needless to say, your imitation Reese’s eggs were a lifesaver!

  13. i used to eat so many nestle crunch bars when i was a teenager…unfortunately it made my face look like one too…

  14. Ashley says:

    My favorites were milky ways and butterfingers, so a healthier butterfinger? Yes, please!

  15. I’ve tried the 3 ingredient chocolate bars with granulated sugar before.. it was NOT good because the sugar didn’t incorporate like the liquid sweeteners do. The bars are super yummy with agave and maple syrup though! I’d bet if you made a simple syrup (sugar + water on the stove) then it would work with granulated sugar, but I haven’t tried it.

    1. Also, ironically, I have noticed that the bars are MUCH better with Hershey’s cocoa powder versus Nestle. But that’s just my opinion!

    2. Lisa says:

      How much agave would you use??

      1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

        I’d start with 2 tsp and go from there.

  16. Ginnie says:

    Snickers. If you can healthify caramel, Katie, I will marry you on the spot.

    Okay, that’s creepy.

    But seriously. Yum!

  17. Lauren says:

    OMG, if you veganize and healthify the Butterfinger, I will love you forever!!

  18. Megan says:

    Mmmm…I’ve made a similar one with half puffed rice, half puffed quinoa…even better!

  19. those look so good! And I used to LOOOOVE milkways, but I was always more of a gummy candy type of kid. Now I love peanut m&ms…

  20. Emilia says:

    Yum! I love dark chocolate and I love those crunch bars. In fact, I was just thinking about making a homemade version the other day. Totally can’t wait to make these, my family will be very happy that I’ve found something to “bake” that does not involve turning on the oven!

  21. What a great idea for an at-home candy bar! Love the use of coconut oil!

    Check out my latest recipe @

  22. Aja says:

    Those look sooo good!

  23. Wow these look incredible! I have done something similar with puffed kamut, but it didn’t turn out looking near as delicious as yours do! I will definitely have to try out this recipe :)

  24. Ashley Dodge says:

    These look amazing, and I cannot wait for the copycat Butterfingers!

  25. I always loved Minstrels…they were my movie treat!! (you do have those in America right?) i always sucked them until the outside shell cracked and then the chocolate all melted out…yum! :-)

  26. Erin says:

    I’m not a fan of Nestle crunch bars, but I’m about to make these right now for my boyfriend 😀

  27. Jenna says:

    Ah I just love Crunch bars!!!!! And I love dark chocolate too!!!!!

  28. Honeybird says:

    YumYum! These look/sound great 😛 !!

  29. Michelle says:

    Huge chocolate fan when I was little …. milky way….twice… 100,000 bar was one of my favorite
    Whatschamacolit (sp) …you get the pix I love chocolate …hence why I love your blog 😉

  30. Sarah the official CCK drooler says:

    Totally Butterfingers or Milkyways. Too bad I’m outta rice crispies…. and it’s WAY too hot and I’m WAY too lazy to pick some up.
    So these will have to wait till tomorrow. Guess what I’ll be dreaming about tonight :)
    p.s.- 1 vote for the healthy butterfingers!!! Not sure how you’d do that but you’ve done some crazy things before, so I’ve learned to not doubt you. Beans in my brownies, tofu in my pie, and cauliflower in my cake. Mushrooms in my candy bar? Heck, why not?
    It’s hard to amaze me anymore :)

  31. Lauren says:

    I used stevia and worked out perfectly! But when I first tried it, I added a little water like you said and it turned into a thick globby mess (yummy, but not the right consistancy). So I tried it again without the water and it worked great!

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Lauren! I edited my post :). I had to add a little water, but it might have to do with whether you’re using the gram measurements or tbsp ones.

  32. If I could eat only one type for the rest of my life it would be Reese’s peanut butter cups.
    Before I found out they contain gelatin I LOVED Junior Mints. Now I eat York’s peppermint patties.

  33. Amanda says:

    It’s hard to pick a favorite candy bar…I liked twix, butterfingers, kitkats, hershey symphony and almond joys…but if I had to choose, 100 grand bars would probably win. It’d be awesome if you veganized/healthified it! I haven’t had one in so many years…

  34. Moni Meals says:

    This rules Katie, perfect for today. You’re so right, Nestlé’s is totally missing out not making dark chocolate version. :)

    A remake of Butterfingers.., yes please!!

  35. These look amazing and I love that they could be gluten free too! I tend to love anything with chocolate in it and I’m sure these will be no different!

  36. Hazyy says:

    Katie, I wonder why do you use cacao powder with coconut oil if it melts easily; why don’t you use just melted chocolate? I think it would turn better results as you would be able to take the chocolate out of the fridge and it won’t melt easily.

    Maybe is my coconut oil that melts straight away after taking it out from the fridge..

    1. Very good suggestion, Hazyy :).
      If you click on the nutrition-info link, I’d actually written that in as an option as well.

  37. Margarete says:

    Awesome! I’m going to make these tonight. Here’s looking at another day with chocolate. :)

  38. Ive never been able to eat many lollies because the artificial colourings give me terrible head aches but at the moment I am addicted to your no bake Oreos. Seriously delicious and look so presentable :)

  39. Megan says:

    Occasionally I may go for a Kit-Kat or Mounds bar, but I am most satisfied when I have a Reese’s Cup in my hand…my loyalty will forever lie with the peanut butter and chocolate duo. Thanks so much for all these healthy chocolate bar recipes…I find treats taste so much better when you know they’re good for you too!

  40. Rachel Hill says:

    This is outstanding thank you katie, I LOVE all your recipies and have made just about every single one with great success :))

  41. Laura Miller says:

    Yes please for the healthy butterfinger bar! A healthy kit kat bar would be great too… Or a snickers bar…

  42. Laura Miller says:

    Also, I had no idea where to get coconut oil before, but it turns out that my local walmart sells it next to all the other oils. Woohoo!

  43. casey says:

    These look amazing! You should definatly give butterfingers a healthy makeover! Those are one of my favorite candy bars but they ate so unhealthy I can never eat them.

  44. Amy says:

    I can’t wait to try this. I am going to use puffed quinoa instead of the puffed rice cereal!

  45. Christine says:

    Another fantastic looking recipe! Would love to try this one :) x

  46. Made these tonight and they were delicious! My two year old happily indulged in them, as well.

    Favorite candy? Sour Patch Kids…I know it’s not chocolate, but I love the sweet and sour!

  47. Tina says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe! We’ve been missing a lot of old Nestle favorites since we stopped buying Nestle products. Their ambivalent attitude towards child slavery on chocolate plantations sickens me enough that I honestly feel a little sick to my stomach when I eat any of their products now. Even my oldest daughter (age 7) will say “no, thank you” when she’s offered a Nestle product for free! So anyway, I’m excited to have a Krunch bar that is fair-trade and healthy! Hurray!

    1. I’m feeling the same way about Hershey’s right now. I’ve stopped buying their cocoa powder because learning about the slave trade just sickens me. The fact that in this day and age it’s still going on…

      I’m actually writing a post about it, to try and get the word out. Fair-trade chocolate is much more expensive… probably because they actually PAY their workers :(

      1. Tina says:

        I’ve actually been praying that you would raise awareness about this. You have such a good audience for making a difference in this area. I’ll keep praying that you will be given the right words to ignite sympathy, indignation, and action. Some of our closest friends adopted children from Liberia, and the oldest was old enough to still remember friends who were stolen from Liberia and taken to Ivory Coast to work as slaves on the chocolate plantations. It was his biggest fear until he was adopted. He’s 11 now and very adamantly refuses to touch any chocolate that isn’t fair-trade because it could have been him and it might be one of his friends. Knowing him is certainly enough to make our family quite willing to pay the extra for fair-trade!

      2. Jen E says:

        Wow Tina that is so terrible I didn’t know they were kidnapping kids. Can you recommend some fair trade cocoa? I’ve never seen any in the grocery store, but I will never buy nestle or hershey again.

      3. Tina says:

        Jen, I live overseas, so I’m sure Katie or others will be more help to you, but when I’m in the States, I’ve found it’s usually cheaper to buy fair-trade cocoa powder online. Amazon has some as well as many other sites – you have to shop around to get the best deal but you can get some good deals, especially if you’re willing to buy in bulk. However, it’s always more expensive than Hershey or Nestle, I’m sorry to say. Ghirardelli, as I understand it, has at least come out several times recognizing the problem and says they are taking action to try to change things and to make sure none of their cocoa is coming from slave sources, which is better than Nestle, so in a pinch, I’ll use theirs. If you do a search for “dark side of chocolate,” you can find more info.

      4. Jen E says:

        Thank you so much Tina you have given me a starting point to do my own research I really appreciate it :)

      5. Alanna says:

        I’m fairly sure the brand Katie uses that is fair-trade is Dagoba… Never seen that one myself at the regular grocery store, but maybe somewhere like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s (if not online).

      6. Jen E says:

        Thanks Alanna I’ll look for that online. I’m in a tiny town so I don’t have any of those stores close.

  48. Molly says:

    Hey sister,
    In the past, I know you’ve asked for ideas and recipes for things you can lighten up or make vegan. Well, I came up with one today that totally stumped me. Candy Corn.
    I know it’s not chocolate, but it’s one of my favorite candies (and those mellocremes; something about the texture of them is perfect), but both are sadly not vegan and *definitely* not healthy. So, someday when you’re bored and want a challenge, there you go… CCK’ed Candy Corn. 😉

  49. Beth says:

    Oh my! Resee’s mini cups were for sure my favorite!!(dad always kept them in the fridge) But Mounds bars were such a close second!!!

  50. Brandon says:

    Katie, these look delicious. Speaking of candy bars, you may want to check out my homemade Twix bars. Perhaps you can make them egg free, because I’m have a hard time figuring out how to do it.

    P.S. Trying out this recipe TONIGHT! :)

  51. Spencer says:

    I think you might be on to something there! Can you mass produce them? Lol.

  52. Lindsey says:

    I am dying to try this recipe, but a little unsure about the sweetener measurements. Can you give me an idea of how much you added? Thanks!!

  53. Yum! I love dark chocolate so much better than milk chocolate! It has such a deep, rich flavor it’s amazing. Ugh, and *of course* you have to remind me of those phenomenal reese eggs (not like I ever actually forgot about them) now I have to make some tomorrow!

  54. Zestful Lou says:

    Every time I see those chocolate peanut butter eggs I want to take a giant bite out of one!

  55. Agne says:

    Katie, it looks great and tasty as well :) You know, I have come up with a challenge for you if you would like to try someday… What about healthy vegan chocolate salami? :)) It is such a tasty treat, but in all the recipies it is loaded with butter or heavy creams, so it would be amazing to have a recipe without so much fat and maybe even with homemade cookies or a substitute for them… What do you think? Have you ever tried chocolate salami? :)

  56. These look incredible – and I love the short ingredient list!

  57. I always loved 100 Grand over any other candy bars when I was a kiddo, but these look amazin’!!!

  58. I’m not a big candy eater, haha, but I do love my homemade peanut butter cups! Made with 100% chocolate, of course. I bet a few dashes of rice crispies thrown in them would taste amazing!

  59. I am obviously a huge fan of your 3 ingredient chocolate bars (and so are all of my readers!) so I cannot possibly wait to make these Katie! They look perfect!

  60. LizAshlee says:

    Yum! I love simple recipes..I just got a similar recipe from Detoxinista and it’s dangerous to have such a yummy recipe that is so simple, still I love it!

  61. Anne says:

    Hi Katie! I just wanted to say that I am newly vegan and your blog has been a godsend! All of the recipes that I have tried have been so amazing. Getting healthy never tasted so good! I can’t wait until your cookbook comes out. I will definitely be first in line to buy it!

  62. MC says:

    Love this!

    Does anyone have issues with the caffeine in cocoa keeping them up at night? Last week I had a tbsp of cocoa in a recipe (from CCK of course!) at about 8:30pm and couldn’t sleep all night!

    Now, only daytime chocolate!

    1. Alanna says:

      Wow, you must be REALLY sensitive to caffeine… there’s hardly any in cocoa compared to coffee and tea!

  63. I am starting to become a bigger dark chocolate fan and this recipe looks way way better than the milk chocolate version! Such a simple ingredient list too!

  64. Lilly says:

    “Next up: healthy butterfingers??”

    I think I’ve died and gone to heaven.

    These look so freaking amazing! I’m suddenly inspired to make these today, and not only that but start up my own chocolate shoppe and sell nothing but healthy dark chocolate crunch bars (all copyrights to you, of course). Thank you!

  65. Jen E says:

    I miss kit kats so bad esp the dark one oh boy lol. Katie in the recipe do we use dark cocoa powder or regular?

  66. Oh-ho-ho!! Crispy rice is going on my grocery list NOW! 😀 These look and sound amazing. Thanks, again, Katie, for the magic you work with chocolate. 😀

  67. Sara Nickel says:

    A healthy Butterfinger? Yes please! This is awesome. I will have to keep this recipe in mind when Halloween rolls around.

  68. Kendra says:

    Homemade butter finger!! Yes please!!

  69. Jenny$1983 says:

    I think Nestle Crunch bars are actually my favourite, so that gives you some idea of just how happy this recipe has made me!! I’ve actually just recommended your chocolate butter in the last five minutes in a comment on another blogger’s YouTube video! I use NuNaturals vanilla stevia because I think it gives the bars a real snap and crunch like a store-bought chocolate bar, and freeze it in ice cube trays … heavenly :)

    I also love Twix and Snickers bars: I consider them different categories of bar (with caramel/with nuts and caramel) so I can have more than one favourite, right? 😉

    I’m not sure what butterfingers are, so I’m definitely looking forward to that recipe just to satisfy my curiosity 😀

  70. Wow! I want to make these!
    My favorite candy is peanut M and M’s.

  71. Shannon says:

    My favorite movie theater go-to candy is the large Kit Kat! My favorite all-other-time candy is Heath! Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a close 2nd!

  72. Peter says:

    I made these yesterday. Annnnd I ate half last night and half this morning.
    So good. So so so SOOOOOO good. Thank you for sharing.
    I doubled the rice crispies to make it not quite as intense (i love chocolate, but damn that was chocolatey!) and it worked out quite well. I also added a bit of almond milk and that helped to tone it down. You should try and make a milk chocolate version!

  73. vicki says:

    Katie… I’m looking for a recipe mash up between your two recipes! Have you ever had Peanut Butter Balls at Christmas time? They are chocolate balls w/a rice crispy/powdered suargar/peanut butter blend in the center. Devine. Can’t wait for you to combine these recipes to replicate those… which oddly were coated in wax to make them shiny. We were told that little bit of wax wouldn’t hurt us. Huh? Here’s an example…this recipe uses shortening to help create the shine and a shell that doesn’t melt. .
    can’t wait for YOUR recipe!

    Thanks for a new recipe… I always look forward to seeing them :)

  74. What a great idea! I love(d) crunch bars. now i can love them again.

  75. These crunch bars look absolutely delicious!! I think Nestle should hire you to make healthier versions of all their treats! And PLEASE do butterfingers next, they are my 2nd favorite candy… 1st are Peanut M&Ms… I literally have no control around them, my hand just swoops them up without paying attention.

  76. Ahhh! Crunch bars were my absolute FAVOURITE growing up and as far as I know, you can’t get them here in Canada (or at least, I haven’t seen them). Amazing and naturally sweetened so I can enjoy them without feeling sick. Yay!!!!

  77. J says:

    Nestle’s doesn’t offer a dark chocolate version, but Hershey’s does :) I’m sure yours is healthier, though.

  78. Christine says:

    I made this using refined coconut oil and 3 tbsp of maple syrup. The syrup made it a bit too sweet but otherwise…delicious!

  79. Erika says:

    Reeses’ Peanut Butter Cups and Dark Chocolate M&M’s.

    Do you make anything like this (and your other desserts) without coconut oil? I want to make so many of them but I don’t have coconut oil.

    1. tiffany says:

      a lot of the recipes on this site can be made with other oils, but coconut is chosen a lot of the time because it has health benefits that others don’t. I think this recipe works with coconut oil because it becomes solid when it’s cool so it keeps the chocolate firm. If you want to make this specifically, your best bet would be to get some nice healthy dark chocolate and melt it down to make the bars. All the recipes like muffins and cookies should be fine with regular oil though.

    2. Alanna says:

      Lots of the recipes can be made with other types of oil (I often use Canola for the breakfast items and baked goods), but for the chocolate bars you really need coconut oil. You can order through Amazon if you can’t find it locally!

  80. Carly says:

    Can’t wait to try these :)

  81. Maija says:

    Dear Katie,
    I found your blog about three nights ago (thanks to muffintop-less@tumblr) and haven’t really gotten it out of my mind ever since. Not that I even wanted to!
    This whole website of yours is basically everything I have been looking for since I became vegan about seven years ago. All the delicious (not to mention inspirational!) recipes and photos of your experiments just blow me away. And I actually just started cry some tears of happines when I came across that old “Building Muscle on a plant-based Diet” guest post, it summed up and answered many questions that have been on my mind lately. So no excuses anymore 😀

    Finding your blog has been a true booster for my journey towards a healthier lifestyle.
    I’m running out of words now but I hope ‘Thank you from the bottom of my heart’ will be enough.
    (sorry for possible misspelling, I’m Finnish :))

  82. tiffany says:

    I love wonka bars…they’re rather addictive. The good thing is that they are very simple to make…just break up graham crackers into small pieces and mix into chocolate the way you do with this chocolate bar and the rice crispies. Clodhoppers are very similar to those as well, except they’re in clusters instead of bar form…the package for those actually have a warning saying they’re addictive lol.

    I wish i could find a recipe for a home made coffee crisp though, it’s my other favourite but i’ve never seen a recipe floating around.

  83. Jen E says:

    These were so good katie thanks for sharing and my recipe finally came out this time lol

  84. Mmmm! We will DEFINITELY be making these- we LOVE chocolate, and crunch bars! 😀

  85. Hannah B says:

    This is about the 5th recipe i’ve made of yours.. awesome! But I do have a sweet tooth and i only put about 1 tsp of agave in it.. I wasnt sure exactly how much to try to mix in. I do wish they were sweeter but I snuck 5 little chocolate chips in which sufficed. Thanks again for the awesome recipes.. they completely overwhelm my pinterest pins!!

  86. Albizia says:

    As much as I love coconut, I won’t say Bounty is my favorite candy bar. Even after they made a dark chocolate version in Europe a while back. Twix will always be my number one treat because of all the childhood memories attached to it that always come back to life when I eat it. You should try to create a homemade Twix recipe :)

  87. Laura Lea says:

    Back in the day: 3 Musketeers ALWAYS. Now: Dark Chocolate Milky Way and Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups!!!

  88. Rae says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe!!! I just got on here to find a good candy recipe…I’m going to the movies later, and I needed a good-for-you candy; this was like a miracle!! Sweets are my weakness, but dessert was something I always had to give up because of all the unhealthy ingredients. Thank you soo much for creating healthy, vegan desserts–you have saved my life!!! 😀

  89. Heather says:

    Wow, one of my most favorite things you’ve ever posted!! So EASY and delicious! Thanks!

  90. Jane says:

    Hi Katie! These crunch bars made me think…have you ever been to Hershey or Hersheypark? Definitely not vegan, but so fun and surrounded by chocolate!

    1. We used to go every summer when I was little and lived in Pennsylvania! I think my favorite part was how the entire park smelled like chocolate :) :).

  91. Oh gosh — dark chocolate is EXACTLY what I need right now. And I don’t have any on me. But I do have cocoa powder. You just saved me, Katie. THANK YOU! :)

  92. Evelyn says:

    Yuuummmm. Those look so delicious. I’ve been having issues latley though….I seem to be making just about EVERY SINGLE THING YOU BLOG ABOUT. Like, I’m going to start gaining weight if I don’t stop. 😉

  93. Anita says:

    Thanks so much Katie for puting the weight watchers points value on this. For 2 points, I can sandwich a few of these together and make a meal out of it. Thanks for everything.

  94. Sam says:

    Amazingness! I tweaked the recipe, replaced the coconut oil for melted chocolate chips, reduced the cocoa powder, and added a teaspoon of pure maple syrup. It is fantastic! Very chocolately and rich!

  95. Sabine says:

    HEALTHY VEGAN BUTTERFINGERS???!!!! My life may be complete :)

  96. KLee says:

    I added two tablespoons of Walden Farms whipped peanut spread. So good! It gives it a nice peanut flavor without adding any calories at all! Thanks for the amazing recipe! Can’t wait to add in all sorts of other yummy flavors!

  97. Sadie says:

    Hands down, my favorite candy was york peppermint patties. I am a sucker for the mint and dark chocolate combo

  98. Miriam says:

    I came to your recipe because I was having a chocolate craving and I’m off sugar. I remembered the original 3 ingredient chocolate bar recipe (which I made and loved). Then I saw this. I didn’t have rice crispies in the house so I added wheat germ, chia seeds, oats and coconut to give it some texture and crunch. Obviously a different end product, but delicious nonetheless! I also froze and stored it in the flexible ice trays, so I can pop out one cube at a time. It’s actually so rich that half a cube is satisfying enough.

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!

  99. Suzanne says:

    I just made the dark chocolate bar…except instead of rice crispies I added almonds. OMG, this is the most delicious thing I’ve had in a while, treat wise. Thank you so much!!

  100. Tonna Davis says:

    i used a maple syrup for a sweetner, did u have a specific amount. I didnt use enough. Thanks!

  101. Belenda says:

    I’ve just found out about a new sugar alternative that sure sounds promising! It’s called SWERVE. Have you heard of it? Tried it?? Supposedly, it measures 1:1 for sugar and tastes just like sugar. It’s a combination of erythritol and oligosaccharides – zero calories – no artificial anything, none of the digestive issues like you can have with malitol, xylitol, etc. I just ordered it from their web site. Can’t wait to try it. Will be anxious to hear if you’ve been experimenting with it yet????

    1. Sorry, I hadn’t heard of it until now.

  102. Megan says:

    These are in the freezer as I type. Can’t wait to have some!

  103. Autumn says:

    Hi Katie.
    I made the 5-Minute Crunch Bars and they turned out rich and delicious. However, my brown rice Krispies turned chewy. Is there a way to avoid this? Did this happen because I left in to set in the freezer too long? Because I’m storing it in the fridge? Thanks for your input–and thanks for all the gorgeous recipes!

    1. Hmmm… I didn’t have that problem, but maybe it depends on the brand or how many days you leave it in the freezer (mine never last long!). You could always try cacao nibs for a crunch that definitely won’t get soft. I’d store them in the freezer, not the fridge.

    2. Alanna says:

      This happened to me, too (although I kept them in the freezer)… I’m guessing in my case either the crispies were a little stale to begin with or the bars didn’t freeze quickly enough. Definitely worth another try, though!

    3. Dana says:

      Was the coconut oil warm when you mixed it with the rice? That could make them soggy. I ate mine right away (all of it lol) and they didn’t turn soggy – so also it could be the length they spent in freezer?!

      1. Alanna says:

        Good question… I can’t remember! That definitely could contribute, though!

  104. Angie says:

    Had to try these and a funny thing happened on the way to the freezer, part of them didn’t make it. While still warm we got the grand idea to put some of the mix on top of our ice cream. Oh My Goodies was it yummy! It made a ‘magic shell’ topping that we both loved. The rest went in the freezer but some how it too even after frozen ended up being added to ice cream!

  105. Tasha says:

    Just made the chocolate crunch bars. Oh. MY! I should have skipped my morning coffee and had the whole bowl! Love the intense chocolate flavor and the smoothness of the coconut oil and the little pop of salt. It’s goodness to the core!

  106. Dana says:

    This is the first (of many I hope) recipes of yours I’ve tried. It was good! I used powdered stevia (I melted it with the coconut oil). I’m still getting used to coconut oil. I have a tendacy to eat huge portions of foods that are healthier for me (than a processed Nestle Bar for example). I think dried cranberries or cherries might stick and could be good in this! Next up – pumpkin oatmeal!!

  107. Ging says:

    I was wondering, what if you don’t use and have coconut oil? Can this oil be substituted for something else?


  108. Donna says:

    Needed some chocolate so I decided to finally try one of the recipes. I did not have liquid sweetener. FYI the granulated stuff doesn’t work so well. I used Splenda, and it was very grainy. After I made it, my husband told me I should just make my own liquid sweetener with water and sugar. Of Course!!!! that’s why I keep him around :)

  109. Andrea says:

    Mine has a grainy texture! Anyone have any ideas on getting rid of that? I’d prefer a smooth texture. thanks for the great recipe either way!

  110. Hannah says:

    These were sooo good. I put lots of cocoa in which made them really rich and dark. Oofta. Could hardly finish a Reese’s sized piece (I poured the chocolate into the bottom of muffin cups and they turned out so cute!). I made a batch with powdered Stevia too and put some semi-sweet chips in. It made for a sweeter chocolate.

  111. Bethany says:

    How about using CHOCOLATE rice krispies (although I’m not sure if they are vegan or not)?

  112. Cristina says:

    My favorite candy growing up? Without hesitation, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I LOVE LOVE LOVE anything with chocolate and peanut butter together. When I looked at the ingredients in them at the beginning of my vegan journey, I was flabbergasted! Fortunately, at the time, health food stores began carrying healthier versions of PB
    Cups and they’re just as yummy. Actually better! If I decided to create a recipe I’d make them heart-shaped and call them Peanut Butter Love Cups. :)

  113. Gisele says:

    Katie, i love your website! Since im pretty sure you live in dallas i can only hope you’ve heard about austins vegfest this weekend! Apr.6 th On sunday dt. Look up atx vegfest! Hope to see you there, since turning vegan, your website has made it easier to not lose my sanity and opened doors to know you can still enjoy health and junkfood. Ttyl!

  114. mary says:

    Can you warm the coconut oil before hand to measure, or just straight from the jar?
    Sorry if its a dumb question…. was never real clear on that.

    1. warm it first if it’s solid :)

  115. JNE says:

    Just wanted to say, I made this recipe this evening and it is so, so very good! Thank you! I can’t wait to try more recipes from your site.

  116. Lisa says:

    Hi ! I am getting ready to make these but am at a loss with how much sweetener to use?! If maple syrup, how much, if agave how much? Pls email me ASAP:) thank you!!

  117. Georgia says:

    I just tried this recipe with an adjustment: instead of rice crispier, I used Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grain crunchy cereal and some chopped up hazelnuts, pecans, and walnuts. It is delish. I used the nu-naturals clear stevia liquid as sweetener and Hershey’s cocoa.

  118. Brittany says:

    I made this tonight! It took so little time and set up so quickly. I didn’t have any rice crispies, but instead broke up a brown rice cake and it turned out great. Thanks Katie, for the quick, easy, always healthy and always delicious recipes.

  119. Katy says:

    Could you use crumbled up rice crackers instead?

  120. Julie says:

    All of your recipes look amazing! Unfortunately I have several food allergies and intolerances so I cannot try most of them. I would really like to try your 5 min. dark chocolate crunch bars though. I am allergic to coconut is there something else I can sub for it? I don’t think vegetable oil would work because I am assuming the coconut oil is used because it stays solid at room temperature. Any suggestions?

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      Maybe try either palm oil or cacao butter.

  121. Punkarella says:

    I am new to cooking with coconut oil. I bought some Spectrum medium heat coconut oil. It is very thick (looks like lard). Do you heat it on low to melt it before adding sweetener and cocoa powder?

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      Yes, heat it very gently.

  122. Beth says:

    Made these tonight for our treat. LOVE IT!!!!! My girls devoured them. So good. Thank you.

  123. Molly says:

    Question – when using coconut oil, it often is so flaky and lumpy (i store in cupboard). Do you heat it up first? Any tips would be appreciated. Im having troubles getting mine to stir in correctly.

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      Yes, heat it gently.

  124. Saira says:

    Hi Katie! Looks delicious. How much and which sweetener did you use for the nutrition breakdown? Thanks!

  125. Michelle Yin says:

    Hi, I may use this recipe for a girl’s summer camp me and my friends are running, but I don’t know how long it will take for freezing. I know prep time is maybe 10 mins, but for those who have made it, how long did it take you to completely freeze?

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      Takes about 10 minutes to freeze but must be kept frozen, not at room temp.

  126. Rowan says:

    Ok. These look amazing! I am soon making a batch! But what did you use for sweetener?

  127. Cynthia says:

    I understand why you freeze this mix in order to make the chocolate, but after it’s ready, I’m just wondering why you store it in the freezer instead of in the fridge? Since this is essentially a chocolate bar and chocolate bars keep well in the fridge, why couldn’t this be stored in the fridge once it’s done?

  128. Susan says:

    When I was younger, Nestle Crunch was my favorite candy bar, but now I no longer like milk chocolate (except for a Hershey’s Kiss now and then), so I’m delighted to see that you have come up with a dark chocolate version. It’ll be fun to make these because my husband has also liked the original but he, too, now far prefers dark chocolate. BTW, any sane look at the food groups would make chocolate its own group…

  129. nancy says:

    I made this a few times and made the mistake of using unrefined coconut oil so I bought coconut oil and used it for this reicpes. No matter what I do even though I follow your recipes the coco powder tastes soo strong and bitter. I use unsweetened Hershey. I don’t know what I am doing wrong :(

  130. Tina says:

    Katie, I just made these last night and used what I had in the pantry – Fiber One Original cereal and they turned out amazingly well! Thank you for all your hard work in creating healthy and delicious recipes. I’m pregnant and trying to sustain a healthy diet even when the cravings hit. Congratulations on all your success with your cookbook – it is much deserved!

  131. Dani says:

    How many drops of stevia should I add? Will it turn out if I just use unflavored liquid stevia drops? Should I add vanilla extract?