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Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars

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.

Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars

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Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

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*

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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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Published on July 1, 2012

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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!

  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…

    • 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.

  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. 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!

  5. 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 🙂

  6. Kara @Nutritious-n-Delicious says

    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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. jo @ including cake says

    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! 🙂

  10. Erica @ Cult of Kale says

    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!

  11. 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 😉

  12. 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 🙂

  13. 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!

  14. Katie @ Nutrition in a Peanut Shell says

    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!

  15. 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…

  16. Megan @ Real Best Recipe says

    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.

  17. 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..

  18. Ginnie says

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

    Okay, that’s creepy.

    But seriously. Yum!

  19. Lisa @ The Raw Serenity says

    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 🙂

  20. 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!

  21. 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 :))

  22. Laura Miller says

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

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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!!

  26. Danielle @ clean food creative fitness says

    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!

  27. 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!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      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 🙁

      • 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!

        • 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.

          • 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.

          • Jen E says

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

          • 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).

          • 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.

  28. 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. 😉
    -Molly

  29. 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!!!

  30. 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! 🙂

  31. 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!!

  32. Amber @ getplantfit.com says

    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!

  33. Amber with Slim Pickin's Kitchen says

    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!

  34. 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? 🙂

  35. 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!

  36. 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!

  37. 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!

  38. 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?

  39. 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 😀

  40. 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!

  41. 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!

  42. 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!

  43. 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. .http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Crispy-Peanut-Butter-Balls
    can’t wait for YOUR recipe!

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

  44. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola says

    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.

  45. Anna @ The Guiltless Life says

    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!!!!

  46. J says

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

  47. 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!

  48. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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!

  49. Maija says

    Dear Katie,
    I found your blog about three nights ago (thanks to [email protected]) 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 :))

  50. 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.

  51. 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!!

  52. 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 🙂

  53. Laura Lea says

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

  54. 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!!! 😀

  55. 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!

  56. 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. 😉

  57. 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.

  58. Sam says

    KATIE!
    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!

  59. 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!

  60. 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!!

  61. 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!!

  62. 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????

  63. 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!

    • chocolate-covered katie says

      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.

    • 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!

    • 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?!

  64. 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!

  65. 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!

  66. 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!!

  67. 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 🙂

  68. 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!

  69. 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.

  70. 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. 🙂

  71. 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!

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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!!

  75. 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.
    Yum!

  76. 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.

  77. 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?

  78. 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?

  79. 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.

  80. 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?

  81. 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?

  82. 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…

  83. 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 🙁

  84. 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!

  85. 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?

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