Healthy Crunch Bars – Vegan + Gluten Free
Chocolate Crunch Bars made healthy! By using almond butter and puffed quinoa, this vegan and gluten free treat will satisfy your sweet tooth without any refined sugars or unhealthy ingredients.
Are you a fan of Crunch Bars? Me too! In fact there aren’t many chocolate bars I don’t like. 😉
Making some Healthy Crunch Bars seemed like a good idea to me!
The inspiration for this chocolate bar was a bag of puffed quinoa from the bulk food store.
My goal was to re-create a Nestle Crunch bar with healthy, nutritious, but equally delicious ingredients.
I achieved that goal.
HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY CRUNCH BARS:
It was an easy prep.
It consists of measuring out the ingredients and stirring.
Check out the whole foods list of ingredients:
Natural Almond Butter.
The puffed quinoa.
Pour melted coconut oil over the almond butter, cocoa powder and maple syrup.
Add in the puffed quinoa and stir it all up.
…pour into parchment lined mini loaf tins. You could also use lined muffin tins or a parchment lined square pan.
Licking the bowl is mandatory. 🙂
Freeze for 15 minutes and store in the fridge/freezer in a sealed container
I ended up cutting these bars in half for better portion control. I wanted these to last longer! Very, very good. I could also see using puffed brown rice in this recipe as well.
This was quick and easy. These bars are nothing but good for you.
The following are my top 5 favourite snack recipes. I hope you enjoy your time in the kitchen creating magic for your family and for yourself!
MORE HEALTHY SNACK RECIPES:
Maple Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
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Quinoa Crunch Bars
- 1/2 cup coconut oil melted but not hot
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup natural almond butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup puffed cereal ** such as puffed quinoa, brown rice crispies cereal, puffed millet, etc. **
- Line your pan with parchment
- Combine all ingredients and stir
- Pour into pan and freeze for 10 minutes