These little addictive slices of Gluten Free Chocolate Crunch Bars are reminiscent of Nestle Crunch Bars! With a little peanut butter mixed in, these are next level candy bars.
I remember my mom making something similar to these when I was growing up. I just can't remember what was in them, other than Rice Krispies and chocolate. Isn't it so ironic how RICE Krispies aren't gluten free when their name implies otherwise??
When I was first diagnosed, I didn't know about barley malt syrup and other things hidden in inconspicuous places. People are really surprised when they find out otherwise! For those of us who are pros at this gluten free lifestyle now, we know what to look for don't we? I have developed somewhat of an eagle eye when I look at food labels, and can spot the words wheat, gluten, and barley quick as lightning. I'd win a contest at how fast I can find them. Haha!
WHERE DO I FIND GLUTEN FREE RICE KRISPIES?
Here in America I've never seen Kellogg's Gluten Free Rice Krispies, but I think in other countries they do offer them. For my gluten free rice crispy treats, I used to buy Erewhon Gluten Free Crispy Brown Rice Cereal, but they sadly no longer make that product 😞. I found Nature's Path Crispy Rice Cereal to be a suitable substitution 😊.
UPDATE: A reader reminded me that Aldi's brand of rice crispies are gluten free, as are Walmart's brand. So this should make it easy to find gluten free rice crispies.
HOW TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE CRUNCH BARS
Now that you have the gluten free rice crispies, these crunch bars can be made in under 10 minutes!!
- Melt the chocolate and butter together, and add the peanut butter and honey.
- Mix in the rice crispies and stir until well coated. Sprinkle with sea salt.
- Pour into a 9-inch baking sheet and place in the refrigerator until firm.
- Slice and enjoy!!
CAN I SUBSTITUTE THE PEANUT BUTTER?
Yes, any nut butter will work, such as almond or cashew, or any seed butter--sunflower or tahini perhaps. Ooooh, tahini would work wonderfully in these crunch bars!! I'm trying that the next time I make them.
HOW DO I STORE THESE CHOCOLATE CRUNCH BARS?
They can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer. Separate in a shallow container with waxed or parchment paper in between layers.
DO I HAVE TO CUT THEM INTO LONG STRIPS?
No, these can be cut into any shape you'd like. You can even pour them into a larger pan, such as a 9 by 13-inch pan, and cut them out with a cookie cutter. They can also be cut into squares or smaller rectangles, like the traditional Nestle Crunch Bars.
Make these gluten free chocolate crunch bars when you're craving something sweet, crunchy, and slightly salty! They'll fill that chocolate need for sure.
Gluten Free Chocolate Crunch Bars
- 1½ pounds semi-sweet or dark chocolate, chopped
- ½ cup (1 stick or 113 g) butter
- 3 tablespoon peanut butter or other nut butter or seed butter
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 4 cups (about 162 g) gluten free rice crispies
- sea salt for sprinkling
- In a heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water, melt chocolate and butter.
- Add peanut butter and honey. Stir.
- Mix in rice crispies until well coated.
- Pour into parchment-lined 9-inch baking dish and spread to even out. Sprinkle with sea salt as desired.
- Place in the fridge or freezer until firm and slice.
Adapted from Take a Megabyte's Chocolate Crunch Bars.