Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Written by: Anna Walsh
March 21, 2018


HERE has partnered with Anna Walsh, who creates sugar-, gluten- and dairy-free recipes, then posts beautiful photos of them on Instagram at @healthy_living_815. Anna will be posting some of her recipes here every month.

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If you like peanut butter, then you will love this quick and easy dessert. It’s super rich and delicious, and best of all, it’s made from ingredients that are good for you! When sharing this recipe with my family they said it resembled the taste of a Reese’s peanut butter cup, a Butterfinger, a Snickers, and a Crunch bar all in one. Who doesn’t love a good candy bar treat every now and then? So with all that said, get a glass of milk ready and let’s make this candy bar creation!

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HERE has partnered with Anna Walsh, who creates sugar-, gluten- and dairy-free recipes, then posts beautiful photos of them on Instagram at @healthy_living_815. Anna will be posting some of her recipes here every month.

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If you like peanut butter, then you will love this quick and easy dessert. It’s super rich and delicious, and best of all, it’s made from ingredients that are good for you! When sharing this recipe with my family they said it resembled the taste of a Reese’s peanut butter cup, a Butterfinger, a Snickers, and a Crunch bar all in one. Who doesn’t love a good candy bar treat every now and then? So with all that said, get a glass of milk ready and let’s make this candy bar creation!

Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Crust
2 cups almonds
1 cup coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)

Peanut butter layer
1 cups peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Layer
1-1/2 cups dairy free, sugar free dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup peanut butter

For the crust:
Combine the almonds, coconut sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a food processor, and pulse until mixture resembles a coarse crumb texture. Pour in melted coconut oil and blend for an additional 10-15 seconds, being careful not to over process. You don’t want to lose the crunch of the crust. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of a springform pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. When you remove the crust from the oven it will appear to be a little gooey and undercooked, but don’t worry, it will firm up as it cools.

Photo Credit: Anna Walsh
Peanut butter crunch bars
Photo Credit: Anna Walsh
Peanut butter crunch bars

Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Crust
2 cups almonds
1 cup coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)

Peanut butter layer
1 cups peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Layer
1-1/2 cups dairy free, sugar free dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup peanut butter

For the crust:
Combine the almonds, coconut sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a food processor, and pulse until mixture resembles a coarse crumb texture. Pour in melted coconut oil and blend for an additional 10-15 seconds, being careful not to over process. You don’t want to lose the crunch of the crust. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of a springform pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. When you remove the crust from the oven it will appear to be a little gooey and undercooked, but don’t worry, it will firm up as it cools.

While crust is cooling, cream together peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract in the food processor. Spread onto the top of cooled crust and chill in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes.

Photo Credit: Anna Walsh
Photo Credit: Anna Walsh

For the chocolate layer:
Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave until softened, about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Once melted add in peanut butter. Pour over chilled peanut butter layer and chill for an additional 30-60 minutes in the freezer. You will know it is ready to serve when you can touch the top of the chocolate layer without leaving an imprint.

Slice with a hot knife. If desired, serve each slice with a dollop of coconut cream and garnish with an almond. This dessert is very rich, so you may prefer to cut your pieces into more of a bite-sized serving. However you choose to cut it, it is delicious with a glass of cold milk or a mug of hot tea!

Photo Credit: Anna Walsh
Peanut butter crunch bars

Store leftover pieces in an airtight container in the freezer. Keeps up to two weeks.

Photo Credit: Anna Walsh
Peanut butter crunch bars