Easy no bake low carb bars with a truly crispy crunch! These Keto Chocolate Crunch Bars are a one-of-a-kind treat.
The keto ingredient landscape is truly changing faster than you can bat an eye. It’s really quite mind-blowing! And for this baking obsessed gal, I can hardly tell you what a boon it is, all the new ingredients I get to play with.
Heretofore, something like Homemade Crunch Bars wouldn’t really have been possible on a keto diet. There just wasn’t a really good replacement for the rice crisps that conventional crunch bars use.
Well, there was, but it wasn’t an option that everyone completely embraced. I used crushed pork rinds in my Keto Scotcheroos and while it worked really well and is virtually carb free, not everyone found that so tempting.
But I will say, don’t knock it until you try it.
Keto protein cereals – crispy goodness!
I honestly don’t quite understand how they do it, but a number of brands have turned protein powders into crispy cereal bites. These are not something you could easily achieve at home – trust me, I’ve tried!
The three brands that I know of that are truly keto friendly are The Cereal School, Magic Spoon, and HighKey.
I have tried them all and of the three, I like HighKey the most by far. I like it best for flavor, as both the others have an aftertaste for me. My kids feel the same way. But that’s not to say you won’t like the other two brands.
Plus the HighKey Protein Cereal is more like little rice crisps, so it’s going to be really fun to play with for other desserts and treats.
Starting with these easy no-bake Keto Crunch Bars. So delicious, so crispy, so chocolatey!
How to make Keto Crunch Bars
These no bake keto chocolate bars are so easy, you can whip up a batch right now and enjoy them within the hour. I do still have some tips and suggestions, so you get the crunchiest, crispiest homemade Crunch Bars.
- You will see I simply said nut butter of choice. You really can use what you like here. I used my homemade Keto Nutella because I can never get enough of it. But you could use peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter.
- Do make sure your nut butter isn’t too oily. If it’s the kind where the oil separates out, make sure to stir it well before measuring.
- Use a powdered sweetener and sweeten to taste. It needs to be a confectioner’s style sweetener to avoid grittiness. And how much you decide to add depends on whether your nut butter is pre-sweetened or not.
- Melt everything except the sweetener and the crisps together double boiler-style, to keep the heat very gentle. You don’t want to overheat your chocolate.
- Remove the mixture from heat before stirring in the protein cereal crisps. An overly hot mixture will make your crisps less crispy!
Can you make these bars without the protein cereal?
You can indeed, but you’re looking at using crushed up pork-rinds. Please see my Keto Scotcheroos (linked above) for the full instructions.
Can you make these dairy-free?
Again yes, but you won’t be able to use the protein cereals, as almost all of them are made with whey protein. Sorry, my dairy-free friends, looks like you’re stuck with pork rinds again.
How to store your Keto Crunch Bars
These easy bars are best kept in the fridge, as they get rather soft at room temperature. Cut them into individual pieces and place in an airtight container.
There’s nothing here that will spoil so they can last several weeks.
More delicious keto no bake bars
- Keto Peanut Butter Bars
- Keto Nanaimo Bars
- Keto Buster Ice Cream Bars
- Keto Protein Bars
- Keto No Bake Pecan Bars
- No Bake Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars
Keto Crunch Bars
- ½ cup nut butter of choice
- 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate chopped
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- ¼ to ½ cups powdered Swerve Sweetener (sweeten to taste)
- 2 ½ cup crispy protein cereal (I used the cocoa cereal)
- Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment or waxed paper, with overhanging sides for easy removal.
- In a heatproof bowl set over a bowl of barely simmering water, combine the nut butter, unsweetened chocolate, and coconut oil, stirring until smooth and melted.
- Remove from heat and whisk in the sweetener until smooth, then stir in the cereal crisps and stir to coat.
- Spread the mixture in the prepared baking pan as evenly as you can. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Cut into 16 bars.
have you made these since they discontinued the HighKey cereal? I was wondering which cereal you use in place of now. Thank-you.
No, sadly… I am still looking for a good replacement.
These are my husbands ultimate favorite keto dessert! I make a double batch so I can eat one or two.
I made these the other day and I used WONDERWORKS KETO CHOCOLATE CEREAL for the crispy crunch. These came out AMAZING!! Reminded me so much of Nestles Crunch!
Helen Batherson says
These look so divine — just the sort I remember. However, these companies do not seem to ship this protein cereal to Canada. At least I have not been able to find them at any of the low carb stores here. Will look forward to someday having this product in Canada. You are one of my all time favourite keto bakers! Love your cookbooks and recipes!
Thanks! I am sure they will or someone in Canada will make it at some point.
Susan Yakus says
Hi Carolyn, this is a great recipe! I make mine slightly different. I melt the chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut oil in the microwave. On high for 30 seconds, then stir and keep checking every 10 seconds till reaching melting point. Then I add whatever flavoring I am doing. Usually peppermint, as I am a chocolate mint-aholic. Maybe 1/2 teaspoon. Then I add the Swerve confection sugar. Then, the cereal. Then I drop them into ice cube trays and pop in the freezer. In about 1/2 hour I pop them out and store them in the fridge in plastic bags. Easy as a treat! Satisfying and a little smaller than a whole slice at a time. You are the best!!
Can you use quinoa puff cereal for these?
Probably but I don’t use it.
Sheri Fayal says
I’m going to make these bars but I wanted to know your thoughts on using Allulose as a sweetener and using Lily’s chocolate chips. Do you think these products would compromise the taste and consistency? Also, with the nut butter, does it matter whether using crunchy or smooth?
thanks for your time and for being so dedicated to making great healthy food alternatives!
Please read this with regards to sweeteners. The nut butter consistency doesn’t matter. https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/best-keto-sweeteners/
These turned out to be easy and taste good. I cut them wrong and they were way too small. Sigh. One sure wasn’t enough! But when I re-figured them – one was good! LOL!
I’m taking half the pan over for my parents to enjoy too!
Bee Stein says
Both my kids loved these!!! I am type 1 Diabetes and did not have any spike from these- a hit in my family!