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No Bake Chocolate Crunch Bars

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 24 bars

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These Chocolate Crunch Bars are a no bake dessert that comes together in minutes! Chewy, fudgy, and crunchy, they’re sure to be a family favorite!

crunch bars cut into squares on baking rack overhead

Chewy, chocolatey deliciousness!

These No Bake Crunch Bars are not a copycat of the Nestle Crunch Bars (although I do love those as well!).

This recipe is another one from my Grandma’s church cookbook.

Sometimes I feel like I spent so much time scouring the internet for new and exciting recipes, that I don’t take enough time to treasure the recipes I grew up with.

Sometimes those are the best recipes.

I just love a good no-bake recipe. I think it’s safe to say that everybody loves a good no-bake recipe.

These bars are so perfectly chewy, with a bit of crunch and texture from the oats, coconut and rice krispies. The layer of chocolate on top makes them totally indulgent and ultra fudgy!

crunch bars in squares on black baking rack

Variations on these Crunch Bars:

  • You can use dark or milk chocolate, depending on your preferences. I usually use semisweet, because it’s what I have the most of around here, but you can go more or less sweet, as you prefer! Even white chocolate would be great in these!
  • You can easily make these gluten free by using certified gluten free oats and gluten free rice cereal, or another similar cereal, or even sub in more oats.
  • The ratio of coconut to oats to Rice Krispies doesn’t matter that much, so if you prefer one over the other, or if you want to leave out the coconut (for example), just bump up the other two to fill in the gap.
  • What does matter is the ratio of dry ingredients to “glue” — the butter, marshmallows and chocolate. Don’t mess with that one!
tall stack of chocolate crunch bars with one bite missing

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*This recipe and post has been updated since the original in January 2015

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No Bake Crunch Bars

5 from 5 votes
These Chocolate Crunch Bars are a no bake dessert that comes together in minutes! Chewy, fudgy, and crunchy, they're sure to be a family favorite!
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 24 bars
Calories 231cal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup hard margarine or butter divided
  • 8 cups mini marshmallows divided
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips divided
  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup large flake oatmeal

Instructions

  • Melt together ΒΌ cup margarine and 4 cups marshmallows. Stir in Β½ cup chocolate chips until melted. Stir in coconut, Rice Krispies, and oatmeal.
  • Press into a 9×13″ pan that’s lined with tin foil (to save on washing!) and sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Melt together remaining margarine, marshmallows and chocolate chips. Spread on top of coconut layer. Set aside to set completely (I like to leave it in the fridge).
  • They are fine sitting at room temperature, but I like to store them in the refrigerator or freezer so they don’t get too soft and stick together.

Notes

*To melt ingredients together, I used the microwave. I cooked in the microwave on high for 1 minute, and then in 30 second intervals after that, stirring in between until smooth. You could also melt on the stove over medium-low heat.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 231cal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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  1. Trish F says

    Thank you @Ashley for co-hosting this great giveaway! I was contacted by Kristi and I am the winner! Yeah! I love following your blog and collecting all of these fantastic recipes. I will be stopping by often.

  2. Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture says

    I’m with you, 100%. I’ve tried to totally give up sugar in the past and I was a sad, sad lady. And grumpy. Don’t nobody want that! I’m all about balance now as well. Love that this is a recipe from your childhood! I love food memories πŸ™‚

  3. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. says

    I am so not one of those people that can totally give up sugar and chocolate! I need that sweet fix, so much easier to eat healthy most of the time if you have a little something! These bars look so chocolate-y and indulgent, I love them!

  4. Isadora @ she likes food says

    I tried to give up sugar once and I lasted about a week and I was totally miserable and craving sugar like crazy! I don’t do stupid things like that anymore! These crunch bars look so rich and delicious and I am definitely not strong enough to say no to them!

  5. Danielle says

    People who can give up certain foods/things have a lot more willpower than I do. I turn into a not so friendly person when I go too long without sugar! Haha. I love how easy these bars are and they look delicious. Beautiful pictures too!

  6. Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl says

    These look awesome! So much chocolate!! And I’m always a fan of marshmallows in basically anything! I agree that healthy eating is for the birds. I’m into balance. I need little treats and sweets here and there! It keeps me from going overboard the rest of the time! Haha!

  7. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says

    I totally agree in needing to have that reward waiting for me too. These no-bake bars look like just the reward I need. The chocolate, coconut, marshmallow combo sounds incredible and I love that thick layer of chocolate on top!

  8. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze says

    I think healthy eating is blah!! I mean I know some people can do it, I just can’t. I love food to much and these Crunch Bars are calling my name! Yum. PS don’t worry about your weight or healthy eating right now. You just enjoy that adorable sweet baby girl of yours. πŸ™‚

    • Ashley says

      Haha, I get my share of snacks when the girls are napping Cyndi! I just have to make my toddler think I eat healthy… πŸ˜‰

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