Crunchy chocolate bars without baking

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Chocolate and peanut butter mix with crunchy cereal to make these crispy unbaked chocolate bars super easy.

When I was very young, I went camping with the Girl Scouts and our counselor taught us how to do what she called "Babe Ruth Bars." (More on that name in a minute).

These are very easy to do. Our counselor helped me make these bars by mixing the ingredients over the campfire, rolling them up on a log, chilling, and slicing them.

I wasn't a girl scout for a long time, so I couldn't have been more than 7 or 8 years old. We ate these gathered around the fire and I loved them.

My counselor wrote me the recipe and I took it home.

Chocolate cereal bars

My grandmother was sweet enough to keep that recipe for me and in the years to come, we would make those bars on special occasions. I remembered the recipe a while ago and got it out of my old cookbook.

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I read it several times and then took a trip to the store, just to see the ingredients in a Babe Ruth bar. Uhm, there is no similarity.

I have no idea why they were called Babe Ruth Bars and the name now makes me laugh.

Since then I have changed half of the ingredients, so it is likely that they are even further from the original. Corn flakes, chocolate chips, honey, and peanut butter are melted together and then cooled to create a perfect non-baked dessert bar.

Whatever you decide to call them, I generally use chocolate cereal bars or crispy chocolate bars, these treats are sure to be loved!

Crispy Chocolate Bars

I made a batch of these crispy chocolate bars and left them for my family the last time I left town. When I returned home, my three-year-old son proudly informed me that "he ate ALL the candy bars."

Apparently, he thought he was really running away with something. The whole family really enjoyed these and have already been asked again.

Homemade chocolate candy

These unbaked cereal bars are somewhere between a cookie and a candy bar. They're as easy (or even easier to make) as a batch of cookies, but they're guaranteed to satisfy any chocolate bar craving.

If you like these unbaked treats, you should also try Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. You can also enjoy this Buckeye Fudge recipe.

I love how easy it is to make these homemade chocolate candies. Homemade fudge recipes are a delight to enjoy during the Christmas season. Between the kids, my husband and I, we can gobble up a whole batch pretty quickly.

Crispy no-bake bars are also a great treat to share with friends at any party or gathering.

Baked Desserts

Not baking cookies, bars, and other desserts are some of my favorite sweets to make. I love not having to worry about turning the oven on (especially in the summer heat).

As a great advantage, they generally come together almost effortlessly.

Want more dessert ideas without baking? I have you covered.

These monster cookie dough bites are a must-try. If, like me, you have a soft spot for cookie dough, these naturally gluten-free cookie bites are for you.

I'm not a fan of the way raw oatmeal tends to dominate the texture and flavor of many cookie and dessert recipes without baking. However, in these unbaked peanut butter and chocolate coconut bites there is just the right amount of oatmeal, plus crispy almonds and honey, to make them irresistible.

For lovers of unbaked oatmeal, these unbaked oatmeal cookies are another fabulous dessert that won't get you hot in the kitchen.

Gluten Free Dessert

Fortunately for those who avoid gluten, this recipe for crispy chocolate bars is naturally gluten-free. Taking them to a meal or party ensures that even those who need to stay away from wheat can enjoy a sweet treat.

If you use dairy-free chocolate chips, these bars are also a dairy-free dessert. Substitute peanut butter for almond butter if you're cooking for someone with a peanut allergy!

Baked Chocolate Cereal Bars

American kitchen

Preparation time: 10 minutes.

Total time: 10 minutes

Servings: 15 small bars or 36 bite-size pieces

Calories: 201kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter or almond butter
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups of cornflakes

Instructions

  • Combine sugar, honey, and peanut butter in a large glass bowl and microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring every thirty seconds until smooth and smooth. Add chocolate and stir again until melted. (If the chocolate doesn't melt in the liquid completely, simply heat it another 30 seconds and stir again.) Add cereal and stir to coat completely.

  • Transfer to a well greased or parchment lined 6 "square or 8" x 3 "pan. (This is a small batch, so you really need a small mold.) Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, about 2-3 hours. Cut into bars or cubes and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 26 g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 70 IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1.9mg

{originally published 11-11-13 – photos and recipe notes updated 7-19-19}

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