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Peanut Butter Crunch Bites

August 12, 2020

Last Updated on August 12, 2020 by Slow The Cook Down

These no bake treats are a healthy low calorie snack that are so easy to make. Peanut butter crunch bites taste just like a favorite candy bar and they are made with no added sugar. Vegan and gluten-free.

Close up of a peanut butter ball with a bite taken out of it

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I’m super excited to bring you this recipe from The Low-Calorie Cookbook by Megan Olson. Megan blogs over at Skinny Fitalicious and she’s a certified nutritionist. I couldn’t wait to make some of these recipes from her new book to get some goodness in!

These peanut butter crunch bites are loaded with texture and the perfect mid afternoon snack to help boost your energy. Super quick and easy to make, they are a great snack to have on hand!

If you are in the market for energy balls, be sure to check out my Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls.

Cover of The Low Calorie cookbook by Megan Olson

Ingredients

  • Rolled Oats: Oats are a whole grain and a great addition to any diet. They contain loads of vitamins and minerals as well as fiber and antioxidants.
  • Peanut Butter: Stay on track with your health goals by using an unsalted sugar-free peanut butter.
  • Maple Syrup: A great way to natural sweeten these bites. I would wager that honey will work well too in this recipe.
  • Rice Cereal: The Rice Krispies add a wonderful crispy texture to each bite.
  • Chocolate Chips: I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, but milk or white chocolate would also work well.
  • Coconut Oil: A little coconut oil adds a delicate flavor as well as helping to make the chocolate silky smooth.
Ingredients in bowls

How to make peanut butter crunch bites

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  • Blend the oats to make a flour.
  • Mix the flour with the peanut butter and maple syrup (photo 1).
  • Fold in the cereal (photo 2).
  • Roll into balls and chill (photo 3).
  • Melt the chocolate and drizzle over the balls (photo 4).
Four photos to show how to make the peanut butter bites

Why make these bites?

  • Quick and easy
  • 6 simple ingredients
  • Low calorie
  • Gluten-free
  • Natural ingredients and no refined sugar

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do they keep?

These peanut butter crunch bites have a great shelf life. Once the chocolate has set, keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 15 days. Be sure to make a double batch so you always have some on hand!

Can you freeze them?

Yes! These bites freeze really well! Freeze them on a baking sheet until solid and then transfer them to a freezer bag. They will keep well for up to 3 months and can be thawed in the fridge.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • If you have an intolerance to gluten, be sure to use GF certified oats.
  • Use dairy-free chocolate chips to make these bites vegan friendly.
  • Chill the balls on parchment paper do that they are easy to remove.
Healthy bites drizzled in chocolate and ready to eat

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A bite taken out of one of the balls

Peanut Butter Crunch Bites

These no bake treats are a healthy low calorie snack that are so easy to make. Peanut butter crunch bites taste just like a favorite candy bar and they are made with no added sugar. Vegan and gluten-free.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chilling time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16 bites
Calories: 118kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats (60g)
  • 3/4 cup creamy unsalted sugar-free peanut butter (132g)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (60ml)
  • 1/4 cup puffed rice cereal (7g)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (44g)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions

  • Place the oats in a blender. Blend 1 to 2 minutes until the oats form a flour. Transfer the oat flour to a medium bowl.
  • Add the peanut butter and maple syrup. Stir the ingredients together. The mixture will be thick but it will come together. Fold the cereal into the peanut butter mixture.
  • Cover a plate with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to drop portions of the mixture on to the parchment paper, then use your hands to roll the portions into balls. Refrigerate the balls for 30 minutes.
  • Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe ramekin and microwave them for 1 to 2 minutes, until they are melted.
  • Remove the plate of bites from the refrigerator and, using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate over the bites.
  • Refrigerate them for another 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to set before serving.

Notes

Reprinted with permission from ‘The Low-Calorie Cookbook’ by Megan Olson, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Megan Olson
  • If you have an intolerance to gluten, be sure to use GF certified oats.
  • Use dairy-free chocolate chocolate chips to make these bites vegan friendly.
  • Chill the balls on parchment paper do that they are easy to remove.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bite | Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7.3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 2.5g
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