These Clean Eating Chocolate Crunch Bars will be your new best friend if you are used to eating the popular store-bought “Nestle Crunch Chocolate Bars”.
They are the perfect example of how you don’t have to eat highly processed foods with GMO ingredients when you can make your own homemade version.
Transforming them into clean eating snacks is just a matter of replacing the unhealthy, highly processed ingredients with clean, real and whole food ingredients.
Not only are these made with healthy ingredients, but they take less than 5 minutes to prepare and about 30 minutes or so to harden in the freezer.
Here’s the ingredient list for the popular store-bought chocolate crunch bar:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Nestle Crunch Chocolate Candy Bar Ingredients
Ingredients: Milk Chocolate, Sugar, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Milk Non-Fat, Lactose, Milk Fat, Soy Lecithin, Flavors Artificial Vanillin, Rice Crisp, Rice Flour, Sugar, Barley Malt, Salt (source)
FoodFacts.com Rating: “D”
Instead of GMO dairy and soy, refined salt and sugar, and artificial flavors, these are “almost raw” (brown rice cereal), vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and contain no refined sweeteners.
Want some more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Raw Vegan Apricot and Date Protein Truffles, Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter Protein Balls, Raw Vegan Lemon Meltaway Balls or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating dessert recipes like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao Powder:*
- super high in anti-oxidants
- promotes cardiovascular health
- contains essential fats
- can help to decrease blood pressure
- contains over 300 compounds including protein, calcium, copper, zinc and iron
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao Butter*
- contains healthy omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fats
- good source of magnesium
- contains 4 x antioxidants than green tea
- good source of sulfur
- can help promote cardiovascular health
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
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5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup*
- contains manganese and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants
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- 1/4 cup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
5 Fast Facts About Vanilla Bean Powder:*
- high in anti-oxidants
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- 1 teaspoon contains 3 g of protein and 3 g of fiber
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- contains 84 minerals
- unrefined, unprocessed, raw
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: The type of mold I used to make these were 1-1/2-inch by 2-1/2-inch by 5/8-inch (and made 6 thick pieces of chocolate), but feel free to use your favorite chocolate mold shape.
Tip #2: I’ve also made these with cacao butter but it can be a little tricky because all the other ingredients have to be at room temperature, you can’t let any water touch the bowl or utensils, etc. or the cacao butter will “seize” and become grainy instead of silky and smooth. I think the recipe tastes better with the cacao butter, but it is a little expensive. Here’s some tips if you want to try it this way:
The cacao butter I used was “raw”, meaning it has never been heated over 118 degrees. If you want to make sure the recipe is 100% raw and all the nutrients from the cacao butter stay in tact, use one of the following options to safely melt the cacao butter:
- “raw” option 1: put the cacao butter in a small bowl and add to a dehydrator at 115 degrees until it melts
- “raw” option 2: put the cacao butter in a bowl over a pot of water on the lowest heat on the stove until it melts
- non “raw” option 3: put the cacao butter in an oven-safe bowl in the oven for a few minutes at the lowest setting until it melts, keeping a close eye on it