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Chocolate Crunch Bars

Chocolate crunch bars from Joy Bauer's cookbook From Junk Food to Joy Food
Lucy Schaeffer / From Junk Food to Joy Food

Chef notes

Want to indulge in a decadent candy bar? Go right ahead! Check out this delicious (and yes, good-for-you) chocolate dessert. You’ll find another 100 amazing makeovers in my newest book, From Junk Food to Joy Food. Check it out and get cooking!


  • 2 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 2 cups puffed brown-rice cereal


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or saucepan on the stove top over low heat. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate in the microwave by heating for 15 to 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth and velvety.

Add the cereal into the melted chocolate and mix thoroughly.

Spread the mixture on the prepared baking sheet and place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Once it's cool, cut it into bars or break it into irregular pieces and place them on a festive serving tray.

NUTRITION PER SERVING148 calories, 2 g protein, 9 g total fat, 20 g carbs, 2 g fiber

For more slimming recipes, check out Joy's new book, From Junk Food to Joy Food.