I have to admit something...sometimes I go to the movie theater just so I have an excuse to un-apologetically dive face first into a bucket of disgustingly buttered popcorn, a crisp, cold soda, and a giant NESTLE Crunch Bar. In the moment, it's the best decision ever. Dark room, good movie, and enough junk food to make you never want to eat junk food again. Most of the time, that's the actual end result.
Some of my fondest memories are at the movies, actually. For my 8th, 9th, and 10th birthdays, my parents took my friends and I to see the entirety of the Shrek series. I can't tell you why I loved that series so much, but it was certainly a great idea for a child's birthday. Big comfortable swivel seats, flowing bins of sticky popcorn, and dangerous amounts of candy. My parents were the ultimate troopers to willingly deal with 15 sugar-high pre-teen girls churning up a storm of disruption at the movie theater.
Maybe that's why junk food is so addictive. Aside from all of the proven unhealthy amounts of sugar, salt, and artificial additives, the association of something delicious and sinful with a warm childhood memory can be equally as addictive.
While playing around in the kitchen the other night, I thought back to my childhood and my three part Shrek-themed birthdays. A NESTLE Crunch Bar was my go-to movie theater sweet. While rummaging through my pantry, I found an always necessary "emergency bag" of chocolate chips. I call it my "emergency bag" because you just never know when you'll need to curb a late night craving or an urge to bake chocolate chip cookies at one in the morning.
What developed from these emergency chocolate chips, some coconut oil, brown rice crisps, and a handful of hemp seeds was a healthy-ish recreation of my favorite childhood candy. Equally as delicious, but far more nutritious and decadent. To satisfy your late night sweet tooth, or transport you back to one of your fondest childhood memories, see my simple recipe for homemade crunch bars below!
- 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 cups brown rice crisps [I use the brand Erewhon]
- Sprinkle of hemp seeds
*hemp seeds derive from the hemp plant and are rich in essential fats, protein, and minerals. For more information on the health benefits of hemp seeds, click here!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes (To melt the chocolate & coconut oil in a double boiler. Melting in the microwave will take less time)
Cool time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10 bars (Medium sized)
- Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips either in a double boiler or microwave with 2 tablespoons coconut oil until smooth.
- Combine melted chocolate with 2 cups brown rice crisps.
- Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper & pour out melted chocolate & brown rice crisps mixture onto the baking sheet, making sure to spread evenly with a spatula.
- Sprinkle with hemp seeds.
- Let chocolate bars cool in the fridge for 30 minutes then cut into desired sizes.