Dark Chocolate Crunch bars

I got a dvd in the mail yesterday, so I’m been watching a lot of this guy…

Remember when I was considering signing up for a spinning certification? I decided to go for it, and the course is next weekend, one week away.

I’ve already been told which tracks I’ll be expected to present on day two, so I’m starting to familiarize myself with the music and choreography as much as I can.  It makes nice background music for tower building with blocks.

But I’d be lying if I said I’m not nervous.  Facing some fears and excited for the challenge!

I also promised the mock kashi granola bar recipe.  I often use Kashi or other high fiber cereal to top plain yogurt or toss it with dried fruit, nuts and chocolate for a yummy trail mix.  I found it makes a great granola bar, too.

Our favorite granola bar is great for toddlers or adults, but I wanted to make one for myself that had chocolate involved.  This may be a bit closer to a dessert than a healthy snack, but I chose ingredients that I eat most days that are also nutrient rich:

  • nut butter (protein, good fats, Vitamin E, magnesium)
  • honey (antioxidants, Vitamin B6, calcium, iron, zinc)
  • kashi or other high fiber, high protein cereal (protein, fiber, whole grains, low in sugar)
  • dark chocolate (antioxidants, theobromine, potassium, copper, magnesium)
  • raisins (resveratrol (another antioxidant), calcium, iron, potassium)

So here’s the recipe!

Dark Chocolate PB Crunch Bars

by Mommy, Run Fast


  • 2/3 c. creamy peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 c. kashi or other high fiber/ high protein cereal
  • 1/2 c. raisins (optional)
  • dark chocolate bar or chocolate chips


Mix the nut butter, honey and vanilla together. Stir in the cereal until well coated and add the raisins, if desired. Line an 8×8 pan with wax paper, and spread cereal mixture in pan. Press firmly, using more wax paper to spread it out if needed. Melt desired amount of chocolate and spread on top. Chill and cut into bars. Store in refrigerator for best consistency.

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I love how flexible these are- you can use any kind of nut butter or sticky sweetener you have. Raisins are optional, but I love to throw them in for extra sweetness.  You could try it with other cereals, or brown rice puffs.  Or mix in coconut or dark chocolate chips.

What’s your favorite granola or protein bar?


63 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Crunch bars

  1. Those look great mmmm! I want one right now! That dude looks like the Richard Simmons of spinning ha! Can’t wait to see how it goes for you!

    • Thanks, Kara! That’s a great tip- you’re right, no one would know if we missed something. I think the most awkward part will be practicing during the training, somehow it seems easier in the real class setting than pretending to teach in front of other instructors.
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  2. That’s awesome you will be getting certified to be a spin instructor!! Good Luck!! I’ve only taken one spin class, ever, I liked it but it’s hard trying to go at the times they are scheduled at the gym so I would not be very good at helping with the choreography or anything. Those bars look super tasty :p I just printed the recipe! I like the Nature’s Path Flax Plus Granola with Pumpkin Seeds : p
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  3. I am so glad you posted this recipe! I have been waiting for it. I am totally going to make these this week! How long do you think the shelf life is for them?

    Also, I can’t wait to hear about your spinning cert. I actually looked into it and they have classes near me for a few hundred dollars. I was just wondering about the logistics; after you get certified, do they help you find places to teach? I can’t wait for you to tell me all about how it all works!
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    • I’ve been keeping them in the fridge to keep the chocolate cool and they were good all week. (Now they’re gone!) And you could keep them on the counter that long too, but they don’t hold together as well.
      I’m happy to answer any questions! Typically I think you’re supposed to have a “sponsoring” gym first, not that they pay for your training, but this training (RPM) wants to know that you will be using it somewhere. Are you part of a gym? I’d start there and ask if they need someone to teach… I can tell you more as I learn more!
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  4. Thanks for the recipe!! For spin classes, I use notecards from time to time that sit on my handlebars. Never apologize if you forget something – they won’t know the difference if you just keep going. You will do great!
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    • I was wondering about notecards too… for the RPM training the choreography is set for me, I’ll probably be teaching one RPM class and then I may also be teaching a class where I’m making it up. I know with practice it will become second nature… just takes time to get there!
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  5. Im a huge kashi go lean fan also. I too put it in ,yogurt, istill have yet to make my own granola. I am very excited about trying these bars they look easy enough for me to make.thanks for stopping by my bloh 🙂

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  8. Oh! I am so happy I found this blog! My mother-in-law gave me two boxes of kashi cereal and when I tried them I wasn’t a huge fan, but thought that I might like it a little better as a granola bar. I saw this recipe and thought, “PERFECT!” I can’t wait to try it out for my husband (He loves granola bars!). Thanks so much for everything you do!

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