Healthier Scotcheroo Bars

Clean Plate Mama
by Clean Plate Mama
16 bars
30 min

This healthier recipe for scotcheroos uses honey, coconut sugar, and natural peanut butter. Less of the junk, and still delicious!

I grew up on the traditional scotcheroo bars/special K bars. Call them what you will, but in my adult obsession with clean food, I just couldn’t stomach the idea of the ingredients in traditional scotcheroo bars (corn syrup, loads of refined sugar). So, in order for me to indulge in one of my favorite childhood treats, I set out to create a better-for-you recipe for scotcheroos.

While I won't say these are "healthy", they are healthier than the traditional version of these peanut butter crispy bars.

Be sure to check out my blog for recipe tips and substitutions. Love peanut butter and chocolate? Give my Healthy Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Balls a try!

Healthier Scotcheroo Bars
Recipe details
  • 16  bars
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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For the Bars
  • 3 cups gluten-free brown rice crisps cereal (if not gluten free, any rice crisp cereal will work)
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup + 2 TBSP coconut sugar (also called coconut palm sugar)
  • 1 heaping cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt (if your peanut butter does not contain salt)
For the Chocolate Topping
  • ▢ 3/4 cup dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips (if not dairy free, any variation of chocolate chips will work)
  • ▢ 1/2 TBSP natural peanut butter

Prepare to make bars by adding brown rice crisps to a large mixing bowl.
Next, add the honey and coconut sugar to a small sauce pan. Heat on medium until the coconut sugar is fully dissolved and small bubbles start to form in the mix. Stirring occasionally during this process.
Turn heat to low and add peanut butter and salt to honey/sugar and mix until combined and smooth. Note: final peanut butter mix will be thick.
Pour peanut butter mix in bowl with brown rice crisps. Mix until crisps are fully incorporated. If needed, use your hands to mix together.
Press mixture into an 8×8 or 9×9 pan.
Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl or sauce pan. If using the microwave, melt in increments of 30-45 seconds, stirring in between, until melted. If using the stovetop, heat over low heat, stirring frequently until chips are melted. Mix in the 2 TBSP peanut butter to melted chocolate and then spread over bars.
Allow chocolate to fully set before cutting into bars.
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  • Gina Hanson Gina Hanson on Aug 11, 2022

    I have made the regular version of Special K bars for years but have been trying to cut down on sugar, so I sub honey in many recipes. I was just wondering if I could make this recipe with a sugar substitute of some kind and honey, so thanks for confirming it! I'll try them soon!

    • Clean Plate Mama Clean Plate Mama on Aug 12, 2022

      These turn out just as delicious as the standard Special K bars. Can't wait for you to try them. Please let me know what you think!