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Healthy Star Crunch

Healthy Star Crunch

Healthy Star Crunch made with brown rice cereal, dairy-free chocolate, and date caramel. Your favorite classic treat with better ingredients! Gluten-free, vegan.

Course Dessert, Snack
Keyword healthy star crunch
Servings 18
Author Tessa Fisher


  • 1 cup (195g) dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 2 1/2 cups (88g) gluten-free brown rice cereal
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil

Date Caramel

  • 1 cup Medjool dates, halved and pitted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Slice your dates and cover them in a small bowl with hot water. Allow to soak for at least 5 minutes. Once soaked, drain and transfer dates to a high powered blender. Add salt, coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Blend on high until smooth.

  3. Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until chocolate chips are almost entirely melted. Add coconut oil to chocolate. Stir until remaining chocolate chips and coconut oil have melted. Allow chocolate to cool for 2 minutes.

  4. Place brown rice cereal in a large bowl. Add a 1/2 cup of the date caramel followed by the melted chocolate to the rice cereal. Using a large spoon or spatula, gently fold mixture until rice cereal is completely coated.

  5. Using a tablespoon, scoop rice mixture and place onto prepared baking sheet. Use your fingers to help form a tight disc. Press down on top of each disc slightly (using a small piece of parchment helps here). Mixture might seem crumbly, but once chilled it will set. Continue in even rows until all of rice mixture has been used.
  6. Place baking sheets in the refrigerator for star crunch to chill and set for at least 2 hours.

  7. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.