Hi Friends and Happy Wednesday to you!  Today I’m sharing a delicious recipe as a part of What I Ate Wednesday plus yesterday was national cereal day and it just wouldn’t be right if we didn’t celebrate this holiday.

Is there really any better combination than chocolate and peanut butter?  Yea I didn’t think so.  These Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats are made with brown rice crisps and use a pb and syrup mixture to hold them together rather than butter and marshmallows.  Then they are topped off with some melted dark chocolate, YUM!  They are a great alternative to the classic rice crispy treat because they’re made with healthier ingredients.

Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

These treats make a great dessert or even a sweet snack.  You know my sweet tooth kicks in late at night so I enjoy these after dinner.  Now lets talk ingredients.  I used a box of Erewhon’s Gluten Free Brown Rice Cereal I received for this recipe.  You can find Brown Rice Cereal at most health food stores or purchase online.  This cereal is low in sugar and doesn’t have any additives or preservatives as opposed to most rice cereal brands.  For the mixture to hold the crisps together I combined this peanut butter and brown rice syrup, which can be found in health food stores as well.  Rice syrup is a great natural sweetener that has a different taste than syrup or honey.  While I believe sugar is sugar and should be eaten in small amounts, I also believe natural kinds are easier for our bodies to digest and prefer to use them when cooking or baking.  You could try this with honey or maple syrup if you don’t have rice syrup, but I have not tested with those.

Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Now you really can’t skip the chocolate topping, like I said chocolate and peanut butter just GO together.  I used this Ghirardelli Baking Bar, mostly because I’m a big fan of their chocolate.  You could use any other dark chocolate or semi-sweet baking bar or 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips.  Once all the ingredients come to room temperature these bars are perfectly chewy and just the right amount of sweetness.  Hope you enjoy!

Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

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Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats
 
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A healthier version of the traditional rice crispy treat and made with chocolate and peanut butter.
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Recipe type: Snack or Dessert
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 4 cups brown rice crisps
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup brown rice syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons milk
Instructions
  1. Prepare a 9x9 inch square pan by lining with parchment paper.
  2. Measure and pour the brown rice crisps into a large bowl.
  3. In a separate medium microwavable bowl combine the peanut butter and brown rice syrup. Microwave in 20 second intervals until the ingredients are melted and stir to combine. Let the mixture cool a few minutes.
  4. Then combine the melted peanut butter and rice syrup with the rice crisps. Stir until all the crips are well coated, I use a spatula.
  5. Spread the mixture into the prepared square pan and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile prepare the chocolate topping by combining the chocolate and milk in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 20 second intervals stirring chocolate in between until melted. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
  7. Take the crispy treats out of the refrigerator and pour and spread the chocolate mixture on top. Then place back in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  8. Cut the treats into 16 squares. Store in an airtight container up to five days.

Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

If you’re here for What I Ate Wednesday I have really been slacking on the daily eats photos. Mostly because it’s still so dark out whenever I’m eating.  Some of that will at least change with Daylight Savings this weekend.  But my meals have been pretty typical to any other post with the exception of trying a few different dinners.  We enjoyed this Barbacoa recipe for taco bowls and this Crockpot Greek Chicken recipe this past weekend.  Yay for leftovers throughout the week.  And of course if I’m not eating one of these Rice Crispy Treats for dessert I’m snacking on my Chocolate ‘Caramel’ Protein Fudge bites I posted last week.  Follow along on Instagram where I usually share my favorite daily eats.

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Linking up with Jenn for What I Ate Wednesday and EstherAnnmarieFarrah,  and Jess for Foodie Fridays.

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36 Comments on Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

  1. Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    March 8, 2017 at 1:17 pm (4 months ago)

    Favorite cereal growing up was probably cocoa puffs or captain crunch! I still love them as a dessert! Also, this may be forward but I feel like saying i love you for posting this hahaha This preggo lady has been craving rice crispy treats for more than a month now!

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 8, 2017 at 10:47 pm (4 months ago)

      Oh I’m so glad I think when I’m pregnant I will literally be eating peanut butter from the jar, so good. And isn’t it funny how our childhood cereal favorites are now considered dessert?!? I do the same!

      Reply
  2. Emily @ Always Emily H.
    March 8, 2017 at 1:58 pm (4 months ago)

    These look so delicious!

    My favorite chocolate + PB combo is Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate PB cups!

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 8, 2017 at 10:58 pm (4 months ago)

      Oh I haven’t had those PB cups in far too long. Adding them to my TJ’s list!

      Reply
  3. Cora
    March 8, 2017 at 2:06 pm (4 months ago)

    Nope. Nooooo better combo than that. I’ve been eating “Enviro Kids” Peanut Butter Panda Puffs all week (basically peanut butter flavored corn pops). Can’t stop won’t stop. I add some extra pb too. And chocolate at night. Aha.

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 8, 2017 at 10:59 pm (4 months ago)

      I LOVE eating cereal as a late night snack. It satisfies all the cravings!

      Reply
  4. Kat
    March 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm (4 months ago)

    Sign me up for a batch of these! Holy smokes they look amazing. I’ve actually been craving rice Crisy bars like crazy. Coincidence? I think not 😉

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 8, 2017 at 11:00 pm (4 months ago)

      There’s just something about our childhood favorite recipes right! I sometimes CRAVE hot dogs and mac and cheese because my mom used to always make that growing up.

      Reply
  5. Carrie this fit chick
    March 8, 2017 at 2:53 pm (4 months ago)

    I used to love the packaged riced crispie treats growing up!! My favorite cereal is Golden Grahams or Frosted wheat!!

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 8, 2017 at 11:01 pm (4 months ago)

      Oh I love those cereals! I think mine growing up was probably Trix or cinnamon toast crunch, they were all so good!

      Reply
  6. Haley @ Haley on the Run
    March 8, 2017 at 3:13 pm (4 months ago)

    These look SO GOOD. I’ve been crazing chocolate and peanut butter like woah. I’ll definitely be making these.

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 8, 2017 at 11:02 pm (4 months ago)

      I hope you try them, we just finished off my last batch last night, now I’m sad, lol.

      Reply
  7. Emily
    March 8, 2017 at 3:28 pm (4 months ago)

    Favorite Cereal EVER? I think it would have had to have been Honey nut cheerios. I also really loved granola.

    These look so good; do you think I could use honey instead of brown rice syrup?

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 8, 2017 at 11:03 pm (4 months ago)

      YES if granola is in the cereal category, it’s definitely my fav. And I didn’t test with honey, but I would think that or maple syrup would definitely work. Just make sure to warm it up a bit.

      Reply
  8. Stephanie @ Wholesome Paradise
    March 8, 2017 at 3:42 pm (4 months ago)

    Yum! Those look like delicious comfort food treats. Now you have me craving a chocolate nut butter combo.

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 8, 2017 at 11:04 pm (4 months ago)

      The chocolate on the top is totally the BEST part! And sometimes for dessert I just eat a spoonful of nut butter and some chocolate chips, totally satisfies those late night cravings.

      Reply
  9. Evangeline
    March 8, 2017 at 3:46 pm (4 months ago)

    I haven’t eaten rice crispy treats since I was a kid. They are so delicious. I love the healthier approach and the inclusion of peanut butter and chocolate. Brilliant!

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 8, 2017 at 11:04 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks Evangeline, I hope you’ll give them a try!

      Reply
  10. Samantha
    March 8, 2017 at 10:55 pm (4 months ago)

    These look super simple and fun to make! Thanks for the great recipe 🙂 When I was little I remember always eating cheerios, probably cause thats all my mom would buy!

    Reply
  11. Susie @ Suzlyfe
    March 9, 2017 at 11:44 am (4 months ago)

    These look amazing! I used to eat the commercial version of these for breakfast… not such a healthy choice, lol

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 10, 2017 at 10:14 pm (4 months ago)

      Yea, but I think you could totally eat this recipe for breakfast 😉

      Reply
  12. Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    March 9, 2017 at 1:04 pm (4 months ago)

    Ohhh my! These look amazing!! I love the twist on the classic rice crispy!! Tweeted!

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 10, 2017 at 10:14 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks Julie 😉

      Reply
  13. Monica @ one-way to health
    March 9, 2017 at 10:21 pm (4 months ago)

    Oh, I miss just like you and always crave something sweet in the evenings! These look delicious!!! 😍

    Reply
      • sweetandstrong
        sweetandstrong
        March 10, 2017 at 10:15 pm (4 months ago)

        Yes I don’t need dessert all day long, but at night the cravings hit hard!

        Reply
  14. Vicky Cristina
    March 10, 2017 at 4:50 am (4 months ago)

    it sounds quite strange that it has rice in a chocolate dish. I don’t like peanut much. Is it ok if I don’t add it?

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 10, 2017 at 10:19 pm (4 months ago)

      Rice crisps are just like traditional rice cereal. And you can definitely sub any other nut butter.

      Reply
  15. Hope
    March 11, 2017 at 2:25 am (4 months ago)

    Ooh yum these look delicious! My favorite cereal growing up was rice crispies! Though here in New Zealand they are called rice bubbles 🙂

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 13, 2017 at 12:46 pm (4 months ago)

      Omg Rice bubbles, I love it!

      Reply
  16. Annmarie
    March 11, 2017 at 8:32 pm (4 months ago)

    Oh my, these look amazing! I bet my kiddos would be pretty happy if I whipped them up a batch 🙂

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 13, 2017 at 12:46 pm (4 months ago)

      Oh YES! I bet they would love them!

      Reply
  17. Deli posts
    March 13, 2017 at 7:40 pm (4 months ago)

    these are stunning! Love the peanut butter (I always need more peanut butter in my life!) 😛

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 15, 2017 at 9:47 pm (3 months ago)

      There is totally no such thing as too much peanut butter, its the best!

      Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 15, 2017 at 9:48 pm (3 months ago)

      Yes I love how easy they were to make, I quickly whipped up a batch on a weekend.

      Reply

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