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.
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.
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!
- 4 cups brown rice crisps
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 ounces dark chocolate
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Prepare a 9×9 inch square pan by lining with parchment paper.
- Measure and pour the brown rice crisps into a large bowl.
- 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.
- 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.
- Spread the mixture into the prepared square pan and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cut the treats into 16 squares. Store in an airtight container up to five days.
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 Esther, Annmarie, Farrah, and Jess for Foodie Fridays.
What was your favorite cereal growing up?
What’s one food item you’ve been enjoying this week?
Favorite way to eat chocolate and peanut butter?