June 4, 2012

Peanut Butter Brown Rice Crispy Treats

It’s been a little while since our Memorial Day celebration, but I felt I needed to share this easy-to-make little treat I made for the occasion. Our event was filled with lots of crawfish, smoked meats – pork shoulder, pork ribs, and brisket (all local, organic and pasture-raised), potato and garden salads, fruit, and a few treats. Since I was spending a great deal of time smoking the meat (I started the night before smoking the brisket and pork shoulder low and slow, so it would be tender and juicy), I knew I couldn’t dedicate a great deal of time to baking. However, I wanted something that was kid-friendly, and gluten, dairy, and refined sugar-free, so all of my guests could enjoy them. But what to make?

When I saw these brown rice crispy treats over at Queen of Quinoa, and then these coconutty crispy bars with chocolate over at Go Dairy Free, I knew I could come up with a marshmallow-free version. I played around with some ingredients and some brown rice crispy cereal, and finally came up with a crispy treat that was crispy, chewy, indulgent and light, all at the same time. It brought out that love of all crispy treats that must be hard-wired within my soul – and along with the peanut butter, it was like my inner child was grinning from ear to ear.

I think you’ll find they’ll satisfy all the kids in your life, young and old.

Peanut Butter Brown Rice Crispy Treats (gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan, refined sugar-free)

2/3 c smooth, natural peanut butter (I used Justin’s)

1/4 c honey (use more agave nectar, or brown rice syrup, for vegan)

1/2 c agave nectar

1 oz food-grade cocoa butter (you can try substituting coconut butter, or unsweetened baking chocolate, for a different taste – I haven’t tried either of these personally)

1/4 c chopped roasted peanuts (salted if desired)

6 cups brown rice crispy cereal (Erewhon sells a gluten-free variety – that’s what I used)

Grease a 9X13 inch baking dish and set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine the peanut butter, honey, agave nectar, and cocoa butter. Place over medium-low heat and stir until everything is melted and combined. Meanwhile, combine peanuts and cereal in a large bowl. Once peanut butter mixture is melted, pour over cereal and stir thoroughly to combine everything well. Scrape cereal mixture into the prepared baking dish. Refrigerate for at least an hour before cutting into squares.

I prefer to keep these refrigerated until serving, as they don’t stick together as well as the marshmallow-laden version once warmed to room temperature. They can stay out for an hour or so, however.

Makes about 2 dozen squares.

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free.


17 Responses to “Peanut Butter Brown Rice Crispy Treats”

  1. oh YUMMMM! i love rice krispie treats and with addition of peanut butter…hello!!! :) they look delicious! thanks for sharing!

  2. Sounds like the perfect treat to me, Alta. I love your addition of cocoa butter.

  3. This is awesome. I’ve been buying basically the same treat for Callum as he loves them. Will have to surprise him with some homemade ones soon! I just need to get my hands on some cocoa butter.

  4. My kids are going to go nuts for these treats! Wow-a healthy kid friendly treat that I can bring to Summer Camp to share. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  5. Gluten-free and vegetarian? You just made my week! I used to love these when I was a kid and it is one of the very few foods that was hard to pass up when I became a vegetarian over 30 years ago. Can’t wait to try them.

  6. That cocoa butter addition is brilliant! I can’ wait to try that! So creative!

  7. These look like a delicious treat! I’ll bet I’d love the cocoa butter part.

  8. Love these crunchy treats, Alta! I’m imagining eating one of these bars right now. Ummm. Thanks so much for the afternoon treat! ;-)


  9. Rice crispy squares are one of my favorite guilty pleasures. The only thing that will make them better is peanut butter.

  10. Yum, yum, yum!

  11. Looks delicious! Such a great alternative to processed-sugar filled typical rice krispy treats. Can’t wait to try this recipe out!

  12. Yum! I have been so into using cocoa butter in recipes like this!!

  13. Love your additions to the recipe – they sound delicious. Peanut butter and chocolate? Yum!

  14. Oh. So perfect!! I love this recipe! And it would be so easy to make nut-free using Sunflower Seed Butter! :)

  15. I am still kicking myself for not trying these!! Ugh! What was I thinking??? Next time I am having one of everything. :)

    I can’t wait to see you again!! Road trip…

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