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After chocolate, the second best dessert/sweet thing is a Rice Krispies Treat.
Seriously. Brand-name cereal with HFCS marshmallows and butter. I know, it’s gross to think about, but that’s a treat that I spent a long time worry about when I first converted to more of a real food diet. When I was visiting a friend last December, we ate a lot of Basil Arugula Salad and Kale-Fig Saute. But one night, we snuck out of our healthy real food skin and made good ol’ Rice Krispies Treats and they were AMAZING. I knew I needed a real food equivalent. Raw marshmallows are gross, but Rice Krispies cereal was one of my favorites growing up, and mixed with melted marshmallows and butter equals amazingness. Please tell me everyone else made them when they were a kid.
Or, maybe you didn’t? Hopefully that’s because your parents were trailblazers who didn’t buy things like sweetened cereal and marshmallows. I’m okay with that, especially now that I’m on the real food train. Enter peanut butter and honey. Plus a little dark chocolate for good measure.
This recipe is just as simple as the original, but with natural honey and sugar-free peanut butter in place of marshmallows! (If you’re looking for an allergy-friendly treat, try sunflower seed butter instead.) You can make these with the little nuggets for an after-school treat, or send them off to classroom parties. (Again, be aware of the peanut butter!)
If you’re fancy, you should melt some chocolate and drizzle it on top. If you’re lazy you should just press chocolate chips onto the top (or mix them throughout). Chocolate and peanut butter is a FANTASTIC combination. Now, these aren’t going to stay together quite as well as the marshmallow version, and you can probably use brown rice syrup instead of honey for a better result, but I’m not sure that I feel good about brown rice syrup. And I always have raw honey!
I got my crisp brown rice at Sprouts, but you can also find Nature’s Path Whole Grain Brown Crispy Rice at most grocery stores. I also recommend raw honey, but any kind should do! I topped mine with a little more crispy rice for a slightly different color in these pictures, but it isn’t totally necessary!Print
- 4 cups crisped brown rice
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1/2 cup creamy (salted) peanut butter
- 1 Tablespoon grass-fed butter or coconut oil
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Grease a baking dish, or cover with parchment paper.
- In a small pot over low heat, melt together the butter and honey, remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter.
- Place crispy rice in a large bowl and add in the honey-PB mixture. Mix until rice is coated well.
- Press into baking dish and top with chocolate chips and press the chips into the mixture (or drizzle with melted chocolate). You want to press hard to help them stay together!
- Place baking dish in freezer for about 30 minutes to cool and set completely. Remove and cut into squares, but store in fridge to keep them from melting!
- Category: Dessert