31 March 2011

crispy peanut butter squares with chocolate chips

I've made this easy recipe from The Kind Diet a few times now, but this time was the first try that I actually had all of the ingredients in the correct quantities. The first time I didn't buy enough brown rice syrup, so I substituted in some agave nectar, maple syrup and honey to make up the difference. It turned out well, but more crumbly than it should have been. The second time I hardly had any syrup at all so tried to just use more peanut butter. I also melted in the chocolate chips instead of keeping them separate. The result was basically just a chocolate peanut butter cereal. It didn't stay together at all. We actually just poured milk over it and ate it as cereal. But this time. This time I followed the directions, adding just a little bit more peanut butter than was called for, and they were delicious.  Chris packed a few for his flight to Palm Springs, CA and I've been bringing one to work for an afternoon snack every day this week. Oh and yes, it's sunny and hot hot hot in Palm Springs but they are forecasting SNOW here today.  The injustice!


Crispy Peanut Butter Squares with Chocolate Chips
(adapted from The Kind Diet)
Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 box crispy brown rice cereal*
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions
  1. Heat the brown rice syrup with a pinch of salt in a saucepan over low heat until liquefied. Add the peanut butter and stir until combined.
  2. Combine the syrup mixture and rice cereal in a large bowl and mix well until cereal is completely coated.
  3. Once thoroughly mixed and cooled to room temperature, stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Spread the mixture into a 9 x 13" baking dish and refrigerate for an hour. Slice into squares and enjoy!
*I was hemming and hawing over going with my normal brand, Erewhon Brown Rice Cereal, and trying a slightly cheaper brown puffed rice by Arrowhead Mills. As I checked out at the co-op with the cheaper one, my cashier was like, "Yeah, this cereal is not good for rice crispy treats. It's not crispy enough." And I was like, "Wait really? That's what I'm making." She apologized and I was all, "No, oh my goodness thank you for saving me from disaster!" and then we commiserated about proper crispy rice treats. A pleasant, helpful encounter that saved me from having to make a FOURTH batch of these to perfect them.

My mom used to make chocolate-y pb rice crispy bars when we were younger and I am happy to report that these are a nice stand-in. Apparently brown rice sugar has a low glycemic index so you don't get the sugar highs and crashes that you do with refined sweeteners. I don't have a footnote for that, but I'm sure you Google something and either verify or disclaim that. Regardless, these are an easy, no-bake treat- convenient enough to throw a few in your bag for a midday energy boost or travel snack.

4 comments:

  1. These look delish! I want one now. And what's up with C going to Palm Springs!?

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  2. He's at a conference for work! There I was, feeling lucky about being sent to Atlanta for a few days and a few days later he announced that he'd be heading to sunny California for a week. Sheesh. I don't mind because now it's all romantic comedies & nail painting at the apartment this week though, haha.

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  3. As a lucky recipient of one of these delish bars, I'm totally won over by these crispy treats. I especially love the lack of sugar blues associated with them. Yum!

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  4. Lucky boy! But after with living with someone for a while, it IS nice to indulge in secret-single behavior!! Call me if it gets too lonely, I'll take you out for a beer.

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