Brown Rice Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cripsy Treats
The craving was strong, but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to satisfy it. I have about four different chocolate peanut butter recipes that are in the que of things to make. The other three were eliminated because they all called for vegan graham crackers, which are near impossible to find. Most graham crackers are made with honey, so I have been on a search for some that are not. I finally found some from an online resource and am waiting patiently to begin baking. In the mean time I just happen to have all the ingredients for these bars.
These come together really quickly and very easily. Now that I said that, I have to mention that they are STICKY. Be prepared to get a little dirty! I love getting my hands into things, so it was a lot of fun.
I felt that they needed more chocolate chips than the original recipe calls for, but really what doesn’t need more chocolate? The peanut butter flavor is very present without being overwhelming. They are rich and fun to eat without containing any processed sugar.
Both my husband and my dad gave the ‘OMG’ response upon first taste. Then of course the ‘these are amazing for being vegan’ line, or something along those lines. I have to agree, they are amazing – very much their own thing, not trying to masquerade as something they aren’t. They are brown rice through and through.
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cripsy Treats
(adapted from ‘The Kind Diet’)
- 1 box brown rice crisps cereal
- 1 3/4 cups brown rice syrup
- Fine sea salt
- 3/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter (preferably unsweetened and unsalted)
- 3/4 to 1 cup Vegan chocolate chips
Pour rice cereal into a large bowl. Heat the syrup with a pinch of salt in a saucepan over low heat. When the rice syrup liquefies, add the peanut butter and stir until well combined. Pour over the rice cereal. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
Once thoroughly mixed and cooled to room temperature, stir in the chocolate chips. Make sure the mixture is cool, or you will end up with melted chocolate instead of chocolate chips in your treats.
Turn the mixture out into an 8×8” baking dish. Wet the bottom of a glass slightly and press the mixture evenly into the pan. Let cool for 1 hour — if you can — before cutting into squares or bars.