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August 5, 2011

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Krispy Treats

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Rice Krispies...   *snap, crackle, pop*

Too bad that Rice Krispies are full of salt and sugar, not to mention, high glycemic.  But if you are like me and love Rice Krispies, then the brown rice version is a godsend!

^^ They taste like the real thing, too!

If you eat this instead of Rice Krispies, you get more fiber, less sugar and a lower-glycemic breakfast.  This healthy replacement goes perfectly in these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Krispy Treats!  They add an awesome crunch, likable texture, and great taste.

Mmmm... peanut butter!
A jar isn't recycled without being scraped completely clean!

These bars are held together by peanut butter alone, unlike similar recipes that use peanut butter and butter (but the butter is totally unnecessary!  These bars stayed together very well)

^^ Right before I gobbled up the rest of the Krispy Treat

I am sure you have heard that dark chocolate is healthy for you. In moderation, of course, dark chocolate can lower your LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and lower blood pressure levels. The milk chocolate variety isn't as healthy as the dark variety because a compound in milk interferes with the antioxidants in dark chocolate.  That is why I made the chocolate topping with 100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate (plus, we avoid any extra sugar and unnecessary milk fat)

If you don't want to buy a whole jug of the egg protein powder, you can buy single serving packets at Whole Foods, GNC or Amazon.  You can also get the packets for other brands, such as Jay Robb.

These no-bake, low-glycemic treats are delicious.  They were gone within minutes!

I'm serious.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Krispy Treats:  [no bake, high protein, GF, vegan*]
(makes 16 treats)

   Krispy Treats:
       90g (3 cups) Crispy Brown Rice Cereal
        48g (1/2 cup) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (GF if you like)
        65g (2 scoops) Chocolate Egg Protein Powder (vegans, use 1 scoop of brown rice protein)
        1/2 tsp Instant Coffee
        1/16 tsp Salt
        168g (1/2 cup) Brown Rice Syrup
        128g (1/2 cup) Natural Peanut Butter
        1 tsp Vanilla Extract
        1 tsp Hazelnut Extract (or more vanilla)
        1 tsp Stevia Extract
        1 tbs Unsweetened Soymilk (only if more liquid is needed)

   Chocolate Layer:
        4oz Unsweetened Chocolate
        14g (1 tbs) Coconut Oil

   "The Leftovers" Vanilla Icing:  recipe below

1.  Line a brownie pan with parchment paper.
2.  In a large bowl, stir together the cereal, oats, protein powder, coffee and salt.
3.  In a microwave-safe bowl, stir together the rice syrup, peanut butter and extracts.  Microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until runny.  Pour over the dry ingredients and fold together.  Scoop into prepared pan.
4.  In a small microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate and coconut oil and microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until chocolate is melted.  Pour over the krispy treat base.  Refrigerate while you make the icing (recipe below).

The icing isn't white because I put the ingredients into the bowl that I melted the chocolate in... that is why it is called "The Leftovers Vanilla Icing"

"The Leftovers" Vanilla Icing:
    31g (1 scoop) Vanilla Egg Protein Powder
    63g (3 tbs) Honey or Agave
    14g (1 tbs) Coconut Oil, very soft
    remnants of chocolate melted in the bowl from the Krispy Treats recipe

1.  Scoop the protein powder into the same bowl used for melting the chocolate.
2.  Add the honey, stir, then add the coconut oil and stir again
3.  Put into a piping bag:
^^ My makeshift piping bag
4. Pipe in whatever design you like.  Slice and serve!

Make these, and oh my goodness, you and your friends (if you give them away) will be in heaven!


  1. HI! I've been reading your blog since you first started it and you are a GENIUS! Great photographs and great healthy (and sweet :D) recipes (though I can't find protein powder anywhere)! These look awesome :D

  2. What an interesting post and my goodness are your bars so very pretty!! They look like they have turned out perfecttlyyy, and im sure taste just as good :)

  3. Fantastic! My boys will definitely go crazy with this healthy chocolatiest rice

  4. Wow! These look awesome. I thought when you said these were healthier bars, it couldn't be true--but you did it. I love the changes you made!

  5. Your opening photo is stunning! Really lovely!!

    This is my first visit to your blog - I think I'll have a look around.


  6. I have no words for how healthy and delicious these look.

  7. Hi, love your site. I've been trying to be healthier and tryng o lose some pounds. I was wondering if you will incorporate nutrtion information for your recipes in the future. I'm trying to track how much i'm eating, nutrtionals would be most helpful. Thanks.

  8. Anonymous- I would love to make the nutrition labels, but most often they take a bit of time. I will definitely try and add them into the posts, but if I don't, this is the program I use (I love it!)


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