Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Treats


This recipe is not elegant or fancy. What it is, is ridiculously delicious and embarrassingly easy to make.  A couple of weeks ago I was scrolling through Pinterest when an image of some sort of peanut butter balls caught my attention. The description included a pound of powdered sugar and heaps of butter so I didn't even check out the recipe. 

I did, however, figure out a way to make a healthier treat with the same flavors and texture. They remind me of the peanut butter balls I loved as a wee Girl Scout. These are like rice krispie treats, only much tastier, easier to make, and more nutritious. You could even toss in some flax seeds to boost the nutrition. Since there's no baking involved and all the ingredients are just tossed into a bowl and stirred, it's a great recipe for little kiddies to help with. The peanut butter mixture can be pressed into an 8" square dish or chilled and rolled into balls, which would be perfect for giving away. 
 Then they get a nice coating of chocolate, which helps hold everything together and contributes to the ridiculousness of the deliciousness, as my husband said. I didn't feel too badly about the chocolate, as it's the only refined sugar in this recipe. It's all about moderation, right?


We have made these twice in the past week because they were devoured instantly! 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Treats 

makes about 18 (1 1/2 inch) balls or 20 (2-inch) squares

3 1/2 cups Brown Rice Crisps cereal (or Rice Krispies)
1 cup peanut butter (I used smooth, but crunchy should work too) 
2 Tablespoons agave syrup 
stevia to taste, optional (I used 3 packets of Truvia) 
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (vegan is available at Whole Foods and other natural foods stores) 
Sprinkles for decorating (optional) 

Stir cereal, peanut butter, agave and stevia in a medium bowl with a rubber spatula until combined. This mixture should hold together when pressed in your hand. If it doesn't, simply add a little more peanut butter. If it's too wet, add a little more crisps. Press the peanut butter crisp mixture into a lightly greased 8-inch square baking dish, or refrigerate for 20 minutes and then roll into 1 1/2" balls. If making the balls, place the balls on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and place in the refrigerator for another 15 minutes until firm. 

Place the chocolate chips into a medium glass bowl set over a small saucepan with an inch of simmering water. Stir until chocolate has melted. To thin chocolate, you can add a teaspoon of melted coconut oil, if needed. 

Pour a thin layer of chocolate over the peanut butter mixture if you're using the pan. If making the balls, dip them into the chocolate and let the excess chocolate drip off. Top with a pinch of sprinkles, if using. Return to the cookie sheet and refrigerate until ready to eat. If using the pan, refrigerate until hardened, about 1 hour, and then cut into squares. Store in the refrigerator. 


Nutrition Information for a 2-inch square 


21 comments:

  1. I think dipping those delicious little balls in the chocolate will probably be the highlight of your daughters' week! (well, almost!) Have a great holiday, Marina!

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  2. I'm all for a ridiculously delicious treat! :)

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  3. We make these every year minus the rice krispies! I'll have to try a batch with them!

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  4. These look fantastic!! I love adding the cereal for an added crunch. I'm going to make these for Christmas and roll them in some red and green sprinkles to make them super festive!

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  5. Anonymous11:32 AM

    I get excited when I see you've posted another post! I love your site. You are amazingly creative & beautiful person. I was hoping for your girls birthday party posts this year.. You excel at party planning. Can your book release hurry up!! ��

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    1. Oh thank you! That is so sweet :)

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  6. What a great interpretation, these look tasty and pretty, what a brilliant way to get a little flax seed into those we love. xo ebb

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  7. I would eat at least 10!

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  8. I love this and i love that you made them without marshmallows! Looks wonderful! I have to give this a try!!

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  9. Fancy or not, these sound delicious! My girls will have so much fun making these treats. Thank you for sharing, Marina!

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  10. I love the idea of healthier desserts, I am all in for about 7 of those! :)

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  11. This recipe takes rice krispie treats to a whole new level of deliciousness.

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  12. Marina,
    I have to try this over the holiday. We have some serious chocolate/peanut butter fans in our family. I know this would be a hit.
    Have a wonderful holiday.
    Karen

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  13. I was reading your post and my 5 year old said "Mommy, I think instead of chocolate chip cookies for Santa can we make these". :) We are now making these yummy treats on Monday night for Santa. I told my husband I will be "Santa" this year.

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  14. Why oh why do I always read your posts at night and then become extremely hungry?! ;) These look divine! I'ma big can of rice krispie treats :)

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  15. Hi I just found you because one of my friends said you are one of her favorite bloggers. I love that your treats are easily GFCF! Thanks for the idea.

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  16. I'm printing this out for my baking extravaganza this week (but I don't think the "printer friendly recipe" button is working)....yum and more yum!

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  17. Anonymous6:24 AM

    I made this using the same ingredients, but I changed up the directions a little. I melted peanut butter, chocolate, and agave syrup in the microwave stirring every 20 seconds till melted, then I added the brown rice crispy cereal, stirred everything together, spread onto pan, cooled, and cut into squares--my daughter was my little helper and she loved these! Thank you for another easy and delicious recipe :-)

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  18. Anonymous6:38 AM

    I posted earlier about my daughter and I making these and how I used the same ingredients but I changed the directions a little, what I forgot to mention was these can be crumbled and eaten like granola with yogurt or with milk poured over them crumbled like cereal. We ate it this way this morning--I ate vanilla yogurt with this crumbled and mixed in (I thought this tasted very good like a treat for breakfast) and my daughter ate this crumbled with almond milk poured on top (and she said this tasted better than the cocoa sugary cereal that her friends are crazy about--which is wonderful because this one is healthier by far). Have a wonderful day!!! :-)

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  19. Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

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