Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Rice Crispy Treats

Thursday, June 6, 2013

For the majority of my 20's, I've lead my life by one overarching idea: Pretend to be a grown-up.  After college, I got a job.  A couple years later, I got engaged and then married.  Bought a car.  Saved money.  Then bought a house.  I find myself in an almost surreal state during these moments, thinking about how I'm doing these things because these are the things that grown-ups do.  These are things I'm supposed to do.    

I'm not one for setting high, unattainable goals for myself, or dreaming up five year plans.  I do think about things I'd like to achieve or acquire in the future and ideas on how to attain them.  But, these "goals" I take step by step, just going along for the ride.  It's kind of funny to think about, because even though I am incredibly hard on myself, I never stress about the future.  Perhaps I live too much in the present, if that's such a thing?  





I started making these rice crispy treats three years ago when Dayv first became gluten-free and vegan.  I was really into making him desserts at the time since he wasn't enjoying much of the savory items I was attempting to feed him.  Among all the cookies and cupcakes, these treats instantly became a favorite.

With minimal, wholesome ingredients, these rice crispy treats are whipped up in literally five minutes and provide the perfect amount of sweet, salty, nutty, and crunchy.  They are always a crowd pleaser, and ones I make often for parties and get togethers.

Plus, I think there is just something about these rice crispy treats that make people happy.  We're eating a favorite childhood dessert, but they're a little more grown-up than the original.  So we can pretend to be grown-ups, while still feeling like children on the inside.


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Rice Crispy Treats
makes nine squares
adapted ever so slightly from Oh She Glows
1/2 c creamy, all-natural peanut butter with salt (I use 365 brand)
1/2 c brown rice syrup (make sure it's gluten-free if needed)
1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp Earth Balance
3 1/2 c crispy rice cereal (I used 365 brand)
1/2 c vegan chocolate chips

Line one 8"x8" glass pan with parchment paper going one way, so that the opposite sides of the pan have parchment sticking out above the top.  

In a heavy bottomed pot over medium low heat, combine peanut butter and brown rice syrup and continually stir until they melt together.  Add in almond milk and Earth Balance and stir until the consistency is slightly thin out.  Remove from heat and add in rice crispies.  Using a rubber spatula (or something similar), stir in a large, slightly upward position until cereal is completely coated.  Press into prepared casserole dish.  Sprinkle chocolate chip on top and then press down until they are level with the treats.  

Refrigerate until treats have firmed up, about one hour.  Cut into squares.  Enjoy!

37 comments:

  1. i didnt have any particular goals really except being independent and being able to support myself. i did that for some years and then i couldnt and fretted and stressed about it and now I just like to live in the present.

    these are so easy treats. i need to get on board the PB and chocolate train!

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    1. that was a goal i had after finishing college and before getting married- being able to support myself ;)

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  2. Uauu this is amazing ! I love it! Thanks for recipe :)

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  3. I can totally relate- I have always been a planner, it is simply my nature...however with all of my big goals I have set accomplished I still don't really feel "grown up" I never know if I will feel like a true grown up even though I am :)

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  4. I love the idea of 5 year plans - they just challenge the universe to monkey with you!

    Love the crisps. Anything with minimal effort for maximum treat loveliness must be applauded!

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  5. OMG I seriously need these right now!
    I can completely relate to the whole "grown up" challenges and feeling like there are things you're just supposed to do. Although I have to say that I am terrible at living in the moment so I admire you for having a natural talent for this. :)

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  6. Rice crispy treats are my favorite childhood dessert! I would make a batch and eat the entire thing on my own. I wish I had this recipe at the time!

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    1. you're amazing. i can totally see you doing that ;)

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  7. I used to be SUCH a planner. I had my whole adult life planned out before I was 18. But after becoming an adult...I realized that going with the flow and seeing where life can take you is so much more exciting!

    And peanut butter chocolate treats make everything better! YUM! This looks delicious!!!!

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  8. "Perhaps I live too much in the present, if that's such a thing?" --I love, and can so much relate to, this. And thanks for this (slightly adapted) nice recipe.

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  9. I've never been a long-term planner. Always lived for the moment and never worried too much about the future. Never felt grown up either (and I'm well beyond my 20s). Maybe it will all catch up on me one day but I'll deal with it then! Que sera sera!

    Those little treats definitely look like something I could gobble down without a single thought about the consequences! Delicious Caitlin :)

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    1. that's great, lisa! i hope you stay that way forever!

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  10. What exactly is Earth Balance and where would I purchase this?

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    1. earth balance is non-dairy butter. you can find it at whole foods(and probably other food stores) in the dairy section. i get the tub.

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  11. My only goal right now is to finish my PhD so that I can finally feel like I can start my adult life! I totally agree with you on rice krispie treats - I think of them as more of a treat for kids, yet I know that adults (including me) still love them when they get their hands on one! Love that you added flavor with peanut butter and chocolate chips too

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    1. wow! i know i'd feel more like a grown up if i had a phd! you go girl!

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  12. Well, well, well, what do we have here. [GRABS PAN AND RUNS AWAY]

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  13. I'm totally with you on realizing "whoa, hello, I'm an adult?"--I think I do that every day, actually!

    But those treats look amazing! And are a little throwback to being a kid too--rice krispy treats, anyone? I like the nutbutter spin on them, waaay more to my 'grownup' tastes these days :)

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  14. Ahhh, you made healthy rice krispie treats!!! And you added peanut butter! These sound like the best things ever. :)

    I swear, in my head, I am still 15 years old. Being an adult is weird.

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    1. yes, i did! i think i'm 12 still...maybe 13 ;)

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  15. wow! these look so good, and the ingredients are awesome!

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  16. These sound so good right now! I haven't had rice crispy treats in forever! I like how few ingredients there are and how quickly they come together too.

    I used to do things because I felt like that was what I was supposed to do, but now I try to just do what makes me happy. If it makes me happy, it must be right. :-)

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    1. i love that, kristy. i gotta start livin life like you ;)

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  17. What a fun recipe! These would be great to bring to work - I always miss out on office noshing because of the inevitable animal ingredient in someone's baked goods...but on the plus side, it's saved me literally thousands of calories over the years :-).

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  18. What a fantastic post Caitlin I don't know how I missed this one! I am SO with you and can totally relate about living in the moment...I've really never been a big planner either (I don't even know how to make a 5 year plan!). Love this recipe too - everything we love all at one. I have a similar recipe on my blog too with almond butter. So amazing every time! xx

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  19. Hi Caitlin! I just found your blog through Oh My Veggies and I love it! These rice crispy treats look amazing!
    I see that you are a fan of Earth Balance- I make my favorite cookies with it and I posted them on my blog and someone commented and said butter would be healthier than Earth Balance! Can you believe that?
    Anyways, great recipes, I look forward to following more! :)

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