It’s the time of year for bars, squares, cookies and goodies. Yum! And it doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice the quality of what you eat to satisfy that holiday sweet tooth. Simple swaps like crispy puffed brown rice over that commercial brand and coconut oil instead of chemically produced margarines will make sure that your contribution to the cookie platter is a real food, non-guilt inducing treat.
This is what I call ‘Holiday Cheer’. 🙂
Being a self proclaimed almond freak, it was a nice change of pace to have some peanuts on hand to snack on. They were so lovely and added just the right amount of crunch to these bars.
Even though I was adding peanuts, I still used crunchy peanut butter as my base. You can never be too rich or have too many peanuts, as they say. 😉
I used the same saucepan to stir in the brown rice crispy cereal before pressing it into a parchment lined 9×9 dish.
Then … I thought about how much chocolate I would normally use for this recipe … and … doubled it. Boom.
The whole idea was for these to taste like a chocolate bar or candy bar with a nice thick slab of chocolate on top. It is the holiday season, yes?
They cut into lovely squares, which I ended up cutting into even smaller squares after shooting the pictures. With that chunk of chocolate on top and a bit of protein from those peanuts and the peanut butter I found these to be really satisfying.
Like, I didn’t need to eat six of them. 😉
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Line a 9x9 dish with parchment and set aside
In a medium sauce pan over medium low heat, melt together the peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and coconut oil until smooth and blended. Remove from the heat and stir in the sea salt and vanilla. Next stir in the peanuts and cereal
Spread into your prepared dish and press it firmly with the back of your spoon until even. Place the dish in the freezer
Meanwhile, over medium low heat in a small sauce pan, melt together the chocolate chips and coconut oil until completely smooth
Pour over the base and place back in the freezer to set for about 20 minutes
Slice into squares and store in the fridge or freezer