Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispies

Alright, here’s the recipe for what has become my favorite vegan and gluten-free treat! Now, just because it’s vegan and gluten does not mean that it’s low fat, but it is made of all organic and natural ingredients, so I will definitely call it guilt-free-ish. There is no butter, refined sugar or marshmallows on this recipe! I first tried this treat at the Owlery Vegetarian restaurant in Bloomington, IN. I scoured the internet trying to find the recipe, and this is a combination of recipes I found (rice crispies link and chocolate ganache link).

Here’s the recipe for this tasty vegan treat:

Ingredients Rice Crispies

  • 1 1/2 cups of brown rice syrup
  • 1 1/4 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 9  cups brown rice crispy cereal

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Ingredients Chocolate Ganache

  • 14  ounces good quality dark dairy-free chocolate
  • 1 13-ounce can coconut milk (not the light kind)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Directions Rice Crispies

  1. Line a 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil (I actually don’t have that pan, so I just used whatever I could find in my kitchen).
  2. Pour rice crispy cereal into a large bowl.
  3. In a medium sauce pan, heat brown rice syrup over medium heat until warm. Add the peanut butter and vanilla and stir over heat until well blended.
  4. Pour syrup mixture over the rice crispy cereal and stir to begin to combine, and to let the syrup mixture cool a bit.
  5. Gently press the mixture into the lined pan.

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Directions Chocolate Ganache

  1. Place the chocolate chips in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
  2.  In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the coconut milk until bubbles just begin to appear around the edges and steam rises from the surface. Pour the hot coconut milk over the chopped chocolate and let stand without stirring for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, stir the chocolate-coconut milk mixture until glossy and smooth (this will take about 2 minutes of gentle stirring). Add the vanilla extract and stir until incorporated.

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Pour chocolate ganache over rice crispies and let it cool down before enjoying (about 2 to 3 hours in the fridge)!

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2 hours later…..

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Notes: Make sure and try everything as you go so you can make it to your exact taste (more peanut butter, less syrup.. whatever floats your boat!)

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