Peanut Butter Treats and More…..

What you need:

(1) box brown rice crisps cereal (Koala Crisps, organic)

1 and 3/4 cups brown rice syrup

Fine sea salt

3/4 cup peanut butter (Adams Natural 100% Crunchy, unsalted)

1/2 cup carob chips or chocolate chips

Pour the rice cereal in a large bowl.  Heat the syrup with a pinch of salt in a saucepan over low heat.  When the rice syrup liquefies, add the peanut butter and stir until well combined.  Pour over the rice cereal.  Mix well with a wooden spoon.

Once thoroughly mixed and cooled to room temperature, stir in the chocolate chips.  Make sure the mixture has cooled or the chips may melt.

Turn the mixture into an 8″ x 8″ or 9″ x 13″ baking dish.  Wet your wooden spoon lightly and press the mixture evenly into the pan.  Let cool for about one hour before cutting.

Note:  I got this recipe from “THE KIND DIET” by Alicia Silverstone.  I have since modified it as I do with most recipes.  Find new versions.  I found that the mixture was wet enough that I could add some cranberry orange flavoured raisins, or just plain dried cranberries or raisins or sunflower seeds.  Just make sure that the mixture stays a bit wet so that you can press it into the pan and also so that it is not dry when eating.  The sky is the limit.  I play with the recipe.  Adding a bit more syrup and peanut butter so that the mixture is wet enough to accommodate the additional ingredients.  This is such a yummy treat and is good for you.  It does not last in my house.  If my dog, Alvin could eat it …… he would…

Also note: the Koala Crisps cereal and the Adams Natural peanut butter are just two items that I found in the local grocery store, that I love and use.

ENJOY ……. thanks Alicia …… this is so yummy.

Let me know what you think.  Comments welcomed.

Next time will remember to take a photo of this one…….

 

Crispy Peanut Butter Treats with “Cran/raisins” or CHOCOLATE !!!

NOTE:  A few days ago I made this very special treat.  I found the recipe in “The Kind Diet” by Alicia Silverstone.  As I do with most recipes, I made some minor changes to make it my own, and also due to the fact that I did not have one of the ingredients that was listed.  LOL.  It was the non-dairy chocolate chips.  I made a 9 x 13 pan, and it is all gone (I think that I ate most of it, so yummy).  Thank goodness that it is actually pretty good for you.  This will be one of my new favourite sweet treats.  Being vegetarian/vegan I am trying to get away from the refined sugar and do pretty good but I must tell you – that giving up chicken, turkey, eggs, cheese and the odd steak is much easier to do than giving up sweets.  So as I am trying to be “kind” to my body, I am replacing that “old white sugar” with healthy alternatives.  I highly recommend this book to everyone.  Even if you eat meat and have dairy, there are such wonderful recipes that can be modified to suit your needs.  Enjoy this yummy treat.

Ingredients:

1 box brown rice crisps cereal (I used organic Koala Crisps)

1 and 3/4 cups brown rice syrup

Fine sea salt (I just used about three twists of the sea salt grinder)

3/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter (preferably unsweetened and unsalted) (note: I used  a organic crunchy peanut butter)

1/2 cup grain-sweetened, nondairy chocolate or carob chips (this is the ingredient that I was out of, so I substituted a mixture of dried orange/cranberries and raisins and used about 1 cup).

 

Pour the rice cereal into a large bowl.  Heat the syrup with a pinch of salt in a saucepan over low heat.  When the rice syrup liquefies, add the peanut butter and stir until well combined.  Pour over the rice cereal.  Mix well with a wooden spoon.

 

Once thoroughly mixed and cooled to room temperature, stir in the chocolate chips.  Make sure the mixture is cool, or you will end up with melted chocolate instead of chocolate chips in your treats.  Now this is where I changed the recipe due to necessity, I added the “cranberries/raisins” and I didn’t wait until the mixture was at room temperature.  You could certainly add almost anything like some almonds, other dried fruit (you might want to chop it up, if you used apricots or mango, as an example).  Just watch as you are adding raisins etc – that it can be mixed thoroughly as you want each rice crisp to be coated with the yummy peanut butter and syrup.

Put the mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish (does not require baking).  By the way, that is the other wonderful thing about this recipe it literally takes minutes to make and is so good…..  You might wish to wet your wooden spoon lightly and press the treats evenly into the pan.  Let cool for about one hour before eating (if you can wait, but wait, it is well worth the time).

 

Thank you for Alicia for this yummy treat.

Please let me know what you think of this one.

 

Always, Carol


Thought for the day

I just have to share this with you all.  If you have not as yet read the book “THE KIND DIET” by Alicia Silverstone, please do yourself a huge favour, and do so.  It is the best book and it will change your life.  Slowly over the past year I have been “flirting” with being a vegetarian.  After reading Alicia’s book I have given up meat and fish and most dairy.  I feel great.  There are so many wonderful plant based products on the market in addition to all of the vegetables and fruits and nuts that it has been easy.  I will say the one thing that I have craved is chocolate.  Once I have my pantry and fridge totally converted I will even bake with non dairy products.  I have found that most recipes can be converted.

If you cannot totally give up “meat” and “dairy” – try making a lentil casserole or perhaps a meatless chili.  I will post some of my new recipes.  Give it a try.  Better for you, better for the animals and our planet.

Another sidebar is your grocery bill will be much less.

Ask your local grocer to order any items that they do not carry.

Spend the summer cruising your local farmers markets.  Yummy.  Nothing better than fresh local grown produce.  Love fresh potatoes, peas and carrots.

I would also mention in this rather lengthy “thought for the day” – give your dog a carrot or try broccoli, cauliflower or even an apple.  Alvin, my dog loves carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and apples.  We share an apple at lunch time.

Now that I am back to writing on my blog.  I would appreciate your feedback so if you read my “stuff” please leave a note.

Have a great day.

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