Chocolate and Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

These were one of my favourite treats growing up.

When my church had a potluck recently, I wanted to make something special for the kids, so I went back to my own childhood and thought about how much I LOVED making and eatingchocolate Rice Krispie treats (because every treat is better when it’s chocolate).

I made one that was plain chocolate, for the purists (and nut allergy sufferers) out there (see below).

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And one that has that perfect hint of peanut butter for the rest of us:

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The main difference? I healthified them a bit. As in – no simple sugars. And even a touch of protein (you know I’m going to go there!).

I actually made ones without the protein powder and they weren’t as good – even my mom, who hates protein powder, agreed on that one! So I will put the recipe below with protein powder.

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By the way, as you can tell from the pictures, I used the new gluten-free brown Rice Krispies for this recipe (so it is definitely gluten-free!). I am a big fan. They taste identical to regular Rice Krispies, so you’re not going to miss out on anything by eating these.

Also, this recipe is vegan! I used Earth Balance butter sticks (if you’re not vegan, regular butter is fine).

And I know I said I made these for the kids at church, but I enjoyed them just as much. So don’t keep these for kids only!

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Anna’s Protein Rice Krispie Treats (chocolate and chocolate peanut butter)

INGREDIENTS (makes 12):

5 tbsp maple syrup
3.5 tbsp Earth Balance butter or regular butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 scoop (5 tbsp) chocolate protein powder (see note)
3 cups gluten-free Rice Krispies

For topping:

3-4 squares dark chocolate
2 tsp peanut butter
1/2 tsp coconut oil

*NOTE: If you want to make them without protein powder, just omit and increase the cocoa powder to 1/2 cup. The nutritional information will change though.

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the maple syrup and butter together.

2. When melted, stir in the cocoa powder and protein powder (or just cocoa powder). For best results, sift the cocoa powder in so there are no lumps.

3. When well combined, remove from heat and stir in the Rice Krispies until thoroughly coated with the chocolate mixture.

4. Spoon mixture into muffin cups in a muffin tin. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set.

5. When you’re ready to top the mixture, melt the chocolate in the microwave and then drizzle over the treats for your chocolate variety.

6. For the peanut butter variety, spoon the peanut butter and coconut oil into a bowl and microwave until oil is melted. Stir well and drizzle over. Refrigerate the treats again to set the topping. Then serve and enjoy!

Nutritional information is per treat before toppings:

Nutritional information courtesy of caloriecount.about.com

QUESTION:

  • Did you ever have chocolate Rice Krispie treats growing up?
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Comments

  1. These look fantastic, and yes I loved them as a child! Rice Krispies are called Rice Bubbles in Australia though, and for some reason I remember making them with this stuff called Copha.

  2. Sam @ Fit for my Fork says:

    Wow, Anna, these look delicious! I can’t decide which one I’d like better – the chocolate or the peanut butter! I haven’t had a rice krispie treat in years but I do have fond memories of my grandmother making them for us as kids, all sticky and gooey with marshmallow. They made such a mess of little fingers! 🙂

    • Aw great memories. I don’t think I ever made the ones with marshmallows – only ever the chocolate ones with this recipe (though of course we were in England, so it was Tate & Lyle’s golden syrup as the sweetener!). I have definitely EATEN the marshmallow ones though haha.

  3. mmmm protein rice krispies!!!

  4. oh man, now i need chocolate protein powder! 😉

    • Loool – you could use vanilla for sure. You may have to bump up the cocoa powder, or just enjoy them as lighter chocolate flavoured treats!

      You could of course choose the option without the protein powder too!

  5. you AMAZE me Anna! These look phenomenal! I am seriously amazed!

  6. All I can say is yum! I love the chocolate and peanut butter together! I love that you made the two versions, they look great together. And your picutres are fabulous!

  7. My mouth is watering right now…I swear that when my 3 days cleansing is over I’m gonna fix myself those treats. They look insanely good!

  8. mmmmmmmmm I have to try these!! definitely with the peanut butter 😀 I have all of the ingredients, too!

  9. CAn you please come live with me in NYC and be my personal chef– I’ll pay well ; )

    All your desserts always look so delicious

    xo

  10. I used to love make rice krispies growing up too! I loved to add some extra marshmallows and add in whole mini ones into the mixture and they were always so yummy!
    I love your healthy version of them although I think I need to indulge in a full calorie\fat recipe before my pregnancy is over! 🙂

  11. they must be the easiest thing, more delicious and addictive ever!

  12. What a fabulous idea! I can’t wait to make these up for house guests sometime.

  13. Any chance you could use Sugar Free Maple Syrup?? They look fabulous 🙂

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