CRISPY PEANUT BUTTER BARS

Thursday, 04 August 2022 07:39

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Written by Donna Deaton
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I haven't posted a dessert recipe in a few days, so I thought it was time. I'm not sure this is a dessert anyway. It actually is more of a snack. I'm going to go as far as to say it is actually healthy. It has peanut butter--protein; crispy rice cereal--grain; butter--dairy; and chocolate--vegetables. Yes, that is correct. Chocolate comes from a seed so I'd classify it as a vegetable. Technically the peanut butter is also a vegetable (well really technically, peanut butter comes from legumes.)

FYI, The superfood of all superfoods, cacao—the dried seeds at the root of chocolate—is also one of the highest sources of magnesium in nature, full of antioxidants, calcium, zinc, copper and selenium. Cacao contains more antioxidants per gram than blueberries, goji berries, red wine, raisins, prunes and even pomegranates. See, I told you these were healthy. ;-) (Also proof that you can find just about any "fact" you need if you search the internet for it.)

We recently sampled Casey’s General Store’s Peanut Butter Crispy Bites. We liked them well enough for me to hunt up a recipe I’ve had for several years that produces a very similar result. You can add chopped nuts or sprinkles after spreading on the chocolate, if desired.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter, melted

1 pound powdered sugar (about 4 cups)

2 cups peanut butter

7 to 8 cup Rice Krispies Cereal

2 pkgs. (11.5 oz) chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and powdered sugar, mix until well combined. Add peanut butter and mix until smooth.

Add in Rice Krispies cereal and mix until just combined.

Press into an ungreased 10 x15 jelly roll or 9x13 pan. Set aside

In a microwave-safe bowl melt chocolate chips for 1 minute. Take out and stir and then cook in 15 second increments, stirring after each, until smooth. Spread evenly over top of bars.

Allow the chocolate to set up slightly and then cut into 1 ½ -2” squares.

NOTES

You can make these in a large mixing bowl and use a hand mixer or wooden spoon, but I prefer doing it with an electric mixer because it’s fast and easy.

You can use semi-sweet chocolate chips or do any combination of milk chocolate, dark, and semi-sweet.

I usually start with 7 1/2 cups of Rice Krispies, then add up to another 1/2 cup to make it a little drier if necessary.

Don’t wait until the chocolate hardens completely or it will break and crack off the bars. Dip the knife into warm water and dry before each cut to help make neater pieces.

These can be stored in a zipper bag or air-tight container at room temperature or in the fridge.

I have halved this recipe because it does make a lot. If I half it, I just put them in a 9×9-inch pan (which does make them slightly thicker) or use a 9x13-inch pan and don’t spread all the way to one end.

Recipe from 5boysbaker.com

Last modified on Thursday, 04 August 2022 07:53

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