Sweet Treats

21 Feb

I love this recipe because it is an easy one to pretend is healthy.


Let me convince you.

It has peanut butter, rice krispies, and peanuts.  And wheat germ and/or oats and/or coconut.  And if you use dark chocolate it’s good for your heart and your happiness.  Really, all I had to say was cereal.  This is practically a breakfast power bar.

Convinced?

Ok, maybe if you have a peanut allergy these aren’t all that healthy.

But for the rest of you, you don’t even need to turn on your oven.  And you can leave out the peanuts and use crunchy peanut butter, or both if you really like peanuts.

SWEET TREAT BARS

1 tbsp margarine or butter

1/2 cup corn syrup or liquid honey

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 cups Rice Krispies cereal

3/4 cup chopped peanuts

1/3 cup wheat germ, wheat bran, oats or coconut, whatever you have handy (optional)

Topping:

3 tbsp peanut butter

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Lightly grease 9×13″ pan.

In saucepan, heat corn syrup, margarine, brown sugar, peanut butter and chocolate chips.  Remove from heat and stir in cereal, nuts and any additions.

Using lightly buttered spatula, press mixture into pan. Spraying your spatula with a blast of cooking spray makes all the difference in this step – so easy and non-sticky!

Topping:  Gently heat peanut butter and chocolate chips in a saucepan or the microwave.  When melted, blend well and spread over base.  Refrigerate until firm, then cut into squares.


Adapted from a recipe by Snap, Crackle and Pop themselves (the Rice Krispies website :))

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6 Responses to “Sweet Treats”

  1. Kim Kampen February 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Leave out the optionals like wheat germ etc. and use gluten free rice cereal (no one will know the difference) and you have an easy and delicious gluten free treat. Reminds me of the taste of an Eatmore chocolate bar 🙂 Just a warning…these are impossible to resist, just like peanuts.

  2. Sara February 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    It’s going to get made for Bible Study this week. 🙂

    • hiddenponies February 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

      Nice! I miss having our Bible Study group to experiment on with my new recipes 🙂 Brave souls!

  3. Mrs. M. also known as Nancy :) February 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    They sound yummy, wonder if I can get hubby to try them :o)
    hmm, maybe if he gets the stuff out for me I could even make them….then again, he won’t let me use the stove, how I miss baking…have I said that before ?? :o)

  4. Sara February 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    They were delicious. Heidi made some. They are very sweet though….they didn’t fly off the plate since they looked so decadent. Love the ‘crunchiness’.

  5. Sara February 24, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Not sure why my computer is turning my parentheses in to 6s??

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