Regular rice crispy treats are one of my favorite things. They’re gooey and buttery, and I can eat about 20 of them in a sitting.
This is a dressed up and more decadent version that was inspired by these salted marcona almond bars from spabettie.
Almond butter and chocolate rice crispy treats
2 T butter
1 bag of marshmallows (mine was 7 oz.)
1/2 c. almond butter
5 cups of rice cereal (I estimated this, but so each kernel is just coated)
1/4 c. peanut butter
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. salt (my almond butter wasn’t very salty)
1/2 package chocolate chips (I had semi-sweet on hand)
In a large saucepan on low heat, melt butter, adding almond butter, vanilla, and salt, and stirring until completely melted.
Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from heat and add cereal, one cup at a time until incorporated. Press into prepared pan, let cool.
Melt peanut butter a bit in the microwave and spread over top. Let cool.
Cut bars into squares. Melt chocolate and drizzle or pour on top of each bar.
Try not to eat ten at once.
Today’s the day! It’s the Cocomama Recipe Contest! They will be posting all of the recipes on their Facebook page, and the one with the most likes wins. So, you should probably go there and hit the “Like” button to vote for me.
This is my first ever recipe contest, and I think I have a winner. I’m calling them “Nut Butter Monster Bars”.
And don’t they look good for their big judgment day?
- 3 3/4 c. gluten free cereal (I used Nature’s Path Honey’d Corn Flakes, but you could use Chex or rice cereal too)
- 1/4 c. honey
- 1/4 c. brown sugar
- 1 1/2 T. butter
- 3/4 c. crunchy peanut butter
- 1/4 c. plus 1 T almond butter
- 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 c. raisins
- 1/3 c. white chocolate chips
1. In a saucepan over low/med heat, stir together honey and brown sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
2. Stir in nut butters, butter, and cinnamon and stir until the mixture is smooth
3. Stir in cereal (depending on the size of the cereal you may want to crunch it up a bit first)
4. Stir in raisins and chocolate chips (this would also be great with regular chocolate, and any kind of dried fruit)
5. Press mixture firmly into an 8×8 or 9×6 baking dish (I have a weird Ikea pan)
6. Put in fridge to set, then cut up into squares and freeze the ones you don’t eat right away!
I’m excited for the contest to start! You should check it out on Facebook and hit the like button for me!
Although it may be hard to believe, sometimes I want something besides ice cream for dessert. Tonight I pulled out the creativity and made some kettle corn from Orville Redenbacher, then topped it with Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips.
It’s like trail mix, only you can eat more of it!
Give me this stuff and a good trashy magazine, and I’ll be set all night.