No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Chews

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I loved reading your comments on yesterday’s Classic Green Monster post. Finally, I do not feel so alone.

I forgot to tell you, but earlier this week I had a Green Monster photoshoot in my very own kitchen. I was interviewed for a newspaper article a while back and they sent a photographer to do a shoot for the article. The photographer was looking for ideas on what we could do for the shoot and I suggested that I could make a Green Monster in the kitchen…

As soon as I heard myself saying the words ‘Green Monster’, I felt a bit awkward. It can be embarrassing trying to explain to a stranger what a Green Monster is and then convincing them that 1) you are not insane, and 2) You really are older than 8 years old.

But luckily the photographer was excited about the idea went along with the idea out of fear and it was quite fun! Here’s hoping there is not an awkward piece of spinach in my teeth in the photo…

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Naturally, on my quest for consuming as much chocolate as humanly possible this week I made a Chocolate Peanut Butter version of these delicious chews.

These Almond Butter Chews were my first attempt…

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It was love at first chew.

Not being able to share like proper adults, Eric and I fought over the last chew. We finally agreed on splitting it down the middle.

I cut, he picked.

He got the bigger half. [Insert mad PMS face]

And then Eric begged me to make a chocolate version because he is basically the male version of a PMS monster and will eat chocolate 24/7 if he could. He didn’t really have to twist my arm though…we make a good, chocolate-lovin’ team.

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5 Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Chews

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Crisp Rice cereal (I use GF Nature’s Path)
  • 1/4 cup smooth all-natural peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp organic brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

 

Directions: Line a plate with parchment paper. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the peanut butter, brown rice syrup, 2 tbsp chocolate chips, and vanilla extract. Microwave on high for 35-45 seconds. Stir well and immediately add in the 1 tsp cocoa powder. Stir until incorporated. Immediately stir in the rice crisp cereal until all rice crispies are coated.

Wet hands thoroughly and shape the mixture into ‘golf-balls’. Press mixture together firmly into balls so it will hold. Wet hands after each ball is formed so the mixture will not stick to your hands. Place the balls onto parchment paper and freeze for 5 minutes. You can keep these chews in the freezer in a sealed container. Let the chews sit at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes before consuming. This version gets more firm in the freezer than the first version does.

Makes 7 golf-ball sized chews.

Nutritional info: (per large ball, makes 7 balls): 113 kcals, 6 grams fat, 14 grams carbs, 8 grams sugar, 2 grams protein.

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The first thing you do is add the brown rice syrup, chocolate chips, vanilla, and peanut butter into a bowl. Stir very well to mix.

Now microwave this mixture for 45-70 seconds, being sure to stop the microwave every 30 seconds to stir. Be very careful not to burn.

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If you burn it, you will cry.

Stir in the cocoa powder into the microwaved mixture and now stir in the rice crisp cereal.

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Press firmly into balls and place on a plate or small baking sheet lined with parchment. Freeze for about 5-10 minutes.

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The Chocolate PB chews harden up much more than the original Almond Butter Chews, I assume because the chocolate hardens when chilled. This version can’t really be eaten straight from the freezer, but they are perfect after sitting on the counter for about 5-10 minutes or so.

I also tried to make a carrot cake version and a banana PB version, but both did not turn out (too much moisture from carrots and banana). I think the carrots and banana would have to be dehydrated for it to stick together.

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And if you are feeling really crazy…why not try making a Double Chocolate version by using some homemade Dark Chocolate Almond Butter?  I’m sure that would be incredible!

Ok, I will stop now.

But seriously…make these. They rule.

Happy Friday!

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Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 14, 2011

Ohh this version looks so incredibly tasty! Chocolate just makes everything better :)

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Leanne @ Simplicitlee January 14, 2011

For the previous Almond Butter Chews, I subsituted honey (I used 3 tbsp…eeeek SO sweet!) and next time I’ll definitly be putting only 1 tbsp or so!

These little balls are the perfect pick-me-up when I get tired at work around 2:45 in the afternoon!

These look delicious as well!

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Leanne January 14, 2011

Damnit! for some reason my old blog was attached to my name on this computer! Aargh!
Fixed now :)

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Pearl (Crunch and Chew) January 14, 2011

Wow. Chocolate, peanut butter and chew all in the same title? I have to make these!

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Gill (snaxandthecity) January 14, 2011

I was just sitting here craving something exactly like that….you’re a genius (and a mind reader, clearly) !

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Kristy @ KristyRuns January 14, 2011

Wow. Now that the roads are thawing out I can finally go stock up on ingredients! Whoo hooo! Looks amazing! I can’t wait to make the chocolate almond butter!

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Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) January 14, 2011

AHH these are perfect for me! no bake, pb, chocolate- CHECK!

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Liz @ Blog is the New Black January 14, 2011

I’m a sucker for anything that will get the combo of pb & chocolate to my mouth quickly! Love anything no-bake. :)

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 14, 2011

Congrats on the newspaper article! I’m sure it will turn out great! My Husband loves chocolate too – he dies on the inside if he doesn’t get his homemade chocolate chip cookies every week.

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Camille January 14, 2011

Yum!
I definitely feel weird saying “Green Monster” out loud too :) I feel like people think I am talking about Fenway Park.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 14, 2011

Congrats on the photo shoot and newspaper article Ange! I can’t wait to see it when it comes out! And this recipe sounds amazing… these wouldn’t last long in my house at all! :)

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Lauren at KeepItSweet January 14, 2011

You had me at chocolate and peanut butter.

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 14, 2011

There is no going wrong with chocolate and peanut butter!

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 14, 2011

This look wonderful- a fabulous twist on the traditional no bake oatmeal cookies!

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thefruitpursuit (Sabine) January 14, 2011

Great combination!

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thefruitpursuit (Sabine) January 14, 2011

and haha @ the poor photographer ;)

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maria @ Chasing the Now January 14, 2011

These look too good! I want to try making them soon!

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jaclyn@todayslady January 14, 2011

You could make the chocolate one triple chocolate by using the GF Nature’s Path Cocoa Rice Crispies!!! As you can tell, I love chocolate too :)

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Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl January 14, 2011

Yum! I already have everything on-hand except the brown rice syrup…for that reason alone, I think I have reason to make these before lunchtime :)

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Katie @ Healthy Heddleston January 14, 2011

These looks amazing just like your first chews! Can’t wait to try them and create some of my own chews!

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Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes January 14, 2011

Now that is a recipe that is perfect for a Friday! Chocolate Nut-butter Therapy… no baking required.

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Jennifer and Jaclyn @ Sketch-Free Vegan January 14, 2011

wow these look oh so chewable! great job!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 14, 2011

Sounds great!! Quick question: could you sub in anything for the brown rice syrup?? Maybe Karo?

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Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day January 14, 2011

Yum!

I love that your newspaper is going to feature Green Monsters! It’s so cool to get the word out. I’ve taught volunteer cooking classes in schools and we do green smoothies. I call it Green Slime and we get the kids going nuts over them.

I wonder if adding dry coconut to the carrot cake chews would help soak up the moisture?

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Katy @ A Healthy Shot January 14, 2011

I made these last week when you posted the almond butter version!! (didn’t have almond butter on hand) I bagged them up & took them to the movies instead of shelling out $$ for movie candy. They were to die for, and the boyfriend loved them too :)
Happy Friday!

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Sruthi @ Exercise, Food & Beyond January 14, 2011

These look awesome! I had my first green monster yesterday, it definitely does take a little getting used to. I am going to keep drinking it, its so good for the body, I don’t want to give up so easily.

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Elizabeth@The Sweet Life January 14, 2011

In a moment of inspiration, I bought some brown rice syrup. Now I know that I use it for–thanks!

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Katie January 14, 2011

Chocolate and peanut butter is the best creation ever!!! Next to chocolate and coconut! Mmm!!

You crack me up with the PMS talk! My boyfriend last night was on a quest for chocolate (me, I could have gone either way). We had to make an emergency stop at Kroger to get ANYTHING containing chocolate in it. I kept joking with him while walking through the store that he was PMSing and to chill, we’ll get his chocolate fix in soon. ;)

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Cathy Breit January 14, 2011

a child-hood favorite updated and made healthy…thank you, Angela!
love,
cathy b.

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Allison @ Food For Healing January 14, 2011

omg i am drooling! those look so tasty, i want i want.

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MaryBe@AccidentallyVegan January 14, 2011

They sound delicious. Everyone in the family would love these!

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Alex @ Healing Beauty January 14, 2011

Everything you make looks absolutely delicious! You really do have such a talent for cooking, baking, and glowing :)

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Trish @I_am_Succeeding January 14, 2011

Now I want some…thank you!! =P

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Shamima Z. January 14, 2011

Thanks so much for the Classic smoothie post yesterday…tried it and loved it. Also helped to put the ingredients into the Vitamix as you recommended. Will be trying your no bake chews this weekend.
Have a super weekend all!!

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Alaina January 14, 2011

If you mentioned Green Monster (or Monstah) around where I live, they would think you were talking about the big green wall at Fenway Park. :-)

I have GOT to try those chews/balls/whatever they are called. They look like a great on-the-go snack.

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Felicia (a taste of health with balance) January 14, 2011

Bring on the chocolate balls.

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Beach Bum Beauty January 14, 2011

Making my mouth water! I love how all your recipes are as calorific as I expect them to be, another recipe I’ll be printing and trying out this weekend then.

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Heather (heathers dish) January 14, 2011

Note to self :MUST make these this weekend! I am all for the sweet but not too sweet things these days!

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Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans January 14, 2011

Oh boy, these could be dangerous! They’d be gone as quickly as they were made!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 14, 2011

Angela you read my mind with these!

I have been posting for awhile about my love love love of rice krispy treats and I made them vegan and GF and also make chocolate frosting for them, sometimes PB choc frosting.

And just the other day I posted about my grandma’s recipe for special K bars which involves brown sugar and karo syrup and may not be health food but i have been dreaming about them since childhood.

I love your no bake balls…you combine everything I love…PB, crunchy treat, chocolate, nobake…and roll it into one happy little ball. I’ll take 2 dozen :)

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Lauren January 14, 2011

Yum! As soon as I recover from being sick, I’m making these.

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