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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Meesh January 14, 2011

Angela, you never cease to amaze me with what you come up with! I really want to make these :) like, right NOW haha

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Heather January 14, 2011

Amazing recipe Angela! I ran out of peanutbutter so I used sunflower butter and the boys loved it!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 15, 2011

great idea!

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Lou January 14, 2011

wow that looks yummeh. thank you so much!

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Ashley January 14, 2011

Dark chocolate is seriously one of my favorite things! I’m going out to buy the ingredients for this recipe right now:)

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Jen January 14, 2011

Ha! When I made your original almond butter chew, I added the chocolate chips, which melted and well, then I essentially made these. Amazing!
Lady, I’m so excited for your cookbook. There is nary a recipe of yours that I have tried that has been bad.

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Annie@stronghealthyfit January 14, 2011

Those look so delicious and incredibly easy to make!

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Zestful Lou January 14, 2011

I too am in a “I need sweets and I need them now” kinda mood. I really wanted to make these today but I couldn’t bring myself to go all the way to the store to buy rice crisps so I came up with little bite sized apple butter pumpkin pies. They are sooooo yummy and pack quite the healthy punch as well. They will be up on my blog tomorrow!

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ashley@quasichick January 15, 2011

I happen to have all fo those ingredients in my pantry now, except for the brown rice syrup. HMM I think I need to add that to my grocery list so I can make these ASAP. Thanks for all of the wonderful, healthy recipes!

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Danielle January 15, 2011

Awesome that Green Monsters will make a newspaper appearance! Yay for spreading the word!

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Tine January 15, 2011

Great snack!
Have to make these!

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Charlie January 15, 2011

These chews look so good!

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Meesh January 15, 2011

I just made these and they ROCK!

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Ashley January 17, 2011

I made these tonight and they were amazing! I ended up using all-natural crunchy peanut butter and Kashi puff rice cereal– soo good! Thank you for the recipe!

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Brynne January 18, 2011

These are SO delicious! I love having them on hand in the freezer whenever chocolate becomes necessary. I rolled half of mine in flaxseed meal and half in chia seeds. :)

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Mindy January 19, 2011

Oh. my. goodness! These are awesome! I added a little sunflower butter in mine. These are going to cause a problem for me to have around!! I like the idea of adding flaxseed meal and chia seeds for an added bonus. thanks for sharing!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 19, 2011

Great additions! :) Glad you like them. I love the idea of using an ice cream scooper…so much more refined than my method haha

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Mindy January 19, 2011

p.s. I used an ice cream scooper to shape and it worked great.

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Paije January 20, 2011

I just made these and they are SOOOOO GOOOOOOD!! I made a smores version with graham cracker crumbs, vegan marshmallows and vegan chocolate chips and a white chocolate version with white chocolate wonderful peanut butter, puffed quinoa and white chocolate and peanut butter chips! Love them :)

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Jennifer January 20, 2011

These are so good. So. Good. I used what I had in the house and I think that I can get my kids to throw one down for a quick breakfast since they both don’t ever want to eat breakfast. PB and Cereal, it could be worse :) Please keep trying to get some with fruit or veg in them. I would be forever grateful!

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Erika January 25, 2011

Hi there, I went to stores looking for the Nature’s Path cereal but they did not have it. So I bought arrowhead mills puffed rice cereal. is this the same thing or will it not turn out the same. Is an equivalent of what you used like Rice Krispies cereal? Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 25, 2011

Hi Erika, Puffed rice is not the same (it is much larger than crisp rice I think). Im not sure it would hold together or not.

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Carine January 31, 2011

Another great recipe, THANKS A LOT! the problem for me now is quality control….haha.

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Madison @Veggieful April 15, 2012

Yummmm! These look delicious!

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E.R August 4, 2012

These are so versatile! Thanks for the great recipe. I made a few versions to stick in the freezer. I used raw honey and they held together just fine. I used an ice cream scoop to make the ball, and stuck a whole almond in the middle. I rolled them in coconut too. They are awesome!

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Sooz August 11, 2012

Ok after making the banana oat bars about 5 times in a row, I forced myself to try another recipe (those oat bars are just soooo good!)…and omgosh these are wickedly good!!

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Cynthia September 6, 2012

I read this after just telling my grandma, “Watch out for my green monster in the fridge.” It took some explaining. haha =) A warning to sugar addicts about these here chews: Beware ;). These are as completely fabulous as Angela’s non-treat recipes, so you really do need willpower if you are dieting. Having forgotten to take that into consideration & having been such an angel on my diet lately thanks to this awesome website… and truly thinking I would make these last a week… I ate them ALL but one today. These just aren’t bland like some of the health food varieties that I can let sit around & ignore. They CALLED me from the freezer, and I was unprepared to not indulge… lol The good news: Grandma ate the other one & is now sold on my new healthy diet. Thank you, Angela, for sharing so many of your amazing recipes and your inspiring story. Aside from my little adventure today, I have had a major diet transformation since stumbling upon your site and have felt like a million bucks after being sick for long time. I really do glow now, literally. You have helped make a difference in health and in my life! You are a beautiful, wonderful person, and I love how your personality & passion shine through in all you do! =)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012

Cynthia it’s so nice to meet you! Your comment is so kind yet hilarious all at the same time…yes those chews do hold a magical power. Goodluck with the rest of your goals!

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LORETTA September 22, 2012

I’M SO HAPPY TO FOUND THIS BLOG!I JUST MAKE THIS SWEETS AND I LIKE THEM VERY MUCH!!!IS MY FIRST SWEET RECIPE FROM MY NEW LIFE!VEGAN AND RAW!YOU LOOK SUPER AND I LOVE YOUR SMILLE!I HAVE ONLY 50 DAYS FROM WHEN I CHANGE AND I FEEL SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!I WISH ALL THE BEST!FROM KOS,GREECE,LORETTA

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Vicki October 2, 2012

Just made these with a couple of substitutions…. I was out of peanut butter and my grocery store was closed and the local organics store was open but also out of peanut butter. So, I bought some “Amazon Jungle Peanuts” and turned them into peanut butter with my food processor… hmm, I think they needed to be roasted first as the peanut butter tastes a lot like peas, and not the small sweet kind. Also, I don’t like brown rice syrup, so I substituted Agave Nectar. That was a good sub, though I will use less next time as it’s too sweet with 3 tablespoons. Getting more PB tomorrow, so am looking forward to trying the recipe again. They taste pretty good as is, but I’m sure they will taste better with different PB. Thanks for the great recipe!!

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Kristen January 31, 2013

I love your blog. I just found it on Saturday and have made so many recipes…all of them being really good! I took this a little step further and rolled them in a dusting of ground flaxseed…my boys loved them!! Thanks for what you do for all of us!

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Tania April 11, 2013

These are addicting! I make these almost every other day. I’m not vegan (yet!) and I have a huge sweet tooth and these satisfy my cravings without any artificial ingredients. Soooo yummy!

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Bessie December 7, 2013

These were absolutely delicious! Next time I will make them when I am alone in the house, so I don’t have to share! :-)

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Alexia December 17, 2013

Thank you! These are so easy to make and so yummy! My Gran loved them so much she wanted a batch for her Birthday! :D

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Jennifer B.T. January 14, 2014

The only time my daughter craves chocolate is when she’s pms-ing. I’m adding this to the list to make this month! I’m going to try agave nectar because I have it. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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