No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispies with PB ‘Fudge’

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Now this is what I call a Happy Friday.

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Luckily for my little baking ‘habit’, there is always a reason to bake.

My friends have birthdays. Their significant others have birthdays. My family have birthdays. It’s December. It’s the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Eric’s coworkers hit the 3pm slump. It’s storming outside. There is an old lady down the road who doesn’t know who I am but enjoys my baked goods. Valentine’s Day. This blog. Eric. You.

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This creates a sense of purpose in my life.

But don’t get me wrong, I will bake for no other reason other than just wanting to bake. And wanting to eat what I bake. Yes, I do enjoy that quite a bit come to think of it. Baking for sheer enjoyment is a good reason in itself, but it does make me happy when I have others I can bake for too.

And really, what could be better to drool over on a Friday morning when you are anxiously watching the clock, anticipating the fun weekend ahead, and planning all the delicious things that you are going to eat?

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My friend Julie had a birthday get together last night and she is a huge chocolate and peanut butter fan. When she heard that I made Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter she made a double batch that very same day, as well as a Dark Chocolate Almond Butter batch for good measure. Her love for chocolate and peanut butter is quite intense. Obviously, I made the girl a chocolate peanut butter dessert and the end result was so fantastic, I wished it was my birthday. Only 3.5 months to go…

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No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispies with PB Fudge

Like a chocolate rice crispie square amped up and packed with crispy, chewy goodness. The chocolate peanut butter fudgy ‘frosting’ is the perfect compliment to this not too sweet dessert.

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Inspired by Joy of Baking.

Yield: 16 squares.

Squares:

  • 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup sifted cocoa powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp kosher salt, to taste
  • 3 cups crisp rice cereal (I use GF Nature’s Path)
  • 1/4 cup chopped unsalted peanuts (optional, but adds a nice texture)
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy chocolate chips

 

Dark Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter ‘Fudge’:

This is adapted from my Chocolate Peanut Butter.

  • 1 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut + coconut for sprinkling (optional)

 

Directions

1. Line an 8 inch square pan with 2 pieces of parchment paper going each way.

2. In a medium sized saucepan, stir together the peanut butter, brown rice syrup, vanilla, and almond milk together over low-medium heat. Once combined, slowly add in the sifted cocoa power and the kosher salt. Stir over low heat being careful not to burn.

3. Mix in the 3 cups of rice crispies and remove from heat. Now add I the 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and optional peanuts. stir well. Spread this mixture into the square pan lined with parchment paper. Press down firmly and evenly. Place in the freezer for at least 10 minutes to firm up.

4. Meanwhile, make the Dark Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter by melting the 1/2 cup chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small bowl in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. Be careful not to burn. Now stir in the 1 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup coconut (optional), and kosher salt to taste. Mix until completely combined.

5. Remove the pan from the freezer when firm to touch and spread on as much of the Dark Chocolate PB ‘fudge’ as you prefer. I think I used about 3/4-1 cup. Sprinkle with coconut if desired.

6. Place in the freezer for 45-50 minutes until firm (yes it takes longer to firm up than you think!). Cut into squares and enjoy! Store in the freezer or fridge.

 

I’m obviously really into the no-bake (i.e. fast and easy) treats lately so I tried to come up with something that would fit the bill, but still make a show-stopping and drool-worthy dessert for any birthday girl.

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The peanuts are optional in this recipe, but they provided a nice texture in the squares.

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The first thing you do is mix together the vanilla, brown rice syrup, peanut butter, and almond milk over low-medium heat on the stovetop.

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Now add in the kosher salt, sifted cocoa power, and peanuts. Stir well until smooth.

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Add in the 3 cups rice crisp and the 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Oh yeaaaaa.

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Scoop into your square pan and spread out.

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Place in freezer for about 10 minutes to firm up.

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Meanwhile, on the ranch…

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Make the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter! I had some leftover in the fridge so I just softened it in the microwave for about 25 seconds or so and then stirred.

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However, if you are making it from scratch, it is very quick…

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Melt chocolate. Stir in the remaining ingredients. EASY!

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I also added in some shredded coconut for a fun texture in this fudgy frosting.

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Once the square mixture is firm, pour on your desired amount of fudgy frosting. I think I used 3/4 cup or so.

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Spread the goodness all around.

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Now place in the freezer, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes to set.

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Remove from pan and cut into squares.

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Dear me.

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Quality control.

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I had no idea how these were going to turn out, but I was blown away. These are one of my favourite desserts to ever cross this kitchen. You can get creative with the ingredients too. It might be fun using Dark Chocolate Almond Butter and chopped almonds, or other mix ins like raisins, walnuts, or pecans too!

Or what about White Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter? Mmm.

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I ended up saving a square for Eric and after he tried it he said if we weren’t already married he would have proposed to me upon first bite. bahaha.

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I think I know what dessert I’m making him for Valentine’s Day now!

These squares would go perfectly with my Choco Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa too…

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P.S.- Don’t forget you have until Feb. 7th to enter my Valentine’s Day recipe contest. =)

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jenna January 28, 2011

you kill me!!! these look freakin amazing, angela!! I can’t wait to get home and test them out! :) yayayayayaya it’s friday! have a great weekend!

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Andrea B. January 28, 2011

Yum Yum YUM!! Can’t wait to try these out this weekend!!

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Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans January 28, 2011

These look so good. The combination of chocolate, krispies and peanut butter it to die for!

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Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete January 28, 2011

These are so adorable!!!

I love any type of rice krispie/crunch treat. Oh and the use of PB and chocolate means I will love it too :)

Have a great weekend!

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bree marsh January 28, 2011

hey! i started reading your blog about a month ago, when i embarked on my “almost vegan” experiment! i got a lot of great tips, thanks! your food pics are beautiful! i am trying to get my pics to start looking better! i also think your kitty is gorgeous! when you have a second check out my food blog, i recently revamped it! thanks for the inspiration!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 28, 2011

Thanks Bree :) I will check out your blog!

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 28, 2011

Ohhhhh my goodness, I can’t wait to try these!! It’s Indulgence Friday over at my bloggity blog, and this looks like the perfect way to celebrate! :)

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Liz @ Blog is the New Black January 28, 2011

I don’t know what to say… as always, this recipe sounds amazing! The pics are beautiful… I have to make this NOW!

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Katie January 28, 2011

Ahh!! My mom used to make something similar to these all the time, but they were more peanut buttery than chocolatey. I miss them. And her. Who knew a post about chocolate rice krispie squares would get me all choked up and sentimental?

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Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow January 28, 2011

Um hello I think I would have proposed to you on the spot if I was given a square of that gloriousness. Though I imagine my husband wouldn’t approve. :)

These look AMAZING lady! You have out done yourself.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 28, 2011

I do!

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Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow January 28, 2011

You + me + dark chocolate peanut butter will have a gifted life!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 28, 2011

only if I can bring Dark chocolate almond butter too ;)

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Ally (oatsandspice) January 28, 2011

Wow Angela, these look AMAZING! I can’t wait to test them out!

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Alex @ Healing Beauty January 28, 2011

I love no-bake recipes…they are so easy and delicious! Have a good Friday!

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Joslyn @ missfitbliss January 28, 2011

You have completely outdone yourself with these! I am so excited to try them!!

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Jennifer@ knackfornutrition January 28, 2011

Oh my goodness those look scrumptious. Every time you post, I want to run to my kitchen and start baking!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 28, 2011

Happy Friday indeed! Personally, I’d be content with just a tub of the dark chocolate peanut butter!

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Lisa @ Healthy Diaries January 28, 2011

Angela, these look amazing and I know they will be after I make them! I plan on making these for my hubby on valentine’s day. It’s our first valentines as a married couple! :)

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Allison @ Food For Healing January 28, 2011

my oh my! those look awesome. might have to try making those when i get back home from holidays, just in time for V-day, id even just make them for myself for valentines haha

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 28, 2011

yes you should!

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Amanda (Eating Up) January 28, 2011

These look unreal! You are a baking genius!

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stacey-healthylife January 28, 2011

That is a happy Friday, yum.

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Erin January 28, 2011

Oh. My. Goodness. These look amazing! My boys (5 1/2 and almost 4) I love to make treats together. I love your no-bake recipes because they can really get in there and help. We had lots of fun making your rice crispie balls (both kinds!), and I know they will love this one too. Thanks for another winner!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 28, 2011

Aww that is cute…I hope they enjoy these ones too!

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Erin January 29, 2011

My boys and I had a blast making these together tonight. We made a double batch because they will make great treats for my busy little ski racers :) I’m enjoying 1/2 of one right now (they’re very rich) and it is absolutely divine. Definitely a keeper!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 29, 2011

So glad you enjoy them! They are really fun. :) I can’t wait to try different combos of nuts, dried fruit, etc. The sky is the limit!

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Natalie @ Will Jog For Food January 28, 2011

Those look SO delicious…love anything that’s choclately, peanut buttery, and crispy :)

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Katy (The Singing Runner) January 28, 2011

Looks fantastic. I seriously need to make these and get myself a man. ;)

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Nicole (I have trouble with forward motion) January 28, 2011

Wow! You’ve topped those almond butter balls for me! I’m making these this weekend…but most of them will be stashed in the freezer as there’s no one to eat them but me since hubby doesn’t have a sweet tooth.

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Emily January 28, 2011

Mouthwatering! I totally want to lick the spoon. All of the spoons. And the bowls.

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Emmanuelle January 28, 2011

Can I lick my computer screen? These look delicious!

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Therese January 28, 2011

Way to go, Angela! Three days left of January and you go and bomb my “No Bake January” goal.

Although, they aren’t actually “baked” goods…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 28, 2011

haha this recipe totally falls through the cracks!

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Ari @ ThE DiVa DiSh January 28, 2011

Oh my goodness! SO wierd I made something like this yesterday, and then you post this recipe today! Yours looks AMAZING =] I think I may have to whip up a batch! =]

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Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood January 28, 2011

Those look amazing! :)

I love Valentines’ Day; just one more holiday to bake goodies for others and for ourselves ;)

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Felicia (a taste of health with balance) January 28, 2011

o my. these look amazing, but if you said they’re the best that ever crossed your kitchen then they must be seriously GOOD! i love baking for others too it brings me such joy :) but these i might have to keep to myself..

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megan @ blackberries for jam January 28, 2011

You are my hero.

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Runeatrepeat January 28, 2011

This makes for a very very Happy Friday! Looks delicious :)

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) January 28, 2011

I feel like I say this everytime… BUT, those pb choc crispies look AMAZING! I haven’t had breakfast yet and it is making my mouth water! You’ve done it again!! (I think I say that a lot too LOL but I mean it!) you’ve got skillz :D

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Genevieve January 28, 2011

These look great! Do you think these would work without the brown rice syrup?

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Caitlin @the permanent life January 28, 2011

I can no doubt think of a happier friday! You are a baking GENIUS Angela, someone to be admired for sure! Have a great day!

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Lily's Health Pad January 28, 2011

Oh my. Making these next week. I love that they are no-bake. And they look rather simple.

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Moni'sMeals January 28, 2011

Happy Friday is right! wow, These would be gone in 5 mins in my house. Chocolate and P Butter are my favorite combo. :)

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 28, 2011

Oh drool. That’s all I can say about that.

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Rochel @ barefootandcooking January 28, 2011

You may not have the slightest clue who I am. But, I now consider you my new best friend. THANKS!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 28, 2011

lol…that made me smile!

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VeggieGirl January 28, 2011

OOOH these look amazing!

By the way, Angela – I had a dream last night that you and I went shoe-shopping :D

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 28, 2011

haha that’s cute! :) I love shoes. What kind did I get?

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Madeleine@ Stepping to the Brightside January 28, 2011

woweeee! i’m assuming these taste as good as they look. almost TOO GOOD!

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Keri January 28, 2011

My birthday is next week , if you want to send me some ;)
just kidding :)

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