Recipe: Almond Chocolate Rice Krispie Squares

There’s more to life than chocolate, but not right now.

~ Anonymous

Anyone up for a special treat?!

This has been a very special week here at IPOM, and for (little, wee) me. Many hard weeks of patient, persistent, and tough pushing on seem to be paying off.

There are some big decisions being made, some plans being laid out, and some fruit ready for the picking from from what has been (what feels like) a (very) long, a (very) careful, and (at times) a very trying growing season (yes, more corny metaphors…..I can’t help it!).

There is one reason only these things are happening, and that is I am lucky to be surrounded to by truly great people.

These people give of their time, and of their talents, and most of all, from their hearts. For these people, and for you readers who are so wonderfully supportive, I am so very grateful. Thank you.

So I made dessert this week to celebrate! It was rather overdue, and plus, I get to thank a couple of special people for the inspiration on this one.

It’s better to regret what you have done than what you haven’t.

~ Paul Arden, Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite

The inspiration for this recipe came to me from one of my blogging buds – Sarah from the Healthy Diva – who whipped up a batch of a lovely sounding dessert (originally from Oh She Glows) for a charity bake sale.

I checked it out and not only did the recipe sound amazing, but it was also right up my alley – gluten-free, no baking, and now, loaded with chocolate.

I made a few changes to the original, and the results are, well, more than worthy of this wonderful week!

Thanks to the Diva for her amazing efforts (in both cooking and giving) and to another wonderful reader also named Sarah (wink) who expressed her love for rice krispie squares this week in one of her comments.

The Less:

Less marshmallow sweetened rice krispie treats means less gooey, sticky messes to clean. Less heavy, flour-based treats means you can eat these and still feel light as air. Less time baking treats in the oven means less energy expended, so we can save it for something (or someone) else who needs it more.

The More:

More natural nut butter richness means sweet cravings become welcome. More crispy sweet rice cereal means less mess and more crunch. More yummy homemade treats means more yummy homemade smiles, ones you can share everyday.

Almond Chocolate Rice Krispie Squares:

  • (4.5) cups rice crisp cereal (I use the traditional Kellogg’s but you can use any kind)
  • (1/2) cup roasted or raw almond butter (feel free to sub cashew or pumpkin butter too!)
  • (1) tbsp coconut butter, butter, or margarine (optional)
  • (1/2) cup honey (or brown rice syrup)
  • (1/4) tsp fine salt, or to taste
  • (1) tbsp vanilla extract
  • (1) cup chocolate chips (we love Chipits in this house)

Get ready a 9 inch by 9 inch baking pan and butter lightly (either coconut butter or butter) or line with wax or parchment paper.

In a small pot, combine the nut butter, honey, sea salt, and coconut butter.

On very low heat, stir to combine and warm only very gently. Remove from heat once smooth and well mixed and add vanilla extract.

In a large bowl, combine the rice krispies and chocolate chips with the nut butter/honey mixture and mix (you need your hands for this!). Mix well with a firm hand, squeezing the mixture tightly to ensure evenness throughout.

The chocolate chips will melt as you mix and you will end up with a gooey mixture of pure amazing-ness.

Press the mixture into a square pan either greased with a little butter or lined with parchment paper. Push down firmly to pack it in tightly and evenly (this can be a bit of a meditative exercise). Once smooth, pop these babies in the refrigerator until set!

When cold and set, cut into small squares, triangles, (or whatever shape you desire really) and enjoy!

Keep these guys in the fridge to maintain their yummy firm texture.

Amazing, delicious, nutritious, and so easy!

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

~ Pablo Picasso

The beauty here is you need very little to be satisfied.

These little guys are loaded with nutrition from the almonds, sweetness from the bees (or rice syrup if you choose for my vegan readers), and crispy chocolatey perfection.

As is often said here at IPOM, it’s about celebrating & reveling in the little things, and a little really does go a long way here!

Talent helps, but it won’t take you as far as ambition

~ Paul Arden

These will now be household staple here as it is rare we don’t have all the ingredients in the house.

Once you taste these you’ll really understand :)

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.

~ Lou Holtz

So with that, I am signing off for a relaxing weekend with old friends over food, family, and (just a little) poolside banter and a few long, deep breaths of clean country air.

I am feeling incredibly grateful for life’s lessons this week, and know that the secret to doing anything is always just in starting.

From there, the road is bumpy. It’s messy and full of failure. But it is also exhilarating, and full of giant triumphs and smiles.

If you always make the right decision, the safe decision, the one most people make, you will be the same as everyone else.

~ Paul Arden

I can’t imagine any other way I’d want to live, and I am so happy you are here with me too!

  • What’s your favorite rice krispie recipe?
  • Are you as in love with chocolate as we are?

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

I might be a little MIA for the next few days and will try to keep up with you all as best I can. I am looking forward to some amazing meals and can’t wait to share it all with you when I get back!

Let us know your thoughts friends – I’ve a feeling there are some chocolate lovers out there with me :)

Yours in Less,

92 Comments

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92 Responses to Recipe: Almond Chocolate Rice Krispie Squares

  1. Thank you for this scrumptious recipe, Shira! Perfect for summer eating – no cranking up the oven. Have a lovely weekend, my dear!

  2. Oh my! Can you ship me a few dozen of these please?

  3. Love the recipe! Chocolate is a fab addition. I’m a huge fan of the Rice Crispie treat. Do you recommend butter or margarine? Thanks, Shira! Enjoy the weekend! Theadora (I also love the quotes!! My grandmother used to quip, “It’s not how heavy your baggage is, it’s how you carry it.”)

    • Thanks Theadora! I would use butter over margarine for sure (this week I used coconut butter), but a few of my vegan readers might prefer to use vegan margarine…I’m a pretty big fan of classic butter myself (especially since it is processed very little and local), but it would be great with all! I think I might just love your grandmother…she sounds like a smart lady my friend!! xo! :)

  4. These look fabulous!! I am a chocolate fiend! I can never get enough. I would eat at least 5 squares..after each meal.

    • Thanks Britt! Most of my desserts center around chocolate…otherwise I really can take or leave dessert! I’m with you – these could actually BE my meal on some days…. ;) XO!

  5. What a delicious idea!

  6. Oh, you caught me at a chocolate craving moment! And thanks to your idea about the pumpkin butter, its something I could make that the kids can take to school, too. Great!

    • Fabulous! Yes, fabulous idea, great for school and nut-free if you use the pumpkin — with all the chocolate in there they won’t even know :)!Hope you are swell! xo!

  7. Old friends and a pool sound wonderful, Shira. I hope you enjoy yourself. I have radicalized rice crispy treats with peanut butter and coconut, but I never thought of eliminating the marshmallows altogether — way to go! I am not such a major chocolate fan: I like it, but I like a lot of other flavors, too.

    • Thanks Sharyn!! I would love to know your classic recipe with the peanut butter and chocolate too (sounds dreamy!)…and thanks for the wishes! I am really looking forward to it :) I guess we can’t all be chocolate fiends – truthfully I probably miss out on lots of great treats cause I usually don’t look past the brown stuff… ;) xox! Have a great weekend!

  8. Somer

    Yeah Shira! I haven’t wanted to buy vegan marshmallows since going plant-based since they are likely as refined as the original, even if they don’t contain gelatin. My kids LOVE rice crispy treats. AND I have everything in my pantry. I adore you!!!

    • I am picturing you squeezing that mixture together right now *with love*….and yes Somer I agree with you about the processed stuff (I think we are a lot alike!) – I hope these work out for you guys and your kids love them especially :)!! No, I adore you…..xox :)

      • Somer

        I literally ‘just’ made these tonight! What I want to know is…. WHY IN THE WORLD DID I WAIT SO LONG?!?!? SO good Shira! I used coconut butter, roasted almond butter and agave instead of honey (what I had on hand) AMAZING. Hit with the little girl party here too, but I personally could finish it off!

        • Seriously….I know, right?? I wish I could take full credit but it is owed to Angela at Oh She Glows…however I did make a few adjustsments, namely, upping the chocolate factor….aren’t they To Die For?! xox! Glad you like!

          • Somer

            Totally to die for! I’m forcing myself not to eat the remainder for breakfast! 10am snack perhaps ;)

            xoxo

          • Do it! You’ll feel amazing and can always run it off later :) (Hehe)

          • Somer

            Oh, and I just looked at the OSG recipe, yours is infinitely better because you doubled the chocolate AND put the chocolate in the treat instead of on top! It changes the WHOLE dynamic ;)

          • Happy you think so – I tend to agree :) Always need more chocolate!

  9. These look amazing, Shira! I think I’ll make these with puffed kamut cereal I have in the pantry begging to be used. Congrats on successes this week! It’s always great to see working and waiting paying off. :)

    • Oh thank you Becca! Kamut puffs would be great! I hope you like the recipe and I can’t wait to share all the fun stuff :) It’s worth all the waiting (so not my strength – but I am getting better all the time!) xox!

  10. There’s more to life than chocolate, but not right now… so funny and really something that I should remember all the time. How come Shira is into desserts nowadays? Is she into a bit MORE than LESS?

    • BTW isn’t Kellog’s Rice Crispies already sweet? DO they also sell plain ones?

      • I have never found them too too sweet myself (though there is added sugar in the Kellogg’s stuff), but you could try an organic brand perhaps? Or even another plain puffed grain cereal – they would all be great! XO!

    • You are so cute Ishita!! There is always room for chocolate here….I can’t help it! Less is definitely more here….but not in taste! Isn’t that quote great?! xox! :)

  11. I’m so excited to hear your news! I’m pumped for you and I don’t even know what it is! You sound so happy and that makes me happy!

    I’m going to echo what Annie said, these are the perfect summer recipe- no oven needed. I can totally see these being right at home at a family barbeque or neighbourhood potluck. I would take 2 all to myself ;)

    You sound like you’re doing great :) Have a lovely weekend!

    • Thanks Gabby! I’ll get everyone up to speed soon as we hammer out a few more details…it IS very exciting and I am happy you are keen to hear (i am keen to share!!)! Soon… :)
      These would be very popular at a party…you’d have to set yours aside before putting them out I think ;)
      I hope you are well too – you have a great weekend too!! xox!

  12. They look so so good! I would win many points with my kids if I made these :-)
    Thanks for a great recipe!

  13. Carolyn

    yum! This is food porn!

  14. Can I just have the whole pan to devour – YUM:) You are tormenting my sweet tooth – ha! Have a Great Day!

  15. These look amazing! You most certainly are tempting me :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  16. Wow! Thank you for this recipe! As a little girl I used to love eating rice krispie treats. But when I got older I decided that I did not want to eat gelatin derived marshmallows which are the most common type found in the store. Moreover, I like how the sweetness of this dessert is not only the chocolate, but honey because I also try to avoid refined sugars. Excellent alternatives shown here!

    • Thanks Frances – I am so happy this sounds good to you! It is always a fun challenge to freshen up old classics (and fun to draw on others great ideas too!) I hope you like these! There are a few fun ways to whip them up too, so you can make them the way that suits you best :) xo!

  17. Lovely, Shira! They look fantastic. Yum. Also, your photo has changed – it confused me for a time.

  18. I’ll agree with everyone else, these look scrumptious! I see we were both thinking about no bake chocolate goodness today.
    I’m excited to hear your news soon!

  19. me! me! me! chocoholic over here! haha! perfect….i just got a box of rice crisp cereal! :D

  20. No icky marshmallows, and more chocolate and nut butter? Oh yeah. I’m in! :)

  21. Shira-In-The-Hood!
    This takes me back to my childhood making crackle pops with rice crispies, only yours look SO much better (and healthier). Looking forward to hearing more about your reasons to celebrate, my friend.

    :-)

    • Thanks J!!! Childhood memories of rice krispies…I wonder if there are any of us who didn’t grow up with these? I always loved them growing up too!
      Have a great weekend! ;)

  22. Oh, what would I do without the beauty and encouragement of YOU? So grateful for you. You deserve every beautiful thing coming your way. Much love xo

    • I think the gratitude goes round in a very large, beautiful circle, Cara – meaning that goes two ways! :) I couldn’t be more pleased that we found each other – you amaze and inspire me! Ditto right back at you on the love my fine friend! XOX :)

  23. These are just what I need. Right now. :)

  24. Thanks for the shout out Shira!!! Your rice bars look great….and the addition of chocolate sounds superb. Hope you have a lovely weekend :)

  25. S.

    Yay rice krispies containing no gelatin whatsoever :) It’s a rather shame marshmallows are so exceptionally unhealthy, as I used to like them very much…

    XO enjoy your weekend Shira! (Love your name btw)

  26. Well naturally, hearing of good news and such a powerfully good week and all that, I read your post twice wondering what I missed! :) Whatever goodness is going on in your life, Hally-loo to that, and have a wonderful poolside weekend! (The recipe looks great too! I know some little ones who’d be all over those treats!)

    • Hi Spree! Thanks for popping in! I hope my joy isn’t too cryptic :) I’ll be sharing soon – something about being a perfectionist (working on that!) means I want it to be juuuuust right before I share…loving the poolside my friend! Have a great weekend too! :)

  27. Yum! I love rice krispie treats- perfect crunch. Fun variation of them!

  28. these look delectable! send me a care package ;) Shira, can’t wait to hear any news you may be brewing up for us. Lovely pics as usual :)

  29. Shira these are fantastic! I’m making these for my family and my clients would love them as well. super fabulous recipe!

    • Thanks Karista!! They are a big hit with the kids! In fact we just returned from a long weekend where I packed a batch – so great for a healthy snack on the road too! :) I hope you like them!! xo!!

  30. chocolate and almonds — a match made in Heaven:) And ever more scrumptious with rice krispies!! great photos too!! thanks for sharing! can’t wait to try!

  31. I cannot wait to try these! I stumbled across your blog & I love it. Thanks for sharing :)

  32. I love krispie bars – YUM! These look amazing…as all your posts do :) I made some almond krispie treats that are similar recently, I couldn’t get enough! Bet these are a real winner, thanks for sharing! XO

  33. Those bars look DELICIOUS!!

  34. these look amazing!!!!!!

  35. Your bars look utterly tasty & fabulous even! :) Lovely food!

  36. FABULOUS PHOTOS! I’m a follower! =D

  37. Sam

    These are SO good, hands down the best rice krispie treats I’ve ever had! Definitely keeping this recipe around, thanks!

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