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