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May 31, 2011

Kind, Convenient Treats: Alicia Silverstone's Crispy Peanut Butter Snacks

Chocolate and peanut butter team up for an irresistible morsel

Guide to Meat-Free Meals

  • Victoria Pearson

“Eating ‘kind’ is about being really, really good to yourself, the animals, and the planet via the foods you put into your body,” says actress and longtime animal lover Alicia Silverstone. “A plant-based diet filled with whole and organic foods will give you tons of energy, mental clarity, gorgeous skin, and a zest for life.”

To help others make a transition to compassionate eating, Silverstone wrote The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet.  Her favorite recipes in the cookbook are the Crispy Peanut Butter Treats with Chocolate Chips that she often packs in her suitcase as a travel snack. A hit with almost anyone, she says, they’re “perfect for when I’m running late, have skipped a meal, or just want a dessert that won’t bring me down.”

 

Crispy Peanut Butter Treats with Chocolate Chips

 

Makes 9 to 12 squares

1 box brown rice crisps cereal
1 3/4 cups brown rice syrup
Fine sea salt
3/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter (preferably unsweetened and unsalted)
1/2 cup grain-sweetened, nondairy chocolate or carob chips

1. Pour the rice cereal into a large bowl.

2. Heat the rice syrup with a pinch of salt in a saucepan over low heat. When the syrup liquefies, add the peanut butter and stir until well combined.

3. Pour the syrup mixture over the rice cereal. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon and let cool to room temperature. Stir in the chocolate chips. (Make sure the mixture is cool, or you will end up with melted chocolate instead of chocolate chips in your treats.)

4. Turn out the mixture into an 8x8" or 9x13" baking dish. Wet the wooden spoon lightly and press the mixture evenly into the pan. Let cool for 1 hour—if you can—before cutting into squares or bars.

Nutrition

 All figures are per serving.

Protein: 7 grams if 9 squares; 5.25 grams if 12 squares
Calories: 438 if 9 squares; 328 if 12 squares
Fat: 16 grams if 9 squares; 12 grams if 12 squares
Fiber: 2 grams if 9 squares; 1 gram if 12 squares
Carbs: 71 grams if 9 squares; 53 grams if 12 squares

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