Summer has arrived and while there have been a lot of days so far that hasn’t exactly felt like it, we have finally had a few hot ones over this past week.
And you know what that means?
Healthy no-bake treats, of course!
Because who really wants to turn on an oven when its 30 degrees outside? No one, that’s who.
And like we said, when we had those few hot days last week, we were ready for them! Because our freezers were full of chewy chocolate-peanut butter Rice Krispie treats.
These bars are not crispy-crunchy like a traditional Rice Krispie square. They are dense, they are chewy, and they are full of chocolate-peanut butter amazingness.
You can keep your fluffy marshmallows- we’ll take our chocolate and peanut butter, thank you very much!
We have also finally opened our pool, so between that and these freezer treats, we are set for summer to begin! Now if only it would stop raining…
Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Freezer Bars
Prep time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 2 hours
Makes: 16 bars
1/2 c. all natural peanut butter (you can use regular if that’s what you have)
1 ripe banana
2 tbsp plain yogurt
2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
1/4 c. cocoa powder
5 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 tsp coconut oil
Add the banana, peanut butter and yogurt to a blender and blend on high until the mixture is smooth. (If you prefer, you can skip the blender and simply mix it all by hand, just be sure to thoroughly mash the banana before mixing in the other ingredients!)
Transfer the peanut butter, banana and yogurt mixture to a bowl and add the honey and cocoa powder. Stir until the mixture is smooth and all the cocoa powder has been absorbed. Add the Rice Krispies 1 cup at a time, stirring after each addition to ensure you get an even coating.
Line a 9×9 inch square pan with wax paper. Press the mixture into the pan and smooth out the top. (Don’t press too hard, there’s no need to pack it in too much).
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave on high for about 40 seconds-1 minute, stirring every 20 seconds or so. Add the coconut oil and stir until the coconut oil melts into the chocolate. Drizzle the chocolate over top of the Rice Krispie mixture and place in the freezer for 2 hours before cutting into bars. Store in the freezer in an air-tight container.
Has summer weather arrived where you live? How do you like to beat the heat?