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August 24, 2011

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

Chocolate and peanut butter team up for an irresistible snack

Guide to Meat-Free Meals

  • Alicia prepares her treats. 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 (430ml) brown rice syrup
fine sea salt
3/4 cup (170g) peanut butter or almond butter (preferably unsweetened and unsalted)
1/2 cup (115g) grain-sweetened, nondairy chocolate or carob chips

1. Pour rice cereal into a large bowl.

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

3. Pour syrup mixture over rice cereal. Mix thoroughly with wooden spoon and let cool to room temperature.

4. Stir in the chocolate chips. (Make sure mixture is cool, or you will end up with melted chocolate instead of chocolate chips in your treats.)

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

Nutrition

Amount per square (12 squares):
Fat: 12g, Calories: 328, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 5g, Carbs: 53

Amount per square (9 squares):
Fat: 16g, Calories: 428, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 7g, Carbs: 71

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