I have chocolate for us today!
Thank God, right?!
I feel like it’s been forever since we have chatted about a serious chocolate dessert, so this post feels very much needed.
Side note: in reality, it’s only been seven days since my last chocolate treat was shared…hey, but seven days is a while around here!
OK so first, happiest Friday!! It’s been such a crazy week over here with Monday’s big cookbook cover reveal post, and then days full of awesome emails, cooking and working on some fun new lifestyle content. <–very excited about this!
While it was a great week, I’m still really happy it’s Friday, and totally ready for the weekend!! And obviously some chocolate too! My goals for the weekend include a few slightly different things than my usual. I’m not going to lie, my weekends are pretty much always working weekends, but I’m under a new mindset that I need to try to actually have a weekend, you know? So my goals are as follows…
…spend tonight totally chilling out with a good movie and make a fun dinner. Maybe not pizza, since that’s always my fall back, maybe something like these enchiladas?
…not spend all day Saturday working away and instead plan something fun for at least a few hours. Do you guys have any suggestions? It’s actually supposed to rain, which almost never happens here. I take that back, my mom just told me, no rain, 9-12 inches of snow tonight. Weather.com will automatically say rain if the temps are above 32 degrees, but up here at elevation it’s super weird, we’ll still have snow even when the temps are in the upper 40’s, even low 50’s. So indoor activities maybe? Thoughts? Ideas? I need your help!
…and for Sunday? Make tons of lists and PLAN. You guys, I am trying to be SO much better about being organized, but it’s hard. I am sort of in this routine of doing things as they come up and not thoughtfully planning my work days out. I know I would be SO much more productive if I actually planned…I just have a hard time doing that. Any tips on how to stay focused and plan, plan, plan? Anything you got would be extra appreciated!
So what are you guys doing this weekend?
Switching gears now and talking chocolate, YAY. These fun little hand-held treats, that I honestly just do not have the perfect name for, are SOOOO addictingly good. Like so good. The thing is that I just could not come up with a name to perfectly describe them. They taste kind of like a caramel rice krispie treat covered in chocolate, but yet there is zero caramel. And while there are hints of peanut butter, it’s not their main attraction, so I was (ok still am) a little stumped as to what exactly to call these things, but I’m going with chocolate covered peanut butter brown rice crisp treats.
If after reading the recipe and giving these a try, if you guys have a better name, let me know! 🙂
ANYWAY, let me tell you about these. Initially I wanted to make an Easter inspired caramel covered rice krispie treat…but made easier and healthier. One that would be perfect as and easy Easter dessert (cause somehow Easter is right around the corner). After multiple attempts, I finally landed on this perfect recipe just a few days ago and was so excited that I needed to share it ASAP.
Flavor wise, think rice krispie treat meets peanut butter cup, but with hints of caramel and minus a lot of the bad for us stuff. Instead of marshmallows, I used honey to hold everything together, and for the “caramel” it’s a mix of maple, coconut oil and cashew (or almond) butter. So not really caramel, but more of a sweetened nut butter, but yet…it does kind of taste like caramel.
Totally lost and confused? Yeah, sorry, but guys, just know that these are delicious, and that you really just need to make them. NEED too. Got it?
I made these with Easter in mind, but they would actually be perfect for just about any occasion…and so easy, which is always a very nice bonus!
If you do want to make them for Easter, you could use an egg-shaped cookie cutter to make them into chocolate covered eggs. I almost did that, but in the end I decided I didn’t need yet another cookie cutter taking up space in my kitchen…YIKES.
AND while these would be great for Easter, they would also be equally amazing to make just for today…I mean, duh!
Best Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats
Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
In a large, microwave safe bowl, melt together the butter and honey until smooth. Stir in the peanut butter. Add the rice crisps and stir until combined. Press the mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer. Place in the freezer until firm.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, microwave the coconut oil and maple syrup until smooth. Stir in the almond butter and vanilla until smooth and drizzle-able. Let cool until it's thick, but still pourable. Pour the mix over the frozen rice crisps. Cover and place in the freezer until firm, at least 1 hour or until completely firm and frozen.
Use a 2 inch circle cookie cutter to cut the crispy treats into circles. Dip each into melted chocolate and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Transfer to the fridge to firm up. Keep stored in the fridge, covered, until ready to eat.
Honestly, do you see all that chocolate happening? Friday chocolate heaven – YUMM!