We all love the classics. I loved Snap, Crackle, and Pop as a kid, especially the marshmallow krispie treats that always seemed to show up in school. What a great day that was!
But I can’t eat those now, so I came up with a version that wouldn’t make me feel so sick. No matter how you cut it, a nut butter based treat will have less sugar than a marshmallow based treat. That’s a win for me. If you don’t eat peanut butter, feel free to swap in another nut or seed butter.
I used agar agar in this recipe as a binding and gelling agent so I wouldn’t have to heat the sugars to high temperatures and compromise their structures, which can make them higher glycemic, which can defeat some of the point of using lower glycemic sugars in the recipe.
But if you don’t want to use the agar agar, simply remove it from the recipe and heat the sugars to 240F.
Either way, it’s a pretty simple and tasty treat to make!
How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Treats
Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free, Soy-free
- ¾ cup peanut butter (or almond butter, soy nut butter)
- ⅓ cup light agave nectar or raw honey
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp fresh nutmeg
- ½ tsp agar powder
- 4 cups crispy brown rice cereal
- ¾-1 tsp sea salt (depending on saltiness of peanut butter)
- 4 ounces dairy free bittersweet chocolate
- Heat all ingredients except chocolate together on low heat.
- Stir constantly.
- When ingredients are melted and it just starts to bubble (agar should be dissolved), add the cereal.
- Mix together.
- Let cool for about 5 minutes.
- Scoop and form into balls. (Use a 1½ - 2 TBS scoop)
- You may need to finish the form with your hands. Rest on a lined baking sheet. Let completely cool.
- Once cooled, melt bittersweet chocolate on low heat.
- Dip balls into chocolate and rest back on lined baking sheet.
- Once all balls are dipped, drizzle rest of chocolate on top of balls to decorate.
- If you don't want to use the agar agar, eliminate it by simply heating the liquid sugars first to 240F. Then add the rest of the ingredients (except the chocolate). Once blended add the cereal. Follow the rest of the instructions in the recipe.
What’s Agar Powder?
Fear no agar agar. It’s your friend. Especially when making healthier, vegan recipes.
Used in asian cooking, agar agar is a sea vegetable that gels. It’s like a healthy gelatin. It sets and binds foods, especially when replacing eggs or less than healthy cooking techniques.
Agar flakes do the same as agar powder, but they aren’t ground down. You don’t need as much agar powder – it’s more concentrated. Plus, it takes less time to dissolve into your liquid.
Agar can set in hot or cold substances. But beware, it won’t set in the presence of citrus or other acidic foods. The acid will negate it’s superhero gelling power.
In short: super healthy sea veggie with gelling power. Cool stuff. Keep it in your pantry. 🙂