Coffee Crisp Rice Squares

The "coffee crisp" component of this recipe was a very happy surprise but completely unintentional - IF I'm keeping it real!

So, no! There is zero actual coffee in this recipe, yet, these rice crispy squares taste just like the chocolate bar! It's kind of crazy! Unlike the chocolate bar, however, these squares are made with entirely real, whole foods that you can feel good about snacking on. They are gluten-free and can also be tweaked to be dairy-free if you desire. I really like the richness that the grass-fed butter provides - they are a treat, after all! 

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Coffee Crisp Rice Squares

Ingredients

3 cups rice puffs (Nature's Path or One Degree are really good)
scant 3/4 cup nut butter (I used almond)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
3 Tbsp grass-fed butter (you could use ghee or coconut oil for a dairy-free alternative)
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp non-dairy chocolate chips

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, gently combine the nut butter, maple syrup and grass-fed butter. Once combined remove from heat. 
  2. Add rice puffs to a large mixing bowl and stir in nut butter mixture until fully combined. I added in my dairy-free chocolate chips at this point, which made my squares brown - I was fine with that, as I wanted a more chocolate-y looking treat. IF you want your chocolate chips to remain whole (and not melt from the residual heat of your saucepan mixture) then you'll want to wait until everything cools slightly before folding them in. This will also give your squares a more traditional rice crispy appearance. 
  3. Freeze for at least 2 hours and cut into squares. 
  4. I stored mine in an airtight container and kept them frozen. I preferred eating them straight outta the freezer because I liked the texture better. But you could also refrigerate them too.
 

These delicious treats are so simple to make. You need to make these! 

Whip up a batch and then let me know - they taste just like coffee crisp, right?! 

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