no-bake peanut butter crunch squares


I subscribe to a ton of food blogs. Mostly vegan but a few non-vegan ones sneak in there (I'm talking to you
Bakerella, Smitten Kitchen and Everybody Likes Sandwiches), because their cakes are just too good to miss, or their photography is to die for. I torture myself sometimes by looking at their baked cheesy goods or the meringues but sometimes you see a recipe that's super easy to veganize, like this one that I've modified from Smitten Kitchen.

It's pretty flipping easy, no baking required, just patience and a decent sugar craving.


You'll need:
(for the crispy part)
1 3/4 cups crisped rice cereal
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp agave syrup
3 tbsp vegan margarine

(for the middle part)
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter

(for the top part)
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 tsp agave syrup
4 tbsp vegan margarine


Put the crispies into a bowl and put to one side. Lightly grease your baking pan, use one with high-ish sides.
Pour 1/4 cup of water into a small pan and add the sugar and agave. Stir it over a medium/high heat until it boils. Keep it on a low boil for a good 4-5 minutes. You'll know it's ready when you scoop some up in a teaspoon, and drop it into some cold water. If it instantly turns into a little ball, it's done.


Take off the heat and stir in the butter throughly, then pour it over the crispies. Make sure it's all thoroughly mixed, then dump it into your baking pan. Squish it down flat with your spoon (or hands) so it's even.


Put it into the fridge while you make the next part.

In a big bowl, mix the peanut butter and chocolate chips together.


Put the bowl over a pan of simmering water and stir over the heat until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Take the bowl off the pan and keep stirring for a minute or so as it cools.


Pour over the crispies and then put into the fridge to set for at least an hour.



For the chocolate top part, mix together the chocolate, agave and margarine. Again, place over a simmering pan and stir until all melted and mixed. Remove from the heat and stir again for a minute or so, then pour over the peanut butter layer.


Leave to cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours, even better overnight.


Cut into squares. Devour.


It's been a while hasn't it? I'll be a little slow at the moment because I'm in America! Working on a polaroid cake though for you all. Yep. Polaroid.

31 comments:

Sweet @ Adventures in Veg said...

You're killing me here Naomi! ;) They look AM-AY-ZING. Drool drool drool...and I have nearly all the ingredients in the cupboard. Hmmm...
Hope you're enjoying the US of A you lucky thing!! xx

alex said...

Those look so tasty! And I've been dying for some crispy treats, too...

The Voracious Vegan said...

WOW! This looks like my dream dessert, I love it already! You've outdone yourself this time, YUMMMM! Can't wait to make these for myself.

Sarah (GF vegan) said...

Wow, these looks SO amazing!!! Wow. Def going to give these a go. Hope you had a nice time in the US (if you've been and come back already... losing track of my days!) :)

Sarah (GF vegan) said...

Doh, clearly missed the last part of your post which said that you've been in the US. My brain clearly hasn't got into awake mode yet!

aDeLiNe said...

Polaroid Caaaaake!!!!!!!!!!!

Emma Jade said...

wow! This is what im doing with my day off.. then spending the night off at the gym :/
xxx

Naomi Rose said...

Aoife, you gotta try them!

Thanks Alex!

Tasha, you chocolate fiend, you're bound to love them.

Haha, Sarah, I'm still over here, will be for a while yet!

YUP ADELINE.

Emma Jade, you made me laugh!

Deer Prudence said...

OH!
Want some, want some!!!
Seem to be soooooo good for the little gourmet i am :)

esme and the lane way said...

I've just found your blog, and I love it! I am going through the recipes, and there are loads I want to try :)

Vanny said...

Oh my goodness, I HAVE to try this. It looks so yummy!!!! <3

becka said...

I made this last night and it is OUT OF CONTROL good. Yum, I'm pretty sure I've almost eaten the whole thing myself.

Mihl said...

Guess what I am craving now? This looks so delicious!

michaela said...

Yummy chickpea fritters Naomi. We have just had them for dinner.They even passed the parrot test!
Have had my scan results.I have got a prolapsed disc. Am being referred to a specialist.Hope you are having a good time. Love to everyone. Mum xxx

ibakewithout said...

man I miss peanut butter! this looks scrummy!

Jill said...

Another perfect chocolate and peanut butter dessert recipe! There is no better combo. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and your beautiful photos.

Rachwins said...

Oh wow, these look so good! Saturday morning treats for sure! x

Shannon Elizabeth said...

Holy deliciousness! Mmmm...

i-zilla said...

um...ok...i could eat an entire pan of these...for a snack...

YUM!

kickpleat said...

Aww, thanks for the shout out! And man, when I saw this on your twitter feed I nearly gasped. Actually I did. Looks amazing and simple too. Yum.

Anonymous said...

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Pob hwyl
Jon Sais

Marie said...

Oh my god, that s sooooo nice!
I want it now!!! ;-)

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Anonymous said...

OMG!!! Those look wonderful!! I just found your Blog~ YAY!! I love Smitten Kitchen too ☺ Thanks for your efforts! Us foodies appreciate you~

Naomi Rose said...

You guys!!!!!! <3<3<3

pennie said...

Thank you for the recipe, bought the ingredients yesterday, making them today :)

Naomi Rose said...

I hope you like them pennie!

Jenna said...

Thanks for the great ideas! My best friend is vegan and I am always looking for innovative desserts to make for her. I made these last week and they were AMAZING! Incredibly rich and decadent (as promised) and were a huge hit. I can't wait to try another recipe this week!

Naomi Rose said...

So glad you liked them Jenna!

Vegan Traveler said...

These were awesome. I used some cocoa puff organic cereal instead of rice crispies and they came out perfect. Thanks for the awesome recipes and blog!

Liana K said...

damnnnnnn i remember switching to choco-PB crispy rice squares when i went vegan, but this is a new level. QUESTION: i have some crisped rice that went stale. it's chewy now and i'm sad. i thought about making squares but it's just so much better when they're crispy. have any recipe suggestions for anti-crisped rice? (thought about giving them some in the oven on low, but it's so expensive to run my oven that i want to save the money for real baking.)