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April 9, 2008

Gluten Free Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Squares

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Squares

When the gluten monster reared it's ugly little head we had to totally rethink Jamison's lunch. His normal lunch was a peanut butter sandwich, chips of some sort, a piece of fruit and/or some carrots or raisins along with some cookies or a granola bar or something along those lines. We've been able to adapt the lunch somewhat, peanut butter on gluten free bread (which I'm still working on), corn tortilla chips in place of those that had wheat (including many of the baked potato chips), the fruit/veggies stayed the same, but the treat portion had to have a major makeover. We found some gluten free granola bars that were good, but they only have five in the box and they aren't the cheapest option so I set out to make something at home and this is what transpired.

These squares are something along the lines of a Rice Krispee square, yet different. I actually liked these and I'm not a fan of RK squares so that says a lot. But regardless these squares are a nice fix for a gluten free treat option. I'm going to play around with making some actual gluten free granola bars, but we'll get back to that later. For now enjoy the Chewy Peanut Butter Rice Squares!

What You'll Need:
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup of water
1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar
1 cup light corn syrup (Note: I used one from Wholesome Sweeteners that a hint of vanilla. Read the back of your bottle and make sure it does not have high fructose corn syrup in the syrup itself.)
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup powdered peanut butter
6 cups puffed rice cereal
1 - 11.5 ounce package of milk chocolate chips
Butter to coat your dish

(Note: Your first step is to basically make peanut butter marshmallows. In fact if you spread this mixture out in a buttered dish and let it sit for a bit that is exactly what you'd end up with, but in this case you're going to use it for the "glue" to hold your bars together.)

Combine the gelatin in 1/2 cup of cold water in your mixer and let sit while you complete the other steps.

Chewy Chocolate PeanutButter Rice Squares: Almost to Soft Boil Stage

In a medium sized pot mix sugar, corn syrup, peanut butter powder and water over low to medium heat and cook until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolves raise the heat and cook until the mixture reaches 240 F (or in other words roughly soft ball stage). Remove from the heat and pour slowly into your gelatin mixture while the mixer is on low. Once the sugar liquid is all added turn your mixer slowly to high and beat for 6-8 minutes until the mixture is thick and creamy.

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Squares: Puffed Rice and Chocolate Chips

While the marshmallow mixture is beating in a very large bowl mix together rice cereal and chocolate chips. Once the marshmallow mixture is ready pour the mixture over the rice cereal and chocolate chips and stir to incorporate. (Note: It will be very sticky. Mix quickly!) Spread the mixture into a 13 X 9 inch dish that has been buttered or sprayed with non-stick spray. (Note: If you have trouble spreading the mixture then slightly wet your hands and help push it into place.) Let the mixture sit for and hour or so and then cut into squares.

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Squares: Setting Up

Notes: You could stir in peanuts too if you wanted, or even leave out the chocolate chips and use raisins or something along those lines instead. It's an easily mixed and match sort of recipe to play around with.

Posted by Dianne at April 9, 2008 7:46 AM

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Yum! I want to try these! :)

Posted by: katherine at April 9, 2008 10:26 AM

I made this batch a couple of weeks ago. Next time I make them I'll bring you some. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at April 9, 2008 10:57 AM

Oh wow. Those look so good!

Posted by: Allie at April 9, 2008 12:34 PM

They were really good. Like I said I've never been a fan of Rice Krispee Squares, but I really like these! Jamison did too.

Posted by: Dianne at April 9, 2008 3:07 PM

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