Here’s a dirty little secret you might not know about me…

I love chocolate and peanut butter.

Actually, I’m o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d with any kind of nut butter. Show me a peanut butter cup, a pecan butter brownie or a cashew butter truffle and I’ll show you one.happy.girl.

In fact, back in high school I’d keep a stash of Nutty Bars in my locker. Ya know, just for a lil before, between and after class pick-me-up. I swear, that crispy-chocolaty-peanut buttery goodness gave me life.

Now, here’s another lil secret for ya…

Some people mistakenly believe that chocolate and nut butters don’t belong in a healthy diet…but actually they do!

Here’s proof…

Cacao Crispies Okay, sure, Little Debbie candy bars (sadly) have to go.

BUT…my Cacao Crispies are the perfect replacement.

Cacao Crispies

Made with cacao (chocolate’s cool non-processed cousin, which in its raw form is packed with antioxidants, iron, zinc, potassium, and brain-boosting flavonols) and almond butter (whose impressive nutritional profile includes: magnesium, Vitamin E, heart-healthy fats, fiber and protein), these sweet little treats are healthy and delicious.

Chocolate lovers, this one’s for you.

Cacao Crispies

Cacao Crispies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups brown rice cereal
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup almond butter (or any nut/seed butter)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat brown rice syrup, coconut oil, nut butter, salt, and cacao powder in medium saucepan, over medium heat.
  2. Whisk together until melted and well combined, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add brown rice cereal and mix with spatula until the cereal is completely coated.
  4. Use a 1 ½ tbsp measuring spoon to scoop out the mixture and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Refrigerate to cool and set for about 5 minutes.
  6. Flatten each mound or use hands to roll into balls or form into desired shapes.
  7. Return to fridge for another 30 minutes to fully set.

After you’ve done the taste test, let me know whatcha think in the comments below.

Or feel free to share a dirty little secret of your own. 😉

With crispy-chocolaty-peanut buttery x’s & o’s