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These treats are ridiculously easy to make, and almost too cute to eat! Crispy, chocolatey bars are delicious in and of themselves, but put them on a stick and they become all that much more tasty.
I’m not one to make big Halloween plans—I always find Halloween a little creepy and certainly a far cry from a sugar-free celebration!—but I do love the harvest season and that there are usually plenty of treats involved. Making your own sweets around holidays is a sure way to control the quality of what you’re eating or feeding to little ones. Goodies made from scratch are almost always healthier and tastier than store-bought, sugary junk foods.
These lollipop bars are all treat and no trick. What you see is what you get: whole grain rice cereal, peanut butter, chocolate, some sunflower seeds, and a little dried fruit. Pop them in the freezer for easy storage. Even straight from the freezer they are easy to chew and perfectly sweet.
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If you’ve got gluten-free Halloween/harvest treat recipes to share, check out Our Spunky Halloween hosted by Kelly from The Spunky Coconut and submit your recipe! I can’t wait for the round-up of recipes to go live later this month.
(Oh, and by the way: later this week, I’ll be doing a giveaway of my cookbook! Be sure to come on back and enter for your chance to win.)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Lollipop Bars
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
1/3 cup creamy unsweetened peanut butter
¼ cup agave nectar or honey
3 cups Erewhon Gluten-Free Crispy Brown Rice Cereal, or other gluten-free rice cereal
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup dried currants or raisins
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
16 lollipop or popsicle sticks, for serving
Line an 8×8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a small pot over very low heat, combine the chocolate, peanut butter, and agave nectar. Cook, stirring constantly, until just melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
In a large bowl, combine the rice cereal, sunflower seeds, currants, cinnamon, and salt. Pour the chocolate mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
Press the mixture into the parchment-lined baking dish. Freeze until firm and set, about 30 minutes. Remove from pan and cut into 16 squares. Insert a lollipop stick into each bar before serving. (Store in an airtight container in the freezer. Can be enjoyed frozen or room temperature.)
Swap It: Allergic to peanuts? Swap in sunflower seed or almond butter instead!
Find more healthy recipes at this week’s edition of Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.