Crispy, toasted quinoa and Peanut Butter Scotcharoos – rice crispy cereal coated in a sticky peanut butter glue and topped with a layer of peanut butter infused chocolate | Gluten Free + Vegan + Refined Sugar Free
✔️ Crispy ✔️ Crunchy ✔️ Peanut buttery-chocolate goodness
There’s a lot to love in these peanut butter scotcharoos and only 8 ingredients needed in these no bake snacks bars so let’s just get right to it!
How to Make: Peanut Butter Scotcharoos
It all starts out with the crispy, toasted quinoa. But first things first – you need to rinse the quinoa.
Prepping the Quinoa
Why? Quinoa has a natural coating called saponin which can often times taste a bit bitter & soapy. All it takes is a quick rinse in a fine mesh strainer to get rid of all the weird bitterness & you’re good to go. That being said loads of prepackaged quinoa comes pre-rinsed so if you’re felling eager to get on with making these peanut butter scotcharoos (And why wouldn’t you be?) you might be able to skip that step.
Onto the toasting – this part is really easy and is done in no time! Just spread out your quinoa over a wok or skillet and gently toast over a medium heat. After a minute or two you’ll hear the quinoa start to crackle and pop. Turn the heat down to low and stir so that the bottoms don’t end up burning. Keep doing this for a few minutes to crisp up the quinoa and make them crunchy enough to eat in a no bake treat.
The Rice Crispy Layer
Once the quinoa is prepped move on to the peanut butter ‘glue’. It’s made up of only four ingredients: peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and sea salt. Whisk it all together over a low heat until combined and then pour it over your combined toasted quinoa & rice crispy cereal. Mix it all up well and then press into a lined baking tin.
The Peanut Butter Chocolate
The chocolate peanut butter layer is just as easy to prep. In the same sauce pot you were just using melt and mix some more peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and cocoa powder. In less than a minute you’ll be whisking up a thick, rich chocolatey fudge that you just need to pour over your rice crispy layer.
Place in the fridge (or freezer if you’re feeling impatient) and let these bars set for about 45 minutes to an hour. The longer they set the easier they’ll slice later.
An easy, peanut buttery treat without even turning on the oven.
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Serving Size: square
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 206 Saturated Fat: 4g Sodium: 180mg Carbohydrates: 25g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 10g Protein: 6g