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Chocolate Puffed Rice Squares

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Chocolate puffed rice squares are healthy and made with just five ingredients. These are no-bake and can be whipped up easily. Great for kid’s parties, school events, picnics, or as a healthy afternoon treat.

chocolate puffed rice squares stacked on top of each other. puffed rice crumbles in foreground.

Chocolate puffed rice squares are a healthier alternative to traditional rice crispy squares. They’re made with puffed rice, not rice krispies (which have a high sugar content). Puffed rice has no additional ingredients… just rice! And instead of using marshmallows to hold the bars together, we’re using nut butter (high in protein) and coconut oil (high in healthy fats).

These are a great snack for kids and adults alike. They’re easy for you to make and budget friendly. My daughter is a big fan of these and really enjoys eating the puffed rice pieces.

chocolate puffed rice squares cut into pieces. Rice crumbles surrounding.

CHOCOLATE PUFFED RICE SQUARES Ingredients

PUFFED RICE – Puffed rice can be found in the cereal section of the grocery store, or it can be purchased online. Alternatively you can use puffed wheat, puffed quinoa or rice krispies.

NUT BUTTER – Nut butter helps to hold the puffed rice together for the snack. You can use almond butter, cashew butter, peanut butter, etc. If you have a nut allergy, sunbutter, wowbutter or tahini will also work. You could also use homemade pumkin seed butter.

COCONUT OIL – Coconut oil is a great source of healthy fats. Choose a neutral flavor coconut oil. Alternatively, you can use coconut manna, or cacao butter – both have a thicker consistency and will help to hold the puffed rice together even better.

HONEY – Honey is sticky and acts as glue for this recipe. You can also use maple syrup. The squares may crumble a bit more but it will still work.

DARK CHOCOLATE CHIPS – I like to use at least 60% dark chocolate chips because they have less added sugar and are a healthier choice. If you have a nut or dairy allergy then try this chocolate chip brand.

stacked chocolate puffed rice squares on top of eachother. White bowl in background. Puffed rice crumbles in foreground.

PUFFED RICE SQUARES Instructions

These chocolate puffed rice squares are no-bake. The process is pretty similar to making rice crispy squares, but healthier…

  • Melt nut butter, coconut butter, and honey in a saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  • Add puffed rice to a large bowl. Pour sauce over top and mix everything together.
  • Pour into a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Press down firmly.
  • Melt chocolate chips using the double boiler method. Pour over puffed rice and smooth out with a spatula.
  • Refrigerate for two hours then slice into squares and serve.

close up angle of puffed rice squares side by side

What Is Puffed Rice?

Puffed rice is a great alternative to using the classic rice krispies because it only contains one ingredient. I like the Nature’s Path Puffed Rice – they’re made with brown rice. This brand is sugar free, and made with whole grains. It’s a great option for cereal too. You can usually find it in the cereal section of the healthier foods aisle in your grocery store.

HOW TO FREEZE CHOCOLATE PUFFED RICE SQUARES

Chocolate puffed rice squares can easily be frozen. I like to do this for my daughters treats because it’s easy to just grab one from the freezer when needed.

After cutting into squares, add them to a freezer bag and seal tightly removing excess air. These can be stored in the freezer for 2-3 months.

Sliced puffed rice squares in baking pan with parchment paper and knife on top

More Healthy Snacks To Try:

Want to incorporate more healthy snacks into your life? Try some of these recipes using healthier ingredients including no refined sugar or refined flours:

Healthy Chocolate Puffed Rice Squares

Chocolate puffed rice bars are healthy and made with just five ingredients. These are no-bake and can be whipped up easily.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 12 squares
Calories: 311kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 cups puffed rice - or puffed wheat or puffed quinoa
  • cups nut butter (almond, cashew, peanut etc.) - or pumpkin seed butter
  • ½ cup coconut oil - or coconut manna
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Add puffed rice to a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Line a baking sheet or pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
    baking sheet with parchment paper
  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add coconut butter and nut butter. Stir gently until everything melts together – approx. 2-4 minutes.
    melted coconut oil, nut butter and honey in a sauce pan with wood handle
  • Remove saucepan from heat and stir in honey (or maple syrup) and vanilla extract.
  • Pour sauce into puffed rice bowl. Mix everything together thoroughly.
  • Pour puffed rice mixture into baking pan. Spread out evenly then press down firmly with a spatula or spoon.
    baking sheet with puffed rice mixture pressed inside. Spatula on top
  • Using the double boiler method, melt chocolate. Once melted, use a spatula to scoop overtop of puffed rice. Smooth out evenly. Place in the fridge and let chill for 2 hours.
    Melted chocolate smoothed overtop of puffed rice in baking pan
  • Remove from fridge, let sit 10 minutes then use a knife to slice into squares. Lift out of pan with parchment paper. Store the squares in the fridge or freezer in an air tight container.
    Puffed rice squares sliced into squares in baking pan with silver knife on top

Nutrition

Calories: 311kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 5gFat: 22gSodium: 18mgPotassium: 213mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17gCalcium: 95mgIron: 3mg

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