Fudgy Peanut Butter Crispy Squares

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I know you will probably think the only thing you can make with protein powder is smoothies, but I’m about to change your mind!

How about if I told you that you could enjoy a sweet, chocolate treat with clean ingredients using a protein powder for extra nutrition?

Well, how about these Fudgy Peanut Butter Crispy Squares made with Vibrant Health’s newest product…Maximum Vibrance Chocolate!

They are a cross between the famous rice crispy treat and the famous chocolate crunchy candy bar (clean, of course!) but they also have 25 billion probiotics, 23 grams of vegan protein and 26 antioxidants.

These are a treat that you can not only enjoy yourself guilt-free, but will feel good about sharing with your children as a healthy snack.

For comparison, here are the 43 different ingredients found in a traditional rice crispy treat:

 

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Crispy Marshmallow Squares

Ingredients:  RICE TOASTED CEREAL (RICE, SUGAR, CORN SYRUP HIGH FRUCTOSE, FLAVORING MALT, NIACINAMIDE (VITAMIN aB), SALT, FOLIC ACID (VITAMIN aB), IRON REDUCED, RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2) [VITAMIN B2]), MARSHMALLOW (CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, FLAVOR(S) ARTIFICIAL, GELATIN), CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, CONTAINS 22% OR LESS DEXTROSE, FRUCTOSE, MARGARINE (VEGETABLE(S) OIL [CANOLAOIL AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL, COTTONSEED OIL HYDROGENATED, COTTONSEED OIL PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED, SOYBEAN(S) OIL PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED AND/OR TBHQ, TOCOPHEROLS MIXED (VITAMIX E) TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS], WATER, MONOGLYCERIDES ACETYLATED, BHT [PRESERVATIVE], DATEM, FLAVOR(S) NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL BUTTER [CONTAINS MILK], VITAMIN D, VITAMIN A PALIMATE), GLYCERINE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (HCL), (VITAMIN B6), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE  (VITAMIN B1) (source)

FoodFacts.com rating:  “F”  (source)

 

And here are the 13 different ingredients in a mainstream chocolate crunch bar:

 

Nestle’s Crunch Candy Bar

Ingredients:  MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, COCOA BUTTER, MILK CHOCOLATE, LACTOSE, MILK FAT, SOY LECITHIN EMULSIFIER(S), VANILLAN AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR), RICE CRISP (RICE, SUGAR, SALT, MALT) (source)

FoodFacts.com rating:  “C”  (source)

 

 

To see a complete list of all the ingredients and goodness in the Maximum Vibrance products, check out their supplements facts page here.

 

 

And, to learn more about all why I love Vibrant Health products so much, visit my “Green Vibrance” page or check out some of my other Maximum Vibrance smoothie creations which are part of my Superfood Smoothie Series.

 

 

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5 Fast Facts About Maximum Vibrance:

  • 25 billion probiotics
  • contains 23 g vegan protein (46% DV)
  • 26 antioxidants
  • contains 6 g of fiber(24% DV)
  • contains all known nutrients

5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao Powder:

  • contains over 300 compounds including protein, calcium, copper, zinc and iron
  • super high in anti-oxidants
  • promotes cardiovascular health
  • contains essential fats
  • can help to decrease blood pressure

5 Fast Facts About Peanut (Peanut Butter):

  • excellent source of vitamin E
  • high in folate
  • contains tryptophan which helps fight depression
  • good source of fiber
  • excellent source of vegan protein

5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:

  • contains manganese and zinc
  • super high in anti-oxidants
  • helps with inflammation
  • 1/4 cup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
  • 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana

5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:

  • super high in lauric acid
  • rich in antioxidants
  • contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
  • helps to improve metabolism
  • improves cholesterol levels

 

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Where to Buy:  If you have trouble finding any of the ingredients to make this recipe, you can order from Amazon and have them delivered straight to your door, and you’ll be supporting The Healthy Family and Home Website at the same time!

 

 

Maximum Vibrance Chocolate is so new that it isn’t available yet through Amazon, but you can order directly from the Vibrant Health link below.

Just enter the coupon code “BUYGREEN” and save 20% and get a price very close to what you would receive from Amazon:

VibrantHealth_BUYGREEN
 

Tip #1:  Feel free to use your favorite liquid sweetener.  I’ve used both raw coconut nectar (because it is diabetic friendly and low-glycemic) and maple syrup and both worked fine.

Tip #2:  Feed free to use homemade almond butter instead of peanut butter if you prefer.  I’ve used both and although I prefer the peanut butter, they both worked fine.

Tip #3:  This recipe will make approximately (16) thick squares in an 8 x 8 dish and approximately (32) thinner squares in a 9 x 13 dish.

Tip #4:  If you keep them in the refrigerator, they will be softer, more like a rice crispy treat.  But…if you keep them in the freezer, they are more solid and taste like a cold Nestle crunch bar (with peanut butter)…my favorite way to eat them!  You have to try them from the freezer at least once…they are so good!

Just make sure you press them down in the pan as firm as you can so they will stick together good.

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Fudgy Peanut Butter Crispy Squares (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, No Refined Sugar)

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups organic brown rice crispy cereal
  • 2 scoops Maximum Vibrance - Chocolate
  • 1 cup organic peanut butter
  • 1 cup organic maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut oil (melted/liquid)
  • 1/4 cup organic raw cacao powder

Directions

Step 1 Add all ingredients to a medium sized mixing bowl and stir until it is well combined and blended together evenly.

- For approximately (16) thick squares: spread the mixture into an 8 x 8 glass dish and very firmly press it down into the dish as tight and compact as you can.

- For approximately (32) thinner squares: spread the mixture into a 9 x 13 glass dish and very firmly press it down into the dish as tight and compact as you can.

Put the dish in the freezer for about 1 hour, or until it has hardened.

Store in the refrigerator for a "rice crispy treat" texture or in the freezer for a harder "crunchy candy bar" type treat.

Enjoy!

 

Disclaimer:  I was given a sample of the Vibrant Health “Maximum Vibrance- Chocolate” product to review and use in creating a new recipe.   I was under no obligation to give a positive review and was not paid for this review or endorsement. All thoughts, opinions and comments are my own.

 

 

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2 comments to Fudgy Peanut Butter Crispy Squares

  • Katie

    This nutrional powder sounds promising although one ingredient raises flags as it does in most of these super green mixes. The chlorella from Japan. I’m hesitant to consume anything coming from Japan after the radiation spill and the fact that Japan is very secretive about the amounts that have spilled. Everything from salmon to green tea needs to be radiation checked. What are your thoughts on this? If I read right this blend uses grape juice vs stevia for sweetness, that I like!!!!

    • Karielyn

      Hi there Katie! The radiation from Japan is a very valid concern. I won’t provide any particular links, but a simple Google search of “fukushima radiation map” will indicate that we should not only be worried about foods that come directly from Japan, but the West Coast of the United States as well.

      I contacted Vibrant Health regarding your question about chlorella and here is their response:

      “Our chlorella comes from Korea, not Japan. Our chlorella is actually harvested from an indoor controlled environment due to the fact that wild chlorella is so susceptible to contamination. When an ingredient is brought into the United States it is tested for radiation. Additionally, all of our ingredients, as well as final product are tested for heavy metals and microbacteria. Lastly, we consider the location and practices of our suppliers, and we will reject those that don’t have a stand-up reputation as well as ingredients that meet our standards.”

      You can reach their customer service directly at 1-800-242-1835.

      I do not have concerns about the quality of the chlorella in the Vibrant Green products and will continue to use them unless other contradictory information were to become available.

      Thank you for your question ;)

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