Sometimes we need a simple treat that can be put together in minutes. These type of treats always take me back to childhood desserts like no-bake cookies, haystacks and Rice Krispies bars.

I had a Gozamos contributors meeting and barbecue in four hours and showing up empty handed is not in my nature. With rice krispies in the the pantry and sunflower butter in the fridge, I decided to make a slightly upscale version of the classic Rice Krispie bar.

Just in time for Back to School baking, these would be a super treat in a lunch bag or for an after school snack. They travel well too so take them along to your next football tailgating party. Visit your youth with a simple fat and happy treat today!

Sunflower Butter, Cherry and Chocolate Rice Krispies Bar

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Karo syrup (corn syrup)
  • 3/4 cup sunflower butter
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries or cherry Craisins
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Course salt (optional)

Bring the sugar and the corn syrup to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add the sunflower butter and vanilla, stir until the sunflower butter is melted and combined. Remove from heat.
Quickly stir in the Rice Krispies and the cherries. Pour into a greased pan and smooth out. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top immediately while the bars are still warm.  Let the chips sit for about 5 minutes, they will become shiny; smooth over the bars with an offset spatula or knife. Sprinkle with course salt, if desired.  Allow chocolate to harden and then enjoy!

Tips and Techniques: Sunflower butter is similar to a peanut butter with a much earthier flavor. You can substitute peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter for the sunflower butter. As with classic Rice Krispies, work quickly after adding the cereal.

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