These crazy delicious chocolate peanut butter crispy bars are super easy to make and contain only a few ingredients with decadent chocolate, peanut butter, and rice crispy cereal as the main stars!
It’s been a lil’ minute since I posted a new recipe for ya, huh? Summer is officially here and it’s hotter than heck here in Florida. Seriously, I was at the farmers market the other day and I felt like I was gonna pass out from the heat. But I scored some fresh organic lemons among other great produce. Have I told you how much I love going to the farmers market? The fresh food, the people, the community, the flowers, and all the other amazing finds at the market really make me so unbelievably happy. I’ve been on somewhat of a quest lately to find and continue to strive towards things that bring me joy as well as practicing gratitude.
With so much negative/sad news, personal life woes, and social media bullsh*t- it can all take a huge toll on a person, trust me, I know. This whole blog thing can feel so incredibly trivial when black people continue to be killed at the hands of white supremacy. Or when an innocent young man goes into his local bodega and gets dragged out by gang members and killed senselessly. And let us not dare leave out the grown white woman who pretended to call the cops on an eight-year old girl for selling water in an area “without a permit.” In addition to the many white people who just can’t seem to let black people live when they’re simply barbecuing or swimming in a community pool; somehow these things signify danger and law enforcement must be called? Or how ’bout when our country’s wack ass leader and his even more wack administration condone separating immigrant children from their families after crossing into the United States. I mean, these are only a handful of examples I’m giving you btw.
And I’ve been feeling a little distant from social media lately, primarily Instagram. It’s the platform I keep up with the most since I’m more of a visual person and I get easily annoyed with reading people’s status updates like on Facebook. Like seriously, who the eff cares that you just checked into Monique’s Nail Salon, ha! I’m kidding, I’m kidding. But as I mentioned previously, I’ve been very into things that bring me happiness and experiencing intentional gratitude. Far too often, after scrolling and scrolling, and watching other people live their Insta lives and talk about the things they’re doing, the trips they’re taking, their seemingly perfect relationships, the houses they’re building, the money they’re making, the brand partnerships they got, the landfill of opportunities that seem to fall at their feet, etc…it’s all too much sometimes.
I’ve found that it unintentionally, scroll after scroll, can slowly diminish one’s own levels of happiness or that comparison game creeps in. It really is the thief of joy. We’re all human and it can be tough to watch other people obtain things/experiences that you want. As a food enthusiast, one of the things I’d love to achieve one day is to be a cookbook author. Since I’m in the food world, I see so many brilliant fellows in food that are able to secure a decent agent/publisher and produce their own cookbook, many on their 3rd and 4th book! It’s exciting to watch but, admittedly, also a little bittersweet. Instead of me being thankful and grateful for what I have and the awesome new things that have opened up for me, I find myself suddenly distracted by the noise.
Another aspect of social media, from an influencer point of view, is having to navigate managing your brand while also being a human being. It’s crazy to say that but when you decide to be a creator and make content for the public, you also have to be extra cognizant of your behavior and the things you put out there. In the past I would find myself second and triple thinking things that I wanted to share simply because I didn’t want to offend anyone or maybe I was afraid of what someone may think if I post/talk about a certain thing. If you know me enough on social media or in my personal life, you know I’m incredibly + actively passionate about certain topics. Naturally, this translates into my writing and social media presence. I once had a follower message me and tell me I was wrong about a post on mass shooting that I re-posted to my feed. She then went on to say a few other words and then ended up unfollowing me as I didn’t back down or apologize. For a second, I thought to myself, well maybe I should have said something else to her. But for what? One thing that I pride myself on is my ability to keep it real and not sugarcoating anything as much as possible.
In all seriousness, I see so many cookie-cutter bloggers and social media influencers that are so phony and fake it makes me roll my eyes. Sometimes I just wanna yell through my screen, “cut the sh*t!” I try to be as real as I can while also keeping my personal life somewhat private if that makes sense at all. I’ve gone through some pretty devastating events and not so pleasant experiences in my short 30 years of life and I find that when you break down the fake persona, you can connect, engage, and build in community with others. We live in a world where mental health issues are at an all time high. Most times it feels like we’re the only one going through something, when really, so many people are dealing with a similar issue but are afraid or maybe embarrassed to talk about things. I recently listened to a podcast with one of my favorite bloggers on and she talked about some pretty rough experiences she had in the past. This was a big shock to me because she normally carries herself a certain way on all her platforms. It goes without saying that there is power in us sharing more and more and less of what we think others want to see or what we want others to think of us. When I wrote about my life after heartbreak post, I felt like I was gonna throw up when I hit publish and I thought about deleting it all together so many times. But writing that, publicly, helped release a little bit of fear and anxiety in me about something that I had kept to myself for so long.
It’s important for me to be as “authentic” as I can. I’m multi-faceted. While I am building a brand, I’m also human with real life experiences. I have opinions. I have a personal life. Not to mention, it is also difficult to navigate certain spaces as a queer black woman; a triple whammy. At times, I feel like my window of opportunity in a white heterosexual world, is extremely narrow. I have to work harder + smarter for my work to be seen. But in all honesty, I am very much ok with this. I’m content with building up my work slowly and taking on meaningful and impactful projects. The couple thousand of followers I have mean more to me than having hundreds of thousands of followers. I’ve gotten to know many of you by name and even know bits of your own life. That is what makes me happy, that personal connection and storytelling by way of food.
I’ve written more in this post than I typically do in my normal recipe posts. If you’ve gotten this far, thanks for reading and sticking it out with me. I encourage you to take more moments for yourself and do things that make you happy. Spend less time on social media and practice gratitude for what you already have, where you’re going, and each and every step towards your goals. Lately, I’ve been having little fleeting moments where I stop and give thanks for all that I have. When we are constantly looking away from our own lives and not being present, we miss out on some pretty damn good moments. The universe sends us messages and when we take a moment to really listen and be still, my goodness, it’s a beautiful thing. Also, please be aware of destination addiction- I was guilty of this in the past. That feeling of thinking you’ll be happy once you achieve that job, that relationship, that house, etc. Enjoy the moments in between, the steps you’re taking to better yourself, your family + your future. Don’t let your joy be stolen, don’t focus on what you don’t have, and don’t think that where you are now is your final destination.
Right now, in this moment; I’m more in love with myself than I’ve ever been. Truly and humbly, I’m amazed with how far I’ve come, what I’ve done thus far as well as continue to do to be the best version of myself…and my wish is for you to say the same friends. I have so much in the works and I hope you’ll stick around to see!
Side note, these chocolate peanut butter crispy bars are the ish, please make them. All my love ♥︎
- 4½ cups crispy rice cereal
- 2 cups crunchy peanut butter
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- Chocolate Topping
- 12 oz chopped dark or milk chocolate, which ever you prefer
- 3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
- Peanut Butter Swirl Topping
- 4 tbsp smooth peanut butter
- Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray, set aside.
- Put the crispy rice cereal into a large mixing bowl.
- In a small saucepan, over medium heat; combine the crunchy peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Be sure to whisk mixture continuously and let it come to a boil, no more than 3-4 minutes.
- Remove mixture from stove and pour over crispy rice cereal. Thoroughly stir to combine, making sure all cereal is coated.
- Pour mixture into prepared baking pan. Use a spatula to press coated cereal down evenly into pan then set aside to let mixture get firm.
- Next, place chopped dark/milk chocolate and peanut butter into microwave safe bowl and microwave in 15-30 second increments, be sure to stir in between each. Continue until it is smooth and fully melted.
- Immediately spread chocolate over crispy rice cereal and spread until all cereal is fully coated.
- Last and most fun step, using another small microwaveable bowl, melt the 4 tbsp of smooth peanut butter in microwave.
- Gently dollop peanut butter over melted chocolate in no fancy way. Then, using a sharp knife or a toothpick, swirl the chocolate and peanut butter together to create a beautiful swirl effect. Do this until you're happy with outcome.
- Place baking pan into the refrigerator and let sit for at least an hour to firm up before cutting into bars. Once cooled, immediately cut into bars and enjoy!