These chocolate almond crispy bites are dangerously good and made with only 5 ingredients. Perfect for kids (and adults), plus they’re vegan and gluten-free.
The idea for this post started with a recipe my mother-in-law shared with me years ago. Making them a few weekends ago reminded me just how good they are and I decided to test out a new version of the recipe using a little less sweetener. This ended up being a longer process than expected. I think Maria and I tested the recipe at least six times before I finally felt happy sharing the recipe. That said, it’s perfect now and I’m excited to share it with you.
If you like the texture of Rice Krispie treats, chocolate and almonds… you’ll love this healthier version made with chocolate brown rice crispy cereal and almond butter.
Want to try a non-chocolate version? Try these brown rice crispy treats.
Brown rice syrup is a vegan and gluten-free thick liquid sugar substitute derived from brown rice. It is mildly sweet, especially when compared to corn syrup, honey, agave and other liquid sweeteners. Additionally, it has a bit of a nutty flavor profile that other natural sweeteners do not have.
If you’re not vegan, you can try using raw honey, which is thicker and stickier than regular honey and should work well.
Your hands might get a little sticky, but these are so much fun to make and a great option to make with your kiddos!
First, you’ll pour almond butter and brown rice syrup into a bowl and stir to combine.
Next, add the cereal, almonds and cacao nibs/chocolate chips (if using). Stir to combine and coat evenly. It may take a few minutes and using your hands can be helpful. If the mixture doesn’t seem to be sticking together well you can add additional brown rice syrup – add one tablespoon at a time to avoid adding too much.
When evenly coated, place the mixing bowl in the fridge to allow the mixture to set up for about 5-10 minutes.
Here’s the fun part! Using your hands, grab 1-2 Tablespoons worth of the mixture and roll into balls. If you’re having trouble, try using wet hands to roll the bites. Place bites on parchment paper. Transfer bites to the fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy!
I’ve shared these healthier rice crispy balls with tons of our friends and family and everyone loves them – adults and kids alike. I have a feeling you’re going to love them too. Enjoy!
You can store any leftover chocolate almond crispy bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, though I doubt they’ll last that long!