Every time I decide to knock sugar out of my life, I set myself up for failure. It’s a virtuous feeling to snack on fruit when the sugar craving hits. But put something divinely sweet into my field of vision, and virtue slides down the hatch.
Maple Nut Squares
- 1/2 c each peanut butter, coconut sugar, maple syrup
- 1 T butter
- 2 c Rice Krispies or Crispy Brown Rice
- 1 c lightly sea salted peanuts
- 6 oz dark chocolate, crumbled
Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
In a medium-sized pot melt peanut butter, sugar, syrup and butter over medium-low heat. Once melted, allow to gently bubble.
Take pot off burner and mix Rice Krispies and peanuts into hot syrup, then press the mixture into the square pan. Cover the hot mixture with the crumbled chocolate. As it melts, spread it evenly.
Place pan in the freezer for 10 minutes, then cut into 25 squares while it is semi-firm. Refrigerate briefly to continue to harden the squares, keeping parchment paper between layers. Garnish with halved strawberries. Serves 10.
- Sugarlessness is the way to go if you can muster the self-control. So exercise caution when indulging in Maple Nut Squares — or in these updated, gourmet Sweet Marie Bars.
- Obviously we all need a little help. Here are WebMD‘s 13 ways to curb sugar cravings.
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