Jun 28, 2013

Sunflower Seed Butter Chocolate Chip Crispy Treats

Sunflower Seed Butter Chocolate Crispy Treats


A few weeks ago I started my baking fundraising again for Team in Training with the amazing Cafe Jonah. Jenny the owner, and Sue the chef have been an absolutely amazing support to my fundraising efforts for Team in Training both this past spring and during this current Fall season. It ends up being a combination of all of my favorite things: baking, running, and fundraising for an amazing cause! The way that it works is that Jenny either asks for my suggestions or requests something particular for me to bake and then bring into Cafe Jonah where the goodies are sold with 100% of proceeds coming directly to my fundraising efforts. They could do be a better group to work with!

This past round of baking, Jenny requested that I put together some unique rice crispy treats. I started going through a variety of flavor combinations and about every five minutes I was asking Jor: “Ok! What about this: [fill in with crazy flavors]!” Each time he returned an encouraging “yea! Sounds great!”, which really just meant my indecisiveness was in a perpetual circle. I tend to have the problem where I have a million ideas of what to bake when I have no real need or occasion and I find myself with a counter (and eventually freezer) full of cookies, bar cookies, and maybe even a cupcake! Is that really a bad problem, maybe not?! But then the moment that I actually need an actual dessert, I become the most indecisive person. That really is a problem!

My hunt for a unique rice crispy treat might actually be a surprise to some. There is no marshmallow! There is not even a touch of butter! Say what?! You read that right! No marshmallow and no butter required BUT I promise this crispy treat will not leave you hanging! I actually took these and the traditional crispy treat (with cranberries and pistachios) and these chocolate creations sold out in less than 24 hours. Success? I think so! Missing the marshmallows? I think not! The stickiness comes from the combination of heating up sunflower seed butter and brown rice syrup with a little bit of vanilla extract. I added in chocolate because chocolate is always a welcome guest in my desserts!

Here’s what you need:


(Adapted from Healthful Pursuit. Makes 12 large crispy treats.) 

  • 1 cup brown rice syrup
  • 2/3 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 7 cups brown crispy rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup ground flax meal
  • 5 sheets of crumbled graham crackers (optional)
  • 1.5 – 2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

To start, put your chocolate chips in the freezer. This will help them from melting completely. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flax meal, graham crackers (if using) and the brown rice crispy cereal. Make sure you have CRISPY rice cereal and not PUFFED rice! It will not create the same texture in your “crispy” treat.

Crispy Rice and Flax Meal


In a medium sauce pan heat the brown rice syrup, sunflower seed butter and vanilla extract on medium heat. For those that have not been introduced to sunflower seed butter, let me do the honors: sunflower seed butter, meet readers and readers meet sunflower seed butter! For someone who loves anything with peanut butter, I have to say that this sunflower seed butter truly is one of my favorite new finds. It is a tad bit sweeter than peanut butter but still has the nutty goodness that you anticipate with regular peanut butter. The brown rice syrup is tackier than honey and together with the sunflower seed butter makes you forget about marshmallows after the very first bite!

sunflower seed butter and brown rice syrup


Heat this mixture for about five to eight minutes. You want to stir occasionally until the combination has almost liquified. It should pour easily.

Wet ingredients Mixed


While your sticky element is finishing up go ahead and remove the chocolate chips from the freezer and add the first cup to your crispy rice cereal, dry ingredient mixture.

Dry Ingredients


Pour your heated mixture into the bowl with the dry crispy mixture and using a rubber spatula immediately begin to mix. You will find it easier to fold the mixture over itself rather than stir. And for those that love the crackle and pop you hear when making traditional rice crispy treats, nostalgia will still be found with these! Plenty of crackle and pop action!

Crispies Mixed2


As you are mixing feel free to add in more chocolate chips. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan and pour the crispy mixture in. Splash your hands with a little water (not too much!) and begin to spread the mixture evenly across the pan. Don’t forget the corners and make sure they are filled!

Crispies in Pan


Here is the hardest part: let the crispy treats sit in the fridge for at least one hour. Once they are chilled you can go ahead, cut your squares and dig in! They are a perfect summer dessert because you don’t even have to turn the oven on during these hot summer months and they last for about a week and STILL taste fresh. I have to admit, that Jor and I have actually eaten this one batch for almost two weeks. They had a bit more of a crisp to them but overall you were still attempting to make every last bite last! These are also a perfect option for all my vegan friends! Give these treats a try and I promise you won’t find yourself asking where the marshmallow or butter is! For now, that’s sunflower seed butter chocolate chip crispy treats…in the shell of a nut.


  • Hi Hillary,
    YUM! Of course I appreciate this recipe since I blog for SunButter and am always looking for new creations. But as a fellow baker (and big Team in Training fan), I savored your post and am ready to try these today, since it’s non-oven weather and there is a gaggle of people who will love these. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Hi Elizabeth! I’m so glad these crispy treats caught your eye and I hope everyone you bake them for enjoys them as much as we do! They were kind of addicting! I am now a complete fan of SunButter and will have to look at some of your creations because I just can’t get enough of it. Thanks so much for the kind words and I hope you enjoy!

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