Peanut Butter Truffle Crispy Rice Bars from Sweet Cravings by Kyra Bussanich

Peanut Butter Truffle Crispy Rice Bars from Sweet Cravings

Reprinted with permission from Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle by Kyra Bussanich (Ten Speed Press, © 2013). Photo Credit: Leela Cyd.

Today I have a dessert for you folks who love peanut butter and chocolate together. If you’re one of those and also a lover of rice crispy treats, well, this recipe for Peanut Butter Truffle Crispy Rice Bars will really, really make you happy!

If you’re a Food Network fan, chances are you are familiar with Kyra Bussanich. Perhaps you don’t recognize her by name. Maybe you just know her as the lady who won Cupcake Wars. With her gluten-free cupcakes! And not once, not twice, but three times! Those were all major scores for not only Kyra and her amazing treats, but also for gluten-free goodness—and gluten-free awareness—let me tell you! Admittedly,  I never watch the Food Network or any cooking shows, but even I’d heard of Kyra Bussanich and seen her on the interwebs prior to her cookbook coming out.

Kyra Bussanich Cupcake Wars Sweet Cravings

Reprinted with permission from Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle by Kyra Bussanich (Ten Speed Press, © 2013). Photo Credit: Leela Cyd.

If her gluten-free recipes could win out over traditional (i.e., gluten-full) recipes again and again, they have to be ones you’d like to make in your own home, right? Of course, if you’re in the Portland Oregon area, you can stop by Kyra’s Bake Shop (formerly known as Crave Bake Shop) in Lake Oswego to sample some of Kyra’s own wares. But if not, no worries, because she’s sharing her recipes in her new cookbook, Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle, so you all can make them. And a cookbook called Sweet Cravings with such winning recipes is most definitely a perfect one to feature in Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts.

Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts on Gluten Free Easily

The first dozen pages of Kyra’s book tell her story and introduce you to the ingredients she uses in her recipes. She packs a lot of info, including some very helpful hints and tips in those pages. Her personal story is interesting because before going gluten free for health reasons, she only baked for enjoyment. Once she went gluten free, her frustration at creating delicious baked goods inspired her to graduate from Le Cordon Bleu’s patisserie and baking program, work as a pastry chef, and ultimately open her own gluten-free bakery, and, well, of course, become a “three-peat” winner of Cupcake Wars.

After that brief intro section of her cookbook, Kyra gets to her recipes, which are divided into seven categories: Muffins and Scones; Buckles, Cobblers, and Crisps; Quick Breads and Coffee Cakes; Cookies, Brownies, and Bar Treats; Puddings, Cakes, and Other Pastries; Award-Winning Cupcakes (you knew there had to be a section sharing her amazing cupcake recipes right?); and Tarts, Pies, and Puffs. The recipes are further categorized as Easy, Intermediate, and Advanced.

The recipe for Kyra’s Peanut Butter Truffle Crispy Rice Bars, which you’ll find at the bottom of this post, is classified as Easy. But these are impressive treats with their trifecta of rice crispy bar base, peanut butter filling, and ganache topping!

Sweet Cravings by Kyra Bussanich

Reprinted with permission from Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle by Kyra Bussanich (Ten Speed Press, © 2013). Photo Credit: Leela Cyd.

 

Now for the Giveaway of Sweet Cravings …

UPDATE:  This giveaway is now CLOSED. The winners and their comments are shown below. Thanks to all who entered! FYI:  You can purchase Kyra’s cookbook, Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle on Amazon.

LM ~ “Saw her on FoodNetwork. Her cupcakes look amazing. Would love to have her book.”

Erin ~ “I watched Kyra on Cupcake Wars (wasn’t she on there twice?)  She does such amazing work.  And who can’t resist the chocolate and peanut butter combo??”

sandra ~ “Kyra was terrific on cupcake wars…she is a great poster child for gluten free. and best of all she got America’s attention, good looks, personality, brains & gluten free too… WOW… Would love to have her Sweet Cravings cookbook…thanks.”

Stephanie Hood ~ “I love portland oregon and will have to stop by her shop next time I go.”

Four readers will win a copy of Kyra’s new cookbook, Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle. This giveaway will end Sunday, February 23, at midnight Eastern.

To enter the giveaway, do the following:

~ Leave a comment that relates to this giveaway. Did you see Kyra on Cupcake Wars? Have you been to her bakery?  Are you addicted to food shows? ;-) Are you addicted to peanut butter and chocolate? Have you made rice crispy bars gluten free yet? Tell us all about it. (required entry)

~ “Like” gfe on Facebook and use your mouse to hover over “Like” and click on “Get Notifications” so you won’t miss a post. (Leave a separate comment saying that you did; optional entry.)

~ “Like” Kyra’s Crave Bake Shop on Facebook and use your mouse to hover over “Like” and click on “Get Notifications” so you won’t miss a post. (Leave a separate comment saying that you did; optional entry.)

p.s. Be sure to also enter the other open giveaways for Gluten-Free 101: The Essential Beginner’s Guide to Easy Gluten-Free Cooking (ends today, Tuesday, February 18); Gluten-Free Entertaining:  More than 100 Naturally Wheat-Free Recipes for Parties and Special Occasions (ends Wednesday, February 19); and Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats:  Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery (ends Saturday, February 22).

Peanut Butter Truffle Crispy Rice Bars from Sweet Cravings
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
Crispy Rice Layer
  • ¼ cup / 57 g butter
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag / 283 g jumbo marshmallows (I like Kraft Jet-Puffed)
  • 2 teaspoons / 10 g vanilla extract
  • 8 cups / 283 g gluten-free crispy rice cereal (such as Erewhon)
Peanut Butter Layer
  • 2 cups / 284 g confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup / 269 g creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup / 113 g butter
  • 1 teaspoon / 5 g vanilla extract
Chocolate Layer
  • 2 cups / 352 g dark chocolate
  • ¼ cup / 57 g butter
Instructions
  1. Spray an 8 by 11-inch baking pan with gluten-free cooking spray and set aside.
  2. To make the crispy rice layer, melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter browns, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the marshmallows and vanilla and stir continuously until the marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat and stir in the cereal. Pour entire contents into the baking pan. Wet or grease your hands and pat down the cereal so it is level and compact. Freeze for 15 minutes to cool and set.
  3. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, combine all the ingredients for the peanut butter layer and blend on low speed. Remove the crispy rice layer from the freezer and spread the peanut butter filling evenly over it. Freeze until firm to the touch, 30 to 60 minutes.
  4. In a microwave-safe bowl, or over a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter for the chocolate layer and stir together until smooth. If using the microwave, heat at 30-second intervals, stirring well in between each interval. Working quickly, spread the chocolate evenly over the peanut butter layer. If the peanut butter is cold, the chocolate will set quickly.
  5. Freeze the pan again, 15 to 30 minutes, as it will be much easier to cut if the peanut butter layer is firm. Cut into bars and serve cold or at room temperature.
Notes
Makes 18 bars
Reprinted with permission from Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle by Kyra Bussanich (Ten Speed Press, © 2013). Photo Credit: Leela Cyd.

All excerpts from Sweet Cravings are reprinted with permission from Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle by Kyra Bussanich (Ten Speed Press, © 2013). Photo Credit: Leela Cyd.

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Tuesdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free Fridays, and Whole Food Fridays.

Full disclosure:  This giveaway is jointly sponsored by Ten Speed Press and gfe, but opinions expressed herein are strictly my own.

Shirley
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Comments

63 Responses to “Peanut Butter Truffle Crispy Rice Bars from Sweet Cravings by Kyra Bussanich”

  1. Carolyn on February 19th, 2014 11:27 am

    I made Kyra’s rice krispie bars and they were fabulous.

  2. Carolyn on February 19th, 2014 11:27 am

    I follow GFE on Facebook.

  3. Stephanie Hood on February 19th, 2014 12:39 pm

    I love portland oregon and will have to stop by her shop next time I go.

    I already ‘liked’ gfe on facebook and that’s what led me to this post.

  4. KarenW on February 19th, 2014 12:43 pm

    I love chocolate and peanut butter! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  5. KarenW on February 19th, 2014 12:43 pm

    I follow GFE on FB.

  6. KarenW on February 19th, 2014 12:44 pm

    I like Kyra on FB and would love to win!

  7. insiya on February 19th, 2014 1:31 pm

    Kyra was awesome on Cupcake Wars. Definitely addicted to Australia’s Masterchef & Junior Masterchef! Addicted to chocolate, peanut butter & my latest biggest addiction: Cookie Butter!!!

  8. insiya on February 19th, 2014 1:34 pm

    liked GFE on facebook

  9. Rochelle on February 19th, 2014 1:54 pm

    I don’t watch cupcake wars on a regular so I’ve missed Kyra….I would love to have this book…sweets are my down fall!

  10. Felicia on February 19th, 2014 1:59 pm

    I watched Kyra on Cupcake Wars! So happy when she won!!

  11. Melissa Slayton on February 19th, 2014 2:02 pm

    These look amazing. I adore pb&c! :)

  12. moriah c on February 19th, 2014 2:49 pm

    My daughter will flip over these! All her faves in one delicious treat :) thx for the recipe and giveaway!

  13. moriah c on February 19th, 2014 2:50 pm

    Like GFE on FB

  14. moriah c on February 19th, 2014 2:50 pm

    Like Kyra’s Crave Bakeshop on FB

  15. Felicia on February 19th, 2014 3:08 pm

    I like GFE on FB

  16. Felicia on February 19th, 2014 3:10 pm

    I liked Kyra’s FB page

  17. Erin on February 19th, 2014 3:16 pm

    I watched Kyra on Cupcake Wars (wasn’t she on there twice?) She does such amazing work. And who can’t resist the chocolate and peanut butter combo??

  18. Erin on February 19th, 2014 3:16 pm

    I like GFE on Facebook

  19. Erin on February 19th, 2014 3:17 pm

    I like Kyra’s Bake Shop on Facebook!

  20. Rochelle on February 19th, 2014 3:48 pm

    I just liked both fb pages too :)

  21. LM on February 19th, 2014 4:06 pm

    Saw her on FoodNetwork. Her cupcakes look amazing. Would love to have her book. Already like GFE On FB.

  22. Beverley Cribb on February 19th, 2014 4:59 pm

    I love Pranut Butter and Chocolate, what a blissful combination. I am madly searching and cooking recipes for my daughter who is G/F. I am finding some joy but must admit it is a challenge .

  23. Amy Burke on February 19th, 2014 7:38 pm

    Can’t wait to try this. Love GF Rice Krispie bars already but adding peanut butter and chocolate must be amazing!

  24. Amy Burke on February 19th, 2014 7:39 pm

    Liked gfe too:)

  25. Magic and Mayhem on February 19th, 2014 10:13 pm

    I can’t make these as my daughters are vegetarian (marshmallows have gelatin from hooves and such), but the cookbook sounds wonderful!

  26. Magic and Mayhem on February 19th, 2014 10:14 pm

    PS I follow GFE on FB. :)

  27. sandra on February 19th, 2014 11:55 pm

    Kyra was terrific on cupcake wars…she is a great poster child for gluten free. and best of all she got America’s attention, good looks, personality, brains & gluten free too… WOW….
    Would love to have her Sweet Cravings cookbook…..
    thanks

  28. Abbie on February 20th, 2014 12:20 am

    I think this recipe looks amazing! I am obsessed with peanut butter & chocolate and I do love a good episode of cupcake wars ;) my husband is gluten free, so this dessert cookbook looks like it would be PERFECT for our family! I am always baking, slightly obsessed!

  29. Abbie on February 20th, 2014 12:21 am

    I liked GFE on FB!

  30. Abbie on February 20th, 2014 12:21 am

    I liked kyra’s crave bake shop on FB ;)

  31. Tracy C on February 20th, 2014 6:13 am

    I missed Kyra-I rarely gain access to the remote or have time to enjoy a cooking show. These treats sound delightful!

  32. Tessa on February 20th, 2014 12:02 pm

    I liked both! GFE has become such a big help since I’ve gone GF& I cannot wait to visit Kyra’s shop next time I’m in Oregon!

  33. Keri on February 20th, 2014 12:15 pm

    My family has recently gone GF due to my husband and daughters recent Celiac diagnosis. GFE has been a god-send!!! My family LOVES peanut butter and rice crispy treats so I can’t wait to try this recipe!!!

  34. Audrey J on February 20th, 2014 3:14 pm

    Looks delicious. I will use this for the next potluck meal I go to. Wouldn’t be able to have them in the house I would eat them in one sitting!

  35. April on February 20th, 2014 8:09 pm

    No I haven’t, but I do like to watch cooking shows when I can! Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. April on February 20th, 2014 8:10 pm

    Following you on FB!

  37. Dori on February 20th, 2014 10:01 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! PB and chocolate are a favorite! And the pound cake on the cover of her book looks divine!

  38. Jen on February 23rd, 2014 12:43 am

    Wow! Well, I’ve never seen the show (that I recall), but I LOVE chocolate and peanut butter, and adding rice crisps to the mix makes it sound that much better! I may have to try these soon. Thanks for posting!

  39. Karen on February 23rd, 2014 5:14 pm

    I watched her win on TV. Plan on stopping by if I am ever in that area.

  40. Tori on February 23rd, 2014 5:31 pm

    I saw Kyra win once. I was excited that GF won hurrah. I do like her FB page as well as GFE.
    Peanut butter, and chocolate always a winner.

  41. kim on February 23rd, 2014 5:37 pm

    I cannot wait to try this recipe…would LOVE to win this book, thanks for the giveaway:-)

  42. Brenda Bourelle on February 23rd, 2014 5:39 pm

    look yummy, entering contest and hope to try recipe soon.

  43. Ann Bolton on February 23rd, 2014 5:42 pm

    I have sweet cravings all the time! Every teacher knows that grading papers and sweets go hand in hand.

  44. Laurie on February 23rd, 2014 6:00 pm

    Saw Kyra Bussanich on Cupcake Wars and it was wonderful to see a GF cupcake finally get some positive recognition!

  45. KARAN on February 23rd, 2014 7:33 pm

    I hope to try some recipes soon. I wished she had a bakery here in Maryland, Id be there all the time. My birthday just past and we couldn’t even find a bakery to make a gluten free cake. Thank you!!

  46. Heather on February 23rd, 2014 10:37 pm

    This book looks amazing!! I love chocolate/peanut butter anything & would love to try making my own crispy rice bars & other “seductive desserts” :)

  47. Heather on February 23rd, 2014 10:37 pm

    I follow GFE on Facebook!

  48. Heather on February 23rd, 2014 10:41 pm

    I liked Kyra’s Bake Shop on Facebook! What fun it would be to visit – I love trying new allergy friendly bakeries!

  49. Megan on February 23rd, 2014 11:19 pm

    Love using chez in pb and chocolate recipes!!

  50. Jen on February 24th, 2014 12:21 am

    I am new to the gluten free lifestyle & the peanut butter & chocolate look yummy!!

  51. BJMarley on February 24th, 2014 12:56 am

    No, I don’t have cable, so I don’t get to watch food shows. No I haven’t made gluten-free rice crispy bars. No, I haven’t been to her store. However, I would love to do all of those things.

  52. BJMarley on February 24th, 2014 12:57 am

    I like GFE on FB.

  53. LM on February 24th, 2014 1:27 pm

    I’m so excited. Thank you

  54. LM on February 24th, 2014 1:37 pm

    Thank you again to all who offered a chance to win a copy of “Sweet Cravings” I have watched Kyra on Cupcake Wars and am so excited that I won this book. I am looking forward to baking the amazing recipes.

    • Shirley on February 25th, 2014 12:36 pm

      Congrats again, LM! It’s terrific that you got to enjoy seeing Kyra display her talents on Cupcake Wars and now get to enjoy her book, and especially enjoy her amazing recipes as you say! :-)

      Shirley

  55. sandraq guetthoff on February 25th, 2014 7:41 pm

    Hi Shirley. Today Feb. 25th I received your e-mail that I won Sweet Cravings Cookbook by Kyra. I hope its not to late as I was in the hospital for a couple of days…I’m the most unlucky person but I guess my angel sent you a mental message that I needed some great news… I’m so excited…… Since I’m now home recouping this will be wonderful to relax with a yummy cookbook…. again thanks so much….
    How do I send you my home address?
    god bless & many thanks…

    • Shirley on February 25th, 2014 7:47 pm

      Hi Sandra–Congrats, dear, but I’m so sorry to hear that you have been so ill. :-( Sending lots of good thoughts and prayers your way! Please reply to that same email with your mailing address and I’ll see that your copy gets sent out to you right away. :-)

      Healing hugs to you!
      Shirley

  56. Erin on February 25th, 2014 8:25 pm

    Hi!! I just received the e-mail that I won a copy of sweet cravings!! Thank you so much, and I am so excited!!

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2014 12:52 am

      You’re welcome, Erin! Thanks go to Ten Speed Press and, of course, Kyra Bussanich, too. :-) I know you will enjoy this cookbook!

      Shirley

  57. Stephanie Hood on February 25th, 2014 9:42 pm

    Woohoo! Perfect timing! My husband and I are just finishing rehabbing our new (to us) home with a bright, open, bigger and totally new kitchen. Time to get baking! Thank you very much.

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2014 12:53 am

      Wow, how wonderful on the new kitchen, Stephanie! What a lovely way to “break it in” with such delectable recipes! :-)

      Shirley

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