Hippie Crispy Bars

Hippie Crispy Bars

These super deluxe rice crispy bars are like a grown-up version of the beloved classic: the marshmallows are traded in for almond butter and chocolate. I made some tweaks to the original recipe, using brown rice crispies, and adding in chopped almonds and toasted coconut to the cereal mixture. The Food 52 editors mention that if you love chocolate, you could even double the ganache to make them even more decadent. If you don’t love almonds, I think chopped pistachios would be really delicious in these, or salted peanuts could be nostalgic and delightful. Cacao nibs would feel fancy. The options to customize and adapt these feel endless. Take it away.

A quick note on toasting coconut and nuts: It’s really easy to burn coconut, so keep an eye on it in the oven. I generally toast the coconut flakes at 300 F for about 5 minutes or so, or until golden brown and fragrant. Sliced almonds take about the same amount of time and the whole almonds will take longer, closer to 8-10 minutes. I chop them after toasting them. For this recipe, I toasted the coconut and sliced almonds on the same tray first, and then toasted the whole almonds separately, second.

Adapted from: Food 52 Baking


For the Bars:

1/2 cup (120 ml) maple syrup
1/2 cup (120 ml) brown rice syrup
1/2 cup (130g) almond butter
3 1/3 ounces (95g) bittersweet chocolate (70% cacao), chopped
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 cups (110g) crisp brown rice cereal
1 1/2 cups (60g) unsweetened toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup (68g) whole toasted almonds, chopped

For the Topping:

3 1/3 ounces (95g) bittersweet chocolate (70% cacao), chopped
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup (25g) toasted sliced almonds
1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt, to top


Line an 8-inch (20cm) square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing it to drape over the edges.

To make the bars, combine the maple syrup and rice syrups in a large pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat, add the almond butter, chocolate, coconut oil, and salt and stir until the mixture is smooth and the chocolate is melted. Fold in the cereal, coconut and chopped almonds.

Transfer the mixture to the lined pan and pack it firmly and evenly using a spatula or your fingers (you may want to damped your fingers to prevent sticking).

To make the topping: combine the chocolate and oil in a small saucepan and cook over very low heat, stirring occasionally, just until the chocolate has melted, then cool for 5 minutes.

To assemble the treats, pour the topping evenly over the rice mixture and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the sliced almonds and flaky salt on top. Let set at cool room temperature for about 2 hours, or in the refrigerator for about 1 hour, until firm. Use the edges of the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan and cut into 16 squares. These are best the day they’re made but they’ll keep at room temperature for several days (the cereal will just soften slightly).