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Kyra Bussanich’s Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Truffle Crispy Rice Bars

Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway: Day 4

This year I wanted to share my favorite cookbooks and health-focused books of 2013 with you from some of my friends. Since it’s the holiday season, they’ve decided to generously give away a copy of their books along with a recipe (see below!) starting today until the new year! Thanks to all of you for participating! To enter for your chance to win a book, just leave a comment below. The winner will be selected at random on January 2, 2014 and books will be mailed out to each winner shortly thereafter. Please note: This giveaway is available to U.S. residents only.

1/2/14: Please note that this giveaway ended on 1/1/14. All comments are now closed. Thanks for visiting!

Now, I’d like to introduce my fourth guest and her book!

WHO: Kyra Bussanich, KYRA’S BAKE SHOP
BOOK: SWEET CRAVINGS: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle  (Ten Speed Press, 2013)
Sweet Cravings
RECIPE: Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Truffle Crispy Rice Bars 

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Makes: 18 bars

Crispy Rice Layer
1/4 cup / 57 g butter
1 (10-ounce) bag / 283 g jumbo marshmallows (I like Kraft 
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
1/2 cup / 113 g butter
1 teaspoon / 5 g vanilla extract

Chocolate Layer
2 cups / 352 g dark chocolate
1/4 cup / 57 g butter

Spray an 8 by 11-inch baking pan with gluten-free cooking spray and set aside.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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44 Comments: Kyra Bussanich’s Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Truffle Crispy Rice Bars

Brenda Mitten Said:

Looks delicious—Thanks!!!

Kathryn H Said:

I will be making these today! Thanks

Julie Said:

These look delicious! Good last minute recipe to make before guests come over tomorrow… Thanks!

Anna Gallant Said:

these look great… Love your cookbook

andrea Said:

peanut butter and chocolate….no need to say more!!!

Linda J-H Said:

Yes, please!

Hailey Said:

These look amazing! Thank you for sharing!

Wendy Castleman Said:

Yum!! This sounds amazing.

Cheryl C Said:

Thanks for sharing. Now I won’t have to miss out on one of my favorite treats.

Melanie Said:

Chocolate and peanut butter are always a winning combination!

S Wallace Said:

Oh Yummy! Would love to win this!!

Melissa M. Said:

Thanks for sharing, I’m craving these now!

Sharon Said:

They look wonderful!! Thanks for sharing!

Dea Marx Said:

wonderful on a snowy day like today!

Peter Robe Said:

As of Nov 9, Kyra Bussanich is now a THREE-time winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars! And still the only gluten-free winner ever.

Her book, “Sweet Cravings”, has great, delicious, creative treats, many of them really easy to make (thank goodness for me).

And I found a fun, short video intro to her book at

Karen Said:

Looks so great!

Carol Said:

Fantastic dessert for both the young ones and the young at heart who remember. Thanks for an easy recipe to make for the grand kids. The hamantaschen is also a great recipe from your Sweet Cravings book. I tried it with poppy seed filling also. Thanks

Rachael W. Said:

I would LOVE to win this. I’m lucky to live in Oregon, so I’ve been to her bakery. I saw that the book came out, but can’t quite swing getting it. Thanks for having the giveaways! It’s fun thinking about the chance for a surprise gift.

Lizzie Lau Said:

I want one right now.

Anonymous Said:

Looks delicious! Can’t wait to make these!

Kim Said:

Just in time for Christmas eve!

Kelly Grace Said:

Gorgeous! I have heard great things about this cookbook!

Carol Wiley Said:

Looks fantastic! I am going to have to see how close her shop is to me and hopefully make a trip there.

heath_phree Said:

The pic alone makes me want the book!!

Eva Adler Said:

Having her cookbook would be
Terrific because she does not have
A bakery in nj where I live

Jennifer Wallen Said:

Always love a great cookbook and this recipe sounds amazing!

Turq4 Said:

Those are the most beautiful rice krispie treats I have ever seen!

Debbie Champion Said:

Absolutely love rice krispie treats! Really like the idea of chocolate with crunch. Miss Nestle’s Crunch bars! This will surely help bring back that unforgotten taste memory!

tessadomesticdiva Said:

she is local to me, I have yet to make to her bakeshop…it is time!

Sharon B Said:

These look yummy! Can’t have peanut butter, but I would definitely try these with cashew butter! YUM!

Paula B Said:

Those look and sound delicious! Anything with peanut butter is a winner.

Hendey Hostetter Said:

These look great and easy to make!

Brenda Gaines Said:

Another cookbook on my wish list.

Gelfo Said:

The cookbook looks great! Love sweets!!

Lynne Said:

Yummy – what a great treat to make for Christmas Day. Chocolate and peanut butter – WOW!!

annie Said:

Merry Christmas and a gluten-free New Year!

Sarah Said:

Anything that involves gluten free & desserts, I’m in! Looks like a great cookbook.

grammajoy Said:

These look yummy!

Grace Said:

There is so much sugar in each layer of these treats. If I made this, I would reduce the sugar and maybe splurge on vegan marshmallows.

Laura Said:

Sounds great. Cover recipe looks really good too.

Jessica Faust Said:

Yum! This looks delicious

Cindy W. Said:

These bars look yummy!

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