Giada De Laurentiis’ Chocolate and Orange Brown Rice Treats Recipe

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Excellent desserts were created Giada De Laurentiis‘Biggest challenge with Eat Better, Feel Better. “I didn’t want to put out a book that didn’t have desserts at all, and I didn’t want to live a lifestyle where I had to say to myself, ‘No more desserts, we’re done. ‘“These crispy, subtly sweet chocolate and orange brown rice treats are a perfect balance between health and enjoyment.

“Crunchy rice treats are a guilty treat that most of us remember from childhood,” says De Laurentiis. “By swapping out the sugary marshmallow fluff for a caramel mix of maple syrup and almond butter and adding some grated orange peel, I turned it into a nifty treat that even an adult can love.” The nut butters and puffed brown rice add a little protein and fiber to improve the diet. For a more kid-friendly version, she skips the fun when she makes this for her daughter.

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[Recipe courtesy of Eat Better, Feel Better by Giada De Laurentiis. Copyright © 2021 by G D L Foods Inc. Published by Rodale Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.]

Chocolate and orange brown rice treats


  • Coconut oil for the pan
  • 3 cups puffed brown rice cereal
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ⅔ cup creamy almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips (like Guittard extra dark)
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  1. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish with oil. Line the pan with parchment paper and overhang the pan on opposite sides.

  2. Put the granola in a large bowl. Bring maple syrup to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mix the almond butter, lemon zest and salt while stirring until smooth. Pour the mixture over the cereal. Stir well with a rubber spatula. When it feels cool, stir in the chocolate chips. Scrape into a prepared pan; smooth top. Store in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour until it has set. Remove from pan with parchment. Cut into bars.

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