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Puffed RIce Cereal Nut + Seeds Bars topped with Dark Chocolate and Coconut Flakes - part of a fun Galentine's Day Recipe Swap | This Brown Kitchen

Puffed RIce Cereal Nut + Seeds Bars topped with Dark Chocolate and Coconut Flakes - part of a fun Galentine's Day Recipe Swap | This Brown Kitchen

Puffed RIce Cereal Nut + Seeds Bars topped with Dark Chocolate and Coconut Flakes - part of a fun Galentine's Day Recipe Swap | This Brown Kitchen

Happy post-Super Bowl/pre-Valentine’s week! Did you watch the game last night? I wasn’t entirely invested in the outcome for either team, (in fact I was still feeling pretty petty about the Vikings loss from two weeks ago) but it was super fun getting to see my old home of Minneapolis come to life for the big game. I indulged in some pizza – it’s after whole30!!!! – and also baked these now Instagram-famous cookies while watching the game. 

It was a very low-key weekend over here in the TBK studio. After traveling all last week for work I got home on Friday night and passed TF out. I was E X H A U S T E D. In fact, I spent more than half of Saturday in bed and the only conversation I had with anyone all weekend was with the cashier at Trader Joe’s. It was definitely an introvert weekend and I feel so much better having taken some time to do nothing – not even shoot any recipes for the site. Sometimes you just need a mental break right?

Puffed RIce Cereal Nut + Seeds Bars topped with Dark Chocolate and Coconut Flakes - part of a fun Galentine's Day Recipe Swap | This Brown Kitchen

Puffed RIce Cereal Nut + Seeds Bars topped with Dark Chocolate and Coconut Flakes - part of a fun Galentine's Day Recipe Swap | This Brown Kitchen

Puffed RIce Cereal Nut + Seeds Bars topped with Dark Chocolate and Coconut Flakes - part of a fun Galentine's Day Recipe Swap | This Brown Kitchen

Now that I’m getting back up to normal energy levels, it’s time to gear up for the week of love!!! I’m not huge on Valentine’s – mostly because I’ve never really had any one special person to celebrate with – but I do use it as an excuse to squeeze in an extra self-care/treatyoself day and I love celebrating Galentine’s. This year I have a heart shaped pizza on the docket and maybe some little wrapped chocolates while watching some of my favorite rom-coms and feel-good faves. Currently on the list ::

– Bend it Like Beckham
– How to Be Single
– Letters to Juliet
– How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
– Leap Year

I probably have room for 1 or 2 more, so let me know which ones you love.

So as for Galentine’s Day….last year in Minneapolis myself and a couple amazing friends had a girls sleepover and it was so much fun. We had all the best snacks like cupcakes and chocolates and chips and we just had an overall great time just hanging out and celebrating the wonderful female friends that we are all blessed with in life. This year, Alicia is throwing a Tarot Card Reading Galentine’s Night gathering and I’m so excited! One of the things that I am so thankful for is the amazing group of women who have welcomed me into their circle of friends since moving to Sacramento. So to be able to spend a night toasting to friendship next week is going to be so fun. But what do you bring to a Galentine’s gathering? Since I’m little-miss-healthify any kind of snack, I’m bringing these chocolate topped seed and nut bars.

They’re kind of like a healthier riff on rice krispie treats and are packed with protein and deliciousness. It’s also a super-forgiving recipe which is great. A little less or more of the sweet and sticky mix isn’t going to mess anything up, and you can totally adjust the ingredients based on what you have on hand. Aka this is my kinda recipe. Let me know what combos you try and what fun plans you have for Valentine’s and Galentine’s this year!

In the meantime – I’ve joined a few other amazing foodie gals who are sharing their Galentine’s treats as well! Check them out at the below links!!

Earl Grey Frosted Brownies | Chocolate Bottomed Strawberry Fool | Red Velvet Whoopie Pies | Chocolate Wine Cake | Pink Grapefruit and Thyme Shortbread Hearts | Blood Orange Margarita Sorbet | Vanilla Rose Shortbread Cookies | Chocolate Panna Cotta | Horchata Latte Cheesecake | Chocolate Coffee Layer Cake

All the love,

S

Puffed RIce Cereal Nut + Seeds Bars topped with Dark Chocolate and Coconut Flakes - part of a fun Galentine's Day Recipe Swap | This Brown Kitchen

Puffed RIce Cereal Nut + Seeds Bars topped with Dark Chocolate and Coconut Flakes - part of a fun Galentine's Day Recipe Swap | This Brown Kitchen

Puffed RIce Cereal Nut + Seeds Bars topped with Dark Chocolate and Coconut Flakes - part of a fun Galentine's Day Recipe Swap | This Brown Kitchen

Puffed RIce Cereal Nut + Seeds Bars topped with Dark Chocolate and Coconut Flakes - part of a fun Galentine's Day Recipe Swap | This Brown Kitchen

 


chocolate topped nut and seed bars

servings – 15 squares         time – 15 minutes cook, 15 minutes prep, 15 minutes still

ingredients ::

2 tbsp solid coconut oil
1 cup nut butter of choice (I used a walnut/almond blend)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
pinch of pink himalayan salt
1 1/4 tsp vanilla
3 cups of puffed rice cereal
1/2 cup of toasted chopped hazelnuts
1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp hemp seeds
2 cups of dark chocolate
optional, toasted coconut for garnish

directions ::

  1. in a stovetop pot, add the coconut oil, nut butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla. bring up to a low – medium heat, stirring to combine. heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the bottom from sticking. you basically just want a smooth mixture. remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. in a large bowl, add the puffed rice cereal, nuts and seeds. add the cooled nut mixture to the bowl and carefully stir to combine, making sure all the cereal and nuts get coated.
  3. line an 8 inch sheet tray with parchment paper and pour the cereal mix onto the paper. rub coconut oil on your hands and press the rice cereal into an even layer – the coconut oil will help keep the mixture from sticking to you.
  4. set the tray in the fridge and let cool for about 15 minutes.
  5. add two cups of dark chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and temper in 30 second increments – heating for 30 seconds, remove and stir, 30 seconds in the microwave, until the chocolate is smooth and melted.
  6. grab the sheet tray from the fridge and pour over the melted chocolate. spread into an even layer and top with toasted coconut. set back in the fridge until the chocolate has set. 
  7. remove the bars from the fridge, and cut the bars into desired shape. store in an air-tight container for up to five days. after that the bars start to go stale.
  8. enjoy!

 


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16 Comments

  • Reply Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers

    Love these delicious bars! And of course, love your rom-com recommendations, too 🙂 Perfect (especially Leap Year … one of my faves 🙂 Happy Galentine’s!

    February 5, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    • Reply suruchiavasthi

      Yes!! Leap Year is such a favorite (: I’ve probably seen it too many times haha!

      February 6, 2018 at 5:40 am
  • Reply Cindy

    Wow, you had me at himalayan salt, coconut, chocolate, and puffs. This looks absolutely delicious with these flavor profiles and I bet it is fun to eat into this crunchy piece of heaven too! All of your gal pals at the Tarot card party will love this. Fun!

    February 5, 2018 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply suruchiavasthi

      Yay I know I’m so excited! It’s fun to change up the usual routine (:

      February 6, 2018 at 5:40 am
  • Reply Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen

    These look like they’re packed with goodness! And that chocolate layer on top seals the deal! Delicious!

    February 5, 2018 at 4:59 pm
    • Reply suruchiavasthi

      Oh for sure! And I love that you can change up the ingredient combos with any favorites!

      February 6, 2018 at 5:41 am
  • Reply Tamara Andersen

    I love the idea of a Galentine’s Day sleepover! What fun! I do celebrate with my husband of 37 years with a special meal and always something chocolate… These chocolate topped seed and nut bars look scrumptious and at least a little guilt-free! Yum!

    February 5, 2018 at 6:12 pm
    • Reply suruchiavasthi

      Aw that’s so sweet though! I hope y’all have many more years of wonderful Valentine’s celebrations to come!

      February 6, 2018 at 5:41 am
  • Reply Meg | Meg is Well

    I think I would have a hard time not snacking on these while I made them, I love all the ingredients so much! And now I need to go watch Bend it Like Beckham.

    February 5, 2018 at 10:12 pm
    • Reply suruchiavasthi

      Oh my gosh yes it’s my absolute favorite!! And I love anything that you can snack recipes like this (:

      February 6, 2018 at 5:42 am
  • Reply Tessa

    These looks so delish – and I love that they’re relatively healthy. Enjoy your tarot card reading – and kudos on taking time to yourself this past weekend. #selflove 🙂

    February 5, 2018 at 11:02 pm
    • Reply suruchiavasthi

      Aw thanks lady! Sometimes you just need a good quiet weekend in (:
      And yes for the most part these are pretty healthy haha – makes me feel like I can have more than one and not feel too bad!

      February 6, 2018 at 5:43 am
  • Reply Kendall

    Yum! A vegan valentines day diy treat. I love it and i’m going to try it for Valentine’s day!

    February 6, 2018 at 1:12 am
    • Reply suruchiavasthi

      Almost vegan if you used a vegan chocolate! Let me know what you think! (:

      February 6, 2018 at 5:44 am
  • Reply Katherine

    OMG these look so good!!! And kind of healthy (?!) – lol I will convince myself that ANYTHING is healthy so I can eat it.

    February 7, 2018 at 1:29 am
    • Reply suruchiavasthi

      Haha YES just about almost healthy (: I think it’s just the chocolate over here that keeps it from being fully healthy but otherwise not too bad haha!

      February 8, 2018 at 4:54 am

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