It’s summer. A hot, hot summer. And when the temperatures rise, no-bake desserts are where.it’s.at. (!!!). Let’s be real, I like no-bake desserts all year round (they tend to healthier! and faster!), but it really is especially appealing when turning on the oven sounds like a nightmare.
I whipped these cuties up for a ladies night a couple weeks ago. Four terrific gal pals and I had been going through some tough times (relationship drama, family drama, self-drama….we’ve all been there, right?), so one of the women called for an old-fashioned slumber party. Of course, I promised to bring some healthy vegan treats (because that’s sorta my thing).
I’ve seen versions of this kind of treat all over, but they’re usually made with rice cereal. And I decided that rice has officially spent it’s 15 minutes of fame, and wanted to pass the torch to an oft overlooked grain: millet.
(Side note: Funny story about “millet.” Thanks to 5 years of French class, I honestly thought millet was pronounced “mee-lay.” My partner only had the heart to correct me a little while ago, even though I’d been saying it that way since we started dating. lols, right?).
This recipe is simple, wholesome, and waaaay better for you than a traditional rice crispy treat. I found these adorable little tart tins at a thrift store, but if you don’t have those, just put all the “batter” in a small pan.
Millet Puff Peanut Butter Cups
2 c millet puffs
1/2 c brown rice syrup
1/2 c peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup chocolate chips (vegan, fair trade)
2 T shredded unsweetened coconut for topping
Bring brown rice syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla to a boil. Mix in the millet puffs and a pinch of salt. Mix in your chocolate chips. Evenly distribute in tart pans or small baking pan. Spread coconut on top, as much as desired.
(Want some more healthy food recipes? As always, check out Ricki’s Wellness Weekend over at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs!)
How was your weekend? Do you like no-bake desserts? Is there a word that you always mispronounce, and secretly prefer your way to the “right” way?