Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars and Life of Pi

Hi everyone!

Today I have two different items on the agenda. They don’t really relate to each other, but neither one quite warranted its own blog post, so I thought I’d combine them.

Firstly – these Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars. This is absolutely an A+ recipe. The only reason I didn’t dedicate a whole post to rhapsodizing about them is because they are simple, and the photos are as well. However, just know that the simplicity does not detract from the flavor – in fact it’s part of what makes them so scrumptious.

Essentially, peanut butter is used instead of marshmallows and the result is just a bit tastier, denser and more addictive than regular rice crispy treats. Recipe at the bottom of the post!

The second item on today’s agenda is…Life of Pi.

This book…….sigh. The only reason I couldn’t dedicate a whole post to it is because there is very little I can say about it without giving away the ending, which is something you really should discover on your own.

I always knew the ending was kind of surprising, by the way those who have read this book nodded at each other significantly, keeping their comments vague and mysterious. Actually, that’s one of the main reasons I read it – I do enjoy a good plot twist.

I was talking to my sister about it when I was about 2/3 through, and even then I couldn’t summarize what the book was about. Religion, wild animals, and a survival story were clearly primary subjects, but I knew there was a main point that wasn’t clear to me just yet. However, after the end, and not until the very end, did everything come together.

I actually am a bit troubled by this book, and in some ways I like what the author was saying, but in others I don’t agree with him at all. Unfortunately I have to be really vague because I just don’t want to give anything away!

Am I glad I read it? Uhh..I think. I’m just still dealing with it.

However, I AM excited about the movie – it looks really beautiful. I’ve included the preview below, and the recipe is below that. Have a great night!

Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

Makes 16 bars

Slightly adapted from The Seattle Times

Ingredients
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups salted creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 or 4 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal (either amount works – it just depends if you want the bars more melt-in-your-mouth or more crispy)

Directions
Line a 13×9-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

In a large saucepan, heat corn syrup and sugars over medium heat until boiling. Remove from heat, and stir in peanut butter until melted.

Quickly add in vanilla extract and cereal. Add mixture to pan. Let cool, and cut into squares.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/renee.tokarchuk Renée Tokarchuk

    I’ve been enjoying pb rice crispy treats the past few weeks too! Only my spin was to simply substitute creamy pb in place of regular butter since it is oily enough to do so. This way I can still use marshmallows :) Mine only have a hint of pb, but I prefer them to regular ones. Your recipe sounds super yummy too!

    • http://www.jessienextdoor.com/ Jessie

      That sounds really good – best of both worlds!

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