GFCF Rice Crispy Valentine Hearts

by Misty

IMG_0009 These adorable hearts are what my kiddos will be receiving on Valentine’s Day this year. They are chocolatey, crunchy and of course, are the obligatory heart shape! The best part is they take five minutes to make and won’t break the bank. You can decide your level of sugar based on the kind of chocolate chips you use. I used 67% dark chocolate chips to cut back on sugar, but Enjoy Life brand would also be a good allergy-friendly choice. I do include peanut butter in these, but that is completely optional. This is a great recipe for those new to GFCF holidays, or anyone who wants to make a quick and simple treat. The only thing you need is a silicone heart mold. I got mine at a craft store with a coupon, so paid about $6 for it. You can also pour the mixture into a parchment-lined loaf pan and then cut into squares. I hope everyone has a wonderful, easy Valentine’s Day this year – lots of love to you and your GFCF kids! GFCF Rice Crispy Valentine Hearts Ingredients: – 1 cup GFCF chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life brand) – 1/2 tablespoon GFCF butter spread (such as Earth Balance Soy Free) – 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter (optional, but tasty!) – 1 cup GF crispy rice cereal Directions: – Lightly grease your heart mold (I used a tiny bit of olive oil) – Melt chocolate chips and “butter” in a double boiler or microwave. If using a microwave, stop and stir every 30 seconds. – Once chocolate is melted, stir in peanut butter. – Stir in rice. – Spoon into molds. – Cover with cling wrap and freeze for 2 hours, or longer if making ahead. – Remove from freezer and gently press out of mold. – Put into Valentine’s bag or boxes and store in the refrigerator until ready to give. – Allow to thaw for a few minutes before eating and store any leftovers in the refrigerator. – Makes six 3-inch wide x 1 inch thick hearts, quantity will vary depending on mold. Enjoy!!

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