Healthy Chocolate Cherry Almond Krispy Treats with a Pomegranate Icing Drizzle

So, just like every other day, I was in dire need of a dessert.  You know, something crunchy, yet chewy, something mild in flavor but with a unique, zippy and zingy taste.

I looked in my pantry and found a box of brown rice krispies resting nicely on the shelf.  I was going to make krispy treats.  It was fate.  But what flavors would be the answer to my sugar craving, without providing any guilt to my otherwise healthy diet?

Healthy Chocolate Cherry Almond Krispy Treats with a Pomegranate Icing Drizzle
The first thing that popped into my head was:  chocolate  (yes, chocolate can be healthy!)
I grabbed some chocolate protein powder and looked around for something sweet and tart.  I saw a bag of dried cherries on the very top shelf and reached for it.  I’m usually not a fan of cherries (especially dried cherries), but if it was paired with chocolate I was definitely willing to try it out!
I grabbed the brown rice syrup and thought of what nut butter would go well with chocolate and cherries.  The first thing I thought of was:  almond butter  (chocolate, cherry and almond is a classic combo!)
Healthy Chocolate Cherry Almond Krispy Treats with a Pomegranate Icing Drizzle
Let me just tell you, these krispy treats were amaaazziinngg!!!!  Yes, four exclamation points were necessary.  The chocolate and vanilla created the perfect base for the other flavors, and the almond extract and cherries added the zippy flavor I was looking for.  The cherry flavor did not come through as much as I thought it would, so next time I would add half a cup more.  Overall, though, the cherries definitely provided chewiness and sweetness to the super soft and satisfying krispy treats.
Healthy Chocolate Cherry Almond Krispy Treats with a Pomegranate Icing Drizzle

Although I got the zippy flavor from the almond extract and cherries, I was missing the zing!  I looked around my pantry once more and saw the pomegranate powder I recently bought and thought it was perfect!  It created the most flavorful (and colorful) icing I have ever made, not to mention pretty  :)

I absolutely loved the drizzle.  It added tartness, sweetness and presentation to the krispy treats–it definitely took them to the next level!  The burst of bright pink color makes these look like a decadent, bad-for-you dessert while it’s all actually 100% healthy!

Healthy Chocolate Cherry Almond Krispy Treats with a Pomegranate Icing Drizzle

Healthy Chocolate Cherry Almond Krispy Treats with a Pomegranate Icing Drizzle

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 9 krispy treats

Ingredients

Instructions

    For the Krispy Treats:
  1. Line a brownie pan with parchment paper both ways.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cereal, oats, flax and salt.
  3. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, stir together the rice syrup, almond butter, cherries and extracts. Microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until mixture is runny.
  4. Add the protein powder to the wet ingredients, one spoonful at a time, until incorporated.
  5. Scoop the mixture over the dry ingredients and fold together. Scoop mixture into the brownie pan and flatten. Refrigerate while you make the Pomegranate Icing Drizzle!
  6. For the Pomegranate Icing Drizzle:
  7. Add the erythritol and pomegranate powder to a small bowl, then add the water and stir (it should not be liquidy, it should be somewhat thick).
  8. Pipe using a very small tip or use a sandwich bag and snip a tiny corner. Refrigerate for 30+ minutes to firm the icing and serve!

Notes

It's best to slice the treats and then top with the drizzle, you know, so you get more drizzle on each treat ;)

This recipe is: no bake, low fat, high protein, gluten free!

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Healthy Chocolate Cherry Almond Krispy Treats with a Pomegranate Icing Drizzle

Labels: Almond-Butter, Brown-Rice-Syrup, Cherries, Chocolate, Erythritol, Flax, Gluten-Free, High-Protein, Icings-Frostings-and-Spreads, Krispy-Treats, Low-Fat, No-Bake, Oats, Pomegranate, Protein-Powder, Rice-Krispies

Comments (5)

  1. The Blissful Baker: March 17, 2012

    Mmmm…these look delicious! And healthy! :D

  2. cookingwithlysa: March 20, 2012

    I love your pictures. The pomegranate icing is such a great idea !

  3. Jessica: March 20, 2012

    Thanks! The treats are awesome, but the icing makes them INSANELY awesome :)

  4. Kamila Gornia: April 5, 2012

    What can I use instead of the brown rice syrup?

  5. Jessica: April 6, 2012

    You can use honey, agave or maple syrup, but I wouldn’t recommend maple syrup because it has a strong flavor.
    If you use honey or agave, you will most likely need ~1/2 cup or less because these are thin syrups while brown rice syrup is thick.
    If I were you, I would mix the “batter” using a little less than 1/2 cup, and add a little bit at a time if you need it.

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