Chocolate With Francois: Rice Crispies

by Joanne on September 30, 2011

Thanks to Linda of Diva Weigh, we really enjoyed this month’s Francois Payard recipe. Easy and quick and SO, SO good.

The fast track:  Make these treats in less than one hour.


Got home just after 5pm. Pulled out the Promise, the cocoa powder, the peanut butter, the crispy rice cereal, the dark chocolate chips and lined them up strategically on the counter.

I turned the stove top on and added the Promise and cocoa to a saucepan over medium heat. My butter melted, I added the peanut butter which melted pretty quickly and so in went the rice cereal. Stirred just to coat and added half the chips *This 1/2 were mini chips.

I went to the cupboard, lined two baking sheets with wax paper but decided to pull out some mini muffin cups, just in case.

Back to the mix: added the rest of the FULL SIZE chocolate chips. Stirred the mix gently and let it sit while I prepared dinner.


Swim class was at 7pm. It was now 5:25 and we needed to eat. A quick heating of vegetarian beans, whole eggs for Ted and Egg Beaters for me, plus some sautéed asparagus and we were eating by 6:05 pm.

Back it up to 5:45. My chocolate rice mix had cooled and dinner was in the making (with a lot of help from Ted). We were on schedule.

I formed my Chocolate rice crispies. Some were little golf balls, some were blobs, some were golf ball-blobs dropped into mini cupcake wrappers.


While they hardened, Ted and I ate dinner.

After our swim, around 8:15pm, Ted took the first bite of the crispy, chocolate-peanut butter coated rice. He only noticed a hint of peanut butter but was head over heels about the light chocolaty taste.


I took a plate to work the following day because, even though I only made ½ the recipe, we had a lot of chocolate covered rice crispy treats. Success! The treats were gone in a flash!

Another winning recipe by Francois Payard and the point to be made here is – This one is EASY! This one is DELICIOUS! This is one is SO LIGHT (you could eat 4 or 5 or 6 or more of them!). *That’s light in taste, not necessarily calories. But hey! Everyone needs a cheat day!  Enjoy.


Here is my recipe with the original ingredients noted.

  • 4 TBS Promise (use butter if you prefer)
  • ¼ cup Cocoa powder (Dutch processed)
  • ½ cup creamy style peanut butter (Francois uses 10 oz mini marshmallows – I don’t do marshmallows)
  • 5 cups crisp rice cereal
  • ½ cup dark chocolate mini chips
  • *Optional – vegetable oil for your hands if you plan on shaping the balls.

Combine the Promise (or butter) with cocoa in a pan over medium heat. Let the butter melt and stir to combine. Mix in the peanut butter and allow to melt and the mixture to get smooth.

Add the rice and stir to coat. Stir in HALF of the chocolate chips. Let rest for 5 minutes. Stir in remaining chips *I used regular sized chips at this point. Let cool to room temperature.

Oil hands and shape into balls (size of golf balls). Let set and store in air tight container up to 3 days.

*I wonder if you could delete the Promise or Butter completely and still get great results?  What are your thoughts?

Great pick this month Linda

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  • At 2011.09.30 07:30, Shannon | Just As Delish said:

    This is the 2nd time this week I read about rice cereal recipe.. looks so yummy! about time I make some of these.

    • At 2011.09.30 09:35, Ali @ Peaches and Football said:

      I would not remove the butter – it helps to prevent the peanut butter and chocolate from seizing. However, you could replace with coconut oil instead. Better quality chocolate usually has less milk per chocolate ratio (esp dark chocolate) and with the lower moisture content is even more likely to seize.

      These sound good. Of course if you covered fish in peanut butter and chocolate I’d probably eat it. Maybe.

      Have a great weekend!!

      • At 2011.09.30 13:51, BigFatBaker said:

        What a simple and fun recipe. Peanut butter, chocolate, and cereal…what could be better?

        @Ali I love the coconut oil idea!

        • At 2011.09.30 14:44, chopinandmysaucepan said:

          Butter is pretty hard to replace that’s for sure! It would not be the same.

          • At 2011.09.30 15:06, Lori said:

            I would only eliminate the spread if you had a very oily natural nut butter – walnut comes to mind here.

            These sound good!

            • At 2011.09.30 21:30, Julie said:

              I love the changes you made to this recipe. These were delicious.

              • At 2011.10.01 07:40, Karen said:

                I don’t do marshmallows either, so I’m so glad to see a recipe without them. I’ve made rice krispies with marshmallow creme before, which tastes good, but they don’t set up very well. I’ve also tried a couple of recipes with corn syrup, but the cookies turn out way to hard for my taste. I’m excited to try this out!

                • At 2011.10.01 11:58, Lisa said:

                  Those look great.. could tailgate with them! (well they might not make it heehee) Have a super weekend!
                  Take care,

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