A jazzed up version of this classic dessert, these vegan rice crispy treats are made with 100% whole food ingredients. They're vegan, gluten-free and with that chocolate peanut butter combo, you'll never go back!
Add the dates, peanut butter, cacao and syrup into a blender or food processor. Process until a smooth dough forms. This won't be very sticky, more of an energy ball consistency. Depending on the softness of your dates and creaminess of your peanut butter, you might need to add a splash or two of water to help the mixture get smooth.
Transfer this mixture to a bowl and add half of the crispy cereal. Using your hands, fold the cereal and dough together until combined. Add another 1 cup of cereal and repeat until you've used all the cereal and it's evenly combined throughout the "dough".*
Grease an 8X8 baking sheet (or line with parchment paper) and place the rice crispy mixture into the pan.
Using your hands, firmly press the mixture into the pan until all the corners are filled and the bars feel firm. If you're having trouble, use a flat-bottomed glass or jar to press down.
Refrigerate for 1 hour to help firm the bars up.
Remove from fridge and cut into bars. For best results, keep bars stored in the fridge in a covered container.