Kyra Bussanich’s Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Truffle Crispy Rice Bars

Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway: Day 4

This year I wanted to share my favorite cookbooks and health-focused books of 2013 with you from some of my friends. Since it’s the holiday season, they’ve decided to generously give away a copy of their books along with a recipe (see below!) starting today until the new year! Thanks to all of you for participating! To enter for your chance to win a book, just leave a comment below. The winner will be selected at random on January 2, 2014 and books will be mailed out to each winner shortly thereafter. Please note: This giveaway is available to U.S. residents only.

1/2/14: Please note that this giveaway ended on 1/1/14. All comments are now closed. Thanks for visiting!

Now, I’d like to introduce my fourth guest and her book!

WHO: Kyra Bussanich, KYRA’S BAKE SHOP
BOOK: SWEET CRAVINGS: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle  (Ten Speed Press, 2013)

RECIPE: Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Truffle Crispy Rice Bars 

Sweet Cravings

Kyra Bussanich’s Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Truffle Crispy Rice Bars

Yield: 18 bars


Crispy Rice Layer

1/4 cup / 57 g butter

1 (10-ounce) bag / 283 g jumbo marshmallows (I like Kraft ?Jet-Puffed)

2 teaspoons / 10 g vanilla extract

8 cups / 283 g gluten-free crispy rice cereal (such as Erewhon)

Peanut Butter Layer

2 cups / 284 g confectioners’ sugar, sifted

1 cup / 269 g creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup / 113 g butter

1 teaspoon / 5 g vanilla extract

Chocolate Layer

2 cups / 352 g dark chocolate

1/4 cup / 57 g butter


  1. Spray an 8 by 11-inch baking pan with gluten-free cooking spray and set aside.
  2. To make the crispy rice layer, melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the ?butter browns, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the marshmallows and vanilla and stir continuously until the marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat and stir in the cereal. Pour entire contents into the baking pan. Wet or grease your hands and pat down the cereal so it is level and compact. Freeze for ?15 minutes to cool and set.
  3. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, combine all the ingredients for the peanut butter layer and blend on low speed. Remove the crispy rice layer from the freezer and spread the peanut butter filling evenly over it. Freeze until firm to the touch, 30 to 60 minutes.
  4. In a microwave-safe bowl, or over a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter for the chocolate layer and stir together until smooth. If using the microwave, heat at 30-second intervals, stirring well in between each interval. Working quickly, spread the chocolate evenly over the peanut butter layer. If the peanut butter is cold, the chocolate will set quickly.
  5. Freeze the pan again, 15 to 30 minutes, as it will be much easier to cut if the peanut butter layer is firm. Cut into bars and serve cold or at room temperature.


Reprinted with permission from Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle by Kyra Bussanich (Ten Speed Press, © 2013). Photo Credit: Leela Cyd


  1. Looks delicious—Thanks!!!

  2. I will be making these today! Thanks

  3. These look delicious! Good last minute recipe to make before guests come over tomorrow… Thanks!

  4. these look great… Love your cookbook

  5. peanut butter and chocolate….no need to say more!!!

  6. Yes, please!

  7. These look amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Yum!! This sounds amazing.

  9. Thanks for sharing. Now I won’t have to miss out on one of my favorite treats.

  10. Chocolate and peanut butter are always a winning combination!

  11. Oh Yummy! Would love to win this!!

  12. Thanks for sharing, I’m craving these now!

  13. They look wonderful!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. wonderful on a snowy day like today!

  15. Mmmm… Looks like a gourmet upgrade on a childhood favorite! I would LOVE her cookbook! 🙂 Thanks!

  16. As of Nov 9, Kyra Bussanich is now a THREE-time winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars! And still the only gluten-free winner ever.

    Her book, “Sweet Cravings”, has great, delicious, creative treats, many of them really easy to make (thank goodness for me).

    And I found a fun, short video intro to her book at

  17. Looks so great!

  18. Fantastic dessert for both the young ones and the young at heart who remember. Thanks for an easy recipe to make for the grand kids. The hamantaschen is also a great recipe from your Sweet Cravings book. I tried it with poppy seed filling also. Thanks

  19. I would LOVE to win this. I’m lucky to live in Oregon, so I’ve been to her bakery. I saw that the book came out, but can’t quite swing getting it. Thanks for having the giveaways! It’s fun thinking about the chance for a surprise gift.

  20. Looks delicious! Can’t wait to make these!

  21. Just in time for Christmas eve!

  22. Gorgeous! I have heard great things about this cookbook!

  23. Looks fantastic! I am going to have to see how close her shop is to me and hopefully make a trip there.

  24. The pic alone makes me want the book!!

  25. Having her cookbook would be
    Terrific because she does not have
    A bakery in nj where I live

  26. Always love a great cookbook and this recipe sounds amazing!

  27. Those are the most beautiful rice krispie treats I have ever seen!

  28. Absolutely love rice krispie treats! Really like the idea of chocolate with crunch. Miss Nestle’s Crunch bars! This will surely help bring back that unforgotten taste memory!

  29. she is local to me, I have yet to make to her bakeshop…it is time!

  30. These look yummy! Can’t have peanut butter, but I would definitely try these with cashew butter! YUM!

  31. Those look and sound delicious! Anything with peanut butter is a winner.

  32. These look great and easy to make!

  33. Another cookbook on my wish list.

  34. The cookbook looks great! Love sweets!!

  35. Yummy – what a great treat to make for Christmas Day. Chocolate and peanut butter – WOW!!

  36. Merry Christmas and a gluten-free New Year!

  37. Anything that involves gluten free & desserts, I’m in! Looks like a great cookbook.

  38. There is so much sugar in each layer of these treats. If I made this, I would reduce the sugar and maybe splurge on vegan marshmallows.

  39. Sounds great. Cover recipe looks really good too.

  40. Yum! This looks delicious

  41. These bars look yummy!