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No Bake Vegan Sweet Marie Bars

So in my family these are known as Mikkelsen Squares. A close friend of our family, with the last name Mikkelsen, used to make these for our family on special occasions like Christmas. I had no idea they actually had another name until this year! 

My husbands family have a tradition to make peanut butter cookies for Christmas as my father-in-law absolutely loves anything peanut! SO, this year I thought I would blend two traditions and tackle this easy to make recipe.

Don't get me wrong here, this recipe is not "healthy" by any means, but I chose healthier and less processed ingredients.  If we are going to indulge in nostalgic treats, why not change out the GMO and highly refined ingredients for better choices. I am also not the hugest fan of peanuts due to the mycotoxins and being a high allergen, but once a year I can bend and enjoy a peanut treat.  Remember to always "treat treats as treats". 

Happy and healthy holidays to you and your family! 

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Mikkelsen Squares

Aka: No Bake Vegan Sweet Marie Bars

  • 1 cup organic peanut butter (you could use any nut butter like almond butter)
  • 1 cup organic brown rice syrup (Lundberg is a great brand)
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup hemp seeds 
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil or vegan butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 4 cups brown rice crisps (I like Natures Path or One Degree)
  • 1 bag of Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  1. Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment paper or grease it up with coconut oil
  2. In a pot over low-medium heat mix together peanut butter, brown rice syrup, coconut sugar, coconut oil and sea salt until melted, bubbling and thoroughly mixed.
  3. Remove from heat and add brown rice crisps and hemp seeds.  Mix with spatula until well incorporated.
  4. Quickly transfer hot mixture to the baking dish and using your spatula or a piece of parchment, press and spread mixture.
  5. Spread chocolate chips on top while mixture is hot and leave for a few minutes for them to melt. 
  6. Using a spatula, spread chocolate evenly getting into the corners.
  7. Refrigerate until bars harden, about 1 hour.
  8. Cut into squares and serve.