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Travelling for Dessert: Sacrifice for the Gods of Freedom and Democracy

On Tuesday, one of my bestest buds from high school invited me to a Fourth of July party in D.C. and she requested that I bring “some food or drink to placate the gods of freedom and democracy.”  However, I couldn’t use the stove since the gas burners have electric starters.  As with this episode last year, I took the Metro to my brother’s apartment in order to sleep and make cereal bars.

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Brown Rice Peanut Butter Cereal Bars
Modified from Alicia Silverstone, “Crispy Brown Rice Squares,” in The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet (Rodale Books, 2009).
1 1/2 cups brown rice syrup
Pinch sea salt
3/4 cup natural peanut butter (I used Whole Foods fresh-ground peanut butter)
7 cups whole grain brown crisped rice cereal (3 1/2 cups Nature’s Path Gorilla Munch and 3 1/2 cups Koala Crisp)
1/2 cup raisins
Grease a 9*13-inch baking pan or an 8*4-inch loaf pan AND a 9-inch pie plate.
In a large bowl, stir together the cereal and raisins.
In a medium saucepan, stir together the brown rice syrup, salt, and peanut butter.  Bring to a low simmer and cook until the peanut butter is melted, about 5 minutes.  Pour over the cereal and stir until combined.  Transfer to the pan(s).  Press down the tops for an even elevation.  Cover with foil or plastic wrap and cool on a rack or in the refrigerator for at least an hour before cutting.
As someone at the party said, these are “addictive” and were totally worth all the Metro fares involved.

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