I was watching Unwrapped on the Food Network one night and they started talking about Rice Krispie treats… I remember making them as a kid – remember how awesome they were as soon as you poured them into the pan but before they were completely cool? Yeah – I wanted THAT again!
However, I wondered if there was a way to do them healthier… of course there is!
I immediately took to the internet and found a few recipes that met my criteria for: organic, whole ingredients + as few ingredients as possible. Here’s what I came up with:
The basic ingredients:
1 Box Puffed Brown Rice Cereal (easily found in the Organic Section of your grocery store)
1 1/2 of a cup of Brown Rice Syrup (either in the Organic Section, or the international foods section)
3/4 of a cup of Peanut Butter
Cinnamon to taste
Combine Peanut Butter and Rice Syrup and heat on low/medium until melted – this is going to go quick, so don’t leave it. It took mine about 3 to 4 minutes to melt. Add Cinnamon once everything is melted and stir well.
Pour hot ingredients over Rice Cereal and mix until well combined. Pour into a baking dish (the smaller the dish, the thicker your bars, and the more cooling time you’ll need). Press mixture down with the back of a wooden or plastic spoon. Allow to cool. Serve. Enjoy!
I also attempted this recipe with Chocolate Puffed Rice Cereal – DELISH!!!!! I’ll definitely do that again. Those are what is pictured above…
I made a version substituting maple syrup for the brown rice syrup. Tasted fab – never hardened as it cooled. So basically I had a big bowl of Rice Crispy Treat – but not an actual treat. It’s hard to see in that photo to the left, but that was my big mush of Treat.
You could really do quite a few substitutions – Almond Butter instead of Peanut; add chocolate chips; add nuts of some sort… the recipe is such a nice canvas to build on – there’s a ton you can do. Just make sure if you’re substituting the sweetener (Rice Syrup) you choose something that will harden up nicely – honey might be a good choice.
If you try this recipe, or you try a modification – I’d love to hear about it – leave a comment below.