March 7, 2012

Humpastry Day - Brown Rice Krispie Treats

Brown Rice Krispie Treats
So, one day when I was running late and had nothing in the fridge for dinner, we decided to head to Noodles right down the street for dinner.  As many of you probably know, they always have a huge basket of Rice Krispie Treats right at the counter, which I'm sure they know will grab the attention of EVERY child that enters the place.  Normally, I don't cave in, but for whatever reason, that night I decided to get one of those gigantic treats for all of us to share.

I'm not going to lie, I was looking forward to it.  Making homemade Rice Krispie treats is a fond memory that I have of growing up.  I can remember making them with my mom, watching the marshmallows melt into gooey yumminess, then pouring it all over the Rice Krispies.  BUT, when I bit into that Noodle's treat, all I could taste was OIL.  YUCK!  It was greasy, flavorless, and just made me sick thinking about what we were eating.  After that, I vowed to find a better way to make these treats.  I wanted my boys to have the same fond memories of making these fun treats that I had with my mom.  So, when I got home I scoured the internet and actually found some great recipes!  Woohoo!!

This recipe is from a great site called Weelicious [HERE].  There are some awesome recipes on there, so go check it out!  Anyways, these Rice Krispie treats are a healthified version of the original.  Yes, it tastes different, but in a good way!  Plus, it packs some great protein power so I wouldn't hesitate giving one of these to my boys as a fun snack!  I made these as Valentine's day treats, hence the heart shape, but they are just as great cut into squares! :)

*Note: I know there have been studies on the news lately about how Organic Brown Rice Syrup has levels of arsenic in it.  While I do think this is just one more reason to be aware of what we're putting into our bodies, I'm not sure how I really feel about this study.  For one, in order to be effected by the arsenic you would literally have to eat a TON of this.  Also, I don't even buy organic brown rice syrup, so these aren't effected by it.  But, even if I did use the organic syrup, in a world full of fast food, highly processed foods, soda, dyes and chemicals, etc..that people put in their bodies EVERY day, a small Rice Krispie treat with a little brown rice syrup in it is far better to eat then any of that other crap in my opinion.


Now, onto the recipe! :)

Ingredients:
Makes 16 treats

*  1/3C almond butter
*  1/3C peanut butter
*  2/3C brown rice syrup
*  3 1/2C Brown Rice Crisp cereal








Directions:
1.  In a sauce pan, combine the peanut butter, almond butter, and brown rice syrup.
Over low heat, mix together until well combined, 2-5 minutes.
2)  Remove from heat and pour over Rice Kripies in a large bowl.  Mix until well combined.
3)  Pour into a lightly greased or parchment lined 8x8 pan.  Press the mixture down and into the corners.  I used the advice on the site and used a plastic baggie...best tip ever!!!

4)  Cool in the fridge for ~5 minutes before cutting into bars...or hearts! :)

5)  Enjoy! Yum, yum, yum!!

12 comments:

SSB said...

Okay. I'm making these. I have all the ingredients too.

Laima said...

Those look and sound delicious. We made rice crispy treats all the time when we were kids but haven't made them in ages...we'll have to try this recipe - thanks!

Jill said...

That looks scrumptious; I am going to make those (and score: gluten-free :)).

JC said...

mmmmm those look delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe!

chasingdownadream said...

And ........... now I'm hungry! Those look fantastic. We wil definitely be trying them at my house!

Julie said...

YUM!

Christi said...

Those look like they would be great for refueling on our long bike rides that we should be doing very soon!

Jason said...

I have a box of Kashi Rice Crisps from making my own 'PowerBar' and now I have another use for it.

Homemade Almond Butter with Homemade Pistachio Butter will be my mixture of choice along with honey and boom......brown rice krispie treats.

You are the best.

Emz said...

YUM!!!!!

I love those little snap, crackle, pop guys!!

Michael said...

These look amazing!! I am totally going to have to try these.

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Caratunk Girl said...

LOOKS SO GOOD!!!!