BOY DO I HAVE A TREAT & A HALF FOR YOU!!!!
Now, let’s be honest, Rice Krispie’s were a vivid part of all of our childhoods, no? I mean, I can only speak for myself, but when I think Rice Krispies, I legit think of fall days playing in the schoolyard & snacking with my besties in elementary school. Ah the simple things. What I would do to be young again!
Getting older means no more fall days in the schoolyard with my bestie & no more careless snacking. It also means that I’m slightly more informed than I was back then about what goes into my body.
BUT, IT DOESN’T MEAN NO SNACKING AT ALL, nor does it mean that you need to feel deprived with what you’re snacking on. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that while I can’t bring you back to those days in the schoolyard with your Rice Krispie treats, what I can do is give you a recipe for HEALTHY RICE KRISPIE TREATS that:
- contain no dairy, no butter, no marshmallows, no oil & are full of delicious, scrumptious, crumbly, chewy flavour!
- are naturally gluten-free & vegan!
- are NO-BAKE + require little to no effort (like, they’re ready in just 5 minutes, plus some fridge time, a.k.a. WHERE THE SUFFERING BEGINS AS YOU WAIT!).
Reality is that the original Rice Krispies are essentially the equivalent of eating pure sugar mixed with marshmallows & MORE SUGAR. There’s no sugar coating it. You sure AF don’t want to be feeding yourself that, LET ALONE YOUR KIDDIES! I swear, you will fool them. Wrap these up & pack them in their lunch bags & they’ll never know they’re not the real deal (I mean… unless they’re super particular about the wrapper).
Anywho, in hopes that your kiddies & yourselves will LOVE these (& I’m quite hopeful to say the least), let’s get down to business!!!!
My loves, YOU WILL NEED:
- 2 cups gluten-free brown rice crisp cereal;
- 1/2 cup of any nut butter of your choice (I used creamy almond butter);
- 1/4 cup of pure organic maple syrup (You can sub the maple syrup for honey, if you prefer. Just make sure it’s raw, organic & unpasteurized!).
- 1 tbsp. organic brown rice syrup;
- 1/2 tsp. pure organic vanilla extract.
Want to see the ingredients on the original Rice Krispie treats, just for the heck of it? OKAY. HERE WE GO!
BRACE YOURSELVES, SUGAR IS COMING.
- UH… why does their toasted rice cereal contain sugar? salt? malt flavouring?
- Marshmallows… FULL OF GMO-CORN, sugar, gelatin & ARTIFICIAL flavour…
- Fructose. Are you kidding e?
- Margarine a.k.a. garbage (vegetable oil… soybean oil… palm oil… and wait for it.. TBHQ, which is a SYNTHETIC (YES, FAKE) antioxidant, added to foods to prevent or delay oxidation. Oxidation often causes food to lose flavour quality, colour & can even cause foods to become toxic. TBHQ is used in foods, such as crackers, microwave popcorn, butter & chicken nuggets. In large quantities, TBHQ can be toxic.
- Artificial butter flavour…
- BHT for freshness? BHT or butyl hydroxytoluene is ANOTHER SYNTHETIC, used to preserve foods, to increase shelf life by slowing down the autoxidation rate of ingredients in a product that can cause changes in the taste or colour. As such, it is primarily used to prevent fats in foods from becoming rancid. GROSS, right?
- CORN SYRUP SOLIDS. More GMO-corn.
- More salt (& it most certainly is not sea salt)…
KAY GUYS, do you really want to be feeding this to your kiddies, WHEN YOU CAN MAKE THESE HEALTHY ONES THAT CONTAIN ONLY 5 INGREDIENTS, all of which pack a host of health benefits, are nutritious, real & whole foods? Didn’t think so.
So, since we’re on the same page & you
want NEED these in your life, let’s get right to it!
NOW, FOR THAT HOW-TO?
- Line a baking tray with baking paper & set aside! GUESS WHAT BABIES? YOU DON’T HAVE TO PREHEAT YOUR OVENS! THESE ARE NO-BAKE, remember?
- Add 2 cups of brown rice crisps to a large mixing bowl!
- On the stovetop or in the microwave, melt your nut butter with your sticky sweetener, then pour the mixture into the crispy rice cereal and mix well.
- Basically, you want all the crisps to be coated in your liquid-y mixture & you want everything to be holding and sticking together, the same way a rice krispie would!
- Add the mixture into the lined baking tray & press down firmly into place (either with your hand, a spoon or a spatula!).
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to firm up (I left mine in the fridge for about 4-5 hours & the result was perfect! I was abel to cut right through them!).
- After fridge time, use a sharp knife to cut the rice krispie treats into bars!
- Once cut, individually pack them into wax paper & store each individually wrapped bar in a medium sized Ziplock for optimal freshness & refrigerate!
- You can also freeze them if you want them to last longer.