peanut butter rice krispy treats

January 10, 2012

No need to throw away your diet resolutions...just yet, anyway.   Today's sweet treat is... dare I say...healthy!
Some desserts I make for others because I like them.  Other desserts I make because I'm a selfish, hungry and peanut-butter-craving gal.  That's honesty right there.  

Made with fabulous ingredients, these rice krispy treats are kicked up a few billion notches and will rival any rice krispy treat you've ever tasted.  No, really.  Sans butter, they're actually made with brown rice cereal and peanut butter and sweetened with natural maple syrup.  I hereby give you permission to be selfish and make these for yourself, too.  Or gosh-forbid, be all saint-like and share them.
Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats
vegan, gluten-free
5 cups (unsweetened) brown rice cereal, gluten-free
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons arrowroot/tapioca starch
  1. Line a 9x13" pan with parchment; Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, combine peanut butter, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, salt and starch.
  3. Heat over medium temperature and stir until small bubbles form. 
  4. Stir in rice cereal and stir until evenly coated.
  5. Press into prepared pan and use a spatula to spread evenly and firmly compress into pan.
  6. Refrigerate for at least an hour before cutting and serving.


london bakes said...

Sometimes I find rice krispy treats overwhelmingly sweet but these sound wonderful and I love the fact that they are not packed with butter and/or sugar!

onceuponarecipe said...

Just lovely. :)

Nikki @Pennies on a Platter said...

A healthy version of the wonderful rice krispy treats? You're my hero, Miss Jess! ;) Happy new year! Hope to run into you sometime in 2012!

Leslie said...

Jess, These look so yummy and I won't feel guilty about eating them. I will plan to make them Friday afternoon when I'm not working. Great snack with a cup of tea ;) Thanks for sharing!

Jess said...

@Leslie I wish I had some leftover for a snack with tea... Unfortunately, they disappeared too quickly! I actually think I'll be making them again this weekend. They're too easy and too yummy not to, right? :) xoxo

The Queen of Quinoa said...

Jess - so happy to have found your blog. I made my own version of your recipe last night and they were so scrumptious. I didn't have all your ingredients in my panty, but I will definitely be making these this weekend! Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to try some of your other recipes!!

Melanie said...

Since these are technically a health food, I'm gonna go ahead and eat the whole pan. Totally fine.

Jess said...

@Melanie I couldn't have said it better if I tried. A total health food. EAT. IT. UP. ;)

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