We ALWAYS made rice krispy treats growing up! Melt the marshmallows with butter, add in the rice krispies! You had to get it just right so you had a chewy soft square instead of a crunchy breakable one. Replacing the ingredients with foods with benefits makes this treat SO much better than the ones we grew up with!
This recipe was inspired by the Detoxinista’s Rice Krispy Treat recipe.
I made a few adaptations!
Homemade Rice Krispy Treats (Vegan, Gluten Free)
2/3 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 cup almond butter*
1/4 teaspoon Himalyan sea salt (optional)
3.5 cups brown rice crisp cereal
1/2 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips (optional)
Combine the brown rice syrup and almond butter in a saucepan over medium heat, until bubbly. Once it bubbles, remove from heat and stir in salt. Add cereal one cup at a time and stir until all is incorporated.
Line an 8×2 pyrex dish or 9 inch square with parchment paper and spread the mixture into the pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Use a spatula to press it down firm. Place the bars into the fridge to cool and set about 30 minutes, then these can be served and stored at room temperature!
Brown rice syrup is what I also use in my granola bar recipe. It is the best sticky substance to hold things together (works better than honey!) These bars won’t crumble! You can find it in your organic/healthfood section of most grocery stores, it is usually around $5.
Why almond butter? Almond butter is a good source of Vitamin E, magnesium and iron – it contains more of these nutrients than peanut butter and is a better choice nutritionally. Choose organic almonds to avoid chemicals – even raw almonds undergo a chemical process and are not truly “raw.”
Effective September 2007, the USDA ordered all almond growers to “sterilize” almonds in one of several ways: heat them using steam, irradiate them using a controversial ionization process, roast or blanch them, or treat them with propylene oxide (PPO).
PPO is a known carcinogen, and most countries, including the EU, have banned imported nuts treated with PPO. The chemical is so nasty that it’s even been banned by both the National Hot Rod and American Motorcycle Racing Associations, where it had been used as a fuel additive before it was deemed too dangerous.
The new rule created deceptive labeling. Almonds that have undergone chemical treatments or heating for pasteurization are still labeled “raw.” Consumers who purchase “raw” almonds may well think that those almonds are natural and unprocessed. Moreover, there will be no label requirement to specify what kind of pasteurization treatment was used among the many approved methods or combination of options.
Why brown rice crisps? Brown rice is digested more slowly than white rice, so glucose levels rise more slowly than white rice. I use Erewhon Brown Rice Cereal for this recipe.