Rice Crispy Treats

Jul 14 2011 by
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RICE CRISPY TREATS PEOPLE!!!!  Need I say more?!  You need to start making these rightthissecond!  Why? Cause they are fanfreakingtastic!

Seriously though, I searched for weeks and weeks trying to find a healthy version of rice crispy treats.  I have yet to come across one.  I’ll admit I wasn’t sure how this would turn out.  Now, I’ll be honest, these taste REALLY similar to the prepackaged version of rice crispy treats.  Texture-wise they are slightly different. I’m not sure how to describe them except to say that it’s not exactly the same.

In this recipe we used an ingredient called agar-agar.  Why?  Because marshmallows are generally made with gelatin and gelatin is not healthy and just overall gross!  Gelatin is extracted from the boiled bones, connective tissues, organs and some intestines of animals such as domesticated cattle, chicken, and pigs.  See why we skipped it in this recipe!

Agar-agar is not that hard to find.  Whole Foods carries it in their asian food section and you can probably find it in the same area of your local health food store.  Asian markets also carry it and if nothing else – it’s available for purchase online.

Aside from being RICE CRISPY TREATS these are also gluten free!  Bonus, I know!  Now, I know some of you are already jumping ahead and wondering if we can use this recipe to make regular marshmallows.  As of right now, we don’t know.  We’ll be testing it out and will let you know if we have success with it.  For now, enjoy this yummy treat!

~Sarah

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp cold water
  • 4 tsp agar-agar (If you can’t find it at your local store you can purchase it online here)
  • 1 cup raw honey or coconut nectar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp pasture butter or vegan butter such as Earth Balance, melted (you’ll also need a little for greasing the pan)
  • 5 cups brown rice crisp cereal (I used Barbara’s Brown Rice Crisps)

Preparation:

  1. Use a small amount of butter and lightly grease a 8×8 glass pan.  Set aside.

    In a small container add the cold water and agar-agar

  2. In a small container add the cold water and agar-agar. Stir until completely dissolved and set aside.

    Heat over medium heat just until the honey liquefies and loosens

  3. In a medium sauce pan add the honey and salt. Heat over medium heat just until the honey liquefies and loosens. Add the agar-agar mixture and mix well.

    While stirring, heat over medium high until it comes to a rolling boil

  4. While stirring, heat over medium high until it comes to a rolling boil. You should be stirring this entire time!
  5. Once the mixture comes to a rolling boil remove from heat. CAREFULLY pour into a stand mixer bowl. (You can use a hand mixer, but be VERY careful, use a bowl that’s really large so that the hot mixture doesn’t splash up and hit you.  If you haven’t had your workout for the day you will now!)

    The mixture will turn white and resemble marshmallow creme once it is done - yes that is my daughter in the background waiting not so patiently for the rice crispy treats to get done!

  6. Mix on high for about 12 minutes.  The mixture will turn white and resemble marshmallow creme once it is done.
  7. Add in butter and vanilla and stir until just mixed.
  8. Add in the cereal and stir well.  If using a stand mixer remove the bowl, add in cereal and stir by hand to completely combine.
  9. Pour mixture into the greased 8×8 glass pan and use a spatula (you can also use a lightly greased plastic baggie over your hand) to gently push down on the mixture.

    Once the mixture is packed down set aside to completely cool

  10. Once the mixture is packed down set aside to completely cool.
  11. Once cooled cut into 12 squares and ENJOY!

Nutritional Info:

Makes 12 rice crispy treats.

Serving size 1 rice crispy treat.

Nutrients per serving: Calories: 152.5, Cal. from Fat: 15.5, Total Fat: 2g, Sat. Fat: .5g, Carbs: 33.5g, Fiber: .5g, Sugars: 23.5g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 45.5mg, Chol: 0mg

Notes:

Store leftover rice crispy treats in an airtight contain or wrapped in saran wrap at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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Comments

  1. connie says:

    I have made rice crispie treats out of fiber one ceral, i have made it with marshmellows but so want to try it with your recipe and then use the fiber one ceral, makes it even better for you..thanks for the recipe

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Connie,

      I hope you enjoy the recipe. As far as I can tell, Fiber One Cereal is not a clean product. It’s made from 99% genetically modified food products as well as containing aspartame which is a very harmful artificial sweetener. Even the salt that is contains is processed and has added chemicals. If you’re looking to add more fiber in your diet I would suggest adding some of the following fruits and veggies to your lunch or dinner and have the rice crispy treat as dessert.

      High Fiber Fruits and Veggies:
      Avocado
      Beans
      Broccoli
      Sprouts
      Cabbage
      Carrot
      Eggplant
      Mushrooms
      Potato
      Pumpkin
      Peas
      Spinach
      Apple
      Banana
      Berries
      Figs
      Dates
      Kiwi
      Orange
      Pears
      Prunes

  2. Lois says:

    I wonder if you use brown rice syrup instead of honey would it have a similar texture to the “normal” rice krispy squares? Do you use brown rice syrup?

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Lois,

      While I haven’t tried making this recipe with brown rice syrup my gut instinct is that it wouldn’t work. I would definitely give it a try and see what happens – you might end up with a better end result!

      ~Sarah

  3. Sandy says:

    Mine didn’t hold the shape when cut into squares. I dissolved the agar agar in cold water and then added it to the honey as stated in the recipe. I brought it to a rolling boil. I whisked for over 12 minutes on high. Maybe I should have done it longer. Not sure what I did wrong. The taste is great. I will try it again. Thanks for the recipe.

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