Easter Crispy Rice Treats

by tgiffitness on March 25, 2013

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During the March Break I ate way too much junk! So last week I challenged myself to eat sugar free. The only sugar that I was allowed to consume was from fruits and veggies. This meant no honey in my coffee and no baked goods (with the exception of 2 slices of flax bread each day). It sounds pretty easy, but when you actually try it, you realize that there is added sugar in almost everything! I did pretty well Monday through Wednesday. Apples with all natural peanut butter really help satisfy your sugar cravings.

By Thursday, I decided that it was about time I came up with a healthy treat for Easter. This was the end of my sugar free week, but although this recipe calls for added honey, it is far from junk. These treats are packed with nutrients and are a delicious way to satisfy your hunger.

Be warned, these rice crispy treats are addicting!

Rice crispy treats are great because you can mold them into whatever shape you like. I didn’t make these into any special shapes for Easter, but feel free to get creative with yours!

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crispy Rice Treats – Click here to print recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups crispy brown rice (Not puffed rice. They look almost identical, and at bulk barn they are on the shelf right beside each other, so make sure you read that bag!)
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter – all natural, just peanuts
  • 3/4 cup unpasteurized honey – separated*
  • 2 to 3 bricks unsweetened bakers chocolate

*Note: Add the honey slowly until you reach the desired sweetness. My rice crispy treats were quite sweet. I used 1/2 a cup of honey in the rice crispy portion and 1/4 cup in the chocolate. I could have used much less honey in both sections and they still would have tasted great!

Optional Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs ground or whole flax seeds
  • 1 tbs ground or whole chia seeds
  • 2 tbs hemp hearts

Directions:

  • Mix crispy rice, peanut butter, and 1/2 a cup of honey in a large bowl, then spread evenly into an 8 X 10 baking dish.
  • The peanut butter should be fluid enough at room temperature to easily mix with the crispy rice, but if you are having trouble, warm the peanut butter and honey before mixing with the rice.
  • Preheat a small pot of water (1/4 full) on low heat. If your stove is too hot, it will burn the chocolate and cause it to harden.
  • Place a glass oven safe bowl (approximately the same size as the pot) in the opening of the pot so that the bottom of the bowl is hovering just above the water.
  • Chop the bakers chocolate into small chunks. Make sure that the chunks are about the same size for even melting.
  • Add the chocolate to the warm bowl along with 1/4 cup of honey. Stir continuously.
  • When the chocolate is almost fully melted, remove from heat and allow the last few pieces to melt while stirring.
  • Pour the chocolate on top of the rice crispy treats and spread it out evenly with a spatula.
  • Place the rice crispy treats in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened.

Cutting the Rice Crispy Treats:

  • Boil a liter of water and pour it into a large mason jar. You can use a tall drinking glass as well, but be careful that it doesn’t crack.
  • Rest a sharp knife in the mason jar for 30 seconds to allow the knife to heat up.
  • Cut along the chocolate portion of the treats first to melt the chocolate. The knife will cool down quickly and you will have to reheat it frequently to prevent the chocolate from cracking.

Enjoy!

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Lindsay March 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm

AMAZZZIINNNGGG!! can’t wait to make this one!!
Where can I get these ingredients?

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Heather March 25, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Hey Lindsay,
I used Nature’s Path Crispy Rice, which I found at Bulk Barn. Its prepackaged, not in one of the bulk bins. It doesn’t say that it is brown rice on the front of the package, but if you look at the ingredients it should say “brown rice flour”. The unsweetened bakers chocolate is also at bulk barn. I get my natural peanut butter and unpasteurized honey at Costco, but you can find them at any grocery store. Make sure that peanuts is the only ingredient in your peanut butter. As for the optional ingredients, I get my ground chia seed from bulk barn, flax seed anywhere, and the hemp hearts I order from Manitoba Harvest. You can find a link to their website in the side bar of this post, with a 10% off code. If you don’t like ordering online, Costco sells their hemp hearts as well.

Hope that helps!

Heather

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