Oh my … that’s a long title, now isn’t it? But I wanted you to get the idea. These aren’t your normal, marshmallow filled rice crispy treats. They are a twist on the traditional version, and a little healthier too.
We are a (partially) gluten free house and I’m always trying to find gluten free healthy food for my daughter to snack on and… I’ll be totally honest ….. it’s hard. Anytime I search ‘gluten free’ in Pinterest I get a ton of alternative flour recipes for bread and muffins and cakes. And that’s not what I’m looking for.
I just want a non bread kind of kid snack that is gluten free, free of dyes and preservatives and is EASY.
So we decided to take the traditional rice crispy treat and make our own. The difference between our and ‘theirs’ is in the quality of the ingredients. If you use the traditional Rice Krispies cereal you will get this in there:
- Rice, Sugar, Salt, Flavoring Malt, Ascorbic Acid, Alpha Tocopherol Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide Vitamin B3, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride HCL, Riboflavin Vitamin B2, Thiamin Hydrochloride Vitamin B1, Folic Acid Vitamin B9, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, BHT
And if you used marshmallows, you’d be adding this as well:
- Corn Syrup, Sugar, Corn Starch Modified, Water, Gelatin, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Flavors Artificial, Colors Artificial ( Blue 1 )
That’s when Rice Krispie Treats become unhealthy! Why there’s Artificial Blue coloring in marshmallows is a mystery too.
These crispy rice treats are held together with honey, not marshmallows. And peanut butter. If you have a peanut allergy in your family, almond butter would be a good substitute.
I kept these simple as you can see. There are no added chocolate chips, butterfingers, Reeses Pieces, sprinkles or M&Ms. It is a simple recipe with just natural rice cereal, organic honey, peanut butter and vanilla. The peanut butter I use is just nuts. There are no added oils or sugars.
So make these instead and I promise you your kids will not be complaining!Print
These rice treats have no added refined sugars or marshmallows. They are gluten free and naturally sweetened using honey. The protein from the peanut butter makes them a great little snack to put in the kids lunchboxes or afterschool.
- Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper
- Heat the honey, peanut butter, vanilla and salt in a pan over low heat until it all melts together.
- Pour the rice cereal into a large bowl and pour the melted honey and peanut butter over it. Stir together.
- Press into the baking pan HARD using either a rubber spatula or your hand with wax or parchment paper.
- Let cool and cut into squares.
Calories 110; Fat 4 gr; Cholesterol 0; Sodium 150 mg; Carbs 16.4 gr; Fiber.6 gr; Sugar 9.6 gr; Protein 2.2 gr