Make THIS! Not THAT!: Crispy Rice Treats





Rice Krispie Treats are a hug hit with kids.  I know mine used to love them.  But since I’ve discovered  that it takes Kellogg’s over 70 ingredients to make them, including artificial colors and BHT …. well, I have since stopped purchasing them.

Fast forward to 2014 and I’ve decided to try and make these at home.  My biggest hurdle was the main binding ingredient, marshmallows.   I thought peanut butter would be a good binder and the kids love pb!

I found organic rice krispies by Barbara’s or Erewhon.  There is a link below for Amazon if you can’t find them in your store.  Mine is hit or miss so I do use Amazon quite a lot these days.

I used organic honey as the sweetener and peanut butter and vanilla for flavor.   That’s it.

And they were a HUGE hit!

Click here for the recipe.


NOT THAT! ricekrispietreat


Ingredients (70)

Rice Toasted Cereal (Rice, Sugar, Salt, Corn Syrup High Fructose, Flavoring Malt, Niacinamide Vitamin B3, Iron Reduced, Riboflavin Vitamin B2 , Folic Acid Vitamin B9), Marshmallow (Corn Syrup, Sugar , Gelatin, Flavors Artificial), Fructose, Margarine ( Soybeans Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Water, Flavors Natural & Artificial Butter, Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Mono and Diglycerides, Monoglycerides Acetylated, Vitamin A Palmitate , BHT, Used to protect quality , Vitamin D), Corn Syrup Solids, Dextrose, Glycerine, Salt, Niacinamide Vitamin B3, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride HCl, Riboflavin Vitamin B2, Thiamin Hydrochloride ,Vitamin B1


HFCS – High Fructose Corn syrup is glucose produced from corn starch in a process called wet milling. Wet milling isolates the components of the corn through chemical or biochemical separation. The sugars are further separated by the use of enzymes. Since fructose is sweeter but not naturally found in corn, scientists have ways to convert the glucose into fructose.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared that under the formal definition of natural, HFCS does not meet the requirements. The enzymes that are used to separate the sugars are synthetic, deeming HFCS unnatural.

Flavors –   The FDA does not require companies to disclose ingredients of color or flavor additives so long as all the chemicals in them are considered by the agency to be GRAS (generally recognized as safe) enabling companies to maintain secrecy of formulas. It also hides the fact that flavors often contain more ingredients than the foods to which they give taste.  A typical artificial strawberry flavor contains over 30 chemicals. According to manufacturer safety data sheets those chemicals cause eye irritation, corneal damage, eye burns, skin irritation, severe / permanent damage to digestive tract, gastrointestinal irritation, gastrointestinal tract burns, CNS depression, neurological effects, liver abnormalities, cardiac abnormalities, or other harm.

Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil – according to, this is one of the MOST harmful ingredients in processed foods.  You can read more about that here.


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