Rice Krispie treats are reminiscent of childhood snacking. But they weren’t as wholesome as they tasted. Sure, they were cereal based, but they were smothered in sugary marshmallows and butter, so they were more of a sugar rush than anything else. Even so, it’s hard not to crave Rice Krispie treats, even as an adult. Luckily, with a few tweaks, these yummy treats can take a deliciously healthy turn, so you can indulge in a childhood favorite (but with the metabolism of an adult).
Rice Krispie Treats: The Better Way
These vegan Rice Krispie treats feature quinoa, nut butter, seeds, and coconut, and get lightly sweetened with brown rice syrup.
Original Rice Krispie treats call for the Kellogg’s cereal. Naturally, the cereal’s main ingredient is rice. However, it’s the second ingredient on the list that makes a seemingly harmless cereal lose its charm: sugar. And for those with gluten sensitivities, take notice: Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal contains malt.
To avoid packing in sugar and gluten when you can easily avoid it, purchase a gluten-free puffed brown rice. I used Arrowhead Mills’ version for this recipe.
Meanwhile, these treats are sweetened with brown rice syrup. Like most high-calorie sweeteners, brown rice syrup must be used in moderation and cannot be considered fully “healthy” just because it’s derived from brown rice. However, brown rice syrup contains no…