A Twist on Snap, Crackle, Pop

It can be helpful to have a quick, no-bake dessert recipe in your repertoire. This brown rice crispy treat recipe will suit kids hungry for an afterschool snack to adults needing to refuel after a long workout. Traditional rice krispy treats are filled with butter and sugary marshmallows. Here’s an alternate version that has some healthier ingredients.

Brown Rice Crispy Treats

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup brown rice syrup
  • ¾ cup almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 cups Brown Rice Crispy Cereal (Erewhon’s brand is gluten free)
Optional Additions
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • ½ seeds or chopped nuts or dried fruit
  1. Heat coconut oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add brown rice syrup and almond butter. Heat until tiny bubbles form, stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Immediately take the pot off the heat and add vanilla. Stir again. 
  2. Pour the cereal and add-ins into a large bowl. Pour the hot syrup mixture over it. Mix together with a wooden spoon. 
  3. Pour the mixture into a 9x13 inch pan and press mixture flat. It can be helpful to use a small square of parchment paper to press down mixture. 
  4. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Makes about 15 squares. 
Source: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook

Originally published in the West Hartford Fleet Feet newsletter, "The Extra Mile" (May 8, 2012, Issue #103)