Monday, April 29, 2013

Make it Monday: Healthier Rice Krispie Treats

We love sharing recipes with other mommies and friends and this is one from our friend, Karyn! She is an awesome mom to 3, wife, and runner as well. Thanks so much, Karyn and we hope you enjoy this family favorite!

This is a sweet treat that is sure to please moms, dads and kids alike. It will bring back nostalgic childhood memories for "us" older folks and the kids will never know that they're missing out on all that sugar, partially hydrogenated oil and fat from the original Rice Krispy Treat. GO MOM!

Ingredients to grab:

2 Cups Peanut Butter (I prefer organic with no sugar added)
1.5 T Coconut Oil
1/2 cup Honey (I prefer raw, local honey)
4 cups Organic Brown Rice Cereal (I prefer Erewhon or Nature's Path)
Mini Chocolate Chips (Enjoy Life is dairy, soy, and gluten free)
Organic Unsweetened Coconut (optional)

Place the peanut butter and coconut oil in a saucepan on low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted.
Then add the honey and mix well. 
Remove from heat and use a spatula to combine the mixture with the brown rice cereal. 
Once everything is well incorporated, place the mixture in a 9x13 pan that has either been greased or lined with parchment. (Parchment makes for easier cleanup).
Use the spatula or your hands to "smush" the mixture into the pan. (This is the part my kids LOVE the most).
Then add the chocolate chips or coconut (or both) and "smush" again. 
Place in the refrigerator for approximately 20 minutes to chill.

This is a favorite breakfast around our house with the kids. My oldest son prefers his with coconut and an apple. My daughter and youngest son like their Krispy treat without the added coconut and a banana or clementine orange. I like to eat mine (coconut or no coconut) with green tea and strawberries as a snack before my Tuesday night 4 miler with our local running tribe. It gives me a good little afternoon energy boost! 

Get to baking and let us know how they turn out.

Couple of items to note:
*the organic brown rice cereal can be difficult to find in some regions. I used the gluten free Kellogg's version for that reason. However, there is most likely GMOs in the Kellogg's version so hunt for the better stuff.
*organic brown rice cakes could probably be substituted for the cereal. I just haven't tried it yet.
*organic maple syrup could probably be substituted for the honey. I haven't tried that either but I think an experiment just might be in order.

Recipe credit here and here


  1. Cool recipe! I'll have to try it. I like what you said - the kids will never know that they're missing out - I don't have kids, but I often wonder why parents lead their kids down the same path that many of us are trying to get away from. Have a fabulous day!

  2. Exactly, Lauren. My kids think the original ones taste funny. They prefer the healthier version :)