You probably made squares out of Rice Krispies and marshmallows when you were a kid. In fact, this might have been one of the first desserts your parents ever allowed you to prepare.
The sweet treats you stirred so diligently in your mixing bowl were probably made with commercial Rice Krispies and marshmallows, however. Most commercial marshmallows, however, contain gelatin, which is a by-product of beef bones and hoofs (yuk!)
Fortunately, we discovered a recipe for puffed rice cereal treats that is made with only three ingredients, is surprisingly healthy and protein-picked, and can be whipped together in about ten minutes! The addition of maple syrup and almond butter really gives pizazz to this dessert. You’ll want to make it again and again.
Puffed Rice Cereal Treats
3 cups puffed rice cereal (Please buy an organic variety, without added sugar! We found a brand made by Field Day which is inexpensive and fits the bill nicely).
1/3 cup maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
1/3 cup almond butter (you can also use peanut, cashew, sunflower, etc)
Either scoop the almond butter and maple syrup into a small glass container and heat the container in your microwave for a couple of minutes, or scoop/pour the two ingredients into a pan and heat them together on your stovetop for about the same length of time. Either way, the mixture should be bubbly and slightly crystallized.
Pour the puffed rice cereal into a large mixing bowl. Add the maple syrup/cashew butter mixture and stir everything together briskly. The texture should be nice and sticky, but not liquefied.
Spray a square baking pan with coconut oil or slather it with a bit of vegan butter or margarine. The insides should be well-coated but not too runny. Scoop the puffed rice mixture into the pan, then spread the mixture around and flatten it with a spatula.
Cover the pan and place it in your freezer for about an hour. Remove it from the freezer and cut the puffed rice cereal treat into squares. Dig right in!
You’ll love the sweet but robust flavor. So addictive! Your pan should serve about four people, unless you have a sweet tooth like we do. Try to avoid devouring the entire pan in one sitting, or you might end up with a stomach ache!
If you actually end up with leftovers, cover the pan, refrigerate, and then eat the rest tomorrow. Ideally, you should finish your dessert within two days.
So much better than the ones you made as a kid! We love these confections, and hope you will, as well.
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