Tis’ the season to jump into the kitchen and whip up some of your favorite goodies… right??
These little goodies are SO GOOD. It’s funny because they taste exactly like rice crispy treats BUT there is no marshmallow involved… huh?! Go figure!
All that is involved is brown rice crispies, brown rice syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla… that’s it. If you were looking for a good old fashioned, simple and delicious rice crispy treat, you would stop right here BUT if you want to take them to the next level, in comes the chocolate.
I did a little taste testing with the chocolate options… I tried one version where I spread melted chocolate over the top and another version where I stirred the chocolate chips right in (like the picture).
My husband and I both agree that the chocolate chips win. They add the perfect amount of chocolate without being over bearing. (Truth be told, I like the chocolate spread on the top too… sure it’s more “chocolatey”, but that doesn’t bother me one bit;)).
So technically speaking you can’t go wrong; they’re good plain, good with chocolate spread on top, AND good with chocolate chips stirred in… they’re a win, win, win!!
Brown Rice Crispy Treats
Yield: Makes 9 squares
- 1/3 cup of all natural crunchy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup of brown rice syrup
- 3 cups of brown rice crispy cereal
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼-½ cup of chocolate chips (optional)
Basic Brown Rice Crispy Treat
Put you're peanut butter, rice syrup, and vanilla into a small sauce pan and heat over a low heat until the mixture becomes warm and syrupy…this will only take a few minutes.
While your peanut butter syrup is heating, spray a large bowl with cooking spray before adding the rice cereal. Pour the ooey gooey peanut butter syrup over the cereal and combine until all of the rice crispies are evenly coated (you may have to work it a little).
Transfer crispies into an 8x8-baking dish (like a Pyrex) that has been lightly coated with non-stick cooking spray. Pat them down and make them nice and even, pop in the fridge about an hour or so, then cut em’ up and enjoy!
If you want to add chcolate you have two choices:
After you have combined your cereal and you’re syrup, stir in ¼ cup of chocolate chips. Now, you want to be sure that the syrup is not piping hot and has had a few minutes to drop in temperature, because if it is too hot, the chips will melt and look “not so pretty”.
Once the chips are stirred in, place into a pyrex and chill.
Once you have chilled your rice crispy treats for about a half hour or so, take a ½ cup of melted chocolate chips (I melt mine in a doubler boiler but you can do a microwave as well) and pour them over the top of the crispies. Spread the chocolate evenly over the top of the crispies.
Pop them back in the fridge and allow the chocolate to set before cutting.
With the addition of 1/4 cup chocolate chips:
Calories: 161; Total Fat: 6.9g; Saturated Fat: 2.1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 10mg; Carbohydrate: 24.1g; Dietary Fiber: 1.7; Sugars: 12.2; Protein: 3.6g