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Crispy Rice Treats (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

There’s nothing like the old school Rice Krispy Treats I remember from back in the day.  But I don’t want to start that tradition with my own kids since they’re loaded with sugar and gelatin.  This healthier spin-off from the classic treat is made from brown rice cereal (hello fiber!) and vegan marshmallows.  I even added peanut butter for some extra protein.

Crispy Rice Treats
 (Vegan & GF)
yields 12 large pieces

3 Tb. Earth Balance butter 
1 (10 oz.) package vegan marshmallows (I used Dandies, or try SweetandSara)
6 C. Brown Rice Crisps, Gluten-Free (I used Barbara’s)
1/2 C. vegan chocolate chips
2 Tb. peanut butter*
Melt the butter, marshmallows and peanut butter over low heat in a large sauce pan.  Stir until completely melted, then remove from heat.
Pour in the cereal and stir until everything is well coated.  
Sprinkle in the chocolate chips last so they don’t melt.  
Spray a 13″ x 9″ x 2″ pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment or waxed paper.  
Evenly press the cereal mixture into the pan.  You may need to add a bit of Earth Balance butter to the spatula to prevent sticking as you press, or try using waxed paper.  
Let cool either on the counter or in the ‘fridge if you’re trying to speed it up!  Cut into even squares or try using cookie cutters to cut out cute little shapes.  You can even drizzle melted chocolate over these to get fancy!
*The peanut butter is optional.  I added it for an extra protein boost but feel free to omit it altogether or replace it with another nut or seed butter.

TIP:  I love adding nutritional boosts whenever possible and these Crispy Rice Treats are a great way to do that.  Try adding a few sprinkles of hemp seeds, ground flax seeds or chia seeds while mixing.  The kids will never know!

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