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Wilder Rice Crispy Treats

March 13, 2011

When I was a kid, homemade rice krispy treats were one of my favorite foods. I don’t think that they made packaged rice krispy treats back then, and all the better, since they taste like preservative to me.

My sister and I loved staying with my aunt because she let us make multiple trays of rice krispy treats each day. I know that she also made us a healthy dinner, but I’m not sure we had much room left.

This same aunt has now asked me – jokingly, I am sure! – why there isn’t a recipe for rice krispy treats on this blog. Well, now there is. I like an adapted version of the peanut butter krispy treats recipe in Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Foods into Your Cooking. You can find a similar recipe on her web site, 101cooking.com, right here. I wasn’t a huge fan of either of the original recipes — not crunchy enough, and too monotonous in terms of flavors – but I am a big fan of this adaptation.

This new recipe is called “wilder rice crispy treats” because it incorporates wild rice and because it’s nice and crispy.

What you’ll need:

  • Muffin tin and muffin liners
  • 2 cups unsweetened puffed brown rice cereal
  • 2/3 cup uncooked wild rice, which makes about 1 cup cooked wild rice
  • 1/3 cup pepitos (green pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped dried cherries
  • A handful of flax seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped shelled pistachios, salted are fine
  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 teaspoons agar powder

What you’ll do:

  • Cook the rice
  • Mix the rice, cereal, pepitos, cherries, flax seeds and pistachios (reserving 1/4 cup for topping)
  • Heat the peanut butter, maple syrup, and agar powder in a saucepan until combined and bubbling
  • Stir the peanut butter mixture into the dry mixture until combined
  • Spoon the combined mixture into a lined muffin pan
  • Sprinkle the reserved pistachios on top and press them in
  • Refrigerate for 2-3 hours

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ken Schwaber permalink
    March 13, 2011 9:31 pm

    Life simply cannot keep getting better like this.

  2. Nancy Goodwin permalink
    April 12, 2011 1:54 pm

    Not only are they fabulous, but they are easily transportable if you leave them in the muffin liner. If you can resist the temptation to gobble them all up after two hours, they taste even better the next day.

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