I loved rice krispie squares as a kid. I remember pulling up a chair to the oven so I could see my melt the marshmallows and the butter and stir together the rice krispies. They were so easy to make, but sadly, full of processed ingredients and high in sugar.
And even worse, you can now buy pre made rice krispies which contain even more junk and artificial ingredients. These are what most parents are sending their kids off to school with as treats!
Enter, the all grown up rice krispies! They are insanely delicious and kid friendly approved (my nieces approve all my treats), but they are super satisfying and loaded with more ‘adult’ friendly (and waist friendly) ingredients!
With almond butter (healthy fats) and unprocessed natural sugar (maple syrup), plus a few simple and natural additions, like cinnamon, vanilla and coconut; these treats are waaaaaay better than what Kellogg’s is serving up!
Plus, they are gluten free. Huge bonus!
I whipped these up last week in literally 5 minutes. They lasted 1 day and so I made a fresh batch to bring up north for the long weekend. Again…they didn’t last long!
Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 🙂
- 1/2 cup almond butter (try sun butter for nut free version)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (the real s**t, not aunt jemima's!)
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground vanilla bean
- 3 1/2 cups Natures Path gluten free crispy rice cereal
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted (optional, can use for drizzle)
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt together the almond butter and maple syrup. Stir together until well combined.
- Once melted, add in coconut, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir well.
- Lastly, add in crispy rice cereal and mix until well combined and cereal is completely coated with almond butter mixture.
- Transfer to an 8x8 baking dish lined with parchment paper.
- Pour into dish, press down into pan and place into the freezer to set. *If you are drizzling chocolate on top, place in freezer. Otherwise, place in fridge to set.
- Leave in freezer for 5 minutes, then remove and drizzle with melted chocolate. Place back into freezer to harden chocolate, for approximately 10 minutes.
- Let sit for 5 minutes before cutting into desired squares.