Whether you find crispy rice treats irresistible or much prefer dark chocolate for dessert, this recipe will satisfy on all fronts.
Like the childhood favorite, these are homey squares of crispy rice cereal held together with sweet gooeyness. But this sticky, rich coating doesn't come from melted marshmallows and butter. It is from a healthier and more flavorful yet comfortably familiar blend of honey and peanut butter. Plus, these are made with whole-grain, rather than refined, rice cereal.
The treats are sweet enough that my daughter lunges at them enthusiastically, and because they lack the typical cloying sweetness, I enjoy them too. I've used dark chocolate chips here, but they are also wonderful with chewy dried fruit in addition or instead.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Crispy Rice Treats
Yield: 15 pieces
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup natural-style smooth peanut butter
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips (may substitute chopped dried fruit)
5 cups crispy brown rice cereal
Combine the honey and peanut butter in a large pot over medium-low heat for 2 to 3 minutes, until melted. Remove from the heat. Stir in the chocolate chips and then the brown rice cereal, coating it evenly.
Grease a 9-by-13-inch shallow baking dish with cooking oil spray. Transfer the rice mixture to the baking dish. Lay a piece of plastic wrap over it to prevent your hands from sticking as you press the mixture evenly and firmly into the pan.
Cover and refrigerate for 40 minutes, until set, then cut into 15 equal pieces.
Nutrition information per piece: 210 calories, 5 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates, 10 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 60 mg sodium, 1 g dietary fiber, 15 g sugar.