When life gives you One Degree Organic Foods Sprouted Brown Rice Cocoa Crisps…. you make…. sprouted brown rice cocoa crispy SQUARES!
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So anyways, back to the squares. I posted about this amazing new find – the Sprouted Brown Rice Cocoa Crisps on Instagram and one of my lovely friends said “are you going to make rice crispy squares?!” … and I thought HECK YES I am.
The brainstorming began.
Typical rice crispy (crispy? krispie?? .. can someone clarify this for me?) squares are made with rice krispie cereal, which is pretty much puffed refined rice, stuck together with melted butter and marshmallows (ahem, refined sugar bombs) so they aren’t the healthiest treat in the bunch. So my challenge was to keep my version tasting very delicious while trying to keep refined and poo-poo ingredients out.
The One Degree Sprouted Rice Cereal is sweetened with organic coconut palm sugar which is a nice, unrefined, slower releasing sugar and the cereal also contains organic cocoa, a little sunflower oil, and a bit of salt. Being made with unrefined brown rice it is also high in fibre and other wonderful vitamins and minerals!
To bind the rice crips I used a mixture of unpasteurized honey (not a lot because the cereal is already somewhat sweet), natural almond butter, and Earth Balance soy free vegan butter which is basically a mixture of oils (palm, canola, safflower, flax, and olive), then I added some more raw cocoa powder and shredded coconut because… well, why not?!
Into a pan my rice crispy square mixture went along with it’s ample amount of fibre, energy boosting complex carbohydrates, natural sweetness, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats! I had to be patient as these took a while to harden but it was well worth the wait!
Have you ever created a healthier version of Rice Krispie Squares? I’d love to hear what ingredients you used! Let me know in the comments below!
- In a pan over low heat melt the vegan butter, almond butter, and honey and stir until well combined.
- In a large bowl add the rice crisps cereal, coconut, and cocoa powder.
- Pour the melted almond butter mixture over the cereal mixture and stir until well combined.
- Press the mixture into a 9X13 or smaller pan lined with parchment paper (the smaller the pan the thicker the squares).
- Top with another piece of parchment paper and press the mixture firmly into the pan. Very firmly.
- Place the pan in the freezer for 1 hour and move to the fridge and leave overnight.
- In the morning cut into squares and enjoy!
- Store the remaining bars in the fridge.
Have a wonderful Wednesday and stay tuned to a special and important post this coming Sunday you don’t want to miss!
Nutritionist in the Kitch