Guest blogger Lisa James White and her brood make Healthy Rice Crispy Squares - Sweet Potato Chronicles

Guest blogger Lisa James White and her brood make Healthy Rice Crispy Squares

Back by pop­u­lar demand: Lisa James White and her all star team! After the enthu­si­as­tic response we got for the super healthy pan­cakes they whipped up for us a cou­ple of weeks ago we begged for more. They obliged with another win­ner: healthy rice crispy squares. Impos­si­ble you say? Read on.… these sound really good. And easy. I like that last part the best. I think we'll be mak­ing a batch at my house this week­end. Oh, and if you haven't checked out Lisa's adorable line of iDolls you can tuck an MP3 into called Woon Kids — you must. Unless Rachel Zoe has bought them all for her lit­tle baby.… just sayin'. For a chance to use your own Woon doll, click here. — C.M.

I love the idea of bak­ing with the kids. It just seems so “Good Mother”. And the kids. They just looooooove to bake. Really. The thing is though, and maybe it’s just me, but isn’t bak­ing with lit­tle kids just SO MUCH WORK? There are inevitably one or five! fights that arise (Not in my house of course…but other homes I’m sure): who cracks the egg, who mea­sures the flour (which btw NEVER actu­ally ends up in the bowl), who gets to stir first, who gets to lick the spoon first. Seri­ously. It’s enough to just pile the lot of them into the car and do a Star­bucks drive by.

That is why this recipe has become a life­saver in our house­hold: Healthy Rice Cir­spy Squares. Let me start out by say­ing: They ARE devine! And here’s the kicker: they’re HEALTHY! Like, super healthy. AND there’s not a glimpse of but­ter or marsh­mal­lows in sight. (Which is great – because really – what is a marsh­mal­low)? They are a per­fect bal­ance of com­plex carbs, pro­tein and essen­tial fats…but…the kids don’t need to know that. And since the best part of cook­ing for kids is lick­ing the bowl when all is done, they can go nuts (no pun intended) as there are no raw ingre­di­ent for mommy to fret over. Happy baking!

Rice Crispy Square Recipe

6 cups brown rice crisps (I use Nature’s Path Brown Rice Puffs)
2/3 cup raw honey
2/3 cup smooth almond but­ter
1 tea­spoon vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

Method:
Line a 11 x 7 inch pan with parchment.

Slowly heat the honey, nut but­ter, vanilla and cin­na­mon over low heat in a large pot, stir­ring con­stantly, until blended. Imme­di­ately pour the rice cereal into the nut but­ter mix­ture until very well coated.

Pour the cereal into your pre­pared pan and press into all the cor­ners. Allow to cool in the refrig­er­a­tor for about 30 min­utes. When cool and firm, lift out of the pan by the parch­ment and slice to your desired size.

  

8 Comments

  1. Natalee says:

    this looks amaz­ing! way to save a child­hood favourite

  2. Allison says:

    sounds deli­cious, I am def­i­nitely going to have to try this — when I get the courage up again to bake w/ the kids! Fully admit to head­ing to Star­bucks as a cop-out! :P

  3. Mary says:

    I have to thank you for shar­ing this recipe . Just two ques­tions, where did you find almond but­ter as well as brown rice crisp? I look for­ward to hear­ing from you when you get a chance.

    Thank­ing you,
    Mary

  4. Stacey says:

    Hi,

    We get almond but­ter from Costco, huge jar at a good price. And the puffs we can get in the Health Food aisle at Safe­way and an at most Health food stores.

    We are mak­ing these this after­noon. Can't wait. We are going to add coconut to see what that's like.

  5. Ceri Marsh says:

    So glad you all liked this one! I buy almond but­ter at my gro­cery store and I think it's becom­ing more com­monly avail­able. I admit I haven't noticed brown rice puffs but it sounds like you can find them at a health food store if not in a reg­u­lar gro­cery store. Good luck!

  6. M says:

    Great recipe! I used 1/3 quinoa puffs and 2/3 rice and that worked out nicely. I might even use a lit­tle less honey in the next one as I found them a bit too sweet.

  7. Yui says:

    Well, my uncle used to make this when I was a kid. He's passed away about 5 years ago, and when I read this post esp look­ing at the rice bars, I really miss him, and his mag­i­cal hands. He is the expert to turn the left­overs into some­thing deli­cious. Thanks for shar­ing this recipe. I think it's time for me to make it myself :)
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  8. Ben says:

    I replaced the almonds with peanut butter…was too yummy. Thanks for the idea, bet­ter from marsh­mal­low glue for sure :P

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