Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Gluten Free Refrigerator Crispy Squares

Before going on, I must tell you...these are not even close to rice crispy treats. No chewy, stretchy marshmallows. But they are really good, so please keep reading!

This is a bit healthier with the same crunchy sweetness. Add some nuts and dried fruit and you have yourself a satisfying treat or snack. Kids can help make this fun treat too.  Maybe let them choose the dried fruits or nuts.

I got this recipe idea from the cookbook, Forks Over KnivesThe Plant-Based Way To Health. The original recipe is called, Crispy Rice Bars.

If you count weight watcher points each square has 2 points each. I cut mine into larger sized squares. The entire recipe has 32 points, so divide it up as you please.

Gluten Free Refrigerator Crispy Squares              Makes about 16 squares (I made mine bigger)

2/3 cup brown rice syrup, honey or agave.
1/4 cup natural peanut nut butter, or any nut butter of your choice.
1/2 tsp vanilla.
2 cups gluten free crispy brown rice cereal.
1/2 cup chopped nuts of your choice.
1/2 cup raisins or dried fruit, cut into small pieces. I used dried cherries and goji berries.
1/2 mini semi-sweet allergy friendly chocolate chips.

Prepare an 8 or 9-inch square pan with a non-stick spray.
In a small saucepan add syrup and peanut butter. Mix well and heat until mixture is smooth and uniform. Remove  from heat and add vanilla. Stir well.
In a large mixing bowl add cereal, nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate chips. Stir well.
Pour syrup mixture over cereal mixture and stir until it is well coated. Press mixture into prepared pan as evenly as possible. Pack it down by gently pressing with your fingers or a spatula.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator or freezer.
Store in refrigerator or freezer.

This sweet treat will fall apart if left out at room temperature.