RECIPE: Crispy Rice Treats

Rice Crispy Treats are a staple of classroom events, family get-togethers and office potlucks–at least in my area. You’ve got your sugar, your marshmallow and your snap, crackle and pop all pressed together into a portable square. What’s not to love?

A lot, if you’re gluten-free or following macrobiotics. We want our sweets too, doggone it! Fortunately, there’s a whole lot of us out there who want the same thing. Grab your sweet tooth and try the Hip Chick’s Crispy Rice Treats!

Ingredients (quantities may differ from the link above):

  • 1 cup brown rice syrup
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter (or almond, cashew, hazelnut)
  • Healthy dash umeboshi (plum) vinegar (try an Asian or organic food store)
  • Healthy dash vanilla (optional)
  • 3 cups crispy brown rice cereal
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, roasted almonds, peanuts or cashews to taste (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a medium pot over a medium flame, heat up the brown rice syrup, peanut butter, vinegar and your optional vanilla.
  2. Stir constantly until the mixture is smooth, thin, and bubbling a little at the edges. Turn off the heat.
  3. Pour cereal into the pot and blend well with a wooden spoon. A silicon spatula works quite well also. Add in your optional cinnamon, et al.
  4. Pour into an oiled pan (square if you want fat bars, rectangular if you want thin bars) and flatten with a wet spatula if needed.
  5. Let cool. Slice and serve.

My notes:

  • I put in more than a healthy dash of vanilla
  • I skip the cinnamon line to keep it simple
  • A pie server may be your friend when it comes time to pulling these sticky treats off the pan.
  • The Hip Chick’s Guide to Macrobiotics has saved my taste buds, stomach, reasoning and sanity. I highly recommend adding it to your cookbook and spiritual library.

Hall of Fame ingredients:

My beautiful syrupy peanut butter mix:

Incoming! The cereal has landed…

…and has been indoctrinated into the fold.

The toothsome result:

Tastebud Satisfaction: GoMacro MacroBar

gomacro.com

Vegan. Gluten free. Macrobiotic. High protein. With healthy, conscientious buzz words like that, how could you go wrong?

Easily. But not this time.

GoMacro MacroBars aren’t the usual good-for-you snack bars that so often taste like a block of unappetizing sludge at their worst and pressed cardboard at their best.  I tried their Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip bar, and it not only filled me up, it tasted quite good! For a slim bar, it’s loaded with energy, and I had the added satisfaction of knowing I wasn’t consuming yet another overly-processed, enriched product that would leave me feeling uncomfortably full and regretting my choice.

In addition, as the site says: “The bars are sweetened with grain-based sweeteners. These sweeteners take longer to digest, thus avoiding the blood-sugar spikes associated with refined sugars. The fats in GoMacro bars are healthy fats derived from nuts and seeds containing omega3 fatty acids, minerals and vitamins. […] These are slow-burning carbs that boost energy levels throughout the day. Protein comes from brown rice protein – a great high protein alternative to animal products and soy.”

So there you have it. If you don’t want soy, these don’t have it. If you need to avoid gluten like the plague, here’s one answer. If you’re trying to follow a macrobiotic program and find yourself side-stepping it a lot (*raises hand*), get a handful of these to tide you over during moments of starvation between meals.