Vegan MoFo Day XVIII : Crispy Sticky Puffed Rice Treats

Do you remember the Pumpkin Pie Pudding Bread I posted recently?  Well, Katie just made a Gluten-Free version for those of you interested (Jessy!!!).  Please let me know if anyone else goes GF on these as I’d love to know how they turn out.

Now for the rice treats, if you please!

A few years ago a family member learned he had cancer, and though I was already vegan, I began researching the connections between diet and reversing cancer.  This lead to reading lots of books on nutrition and various ways of eating, and led me to become interested in Macrobiotics.

While eating completely macro wasn’t right for my family (we eat tons of fresh fruit), I did glean many good cooking and eating habits from the experience, and still make many of our favourite macro recipes.  One of them is, of course, the ubiquitous puffed rice treat.  Though I haven’t made them in ages, I spotted a box of Kellogg’s “Rice Crispies” at the grocery store the other day and just had to buy them.  Rice Crispies.  In France.  Go figure.  Globalisation. I was so excited I just had to buy them and make some treats!  Wee!

I used to make these with puffed quinoa, because I couldn’t find puffed rice, but either are awesome choices.  The other change is that I usually use brown rice syrup, but I can’t seem to locate any in my new digs.  I used golden syrup instead, and though the golden syrup lends them a rich, buttery taste, they are a tad bit more sticky than the brown rice version.  Just suck it up and use a spoon.  Or your sticky fingers. I really think they taste like the real thing, but I haven’t had a marshmallow version in, say, 15 years.

Yes, that is a big piece and I loved every bite.

Crispy Sticky Puffed Rice Treats

1 cup brown rice syrup or golden syrup

heaping 1/2 cup nut butter (I love hazelnut, but you know that! Try almond or peanut.)

A dash of vanilla

3 1/3 cups puffed cereal (rice, quinoa)

Optional: pinch of cinnamon or other spice, dried fruit or nuts.

Pour the cereal into a large mixing bowl and set aside.  In a sauce pan over medium, heat the syrup, nut butter and vanilla and stir until smooth and bubbling a bit.  Pour this carefully over the cereal and mix with a wooden spoon.  This now goes into a non-stick or parchement-lined pan (I use a 23cm round pan).  Let it cool.  If you can.

I always burn my mouth when I make these because I can’t help but lick the spoon.  When it’s hot. Sigh.

Tomorrow is Friday and that means a giveaway…but you don’t like chocolate, do you?


29 thoughts on “Vegan MoFo Day XVIII : Crispy Sticky Puffed Rice Treats

  1. Hello- so simple and delicious!!! Love this. I tried to make a “rice crispy treat” type deal, raw/vegan, and it was definitely a fail… but I like the use of nut butter- definitely makes this, I bet!

  2. I’ve always wondered what golden syrup tasted like. It’s an ingredient in a few New Zealand cookbooks I own. Mail me a rice crispy treat and I will mail you a brownie. Equal exchange : )

  3. crispy sticky puffed rice treats AAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNND your pumpkin pie pudding bread deglutenized!!!!!!!! is today my birthday?! it might as well be!

    so awesome on your knowing a good bunch about macrobiotics, Shelly. my cousin is very much into it and it’s always interested me. i want to say there is even a course taught around here about it, i might have to check it out. i need to see if i can find that golden syrup. i’m all about buttery. mmmmmmmmm! oh yes, and your treats are the cutest – and i want one for my belly!

  4. Your crispy sticky puffed rice treats look dreamy! I made a different recipe recently with puffed brown rice and the texture was really strange and chewy, not crispy like a treat like this should be. It made me wonder if perhaps there was a hole in the bag of puffed rice and they were stale. Were yours crispy or is this just the nature of puffed rice? I’d love to try yours!

  5. I think it’s awesome that rice krispie treats can be made without laying down serious cash for a bag of vegan marshmallows! I have a book called the Accidental Vegan and in it the author includes a rice krispie treat recipe. It’s totally yummy and I imagine yours are, too, with all that buttery syrup and nut butter! Oh, yes! I remember my daughter not being too fond of the rice krispie treats I made (she has interesting food tastes, to say the least), but I hope Guppy had a different reaction because I’d be sad if she missed out on these delicious treats!

  6. Bonjour Shelly,

    Je ne savais pas où t’écrire alors je le fais via ton site.
    Sais-tu qu’il y a le Paris Vegan Day dimanche 28 novembre ?
    Ça te plairais certainement, et l’entrée est gratuite ! Ça sera un très gros évènement avec des auteurs qui viennent d’Amérique, des démos culinaire, des défilés de mode etc…

    J’espère que tu vas bien, comme je ne suis plus sur DB, je n’ai plus trop de news…

    Bonne soirée à toi.


  7. Oh, I’ve got to try these! I haven’t had Rice Krispies squares in ages – not that I miss them all that much, really (except for grandma’s version, maybe), but those sound so much better that I really want to try them soon. They’d be a fun thing to bring to Christmas parties, too!

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