Make better rice crispy treats with less mess and MORE fun flavors. Add fresh berries, nuts, and chocolate. It’s easy and healthy.
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I’ve been packing a lot of these sweet treats lately. But these are not the ordinary rice crispy treat.
This version is more fun to eat. Kids and adults greet them with surprise – and then smiles.
To see a video of these fruit and nut and chocolate-filled rice crispy treats check out this Facebook LIVE. Here’s a rundown of 5 ways to make better rice crispy treats and this week’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks:
5 Ways to Make Better Rice Crispy Treats
Spray the pan, the pot, and the bowl. Spray non-stick cooking spray on the 9×13-inch baking dish before pouring in the gooey marshmallows and cereal. Also, spray the bowl in which you mix the treats for easier release, and spray the pot before melting the butter and marshmallows on the stove. Clean up will be much easier.
Make half your cereal whole grains. Use 3 cups rice crispies and 3 cups of whole-grain cereal. Mixing in toasted oat cereal (Cheerios®) with your rice crispies isn’t just delicious, it’s way more interesting. And of course, it’s healthier. Other whole-grain favorites here are: Whole Wheat Chex®, Brown Rice Krispies®, even crumbled Frosted Mini Wheats®.
Heat on the stove to prevent marshmallow ‘cement’. We love our microwaves. But when making Rice Crispy Treats, turn on the stove. Melting the butter and marshmallows on the stove will give you a good 3-5 minutes more to stir in mix-ins or just get your Crispy Treats in the pan before it all turns to cement – as happens when everything melts in the microwave. Add fresh fruit like strawberries and blueberries to Rice Crispy Treats. See other tips in this week's #HealthyKitchenHacks via @TspCurry Click To Tweet
Stir in vanilla to take em’ from good to great. Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla to the melted marshmallow/butter mixture. It’s the best.
Add fruit and nuts. Actually, go crazy with the fruit and nuts – up to about 2 cups. Yes. You can use fresh fruit!
- Fresh berries: Add strawberries, blueberries that have been well-dried with a towel.
- Dried cherries and chocolate chips – Since they’re made with whole-grain cereal, they’re what’s for breakfast on-the-go. Munch on the bars with a glass of milk.
- Fresh banana slices and crunchy peanuts – Also, stir in 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter to the melted marshmallows.
- Frozen fruit (blueberries and cherries) – These should be consumed shortly after being made. Otherwise, the frozen fruit will thaw and make the bars soggy. (Do not thaw fruit before mixing it in.)