Filled with fresh strawberries, blueberries, nuts, and chocolate – not only are these sweet treats healthier, but they’re also super easy – thanks to these Healthy Kitchen Hacks to Make Better Rice Crispy Treats.
It’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks Wednesday – the day we share our favorite time-saving kitchen tricks and cooking shortcuts to help you make healthy and delicious meals.
Between Drama Camp and swim lessons and road trips. I’ve been packing a lot of these sweet treats. But these are not the ordinary bar with just marshmallows, cereal, and butter.
This version just more fun to eat. And from kids or adult – these treats are greeted with surprise – and then smiles.
These fruit and nut and chocolate filled rice crispy treats were even a hit on Facebook LIVE. (Thank you for your kind comments!)
So check out this Facebook LIVE for the video version of this week’s Healthy Kitchen Hack:
5 Ways to Make Better Rice Crispy Treats
Spray the pan, the pot and the bowl. Don’t just 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 a 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®, or any of the new whole grain Nourish cereals like Nourish Berries and Peaches®.
Heat on the stove for more time to mix everything together. Yes, Americans are cooking less on their stoves and more in their microwaves. Fine! But when making Rice Crispy Treats, just 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 – like what happens when you melt everything 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. That is all. Use vanilla. 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! You can even make the Treats a day ahead, just refrigerate overnight. (The marshmallows and butter keep them from getting soggy.) Here are some of my favorite combos I make all year round:
- Fresh blueberries and strawberries for Fourth of July: red, white (extra marshmallows), and blue!
- Dried cherries, slivered almonds, and chocolate chips – Since they’re made with a whole grain cereal, they’re what’s for breakfast when traveling in the morning.
- Fresh banana slices and crunchy peanuts – Also, stir in a tablespoon or two of peanut butter.
- Frozen fruit (blueberries and cherries are best) – These should be consumed shortly after being made. Otherwise, the frozen fruit will thaw and make the bars a bit soggy. (Do not thaw fruit before mixing it in.)
Do you ever add mix-ins to rice crispy treats? What do you add?