Crispy Rice Treats

Total Time:
43 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
3 min

Yield:
15 servings, serving size: 1 square
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup natural chunky-style peanut butter
  • 6 cups crispy brown rice cereal
  • 2/3 cup chopped dried cherries (3 ounces)
  • Cooking spray
Directions

Combine honey and peanut butter in a large pot and heat over medium-low heat until melted, about 2-3 minutes. Add brown rice cereal and cherries and stir to combine until mixture is sticky. Press into a 9 by 13-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray. Let cool, then chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Cut into 15 (2 1/2 by 3-inch) squares.

Per Serving:

Calories 160; Total Fat 5 g; (Sat Fat 0.5 g, Mono Fat 0 g, Poly Fat 0 g) ; Protein 3 g; Carb 26 g; Fiber 2 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 35 mg


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Can't Talk...Eating!!! Very more-ish...it's hard to stop with just one. Cooking tip: I also used just 5 cups of rice cereal and it worked perfectly!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not bad at all. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make. Omitting the dried fruit & using regular crispy rice cereal still works. Still tastes great & the kids love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love that this recipe is so simple. I used 5 cups of cereal since so many others recommended reducing the amount. It did help them hold together. I used regular Rice Krispies since my grocery store didn't have the brown rice cereal. Next time I'm at Whole Foods I plan to pick some up. Personally, I found these to be a little too sweet, so next time, i think I might omit the dried fruit and add salted peanuts instead. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you for sharing this recipe! These are so much tastier than Kellogg's traditional Rice Krispies. I love that they're so healthy too. I made a few modifications such as using Kashi 7 Whole Grains cereal..YUM!. For additional tips & photos for this recipe please check out my cooking blog RedLab27. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I prefer these rice crispy treats over the normal recipe and its a GREAT addition that it is also HEALTHIER for you. This recipe is great because you can personalize it. I love blueberries so I use dried blueberries instead of dried cherries. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for a friend who has a gluten allergy and I cannot stop tasting it! I only used 5 cups of cereal and I pressed the mixture with another pan... some crumbling, but they stayed in squares. I also used natural creamy peanut butter and added in crushed honey roasted peanuts, and substituted sun ripened cranberries for the cherries. So delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like this because it taste good and it's much better for you than the regular crispy bars. My grandson loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
An easy treat that got 2 thumbs up from my grandchildren! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well when the bosses wife yells at you and asks you to make something healthy so that everyone in the office doesn't end up weighing 300 pounds - you do it! The next morning I saw Ellie's show and she made these treats and I gave it a shot. Everyone loved them and they felt better after eating them. I do like the idea of compressing treats while they cool - may help the crumbles. I also found if you keep them in the fridge they stay together much better. Great recipe Ellie, thanks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this today and followed the 5 cup crispies recommendation. Unfortunately my store didn't have the brown rice cereal, I will have to continue to look for that. My husband really liked these and as usual, Ellie created another healthful tasty recipe that we enjoyed. I am so glad that I found you again on the Cooking Channel as I was upset when I couldn't find you on the Food Channel. Thanks Ellie and keep the healthy recipes coming, we really do appreciate them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The key, I think, is to only use 5 cups of the rice cereal - that seemed be just the right amount. And I used the previous reviewers' advice and pressed down, with parchment paper in between, with another dish to make it as compact as possible so as not to fall apart. I also used sunflower seed butter in place of peanut butter, and it tasted great. Next time I think I'll try semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of cherries. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this version.....I got all my co-workers hooked! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Use gluten-free rice cereal and this is a heavenly snack for us celiac folks :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe, I made it as a pre-sports practice snack for my athlete teen and are not only easy and tasty but a great energy source with just one square! what a deal! After cutting them I wrap them individually in plastic wrap, to help them better stay together and to make them portable. This will become a staple in our home. Thanks Elly! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe to the letter and even followed the directions of other posters to press firmly down on the pan, so the treats would stay together. Well, they didn't, they fell apart! That's the last Ellie Krieger recipe I try! You know, Rachael Ray would not be able to get away with such a shoddy recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these last week and have eaten practically every day. Love the flavor. At first I thought I was skeptical about anything being as good as marshmallow treats. These are even BETTER!! Half of them did fall apart, but I will use the tricks mentioned here. Thanks!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these for the first time today and had no problem with them staying together. The use of brown rice cereal is great. I added a little cinnamon to the peanut butter/honey and boy was that a great touch. I think I will be making these every week. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very easy to make - my daughter and I had fun with it. I had read the reviews prior to making and did use the trick about pressing down with an 8x8 pan. I think the key is also making sure that the cereal gets fully coated. I heated the peanut butter and honey until it was "liquid" and then poured it into a big bowl that contained the cereal and cherries - I added the honey/peanut butter "liquid" in batches - probably about a 1/4 at a time making sure to stir and coat after each addition. They did not fall apart. We used a natural chocolate peanut butter that we had on hand and mmmmm!!! The cherries really make the snack so don't leave out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't have any problems with these falling apart! I used half honey and half agave syrup. I also used brown rice cereal--yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for my vegetarian friends; they loved them! Treats made with marshmallow contain gelatin, which as an animal product. This recipe is a tasty alternative. They are less likely to fall apart if pressed into the pan by placing parchment and a second pan on top and really pressing down. Cool completely (at least 30 minutes) in the refrigerator. I lined the pan with parchment and left the paper hanging over the edge. i lifted the entire piece out of the pan before cutting into individual portions. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used the two pan pressing trick and these were great! I love peanut butter in anything! These reminded me of rice crispie treats my mom made with butterscotch chips. Loved them!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this recipe twice and both times they held up fine.... I probably used more peanut buter and honey than was called for... Also, I used Organic Chocolate Koala Crisps cereal whih made them extra tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this the other day by memory and they came out great. Today, I came to get the recipe which I followed, and they are falling apart... Last time I used more honey than peanut butter. So I would say up the honey by at-least 1/4 cup. or make sure that you don't go overboard with the PB and "underboard" with the honey (which I think I did) Also I made them (both times) using sunflower butter instead of peanut butter because of allergies. I used raisins instead of cherries. Perhaps an idea so they are not so sweet, is using tart cranberries instead. Maybe they'd be extra good by adding a pinch of cinnamon. Overall, very good taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you so much Terry for the pressing tip! I do have 2 9x13 pans, and it worked out great. I have a 2 year old son that doesn't like sweets all that much; strange, I know. I'm assuming that it's because we just don't usually have that stuff in the house. This recipe is great. It's SO much better for you than using a crap load of butter and marsh mellows, and it tastes heavenly. :) However, I replaced the cherries with chocolate chips, but I'll try it with the cherries too. Maybe even BOTH! Great job Ellie...you did it again. :) p.s. Terry's review suggests that after the mixture is in your dish, place parchment paper over it and press down reeeeeally hard. If you have an extra 9x13 pan, place that over the parchment paper, and put your whole body into it! Mine came out absolutely perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read all the reviews on this and saw how everyone had the same complaint.. how they don't stick together & they fall apart when you pick them up. So I added a couple of ingredients (along with a couple of calories) to avoid that problem. I added about a teaspoon of butter & a handful of mini marshmallows to the peanut butter/honey mixture to make it extra sticky. And I couldn't find the dried cherries at the grocery store so I used craisins. I also pressed extremely hard on the mixture once in the dish, like Terry did & I think that was a huge help also. I brought them to a dinner party & they were a huge hit. My kids also love them so since they're so easy to make they're a great treat for them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
For everyone having problems with the mixture staying together here is the solution. After combining all the ingredients and placing them in the 9x13 pan, cover the dish with a piece of parchment paper. Next take another 9x13 pan(or 8x8 if you don't have another 9x13) and press down on the parchment paper into your original covered dish. And I mean PRESS! I usually put my entire upper body into it. Check under your parchment paper and you will notice that the mixture has become much more tightly compacted. I ran into this problem before while making Granola bars, so when I saw all the reviews here I knew what everyone's problem was. Also to give credit where credit is due.....I got that pressing idea from Alton Brown. It is useful for any kind of mixture like this. Granola bars, protein bar, rice bars..... This is actually a great recipe! It's just that the lack of emphasis on pressing the mixture kind of screws everything up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I usually read at least several reviews before I try a recipe to avoid what happened with this one. Who would have thought that a simple Rice Krispie bar would be such a dud! Oh, taste was okay...but the problem here is that the honey peanut-butter mixture does not hold the bars together. I thought while I was making them that maybe, just maybe, I should bring the mixture to a boil, but double checking the recipe, Ellie said just until melted together...2 to 3 minutes. This is just not a good recipe...however, on the bright side, I will make the oatmeal cookie recipe I found on the dried cherries bag and make REAL Rice Krispie Treats when I get the hankering for them...with butter and marshmallows. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like everyone else, mine didn't stick together either. I used a wonderful granola thinking to make it extra healthy, along with mixed dried fruit, and a few chocolate chips. I'm sure the granola had nothng to do with it not sticking. I thought of trying doubling the "glue" but as one review said, it was then too sweet. I really was looking for this to be great! Ellie, please get back to us on this one. You are really doing a great job! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like almost everyone else, I could not find a way to make this mixture stick together. After chilling them they were easy to cut into squares, but you cannot eat them in your hand as they fall apart all over the place. I used peanut butter which is ground by my local grocer and has nothing at all added to the ground nuts, so maybe that's the problem. Maybe you have to use commercially made peanut butter. This will be eaten because it tastes very good, but it will have to be eaten with a spoon, or over ice cream or sherbet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After reading everybodys reviews about them not sticking together I upped the peanut butter and honey to 3/4 cup each. They are way too sweet. Now what do I do??? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added Flax seed for omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber, and Quaker oats for more fiber, and a few chocolate chips (not a fan of dried fruit). This is outstanding!! A healthy snack that my kids LOVE!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't have any problems with the squares crumbling but I did use regular peanut butter. I'm a peanut butter lover and the flavors were perfect. Healthier than the conventional marshmallow rice squares and less calorific too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't make it exactly the way she showed. I had been wanting to make bars using Honey Nut Cheerios and honey roasted peanuts. When I saw this episode, I found the perfect way to bind them together, healthier, and perfect with my theme! It is really sticky. Keeping them in the fridge turns them very hard and brittle. I left them out on the counter afterwards, and they were perfect at room temperature. Next time, after hardening in the fridge, I'll leave them out for a while to soften them before trying to cut. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor was good I liked the dried fruit I used dried cherries and dried blueberries and I like the idea of using healthier brown rice cereal, HOWEVER these things after hours and hours of refrigeration they still did not hold together and crumbled as soon as you picked it up. You could make this recipe with brown rice but you would have to put marshmellows like normal rice crispy treats. They would still be healthier than normal because of the brown rice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The combination of flavors is very tasty. However, I could not get mine to solidify into bars. Is it possible a bit of butter is needed? I compressed the mixture and chilled it, but ended up putting all in a bag and eating as a snack. Might also make a good cold cereal with milk. Seems like something is missing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe actually tasted very good. I really enjoyed the dried cherries and didn't notice the difference at all with the healthier brown rice cereal. However, they didn't hold together at all! Only after several HOURS in the fridge was I able to cut out an individual bar, but even then it crumbled terrible as soon as I took a bite. I didn't dare serve them to company and only find it worthwhile to eat them with a bowl and spoon. I don't think I'll be making them again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. It's easy and really good. Next time i will add just a little bit more honey to hold it all together better and maybe some white chocolate chips--I know, I'm cheating!!! Thanks!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love her recipes...easy and I don't feel like I'm cheating. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was so excited to make a healthy treat for my kids.It tastes good but does not hold together. I followed the directions to the letter. If anyone has any suggestions... item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband loves the traditional Rice Krispie treats, so I thought I would make these for a healthy alternative. He loved them. Of course, they do not have marshmallows, so they have different taste. These are quick and easy and I will make these again..... item not reviewed by moderator and published
These treats are delightful. The dried cherries are a refreshing change from chocolate! The texture of the crispy brown rice is more satisfying than crispy white rice. The only problem is that they tend to break apart more than traditional crispy treats. I am going to try more sticky stuff the next time I make them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is a great crowd pleaser. The dried cherries gave it a surprising and pleasant taste. The kids really enjoyed it too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great alternative to the traditional rice crispy treat. This recipe is fast, easy and tasty. I did have to modify the recipe...I only used 4 cups of the brown rice crisps in order to have them covered completely. They do fall apart a bit so eat them over a plate. Enjoy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy & fast! I used dried cranberries instead of cherries and it tasted so yummy!! Tastes nutritious too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good. I used Hazelnut butter because of our family's peanut allergy and chocolate chips instead of cherries but it was delicious and very easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made a batch of the Crispy Rice Treats for my daughter, who loves the traditional treats made with marshmallows and butter. She gave this one a thumbs up, and said Ellie's recipe is far superior!!! It came together in a flash, too. Thanks Ellie...I've enjoyed making several of your recipes and they are all fantastic! Joanne - New Oxford item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would have given it a 5, but they do not stay together very well. You have to keep them refrigerated. Taste it great and I will also try this one with other dried fruits. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were so good! Worth time to make. They did not stick together well. Fell apart too easy. Keep in fridge to help keep together. item not reviewed by moderator and published
the rice crispy treats were so yummy my daycare dids really enjpyed them. keep up the good work item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were delicious! BUT mine absolutly did not hold together like hers did on the show. I think I must have needed more sticky stuff or less cereal. I might try a bit more honey next time. Taste wonderful though! item not reviewed by moderator and published
ok, i love Ellie. i appreciate your insights and intelligence and for the most part she hasn't done me wrong. but BEWARE: this recipe is a disaster. i followed it to the letter only to discover that the cereal does not bind with the honey/peanut butter mixture. the proportions are way off. it doesn't cut into squares easily and if it does, they all come apart...cereal everywhere. waste of money, waste of time. ugh. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Our bars didn't hold up as well as Ellie's, but the taste was good as a topping for fruit or ice cream. Next time we'll pack it tighter and our house voted for more peanut butter. This definitely didn't taste like the healthy dessert that it is, it was quite rich! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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