Crispy Rice Treats

Total Time:
43 min
10 min
30 min
3 min

15 servings, serving size: 1 square

  • 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

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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    Very easy to make. Omitting the dried fruit & using regular crispy rice cereal still works. Still tastes great & the kids love it.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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!
    I like this because it taste good and it's much better for you than the regular crispy bars. My grandson loved it.
    An easy treat that got 2 thumbs up from my grandchildren!
    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.
    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.
    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.
    I love this version.....I got all my co-workers hooked!
    Use gluten-free rice cereal and this is a heavenly snack for us celiac folks :)
    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!
    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!
    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!!!
    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.
    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.

    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!
    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.
    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!!!
    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!
    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.

    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 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.
    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!
    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.
    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.
    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!
    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.
    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???
    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!!
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