Peanut Butter, Honey & Dried Cranberry Brown Rice Crispy Treats

by Jennifer on January 17, 2011

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My sweet little babies were invited to a play-date together on Saturday (how cute is that?!). It was not planned and since I did not want them to go empty handed, I decided it was time to try out a recipe I had thought up this week.

Now wait, don’t point your fingers at me, I know this recipe still has fat and sugar (hence, will be loved) but I am using cereal made from actual brown rice and every ingredients is a much better choice than the inspiration.

The other great aspect of this recipe and what caused some laughter was my son, after he ate his piece, saying ‘Mom, I am glad mine did not have the red things in it’. I said, ‘Honey it did’.  Shazam!

1/2 cup natural peanut butter*
1/2 cup honey
5 cups crispy brown rice cereal
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped (as fine as you wish) 
Cooking spray

Directions
1. Combine peanut butter and honey in a medium size bowl, mix and microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power. If the peanut butter is not melted, repeat for another 20 seconds. Mix well.

2. Add brown rice cereal to the peanut butter honey mixutre, 1 to 2 cups at a time and stir to combine until mixture is sticky. Fold in the cranberries.

3. Press into a 8 x8 or 9 x 13-inch pan sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 – 40 minutes. Cut into squares and watch the smiles form!

*Please feel free to use any nut butter however, you may need to warm it for a shorter time if it is thinner or less viscous than peanut butter.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Evan Thomas January 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm

These sound terrific! And so healthy, too. I love the flavor combination of peanut butter and honey because it’s unexpectedly fruity. I bet the dried cranberries really enhance that.

Cajun Chef Ryan January 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm

How did you know that rice cripsy treats are a weakness of mine? Now you went and added all this natural goodness of peanut butter, honey, and cranberries….oh my! I cannot wait to try this out!
Just need to hide them after they are made!

Marly January 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm

We don’t eat marshmallows since they’re not vegetarian, and so we miss rice crispy treats. This is a nice variation on that recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

Shaina January 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Love it! We did this with almond butter not too long ago.

Georganne January 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm

This photo is gorgeous! It just makes me happy looking at it. And then I read the recipe… I can’t wait to try it!

Jennifer January 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm

You just reminded me that I did mean to mention that this should work great with any nut butter.

Jennifer January 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Thank You for visiting AND commenting

Jennifer January 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Hi Marly -what is in marshmallows that makes them non-vegetarian?

Maria January 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Love this treat!

Carol Schiller January 17, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Love this. I think I will try it with soynut butter for my nut-allergic DD.
Jennifer and Marla, Regular marshmallows are made with gelatin (made from animal skin and bones), but if you look for kosher marshmallows, they are 100% vegetarian – no gelatin.

Kristy January 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Those look delish! Thx for sharing!

Aggie January 17, 2011 at 8:37 pm

totally making these!! what a great treat and alternative to the original!!

Jennifer January 17, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Carol – Yes, that makes sense and any nut butter would be great although you may want to keep an eye on how much wamring the nut butter-honey combo needs as other nut butters may be less viscous than peanut butter

Crustabakes January 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

i have never tried peanut butter rice krispies treats. These sound amazing!

iheartrhody January 18, 2011 at 9:06 am

Love this! I can’t wait to try it.

Medifast Coupons January 18, 2011 at 9:36 am

Well this is a mommy concious treat! Great way to keep an old favourite new again. Absolutley perfect! Great idea.

Ben January 18, 2011 at 9:43 am

Yummy treats! They might not be as healthy as a stick of celery, but they are not as bad as just eating spoonfuls of lard :D

Jennifer January 18, 2011 at 10:41 am

Love the analogy!

Viviane January 19, 2011 at 3:07 am

Wow, these sound fantastic!! I have to use nut butters instead of the peanut butter and maple syrup instead of honey but I think that would still work out really well. Healthy, yummy, what more could you ask for! thank you for sharing!
Viviane

Roni January 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm

What make marshmallows non-vegetarian it the gelatin… gelatin is made from some kind of pig part LOL… I’m vegetarian and my hubby is jewish so we cant eat marshmallows either

Alycia [Fit n Fresh] January 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Wow those look too good! I miss rice krispie bars lol if I can find brown rice cereal, I will definitey be making these :)

Jennifer January 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Hi Alycia – try a health food store or ask the manager of your local big box if they will order it for you.

Jennifer January 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Thank You for the information.

Roni January 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Sorry i didn’t realize that question was already answered! lol… BTW this recipie sounds friggin delicious BTW! I am going to try it with almond butter since i am allergic to peanuts =]

Joy January 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I really like this recipe, perfect for little people and a drizzle of dark chocolate would adult-it-up!

Marly: Marshmallow creme, goes by the brand name of Fluff does not have gelatin in it. You could also make your own marshmallows (surprisingly easy!) using agar agar or kosher marshmallows, my cousin gets them! Good luck!

Kat January 20, 2011 at 1:25 am

These look awesome. Will have to try with cashew butter.

FYI: Kosher marshmallows generally use fish gelatin, which is not vegetarian. Vegetarian marshmallows do exist, but are usually marketed as vegan.

Carine February 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

I’ve made these! I replaced the honey with sweetened condense milk (which is much cheaper) and it tastes great! Thanks a lot!!

Jennifer February 6, 2011 at 11:18 am

Thank You for shaing Carine – have a great day

Luda December 25, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I made this recipe and it did fall apart for me i think i need to add more honey or some sort of natural syrup to hold it more together, i like more healthier approach without mush mallows, thanks for recipe.

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