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Friday’s Find: Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice Treats

19 Comments 06 July 2012

Friday’s Find:  Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice Treats

Happy Friday!  I have a Friday’s Find and a bonus recipe!!  I’ve enjoyed Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice for years.  In fact, it was the first gluten-free cereal I found that actually tasted like cereal instead of sand.  Most crispy rice cereals contain barley malt, so it’s a pleasure to find one that is gluten free and tastes delicious.

I’m a big supporter of Attune Foods, because their products are made with “simple, pure ingredients that help you feel your best everyday”.  You can see my past reviews here of their Corn Flakes and Probiotic Chocolate Bars.

But this post is all about the Crispies!  Recently I had a chance to sample two of the other cereals — Rice Twice and Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice!  Do you remember the days of Cocoa Pebbles?  No, me neither (winkie face), but these are so much better.  And so much better for you.

The short list of ingredients in even the sweet, chocolately cereal doesn’t prohibit me from enjoying this treat cereal.

Ingredients:  organic brown rice, organic evaporated cane juice, organic brown rice syrup, organic cocoa powder (processed with alkali), natural flavors, organic caramel color, sea salt, organic cocoa butter.

As soon as I opened the box and munched on the first handful, I knew that I had to make rice crispy treats.  Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats.  But in keeping with Attune Food’s philosophy, and my own personal quest to make yummy things just a little bit healthier, I had to toss out a few traditional rice crispy treat ingredients including the marshmallows. Especially the marshmallows.

Are you still here, my friendly felines?  Yes, you can make Rice Crispy Treats without corn syrup-drenched marshmallows!  See?

And you can do it with ingredients that you believe in.  Just start with the Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal of your choice and add in these simple ingredients:  SunButteragave nectar, and flaxseed meal maybe even a touch of cinnamon.  This simple recipe worked beautifully with all three Crispy Rice products.

Just mix the ingredients together by hand and press them into muffin tins.

I loved this recipe with Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal.  But if you’re looking for a treat that will knock your socks off, I’d make these with the Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice Cereal!  Pure decadence without the junk.

Ooh, and one more thing.  To top it off, add a dollop of Sunbutter.

Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice Treats

by Heather

Ingredients: 

Directions: 

1. Prepare 12 muffin tins by lightly greasing them with coconut oil.

2. Heat SunButter and agave nectar in a large saucepan on low.  Stir until lumps have melted and set aside to cool.

3.  In a medium bowl, mix Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice Cereal and flaxseed meal.

4.  Fold the crispy rice mixture into the SunButter mixture until combined.

5.  Scoop into muffin tins and press with the back of a spatula.

6.  Let cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

7.  Pop out of the muffin tins and serve with a dollop of SunButter on top.

Yields 12 treats

If your local grocers don’t carry Erewhon Cereals, you can order them through Amazon right here:

Readers, dish!

  • Have you tried Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice cereals?
  • Which one is your favorite?
  • When is the last time you had a Rice Crispy Treat?
(Disclaimer:  I have no connection to nor was I paid by Attune Foods. I did receive complimentary samples sent for me to taste and review. I do not give positive reviews just because the product was free but will always give my honest opinion.)
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19 Comments so far

  1. Yummy!
    (FYI you accidentally mention adding peanut butter but the recipe calls for sunbutter.)

    • Heather says:

      Thank you for being my eyes, Dawn! My first test of this recipe was with peanut butter. It was really delicious, but when I tried it with SunButter I liked the unique flavor better. Appreciate your help!

  2. Alta says:

    I love the Attune crispies! I just recently bought the rice twice…I keep wanting to make “something” with it but not sure what. Until then, i just munch. Anyway, I love these crispy treats. Chocolate + sunbutter = heaven!

    • Heather says:

      Thank you, Alta! I love that the Rice Twice has puffed rice and crispies. And I’m with you on the Chocolate/SunButter combination. Mmmmmm!

  3. WHat a great idea. I haven’t ever seen these cereals, but to be fair I haven’t walked down the cereal isle in years. I guess it’s time to take another look around:) How fabulous!

    • Heather says:

      I know, France. I rarely head down those aisles myself. I need to be looking specifically for a product that I know is clean and worth being bombarded with packaging.

  4. Melissa says:

    Great review and recipe, Heather! I actually have had rice crispy treats recently from a local store that makes gluten free ones without marshmallows. Much of the idea is similar to your recipe, but they add vegan chocolate chips and dried coconut flakes. However, they also add a bunch of less than healthy ingredients, like processed vegan margarine. Love the clean ingredient list that you’ve listed here!

  5. Alisa says:

    Yum! how did you know I was just about to make cocoa crispy treats? :)

  6. A friend of mine told me about using flaxseed meal in rice crispy treats and I have it on my to make list too. Yum!! Your treats look delish – it’s one of those recipes that spans the ages. Everyone loves them!!

    • Heather says:

      It was a fun experiment, Amy. The flaxseed meal is a good binder. They are definitely more gooey than rice crispy treats made with marshmallow, but that’s half the charm. :)

  7. amber says:

    Hi There Heather,

    These are so gorgeous. I just had a HUGE dinner, so how can these make me feel so hungry again! I’m drooling over here. I adored rice crispy treats as a child. I love the idea of making a healthier version for my family. Love your ingredients. Well done!!

    Have a great weekend lovely lady,

    Hugs,
    –Amber

  8. Ina gawne says:

    Heather – these sound divine! I love that they are made in a muffin tin, and love the idea of sun butter…yummmm! Such a great recipe! :)

  9. Heather says:

    Thank you! This was a fun treat recipe!! Funny, but the muffin tin idea came from my laziness. The muffin tin pan was closer to the front of my cupboard than the baking pan! (shhhhh…) ;)

  10. Elizabeth H says:

    Hi Heather
    Hope you’re having a lovely summer. Although I don’t always comment, I do always read your posts. You’ve made a summer with a houseful of hungry kids much more fun, thank you very much!

    SunButter is now working on a little back to school communication, which includes sharing some of our favorite recipes. Your Crispy Brown Rice Treats are one of our newest faves. We’d like to include the recipe in a series we’ll email to people who respond to some online ads. We’ll always give you credit when we mention the recipe and share it. Whenever we can, we’ll include a link to the post on your site:

    http://www.glutenfreecat.com/2012/07/fridays-find-cocoa-crispy-brown-rice-treats/

    Credit: Heather at GlutenFreeCat.com

    Let me know if this is okay with you? And also if it’s okay to use the photo (with superimposed credit to you, too, of course).

    Thanks much and take care.

  11. Dana says:

    These look great! I didn’t know they had a cocoa kind, I’ll definitely try those. My daughter has unfortunately taste the “other” kind however, so I’m not sure if the memory of that will mess up this healthier version. Either way I’m sold!
    -Dana


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