Fall is finally here and Halloween decorations are already up everywhere and the supermarket aisles are filled with candy. A popular treat that doubles as an activity for kids is the ever-famous Rice Krispie treat, which you can mold into just about any shape you like from pumpkin to goblin. Instead of making the traditional recipe, try giving the kids an extra nutritional boost and some added protein with this healthier version. It’s just as fun to make and healthy, too.
Most health food stores nowadays sell food dyes made from spices or food so avoiding synthetic food coloring is not a big deal, you can even find all-natural sprinkles which would be fun to add in as well! Choose your colors depending on what shape you’re going for.
Protein-Packed Crispy Rice Treats
2 cups puffed rice cereal
½ cup almond or sunflower seed butter
¾ cup brown rice syrup
½ cup finely chopped nuts, seeds or raisins
¼ cup mini chocolate chips
Combine the almond butter and rice syrup in a sauce pan and cook on very low heat for about 3 minutes until it’s nice and creamy.
In a large bowl toss the rice cereal and mix ins.
Pour the warm, creamy mixture over the cereal mix and make sure everything is evenly coated.
Press the mixture into a 9X9 baking pan and cool in the refrigerator.
Once it’s set you can use cookie cutters to cut your favorite shapes or shape into pumpkins!
Jacqueline Banks is a board certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. To learn more about living a vibrant, healthy life, visit her website at www.jacquelinebanks.com.