Healthy Vanilla Rice Crispy Bars

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IMG_4438IMG_4436In med school, rice crispy bars were my go-to snack.  On the run between classes, you would always find me munching on one of them.  However, the ones I ate back then were full of sugar and unhealthy fats.  Little did I realise how these lovely tasting treats were adding to my cholesterol issues….(See my cholesterol story)

My husband is now trying to live healthier too.  (It seems all my healthy eating positive energy is rubbing off;)  He, like me, has a terrible sweet tooth and he used to eat chocolate/sweeties daily.  He is now looking for sweet healthy alternatives to have in place of unhealthy, processed treats on a daily basis.  I promised him I would work on a new recipe “just for him” this weekend – and this is what i came up with.  I must say – we are both very pleased with these.  Despite the coconut base, they are not overpoweringly “coconutty” and taste deliciously sweet with a lovely vanilla aroma.

You can eat them as is or you can drizzle them with maple syrup or any syrup of your choice.

Ingredients (about 12 squares)

  • 1/2 cup rice syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter (I used homemade)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons agave granules or granular sweetener of choice
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (I use vanilla powder)
  • 2 cups puffed brown rice (you can use rice crispies, but puffed brown rice is healthier as it has no sugar and other yucky stuff added to it)

Instructions

In a small pot, over medium heat, melt the coconut butter along with the rice syrup – stirring constantly.  Add all other ingredients except for the rice and stir until it becomes a smooth, silky sauce.  Taste it and adjust to your liking.  (Don’t be an idiot like me – let it cool before shoving the boiling liquid into your mouth!)  When it tastes right to you, throw the rice into the liquid and stir to mix through.  Scoop this mixture into an 8×8 dish and press into a flat, firmly packed layer.  I used the back of a spatula to do this.  Pop into the freezer to set for an hour or two, then slice.  Store in the freezer and eat it directly from there.

Happy Munching!
Dr T

 

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