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Healthy Rice Krispie Treats

prep: 15 mins / cook: 0 mins / inactive: 30 mins / total: 45 mins / quantity: 12 squares Print recipe?

Rice Krispie Treats are my earliest ‘cooking’ memory.  Way back when, I used to nag mum to let me make them at least once a week.  And though I didn’t actually get to make them that often (and sometimes they were with cornflakes!) this is food I grew up with.  I like to think my skills have improved since those very early days of giant wooden spoons and stirring Rice Krispies through melted chocolate.  But sometimes you just want something that reminds you of home.  You know?

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Making them healthier wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be either.  Raw cacao powder is a truly amazing thing.  It’s made by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans.  The process keeps the living enzymes and removes the fat (cacao butter).  This gives you all the flavour of chocolate but without all the added sugars/sweeteners and fats that are often found in commercial chocolate.  It also has even more antioxidants which help keep your heart healthy!

Healthy Rice Krispie Treats with goji berries - Vegan, Gluten Free | thecookandhim.com

And it really is just as simple as its childhood counterpart.  Instead of melting chocolate, here we melt some coconut oil and peanut butter (because peanut butter makes EVERYTHING  better) then whisk in the cacao powder.  Giving you a thick, rich, sticky chocolate goo.  I sold you right there didn’t I? ?

Healthy Rice Krispie Treats with goji berries - Vegan, Gluten Free | thecookandhim.com

he addition of goji berries isn’t just about their health benefits.  They are great tasting little pops of flavour – sweet and chewy.  They’re also rich in antioxidants, as well as Vitamin C and beta-carotene.  The maca powder is completely optional, but of all superfoods, maca is my personal favourite.  It’s an adaptogen and has completely stopped those very specific monthly cramps ?

Healthy Rice Krispie Treats with goji berries - Vegan, Gluten Free | thecookandhim.com

Ms Meg doesn’t care about goji berries or maca though.  She would be just as happy if there were slugs or maggots in there instead ?

Ms Meg and Healthy Rice Krispie Treats with goji berries - Vegan, Gluten Free | thecookandhim.com

Healthy Rice Krispie Treats

prep: 15 mins / cook: 0 mins / inactive: 30 mins / total: 45 mins / quantity: 12 squares

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1/2 cup organic goji berries
  • 1 heaped tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup organic raw cacao powder

Optional

  • 1 tblsp organic maca powder

Instructions

  1. Line a 9” x 9” square tin with a piece of greaseproof, parchment or cling film
  2. In a large bowl stir together the Rice Krispies and goji berries
  3. In a medium saucepan over a medium heat, gently warm the coconut oil and maple syrup.  When it’s melted whisk in the peanut butter till it's smooth then whisk in the cacao powder and optional maca powder
  4. Stir the melted ingredients into the Rice Krispies and goji berries till all the little rice puffs are well coated
  5. Tip the mixture into your prepared tin, smooth and flatten the surface then put in the fridge for around half an hour to set
  6. Turn out and cut into squares.  And remember to save some for the actual kids ;)
Healthy Rice Krispie Treats

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