Hippie Crispy Treats

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Author Notes: This recipe was my attempt at making Rice Krispy Treats without marshmallows and with natural, healthy-ish ingredients. Inspired by David Lebovitz' Scotcheroos, I used chocolate, almond butter, coconut oil, and rice and maple syrups as the goo to bind the treats together, and topped them with a chocolate-coconut oil ganache. The treats were an instant hit, and now I make hundreds of them every summer to feed my fellow hippies at a music camp in Northern California. They are one of the most popular posts on my recipe blog, The Bojon Gourmet (bojongourmet.com).

A few notes: You can use corn syrup or golden syrup in place of the rice syrup if you prefer. Barbara's Bakery Crisp Brown Rice Cereal stays the crispiest of the four different brands I've tried. Chocophiles may want to double the ganache topping and sprinkle the top with cacao nibs.
Alanna

Food52 Review: Forget the traditional rice cereal treats with marshmallows -- these Hippie Crispie Treats are wonderful. Once you assemble the ingredients (rice syrup was new to my kitchen pantry), it all comes together easily. Setting the ganache in the fridge is essential; the treats remained crispy in my fridge for several days. I would make the salt & almonds on top optional. I’m adding dried cranberries to the next batch! This recipe is a family favorite already.susan kelly

Makes 16 two-inch bars

The bars:

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped bittersweet (70%) chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 cups crisp rice cereal

The topping:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped bittersweet (70%) chocolate
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon flaky salt (such as Maldon)
  1. Line an 8x8 square pan with a sling of parchment paper. In a large saucepan, bring the maple and rice syrups to a rolling boil for 1 minute, stirring frequently with a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon (be careful not to let it boil over). Remove from the heat and stir in the nut butter, 1/2 cup chocolate, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, and 1/4 teaspoon fine salt until everything is smooth and the chocolate is melted. Fold in the rice cereal and pack the mixture firmly and evenly into the lined pan (damp fingers can help here).
  2. In a small saucepan (or the same big one, if you've scraped it clean), melt the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate and 2 tablespoons coconut oil together over very low heat, stirring constantly just until melted (be careful not to scorch the chocolate). Pour the chocolate mixture over the rice mixture, spreading it smooth. Sprinkle the nuts and flaky salt over the top.
  3. Let the bars set at cool room temperature (about 2 hours) or in the refrigerator (about 1 hour) until firm. Lift the sling out of the pan, trim away the edges if you like, and cut into 16 squares.
  4. These treats are best the day they are made. They will keep at room temperature for several days, though the cereal will soften slightly.
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7 months ago fearlessem

Very tasty! I made these as the recipe stated other than using 5 cups of rice crispies, and leaving off the glaze. I don't think they need it, and didn't find them too sweet at all. Thanks!

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7 months ago Alanna

Yay! So glad you like 'em! You're quite welcome, and thanks for the note. :)

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7 months ago kimberly.godwin

I just made this. OMG.... So easy & So delicious. I used 4.5 cups of organic rice crispy cereal. I used to eat rice krispy treats at home when I was a kid, but as an adult, I stay away from 'junk food'. This is a much better improved healthier version. I like a good 'treat' now and then, and I think I just found it. Thank you.

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7 months ago Alanna

That makes me so happy, Kimberly! I was also glad to relive my rice krispy treats fixation again through these guys, too.

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8 months ago Pam

LOVE these bars. They are very easy and quick to make. I used Agave for the liquid sweetener. I also used 5 cups of cereal as recommended by someone. They were still VERY sweet!

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8 months ago Alanna

Hi Pam, Thanks for the note. I'm so glad you love these! Agave is sweeter than brown rice syrup (by three times, says this site: http://www.allaboutagave...) so the bars made with it will naturally taste much sweeter. It is also thinner and wetter, so it would make sense that you'd want more cereal in there. Thanks for giving them a go!

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8 months ago Pam

Well, I didn't know that. Good to know. They are wonderful the next day.

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8 months ago Alanna

So glad you like them! I didn't know that about agave either until I Googled it just now.

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over 1 year ago NC

This is a great simple recipe! The only thing I did differently is add (just because I had them already) yacon syrup instead of maple and rice syrups,had organic brown rice cereal, used MCT oil when making the almond butter and threw in a handful of salted mixed nuts with the (3 oz) chocolate. It turned out perfect!

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over 1 year ago Alanna

Ooh, I'm really glad to know that you can substitute yacon syrup for the maple and brown rice syrups! So glad you like the bars - thanks for the lovely comment. :)

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over 1 year ago Golfchef

What can I sub for the almond butter? My wife has a nut allergy.

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over 1 year ago Alanna

You should be able so sub any nut or seed butter. (For the record, I once used peanut butter, and the bars came out gooier than with the almond butter, but they were still tasty.) If your wife is allergic to all nuts, I would try sunflower seed butter, as it has a fairly neutral flavor.

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over 1 year ago placidplaid

I found out why my bars were crumbly the first time, six cups of rice krispies instead of four. I made again yesterday with four cups. I think the perfect number would actually be five cups because they were over the top too sweet. My kids complained a little too, they liked the first batch better. You're right about the spray coconut oil, it's really not very nice.

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over 1 year ago Alanna

Ah, that explains it! Also, are you using 70% bittersweet chocolate? I think chocolate with a lower percentage of cacao could definitely make them too sweet. I made these the other day with 85% chocolate and they tasted quite grown-up to me. :)

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over 1 year ago Carrie Vandelac

I love the name of these bars :). Excited to make them!

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over 1 year ago Alanna

Thanks, Carrie! Let us know how you like them!

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over 1 year ago placidplaid

two tablespoons! yeesh

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over 1 year ago placidplaid

I meant tablespoon.

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over 1 year ago placidplaid

I also wanted to say that I did not buy a jar of coconut oil since it was pricey. I bought the spray coconut oil and loaded up a teaspoon of it to add to the recipe. I figured if I ended up not liking the end result at least I'd have cook spray on hand to use rather than having a jar of expensive oil languishing in my cupboard.

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over 1 year ago Alanna

Ah, ok, I think that would be the culprit for the crumbly bars, since the spray has stuff added to it to make the oil liquid at room temperature and thus sprayable. The coconut oil helps solidify the bars, along with the chocolate, as both are solid at room temperature. Hope this helps!

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over 1 year ago Stephanie G

these are good! Next time I will double the salt in the bars.

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over 1 year ago Alanna

So glad you liked them! A little extra salt never hurts. ;)

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over 1 year ago placidplaid

I made this a couple of days ago and my kids are crazy for them. I used Lyle's Golden Syrup since I had it on hand instead of the brown rice type. Another sub that could be used was molasses but I thought that that flavor would shine through too much. I wonder if using pure cacao without sugar would make them less sweet since they are a bit much in that way? Also they did not stick together that well, a bit crumbly.

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over 1 year ago Alanna

I would have thought Lyle's syrup would be a good substitute for the brown rice syrup, since they are similar consistencies, but it looks like Lyle's is a bit sweeter than rice syrup, according to this article from Cook's Thesaurus: http://www.foodsubs.com.... That would explain the extra sweetness. I think using unsweetened chocolate would be a good call for less sweet bars. I've never had a problem with crumbly bars, so I can only imagine that the Lyle's syrup is also the culprit here, unless they didn't get packed firmly enough into the pan. I'm so glad your kids loved them regardless!

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over 1 year ago jstephanie396

I cant wait to try these, where can I get brown rice syrup btw? I'm also gonna learn and rock, but the problem is i do not able to find any good centers myself. This is the one http://www.saiinstitutes... I have chosen. Can someone help me to find if it is a good one. It will be really helpful, thanks

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over 1 year ago jstephanie396

Can't wait to try these. I'm also planning to learn it from one of the local institute saiinstitutes.in. Not sure if they are the best in this, but am unable to find any other competing institutes.

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over 1 year ago FabFran

Thanks for reminding me to use our local Whole Foods more often...I would like to try recipe as written before experimenting.

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over 1 year ago Alanna

You bet! Be sure to let us know how they come out. :)

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over 1 year ago FabFran

I can't wait to try these...however, I went to two stores and they scratch their heads when I asked for brown rice syrup and almond butter. The hunt is on so that I could make the most expensive Rice Crispier Treats!

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over 1 year ago JanMc

Not sure about the rice syrup but you'll find almond butter with the peanut butter-Target and most grocery stores have it. Justin's Nut butter is my fav.

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over 1 year ago Alanna

Yeah, I'm surprised you couldn't find them! Any healthy foodie store (such as Whole Foods) will have both. Though I'm guessing that any nut butter will work in place of the almond butter (including peanut butter). You can also make your own almond butter by blending the crap out of a bunch of almonds (toasted or not) in a food processor. And you could probably use corn syrup in place of the rice syrup, though they will lose some of their hippie status. :) Not sure if it's a typo, but I like "Rice Crispier treats."

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over 1 year ago NC

It takes two seconds to make your own almond butter at home. throw some almonds in a blender (or chopper), a touch of salt and sugar, a bit of oil I I used MCT oil) a touch of water just to make it spin better and there you have it.

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over 1 year ago Melanie Y.

Can't wait to try these! They look & sound amazing!

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over 1 year ago Alanna

Thanks, Melanie!

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over 1 year ago Gabrielle Oliveira

calories???

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over 1 year ago kath1

I should think they have all the calories in the world.

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over 1 year ago Mike Quinlan

Wait. I'm an old hippie... you left out the most important ingredient! Just how much pot do we add?

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over 1 year ago Alanna

Ha!

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over 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

These sound amazing and totally cater to my hippy side. I'm going to have to try these soon as I have everything in my pantry already!

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over 1 year ago Alanna

Aw, thanks! Let us know how you like 'em. :)