Rice Krispie treats were always one of my favorite snacks as a kid, but the traditional version isn't very healthy. Rice Krispies cereal contains high fructose corn syrup, something we want to avoid if possible. So instead of Rice Krispies I've used puffed brown rice cereal which has only one ingredient: brown rice.
This recipe doesn't use marshmallows or butter, which makes it suitable for vegans. It uses brown rice syrup instead of the traditional corn syrup and it uses brown sugar rather than white sugar.
To keep the recipe on the healthier side, use a natural peanut butter without partially hydrogenated vegetable oils or high fructose corn syrup. Since we're leaving out the high fructose corn syrup from the cereal it would be senseless to add it back in with the peanut butter, wouldn't it?
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. brown rice syrup
1 c. peanut butter
7 c. puffed brown rice cereal
Combine sugar and brown rice syrup in saucepan and bring to a near boil while stirring often. Continue stirring until sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat.
Add peanut butter and mix well.
Add puffed rice and mix well.
Press the mixture into a greased pan and put in the fridge for several hours to cool and harden. If you want it to harden faster, stick it in the freezer for about an hour.
Cut into squares and enjoy!