These crispy peanut butter rice bars are so easy to make and they taste delicious! They’re slightly more substantial than your typical rice bars with the addition of flax. The flax is not overwhelming, however, you can slightly taste that it’s there. Instead of tasting flaxy, it just tastes heartier. Rice Krispie bars were one of my favorite snacks growing up. There’s really not much to them, and they’re generally void of nutrients. But, they’re so fun to eat and such a simple snack! Obviously, I love peanut butter, and the peanut butter crispy treats are delicious as well. I modified this recipe that my friend Jenn made. Her recipe involved corn syrup which I swapped out for brown rice syrup. The benefit to brown rice syrup is mostly that it has a lower glycemic index than corn syrup (probably the best substitution would be agave nectar, which I may try in the future) and it’s more natural than corn syrup. It’s still a sugar and high in calories so try limit these bars. Easier said than done. I could easily eat half the pan in a day they’re so good! Toddler approved.
- 1 cup brown rice syrup (corn syrup if you don’t have brown rice syrup)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup flax-seed meal
- 6 cups crispy rice cereal
- Slowly melt brown rice syrup and brown sugar on stove top on about medium, add peanut butter and flax-seed meal.
- Put the cereal in a bowl and add the warm peanut butter mixture. Stir and transfer to 9×13 greased pan. Flatten with the back of the spatula or use whatever method you like best. Lots of people spray their hands with spray oil or rub their hands in butter and flatten that way.
Enjoy! I’d like to mention, to make these foods healthier, I use mostly or all organic ingredients. I don’t write it down in the recipes because it seems redundant. But, with less processing and less hormones and pesticides, organic will make things better for you.
If you’re interested in a similar scotcharoos type recipe made healthier, click here. I haven’t tried them yet, but I’m sure I’ll be making them in the future!