These Salted Nut Butter Rice Crispy Treats Are Low-Sugar & Delicious
January 12, 2020 at 02:19PM
Retooling the classic chewy rice cereal treats took a lot of trial and error. We tried to make them with a homemade marshmallow fluff, but ultimately this honey and nut butter combination yielded the best result with theleast amount of sugar. Browned butter adds an extra layer of depth and deliciousness.
Although not exactly like the original, thesesalty and sweet treatsare addictive with their crunchy-gooey combination. This recipe works equally well with almond butter or peanut butter, so feel free to use yourfavorite spread. Because this recipe doesn’t have much sugar, the bars will crumble at room temperature—they are best served cold.
Salted Nut Butter Crispy Rice Treats
Makes 16 bars
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Nonstick cooking spray
4 cups brown rice cereal
6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter
¼ cup honey
¾ cup unsweetened peanut or almond butter
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Dash of flaky sea salt, for topping
Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving about 2 inches of overhang on each side. Lightly coat the parchment paper with cooking spray.
Place the rice cereal in a large bowl; set aside.
Brown the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until darkened in color and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Add the honey and whisk to combine. Bring to a vigorous simmer and cook until frothy, about 1 minute. Add the nut butter and vanilla and stir until the nut butter is fully melted and incorporated into the honey butter. Remove the mixture from the heat and let cool slightly.
Pour the warm butter mixture over the rice cereal and stir to combine. Press the mixture into the prepared pan, using the bottom edge of an offset spatula or the bottom of a glass to firmly compress it in the pan. Sprinkle with the sea salt.
Freeze until firm, 25 minutes. Cut into 16 squares and serve cold.