Puffed Rice Treats
Puffed Rice Treats

The genesis of this recipe began earlier this week, when one of those grocery store end caps was filled with shelves of a new, organic, sprouted puffed brown rice cereal, and boxes that normally cost $5 were available for $2.99. In that quick split second in which I turned my head from Tim to grab a box and look at the ingredients list (and it really did take a split second because the ingredients list is four—count them—four items long), I became the girl fantasizing about opening up the box as soon as I got home. I love cereal, but we hardly ever buy cereal, and not until I was sitting on the sofa with a big bowl in front of me did I remember how many times I ate rice cereals like this one with my grandma. She was a fairly non-discriminating breakfast eater, she’d use orange juice in the cereal bowl if she were out of milk, but when it came to the cereal she were going to buy, rice cereal was the only one I remember her having on hand. Eating a bowl (or two or five) this week has made me think about that and about her routines and habits and about how she’d keep games like Old Maid and Bunco and Go Fish in her buffet. It’s also reminded me of the wonder of rice cereal and how it never makes you feel full. But most importantly, at least in terms of this post, it’s inspired me to also mix up a gooey concoction of butter, honey, and peanut butter to coat the cereal with; scoop into balls; and chill in the fridge because, well, I don’t know another reason except, it tastes so good. Like candy. Rich and sweet and puffy candy.

We’ve made these little rice treat morsels three times this week, yes, three, and I wish I could tell you it was because we’ve been throwing so many parties, but actually it’s because we can’t stop eating them once they’re made.

Puffed Rice Treats with Peanut Butter & Honey

By: FoodLovesWriting.com

Serving Size: 20 to 24 bite-sized morsels

Puffed Rice Treats with Peanut Butter & Honey

It's crazy how a simple combination of six fairly common ingredients can result in a little treat that is anything but---and these morsels are a testament to that. In our three, yes, three, versions of this recipe this week, we've played around with the butter proportions and finally decided we like 1.5 tablespoons best. Adding more still works to yield addictive morsels, but the fat tends to settle towards the bottom of the balls and create little pools around them, which harden in the fridge and look less pretty but still taste great.

On variations: For those of you wanting to make this recipe vegan and/or dairy-free, I see no reason why coconut oil couldn't be swapped for the butter; while I haven't tried this swap, I would guess the main differences would be flavor and, possibly, a different texture because of the way coconut oil tends to firm up faster than other fats. You could easily swap out the cranberries with raisins---or increase the amount, if you want more fruit chunks interspersed. And last night, a table filled with three men told me drizzled chocolate might be nice on top, although it would make the morsels richer, so be warned.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/4 cup (72 g) creamy, salted peanut butter (we like the organic one from Trader Joe's)
  • 1 1/4 cups (45 g) puffed rice cereal (like this one)
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) dried, sweetened cranberries

Directions:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the salt, and, as it warms and softens, add the honey. Add the peanut butter, stirring the mixture as it continues softening. Once everything is fully melted, about 3 to 5 minutes, remove pan from heat, and stir in rice cereal and cranberries.

Scoop dollops of mixture into mini muffin cups and set cups on a plate or tray. Once all the mixture has been used, place plates/trays in refrigerator and chill until firm, about an hour. Enjoy!

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Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 29 Comments

  1. Kathryn

    This has reminded me that I haven’t made a batch of little puffed rice treats for far too long (and also that I’ve never made them with peanut butter; what have I been thinking?!). I think I’m going to go home tonight and whip up a batch! For a really decadent version, I love using hazelnut butter and then swapping in dark chocolate chips for the dried fruit – such a treat!

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  3. Kailey

    This reminds me so much of a snack my sister and I invented when we were little where we would mix maple syrup and peanut butter with Cheerios and freeze it until it held together. Haha we thought we were such the creative chefs! I love the idea with the puffed rice though and cranberries though, I’ll have to try this!

  4. Kate

    I love treats like this, more so because I just love cereals like that. What a rare find, indeed. I do love cereal too, and don’t eat too much of it anymore due to the ingredients, but seeking out a box like this would be worth it to create these dreamy treats. Love the bokeh on your photos, too.

  5. amanda

    Confession: I saw then immediately made this recipe of yours last night. I was too heavy-handed with my puffed rice (I have GIGANTIC bag from the Indian grocery), and so it didn’t stick together … but it did make the BEST pb cereal of all-time. The batch won’t last me through the day, guaranteed.

    Oh, and for the cranberries, I tossed in toasted sesame seeds instead. Next time I may even sprinkle a little cocoa powder in too. I feel like I’m reliving childhood. Thanks :)

  6. Elizabeth

    Is this Rice Crispies? I am actually looking for recipes using puffed rice, which is different but apparently America calls Rice Crispies ‘puffed rice. :(

  7. Shanna Mallon

    Hi Elizabeth, actually America has Rice Krispies too… It’s a specific brand of puffed rice cereal, and it could probably work here. We like using the brand above because it is made of fewer ingredients, which are all whole foods. Hope that helps!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Good question, Hannah. Actually, I think they’d do *ok* as long as they’re inside until lunch. If they’ll be outside or in any kind of super warm place, they’ll get sticky and messy. I would probably pack them in some sort of protected container so whatever happens, it doesn’t make a mess.

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