Welcome to my kitchen, where I'm about to share a mouthwatering treat that's as delightful as it is guilt-free.
If you thought healthy Rice Krispie treats were an oxymoron, think again! In today's blog post, we're diving into the world of crispy rice cereal to craft a delectable masterpiece - healthy Rice Krispie treats, or as I like to call them, crispy squares of joy.
What makes these treats so special? Well, we've harnessed the magic of simple ingredients, carefully selected to transform a beloved childhood classic into a wholesome delight.
As a passionate food blogger and dedicated Weight Watcher, I'm always on the lookout for recipes that not only tickle the taste buds but also align with a balanced and health-conscious lifestyle.
These no-bake desserts do just that, without sacrificing an ounce of flavor.
Whether you're looking for a delightful snack, a lunchbox addition, or a crowd-pleasing party treat, these healthy Rice Krispie treats are your answer.
So, let's roll up our sleeves and embark on a culinary adventure that's sure to redefine how you think about this beloved classic.
Get ready to create a sweet sensation that's both indulgent and nutritious. Without further ado, let's whip up some crispy, chewy, and utterly scrumptious crispy rice cereal squares that you won't be able to resist.
Make sure try some of my other popular healthy Weight Watcher recipes. Low Calorie Wendy's Frosty, 3 Ingredient Cinnamon Muffins , Mini DASH Chaffles, Air Fryer Beignets and The WW Zero Point Apple Crisp Chips.
Why make this recipe?
You don't want to miss out on this healthier version of your favorite crispy treat recipe!
Weight Watcher Friendly - These healthy treats are only 5 points on my WW plan and a great option for satisfying that sweet tooth.
Since the new Weight Watchers plan is personalized you will have to input the ingredients used into your WW app to get your exact points.
Easy to Make - These Krispy treats use only 5 ingredients - coconut oil, tahini, honey, chocolate chips and crispy cereal.
Kid Friendly - If you're a mom you know the importance of creating recipes that are not only delicious but also wholesome for the whole family.
Traditional Rice Krispie treats have long been a beloved sweet treat, but they can be loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients.
In this post, we'll show you how to make a healthier version of this classic favorite using puffed rice, making it the perfect kid-friendly, sweet treat that the whole family can enjoy guilt-free.
These homemade healthy Rice Krispie treats are a wonderful way to introduce a traditional favorite to your kids while ensuring they enjoy a treat that's better for them.
Packed with whole-grain puffed rice, natural sweeteners, and the option for nutritious add-ins, these treats are sure to be a hit with the whole family. And the best part is, you can feel good about giving your kids a tasty yet healthier alternative to the classic Rice Krispie treats. Enjoy your sweet, kid-friendly, and wholesome creation!
Ingredients needed and substitutions
Rice Krispies Cereal - If you can't find the original Rice Krispies or just prefer a healthier rice you can check your grocery store for a crispy brown rice cereal. Brown rice crisps work just as good as the regular Rice Krispie treats. Any crisp rice cereal will do.
Tahini - For the best Rice Krispie treat recipe we used Tahini for the sticky mixture and sticky texture. If you don't like tahini you can swap that with almond butter, sunflower seed butter, cashew butter or natural peanut butter.
Chocolate Chips - Adding a little bit of chocolate chips or butterscotch chips into this cereal mixture turns then into the perfect birthday party cereal bars. If you want to keep them extra healthy swap the chocolate chips for dark chocolate chips. Chopped up medjool dates are a great add in as well. Try adding in some chia seeds or hemp seeds to incorporate some healthy fats.
How to Make Healthy Rice Crispy Treats
1: Melt your coconut oil, tahini and honey over low heat to medium heat in a small saucepan, Stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until melted. Turn heat off and add a splash of vanilla extract.
2: Place your Rice Krispy cereal in a large mixing bowl and pour your melted tahini mixture into your cereal and mix well until all crispy's are coated. You can sprinkle a couple of chocolate chips in the mix as well.
3: Add your mixture into a prepared baking pan, I used an 8x8 square pan coated with cooking spray. You could just place a sheet of parchment paper in your pan as well. Spread the mixture over the entire pan in an even layer, press down to flatten smooth.
4: Sprinkle some chips and sea salt on top and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
5: Remove from fridge and slice with a sharp knife into squares.
6: Store them in an airtight container at room temperature. You can place wax paper or plastic wrap between each crisp cereal bar to keep them from sticking together.
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Yes, you can make healthy Rice Krispy Treats without marshmallows and butter. Instead of marshmallows, you can use alternatives like honey, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup. As for butter, you can substitute it with nut butters like almond or peanut butter, or even coconut oil for a dairy-free option. These swaps reduce the processed sugar and saturated fats in the traditional recipe while adding more natural sweetness and healthy fats.
To boost the nutritional value of your Rice Krispy Treats, you can add ingredients like chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, or pecans), dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, or apricots), or seeds (chia seeds, flaxseeds, or hemp seeds). These additions provide extra protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals to your treats, making them a healthier snack option. You can also consider using whole-grain brown rice crisps for added fiber.
Yes, you can make gluten-free Rice Krispy Treats by using gluten-free rice cereal. Many brands offer gluten-free rice cereal options that are readily available in most grocery stores. Additionally, ensure that any other ingredients you use, such as marshmallow substitutes or flavorings, are also gluten-free. This way, you can enjoy the classic taste of Rice Krispy Treats without worrying about gluten-related dietary restrictions. Remember, when making healthy homemade Rice Krispy Treats, you have the flexibility to customize the ingredients to fit your dietary preferences and nutritional goals. These treats can be a delightful and nutritious snack when prepared thoughtfully.
- Choose Whole-Grain Cereal: Opt for a whole-grain or brown rice cereal instead of the traditional Rice Krispies. This adds fiber and nutrients to your treat.
- Use Natural Sweeteners: Replace refined white sugar with healthier alternatives like honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar. These sweeteners add flavor without as much processed sugar.
- Nut Butter Binder: Instead of using marshmallows, use natural nut butter (like almond or peanut butter) as a binder. It provides healthy fats and a creamy texture.
- Incorporate Seeds: Add nutrient-rich seeds like chia or flax seeds for extra fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and a delightful crunch.
- Include Dried Fruits: Mix in chopped dried fruits like raisins, apricots, or cranberries for a natural sweetness and additional vitamins.
- Spice it Up: Enhance the flavor with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla extract. These will add depth to your treats without extra calories.
- Low-Fat Dairy: If you want a creamier texture, use low-fat Greek yogurt. This boosts protein.
- Portion Control: Cut your treats into smaller portions. This can help with portion control and prevent overindulging.
- Less Sweet: Reduce the sweetness of your recipe by gradually decreasing the amount of sweeteners you use. Your taste buds will adjust over time.
- Nut Toppings: Sprinkle chopped nuts, such as almonds or walnuts, on top for added protein, healthy fats, and a delightful crunch.
- Remember that moderation is key, even when making healthier versions of treats. Enjoy your Rice Krispy treats as an occasional indulgence and balance them with a well-rounded, healthy diet. These tips will help you create a more nutritious and satisfying treat without sacrificing flavor.
Are you a Weight Watcher?
If you follow my Blog you probably already know I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and I like to point all of my Recipes with the WW Points System.
This Weight Watchers friendly Rice Krispie treats recipe recipe is only 5 Points on my app for 1 healthy riced Krispie treat.
Weight Watchers has a new individualized program right now to make it easier to enjoy the foods you love and still lose weight.
Just plug the ingredients into your WW app to confirm the points for your individual program.
Make sure you check out my Newbie WW Tips and Tricks Guide if you are just getting started.
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