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Mar082011

BROWN RICE CRISP TREATS

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I don't read as much as I'd like. Lots of blogs and cookbooks, but not as much fiction as I would prefer. I love when a good writer really draws you in - when something they write feels so familiar, it's like they are describing an emotion that you weren't certain you were feeling until you read their piece. I was reading Molly's post about having house guests after spending quiet days alone, working and writing from home. It reminded me how I felt last week, as we had all our evenings booked with some plan between house guests, a going away party for a best friend, dinner dates, tax appointments and the like. I really like being busy, it makes me feel more alive, more motivated.

I haven't really found a rhythm with this working from home deal. I am easily distracted, usually off task and missing the affirmation when I do something well. It has it's moments of lonliness, regardless of my beloved being here with me most of the time. I feel SO lucky for the schedule we keep, and there is not a dinner time prayer that goes by that we don't express our gratitude for having the means to do what we love, but it is different. I connected with Molly's post, because she was reveling in what fun it is to spend time with people you delight in. I was entertained by the dinner conversation with our house guests over the art of a perfect veggie burger, I waxed sentimental over the goodbye dinner of a dear friend from second grade moving states away, and laughed at another friends house while we watched random You Tube break dancing dance videos after a great dinner (isn't that how your dinner dates end?). All to say, introvert or not, there is nothing like the pleasure of good company.undefinedundefined

BROWN RICE CRISPIES // Makes one 8x8 pan
Adapted from Vanilla & Lace
You can find brown rice syrup at most health food stores. It is thicker than maple syrup, so the treats will stick together a little better. Maple syrup works well, but is thinner, so the treats are more fragile/crumbly. The dark chocolate lends a sharp contrast to the crisps, but milk chocolate would be a fine complement as well. The amount below gives a pretty sturdy chocolate layer, simply half it if you want something lighter.

1/3 Cup Creamy Almond Butter
1/3 Brown Rice Syrup (or Maple Syrup)
1 tsp. Real Vanilla Extract
3 Cups Crisped Brown Rice

7 oz. Good Quality, Dark Chocolate (I used Valrhona 71%)
1 Tbsp. Unsalted Butterundefined

1. Using a double broiler method, set a glass bowl over a small pot of simmering water, making sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Put the almond butter, brown rice syrup and vanilla extract in the bowl and stir until everything is evenly incorporated. Remove from the heat to cool a minute.
2. Put the crisped rice in a large bowl and pour the almond butter mixture on top, mix thoroughly.
3. Coat the bottom and sides of a 8x8 glass pan with a light coat of desired neutral tasting oil (coconut, canola, grapeseed etc.). Pour the rice mix in and push it down with the back of a spoon. Put it in the fridge while you make the chocolate layer.
4. Clean the bowl from the almond butter mix, and set up the double broiler again. Add the pieces of chocolate to melt slowly, stirring occasionally. When the chocolate is melted, add the butter and stir. Pour the chocolate on top of the rice crisps and quickly spread it across the top with an offset spatula or back of a spoon in an even layer. Refrigerate for at least an hour and a half to set and cut them in to squares with a sharp knife. Keep stored in the fridge and try to eat them within two days as the rice starts to absorb moisture. undefined

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Reader Comments (73)

This recipe is a must-try, I can't get my eyes of these beauties!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria @ Scandifoodie

Yummy! So going to show Aimee this post in hopes that she makes them for me :)

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTroy Grover

Nutritious meets sinful. I can deal with that, especially since it's (71%) dark chocolate! Agree with your comments about working from home as well. The days seem longer, lonely often. Though there are times when the quiet is calming and oh-so-welcomed. Hope you find your groove soon!

Cheers,

*Heather*

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterheather

first of all these look amazing! can't wait to try. second, I connected with YOUR post because I feel the same way. Trying to figure out a schedule for working from home and fighting the loneliness. (Unfortunately, my loved one can't be here with me full-time yet) It's always refreshing to share a few evenings with good friends!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

And good company with good treats like this!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBelinda @zomppa

Oh sweet deliciousness! Thanks for sharing. I too am trying to get a handle on working from home. I think it helps that I work part time and can be around others and get out of the apartment!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Oh, I loved chocolate covered rice crackers as a kid - and just as much now. Maple syrup flavor sounds perfect too. Homemade goodies like this just simply make you smile.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiina

you are just magical sweet sara. i love you!! and always knew this would happen. :)

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkmaschho

yum!
i definitely know what you're talking about. i haven't read molly's post, i probably should (as everyone talked about it!), but i too suffer from the occasional lonesome slump. usually all it takes is a good coffee/tea/dinner date with a great friend to get me feeling alive again!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I am currently unemployed and spend much of my time at home. I hear you and also related to Molly's post. Balance is a thing of beauty. Lovely little treats!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

i have wondered for some time now how these would work. you did them perfectly!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentervanillasugarblog

nothing beats the joys of a full house. except, sometimes, the loveliness of the calm after everyone's gone. :) these look yummy, sara! i really need to try brown rice syrup.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercarolyn

I was just eyeing someone's rice krispie treat the other day and wondering how it could be reinvented in slightly more justifiable terms. Perfect!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberley

I make something kinda similar to this called scotcheroos. It's a classic Southern dessert that is basically rice krispie treats all gussied up. I make mine with brown rice syrup and brown rice crisps so it's Tex-Cali dessert.

Gorgeous photo of the chocolate pouring over top!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDessertForTwo

Rice crispy treats have always been a favorite of mine but these - oh my! Brown rice, almond butter and deep,dark chocolate, I think I'm in love. Going to make them tomorrow and I wish I could say I'm going to share them, maybe the second batch.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

Oh my...I have an hour and a half left of Fat Tuesday, do you think I can make it?!
*seriously though, yummo. I can't wait to make these :)

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaggie

I felt the exact same way about Molly's post. I've been spending a lot of time alone as well, taking time off of school to recover from illness, and it's so easy to get caught in a fog of solitude and routine. I loved the way she described a friends wake you up from that place and remind you of simple pleasures. I'm so glad you caught on to how right she was!

These treats look delicious. I have a big jar of almond butter in my fridge and I think I know just what I'm going to do with it. Thanks for the recipe!

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

This looks a hundred times better than the stuff I see my kids eat from packages at lunch.

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTender B.

I've actually been feeling like life has been so busy lately all I am craving is to be alone for even just one minute. Although I love the company of others, it is through being by myself that my batteries recharge. A nice slice of this and a cuppa would be a perfect way to spend some alone time :-) Even if for only 1 minute.

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteremm

Love that intense dark chocolate layer on top! Must make these...rice krispie treats with some soul :)

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

I've been working from home for the past two years - I find my productivity comes and goes in waves - some weeks it works well and others I find myself escaping to the kitchen for endless snacks and rewriting my to-do list, over and over.

Rice krispy treats are a favorite with my husband...the usual with marshmallow, but I find them a little boring. I've got to get some brown rice syrup - haven't used that before and try this recipe, which looks like the perfect treat.

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergastroanthropologist

These look sooo good!!! :) And I can totally relate to working at home. It took me a while to get into a groove. That little bit of interaction with others is so helpful in keeping in the mode and not feeling loneliness. I really struggled with that. I had to set my scheduled day time work hours and and not say "Oh, I can do that later tonight". It had really started to effect things like time to spend with my husband when he came home, thoughtful dinners together, relaxing and.... sleep!! :P I'm not knocking working from home by any means... I still can't believe I have the privilege to do it!! I know you'll find your rhythm soon!

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYumi @ Natsukashii

My children are obsessed with rice krispie treats. I hate to let them eat them because of the gelatin. For some reason I have no problem telling them they can't have a hot dog because it is not veg but I can't tell them about the treats. I just try to avoid them but my boys have treat radar. How wonderful that I can give something that resembles the forbidden but is a million times better for them. And veg.

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDana

Your rice crispies look just wonderful! I have a feeling that during a working from home procrastination episode I might just give them a go! You captured well the mixed bag that is working from home and trying to find your rhythm, I really connected with your words!

For some reason my market doesn't carry brown rice cereal and it is driving me nuts since I want to use it in granola bars. Soooo when I do finally grab some, this is going to the top of my list. Reminds me of treats my mother made as a kid, but I like this healthier version better. And I bet no one would notice the difference :)

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfresh365

thank you so much for this recipe! i tweeted you the night i made them but again, i can't say enough how good these are! i have made them twice in the past 2 days! all of my friends love them :) i have a feeling another batch will happen soon...

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbeth

These treats look so darn good! I want one!

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDina

Um, wow. This looks divine!!

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

I lost my job three wks ago, so I've been freelancing from home everyday. I thought I found a rhythm the first two wks, but this week has been hard. I'm a morning person, but with this new schedule I've been staying up too late, resulting in me being so tired the next day. I'm trying to keep to a schedule. For example, I'll work on project A in the morning, take a break and cook at lunch, and spend the rest of the afternoon working on project B. Of course, mixing laundry in there too :) Working from coffeeshops or friends' homes help break up the day. But I will say I'm definitely digging the flexibility from working at home. Ok enough rambling...those treats look amazing!

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteradrienne

I love the idea of brown rice crispies and with chocolate! Oh my!
I once ended a gathering watching fart pranks on youtube with friends. Yes fart pranks, I know. But if your looking for a good laugh, that's one way. lol

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAsh

Wow! You have an absolutely beautiful site. The squares look lovely and healthy. Great combo!

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

I've made something like this a while ago and haven't made it again I think because eating a cold rice crispy treat was a little bit of a bummer. Maybe I need to revisit and try to be a bit more open-minded. I'm sure the chocolate on top wouldn't hurt either.

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

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Yum yum yum! At 38 weeks pregnant, these are calling my name! I might have to make a batch as an after delivery treat. I love the use of almond butter with the brown rice crispies.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa - real foodieness

These look fantastic.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

What a terrific way to take a classic dessert from our childhood and make it healthy!

-Brenda

March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSense of Home

New to your site. Your photos and recipes look amazing. This recipe looks amazingly delicious!

It's hard to say no to a dessert that uses so few ingredients and is so quick to make. I have never tried brown rice syrup before, but I sure will look out for it next time.

March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

My moment to disconnect is usually Sunday evenings (right after I finish writing this comment), where I'll turn off my computer and open up a book or the New York Times. Haven't read fiction in a while... hard for me to get into it.

Hope you find that rhythm. I have no doubt it'll come soon.

And these rice crispy treats look delightful!

Hi, this looks sooo good! However, I am allergic to tree nuts, any suggestions for a substitute for the almond butter?

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTate

Was just at an event at the Cellar in San Clemente tonight. The topic was the film, "Dark Side of Chocolate"... how most of the world's chocolate supply comes at the hands of child slaves in West Africa. I was happy to see that Valrhona is not on the list of guilty companies. Trader Joe's seems to have a lot of fair trade options for chocolate as well. Will make these treats soon!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

would honey work in place of brown rice syrup?? These look SO delicious.

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKee

yum, it seems delicious cookies for a refreshing break

March 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterféenoménale

Looks really good! I can't wait to try these, but what can I use instead of almond butter? (I am allergic to almonds.)

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

@Kee - No, honey will not work in place of brown rice syrup. It won't firm up like brown rice syrup. sorry!

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

@Mary - A reader told me they had success with sunflower butter if you can have that? Give it a try. I think any nut or seed butter would work - it's the brown rice syrup that holds it together.

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I love it! A healthy version of rice krispie treats! These look amazing.

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

I absolutely LOVE these treats. I've been making them with peanut butter and usually mix chocolate chips in, but I really love your idea of the chocolate topping. Looking forward to trying your variation! Smiles, Suzanne

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Larocque

I think I know three little people who would devour a tray of these in a heartbeat.

March 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermolly

I just made these topped with grain-sweetened chocolate! ... entirely macrobiotic and delicious!

March 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

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