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High Protein Rice Crispie Treats {vegan, gluten-free}

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High protein rice crispie treats, made with plant-based protein powder. They are vegan, gluten-free, no-bake and under 100 calories.

You may like me less after you read this confession.

When I was about 8, I had a friend (let’s call her Gladys, because I don’t, in fact, know anyone named Gladys). Gladys and I were only casual friends, getting together after school a few times to play boards games or ride bikes. Nevertheless, I was desperate to spend the night at her house, for one reason only.

Her kitchen pantry full of sugary cereals.

My mother was a die-hard Co-op shopping, vegetable-growing, whole grain bread-baking woman. She never, ever bought sugary cereals. Never. Ever.

I wanted sugary cereals. So I managed to get that invite from Gladys and ate Lucky Charms and frosted flakes for breakfast the following morning. And thought they were gross.

The upside was that Gladys and I had a great time and became much better friends. Also, her mom, who did not cook at all, made us no-bake cookies. Namely, peanut butter rice crispie treats. And they were awesome.

All of that leads up to today’s post, my riff on nut butter rice crispie treats, amped up with protein powder. They look pretty yummy:

 

And they taste even better.

Even a certain skeptical spouse and picky child were ecstatic.

 

I am sure you probably have nostalgic rice crispie treat memories, and I am happy to declare that these treats will bring sweet satisfaction, all for a mere 92 calories per puck and a bonus of 5.1 grams of plant protein.

 

I don;t think I’ll ever make rice crispies in anything other than my muffin tin from here on out. It eliminates the  cutting into bars step, plus it allows for perfect portioning. The pucks come out of the muffin cups with almost zero effort, too.

Here’s to a healthy (and delicious) dose of nostalgia!

 

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High Protein Rice Crispie Treats {vegan, gluten-free}


  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 treats 1x

Description

High protein rice crispie treats, made with plant-based protein powder. They are vegan, gluten-free, no-bake and under 100 calories.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal (certified GF, as needed)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • 3 tablespoons creamy nut or seed butter (I used almond butter)
  • 3 tablespoons brown rice syrup
  • Optional: 1-2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips, melted

Instructions

  1. Grease or spray 8 cups of a standard muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the cereal and protein powder.
  3. In a small saucepan set over medium heat, cook and stir the nut/seed butter and syrup until mixture begins to bubble. Cook and stir for 30 seconds longer.
  4. Immediately pour over cereal mixture, stirring to coat thoroughly. Immediately scoop into prepared cups (I used a 1/4 cup muffin scoop).
  5. Use greased fingers or flat side of measuring cup to tamp down mixture into cups. Cool completely and the remove from muffin cups. If desired, drizzle tops with melted chocolate.

Notes

Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. These do not freeze well.

  • Category: snack, dessert

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 puck
  • Calories: 92
  • Sugar: 0.8 g
  • Sodium: 51 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.7 g
  • Fiber: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 5.1 g

 

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