Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Gluten-Free Cranberry & White Chocolate Brown Rice Crisp Bars

Since I used to be on a completely gluten-free diet (I just recently started incorporating wheat back into my diet), I still make most meals gluten-free. It has honestly become easy for me, especially when it comes to dinner. And I truly believe that a gluten-free diet is one of the healthiest. However, I have always struggled with making the perfect g-free baked goods. If you remember in my last post, I made Rocky Road Bars that were g-free and turned out great! Today I created another treat, which is much healthier than those bars over the weekend but with the same great and sweet taste. Not only are they free of gluten, but can also easily be made vegan (just be sure to buy vegan white chocolate).


Ingredients:
  • 5 cups of brown rice (gluten-free) cereal
  • 3/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup organic peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate, melted
In a large saucepan, combine the brown rice syrup, peanut butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt and heat on medium heat. Once it just begins to boil/bubble, stir in the 5 cups of cereal and the dried cranberries and mix until everything is coated with "syrup" mixture. Cover a pan with parchment paper and fill the mixture into the pan. Press down evenly to flatten the top. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave for about a minute (stirring occasionally). Place the melted chocolate into an icing bag or a plastic bag (with a hole cut in the end) and drizzle over the bars. Refrigerate for about an hour before cutting and serving!


Like I said before, these are much healthier than your typical rice krispie bar but still kid friendly! You could really add anything to the mix (whether it be other fruit or chocolate or peanuts).


There you have it-an easy gluten-free, healthy and easily vegan recipe! Make these for your kids, or even as a dessert to bring to a party...because even adults love rice krispie treats ;)


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4 comments:

Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips

What kind of cereal do you use?

Lizzy M. said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for making more (and advertising) gluten free treats. I am all about making treats with white chocolate and cranberries (like chocolate bark http://whatcanyoueatblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/four-types-of-chocolate-bark.html )! Do you know about the website glutenfreefeed.com? Its like photograzing but is only for gluten free treats. These would be great on there.

CinnamonQuill/GlutenFreeFeed.com said... Best Blogger Tips

These are incredible! I've never seen rice crispy bars made with the peanut butter, rice syrup, and maple syrup combo. Sounds absolutely delicious!!

Thanks for the submission too :)

Kathy said... Best Blogger Tips

I was thinking about these all during my second class at school :) Must try!

 
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