Healthy Holiday Dessert
Looking for a healthier dessert alternative for the Holidays? Give this delicious treat a try. Here’s exactly how we made the classic sweet into a healthy treat. We traded the rice cereal to organic brown rice cereal. This may not seem like a big switch, but check out the ingredient list on both and you’ll see fewer ingredients and less processed additives. We replaced the butter with peanut butter. Any nut or seed butter would work just as well, if you have a peanut allergy. Popular marshmallow brands are usually made of artificial flavors and fillers. In this recipe, there’s honey and brown rice syrup. That’s it. Yes, it’s still sugar, but quantities have been cut to what you need, instead of packing on excess calories for no reason. Even better? We added protein, so you’ll satisfy your sweet tooth and hunger pains. And, of course, it’s great for building muscle too.
Cook time: 15 minutes, plus 30 minutes in the freezer Yields: 16 squares
2 ½ cups brown rice cereal
½ cup all-natural creamy peanut butter
¼ cup organic brown rice syrup
¼ cup raw, unfiltered honey
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp. coconut oil, unrefined, cold-pressed
1 tbsp. cocoa (cacao) powder
¼ c dark chocolate chips
Grease an 8×8 Pyrex or baking pan with coconut oil. Coconut oil spray would be even easier. Just stick with a sweet or flavorless oil.
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add the peanut butter, brown rice syrup, honey and vanilla. Stir until smooth, about 3 minutes.
Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in one scoop (33g) protein powder and the rice cereal. The mixture should be soft, but not runny. If it’s too hard too stir with a spoon, add a little more honey to mix.
Add the rice crispy mix to the Pyrex. Spread and press into pan to make it as compact as possible.
In the same saucepan (it’s OK if there’s peanut butter residue—there are worse things to worry about in life), add the coconut oil, cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat, add the other scoop of protein powder, and stir.
Top the rice crispy with the protein chocolate topping. Spread it all over to reach the corners.
Freeze for 30 minutes. Then cut into 16 squares. (Try not to eat the whole thing at once.)
Per Serving: 138 calories