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Crispy Rice Bars (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

Posted Apr 28 2012 1:22pm

I couldn’t keep this kid away from a sweet carbohydrate if my life depended on it. This photo was taken in our guest room, down the hall from our kitchen.  Alex spotted me out of the corner of his eye heading back with my camera and nicely arranged plate and decided to make a beeline towards these treats.  For a moment I knew what it must be like to have a dog as I held the plate over my head and told him to stop jumping and to SIT DOWN….just, WAIT.

Obviously he wasn’t listening to me because he managed to swipe the treat right in front of my viewfinder eye.  It was too cute not to post so not only did he win the Crispy Rice Bar, but he also won some media coverage on the Kula Mama website.  Smart kid.  Hopefully his tenacity will pay off in more ways than food swiping later in life.

This recipe is a great one to do with your kids in the kitchen.  Alex loved putting the ingredients together and using the cookie cutters to make shapes.  Moms will love that this recipe contains protein and limited sugar, making these Crispy Rice Bars a good substitute for those glorified candy bars that packaged food makers try to pass off as “protein bars” for kids.

These will keep in the fridge for about a week and will freeze nicely for several months.

Crispy Rice Bars (gluten-free, dairy-free)

1/4 cup palm sugar

1/4 cup coconut nectar

1/2 cup sunflower seed butter

1 tablespoon coconut oil

4 cups rice crisps (I used Barbara’s brand, gluten-free)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoon chia seed


Prepare an 8×8 baking dish by lining with parchment paper or greasing with coconut oil.

In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the coconut nectar, palm sugar, sunflower seed butter and coconut oil.  Heat until it’s all melted and mixed together.

Remove from heat.

Add the vanilla and stir to combine.

Add the rice crisps and stir to combine.

Pour mixture into prepared dish and spread out evenly.  Press down firmly on the mixture to get out all air bubbles with a spatula or your hands if they are greased.  Sprinkle chia seeds on top.

Put in fridge for 30 minutes to set.  Cut with a knife into bars or use cookie cutters for fun shapes.  Enjoy!

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