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Power Bites (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

Posted Jul 21 2010 2:25pm

These Power Bites serve as a healthy dessert when your kids want something sweet but you don’t want them climbing the walls for the next 8 hours.  Made with brown rice syrup, these treats are yummy without raising blood sugar to temper tantrum levels!  Power Bites are very easy to make and have the consistency of a rice krispie treat.  Didn’t you love those as a kid?  My mouth is watering just thinking about them!

You can use any combination of  nuts of seeds in these bites.  Today I chopped up almonds and cashews but I’ve been known to make this recipe with sunflower and pumpkin seeds as well. You’ll notice my photo above features dried cranberries.  In my opinion the Power Bites were too sweet with the cranberries so I’ve left them out of the recipe below.  Experiment with this recipe and enjoy!

Power Bites

1 1/2 cups unsweetened crisp brown rice cereal (I used Barbara’s Rice Crisps)

1/2 cup chopped nuts/seeds of your choice (buy raw, organic nuts and soak them overnight to increase digestibility and also to soften them up–finely chop before throwing them in the mixture) 

1/2 cup brown rice syrup

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon corn starch (dissolved in a little cold water first)

Directions:

Chop up soaked nuts or raw seeds by hand or in a food processor until they are finely chopped.  In a bowl combine the chopped nuts/seeds and rice cereal.

On the stove in a small pan combine the brown rice syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla.  Heat over medium heat, add corn starch (dissolved in water) and keep stirring it until it comes to a boil. Cook while stirring for about 3-4 minutes…it should thicken just a little bit.

Pour sugar mixture into dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until the dry ingredients are evenly coated.  Place in a greased glass dish (mine was 9×13, but many sizes will work).

Let the bars cool and then cut into small bites.

Variations:

Instead of small square bites you can make little round mini balls.  Kids think different shapes are cool.

You can use 1 cup of any type of nut instead of the seeds.  Just make sure you chop them up finely.  Walnuts are a good source of omega 3 fats and would be good in this recipe.


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