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I’ve always loved Rice Krispies Treats, but let’s be blunt: they are a nutritionally bankrupt snack.  Even if you skip the pre-made, packaged variety, the standard homemade recipe still contains high fructose corn syrup, GMOs, something formerly known as rice, and more corn syrup.  It’s the stuff of real food nightmares.

Having recently started using the latest darling of the real food community, grass-fed beef gelatin, I was excited at the thought of making homemade marshmallows.  But a marshmallow by itself is not a very substantial snack, and so I put off making some for a while in favor of heartier items.  Last week, I sprouted and then dehydrated some buckwheat to make a granola bar-type snack, but then I started thinking that with their crunchiness, the sprouted buckwheat might just mix together perfectly with the marshmallows. 

Success!  It worked out beautifully and both my son and husband love them.  The recipe can be easily adapted for a variety of substitutions and additions; I will try it with sprouted dehydrated rice in the future to make it even more like a Rice Krispies treat.  I used three cups of buckwheat because that’s what I had, and the ratio of marshmallow to buckwheat was pretty high, so for more crunch, I will use 3 1/2 to 4 cups next time.  For the marshmallows, I used this recipe from Mommypotamous but with 1 cup of maple syrup instead of honey and I heated it to about 230°.  Her recipe calls for an 8″ x 8″ pan, but I wasn’t sure if the treats would all fit in there and so I used an 11″ x 13″ pan instead.  The treats didn’t take up the entire pan, so next time I’ll compromise and use something in between, maybe 11″ x 7″.


 

Homemade Real Food “Rice Krispies” Treats

  • 1 recipe homemade marshmallows, with either maple syrup or honey or other marshmallow recipe as desired
  • 3 to 4 cups sprouted dehydrated buckwheat, rice, or other relatively small grain
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
  • Other additions as desired: dried fruit, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, etc.

Prepare the marshmallows as directed.  As soon as the desired consistency has been reached (which took about seven minutes for me), immediately stir in the buckwheat and any other additions desired.  Spoon into pan (see notes above on size) and press down using oiled hands or a piece of parchment paper.  Let stand until set, cut into slices, and devour!

**Shared at The Homestead Barn Hop and Make Your Own Monday**

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