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Rice Crispie Treat alternative

Filed Under: food, in the kitchen, kids

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Rice Crispy squares are a childhood staple. It is one of the simplest recipes, so little ones can be kitchen helpers early, as they count marshmallows into the pot, and give the cereal a strong armed stir. Unfortunately, these delicious treats are not something you'd want around the house too often, because they aren't exactly a healthy snack.

The alternative: use Cheerios instead. I use multi-grain cheerios, but you could really choose any kind you want. Marshmallows are marshmallows, and you can't really get around that. It's probably why these gooey treats are so popular, but switching up the cereal can go a long way towards reducing the caloric impact and mixing up the taste.

My mom has been known to hide even healthier cereals and seeds in these crispy squares. Kids will love them just as much, maybe more if you let them scavenge the cereal cupboard for other surprise additions.


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  • hoss

    how is cheerios more healthy then rice krispies? they are both low-sugar (ok rk has 3g vs 1g that cheerios has, but that pales in the sugar that the marshmellows have) and low fat.

    i guess i can understand substituting other cereals for the RK for a different taste (although to me its akin to substituting a beef patty with a soy based patty in a hamburger), but to label rice krispies as unhealthy while cheerio based marshmellow treats are healthy is just asinine.

    -hoss

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  • Francesca Clarke

    Right, the marshmallows do make these an occasional treat regardless of what cereal you use. I suggest using multi-grain cheerios, which are healthier. Also, I mention that adding seeds (my Mom uses flax) and other whole grain cereals.


  • Sam

    wow! wonderful alternative for rice... crispy and mouth watering

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  • Tim Lewallen

    Fruity Pebbles
    Fruit Loops
    Cocoa Pebbles
    Cocoa Pebbles and Peanut Butter Captain Crunch

    Yeah, that's the good stuff right there.

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  • Tim Lewallen

    If you want to go healthy, try Kashi.

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  • Francesca Clarke

    mmmm....Captain Crunch. Good stuff!


  • debby

    i love to shop at www.wholeandnatural.com. they have all kinds of healthy and natural kosher food and snacks. the stuff is fresh and low prices.
    seeya, debby
    btw i used a coupon bldc08 try it

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