Something Sweet to Savor by Olivia Coleman

Sometimes, when your sweet-tooth beckons, a piece of fruit just won’t do the trick! When this is the case, it’s best to take a small piece of the treat you’re craving and eat slowly, savoring every bite. It’s even better when you can make your own, rather than choosing store-bought desserts, since you control each ingredient that goes in, and can make some healthier swaps.

Brown rice crispy treats are delicacies that are not laden with gluten (a huge benefit for those of us who are intolerant). Here’s a recipe I had the pleasure of trying out and recommend making a batch to share with others. When eaten mindfully, one small square is a perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or tea:

 Ingredients:

1 10-ounce box brown crisped rice cereal (I had to venture to a local health-food store to find these.)
¾ cup of honey or maple syrup
¾ cup peanut butter (almond butter or non-nut butter–I used almond butter, as I love it and it’s what I had on hand)
½ cup carob chips

Instructions

  1. Pour the rice cereal in a large bowl.
  2. Heat the honey or maple syrup with a pinch of salt in a saucepan over low heat.
  3. When the honey or syrup liquefies, add the peanut/nut/etc. butter and stir well until combined.
  4. Pour over the rice cereal- Mix well.
  5. Once thoroughly cooled, stir in the arrowroot chips.
  6. Pour the mixture into an 8x8 baking dish.
  7. Let cool for 1 hour before cutting into small, 1-inch bars.

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