Valentine's Day [Healthier] Rice Crispie Treats

These "rice crispie" treats are so festive for holiday coming up in a few weeks. I love sprinkles because they add so much flair without too much extra sugar or food dyes and no overwhelming flavor. How cute are those little hearts?

Now what child wouldn't be jumping for joy over these little treats? They vegan and sans marshmallow but they sure are tasty, gooey and chewy. So you won't feel as guilty letting them devour one or even two. 

This recipe goes to show that Valentine's Day doesn't have to be all about spending tons of money or showering loved ones with gifts. What's so bad about a homemade batch of these cute festive treats? 

And did I mention they are incredibly easy to make?

Just 4 simple ingredients

No baking required

Kids can help you make them

No gluten

No dairy

No marshmallows

VALENTINE'S DAY RICE CRISPIE TREATS RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

3 cups gluten-free crispy rice cereal {I used WF 365 brand}

1/3 cup peanut butter {can sub for almond butter for nut allergy}

1/4 cup vegan butter {I used Melt Organic}

1/3 cup brown rice syrup

sprinkles, optional

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large mixing bowl mix wet ingredients {butter, brown rice syrup and peanut butter}. Mix in the dry cereal, one cup at a time. 

2. Stir and Stir until everything is evenly mixed. 

3. Using some extra vegan butter, grease a baking tray. 

4. Add the rice crispy mixture and spread evenly into baking tray using a spatula. 

optional: sprinkle on your pretty hearts or other candy sprinkles at this point. 

5. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. 

6. Cut into squares and serve.

Store extras in air tight container. Should last a good week. 

Happy Valentine's Day.

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Recipe adapted from TheBigMansWorld

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