Brown crisp rice cereal is combined with peanut butter and honey to create a clean version of a Rice Krispie treat. Topped with dark chocolate because chocolate and peanut butter are perfection together. Dairy-free; Gluten-free, Vegan.
It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day!! That is a quote from Alexander, in one of my family’s absolute favorite children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Voist.
And can you blame the poor kid? All Alexander had for breakfast was boring old breakfast cereal. And at lunch, his mom forgot a dessert. Can you believe that? Alexander certainly could not. These were the types of things that ruined his day.
Well, we were not going to let boring old breakfast cereal ruin our day at my house! We were going to take that boring breakfast cereal and turn it into something fabulous, something wonderful…something that would put a smile on ANY kid’s face when they opened their lunchbox and found this treat waiting for them–even, Alexander.
After reading our favorite book one day and talking about how the rain outside ruined our plans for the day….I thought about a way to turn the story into a lesson. We had a choice to make. We could see the glass as half empty as Alexander does OR we could do something to enjoy the rainy day inside. What better thing, then a sweet treat to lift everyone’s mood? And wouldn’t you know it, I had some boring old breakfast cereal that was begging to be transformed into something magical.
So the kids and I got to work. We took some organic brown rice cereal and mixed in some peanut butter (any nut butter works) and honey and then topped with dairy-free dark chocolate. Peanut butter and Chocolate to the rescue!! And it was a “clean,” all natural, gluten-free, dairy free snack to boot! However, I can promise you we were not thinking that these were a healthier version of a Rice Krispie Treat, we were too busy licking our fingers!
Step One: Measure out the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and a pinch of salt and mix well–perfect for little hands.
Step Two: Measure the cereal and pour into the peanut butter mixture–great team work here!
Step Three: Pat down the bars into a greased or parchment or wax paper lined pan. (My son was smart and not only used the measuring cup to pat down the treats, but covered the measuring cup with wax paper–I learn new things from my kids everyday.)Step Four: Melt some dark chocolate and pour over the bars. Resist until cooled!Step 4: Allow bars to set up and cut into squares.Step 5: Enjoy a bar, snuggled up with your kids, reading Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day. Step 6: Save a bar or two for your child to open up in their lunchbox–just a special way to make them smile and remind them of the time you spent together.
- 1 cup all natural peanut butter (just peanuts and salt)
- ½ cup honey (maple syrup to keep vegan)
- dash of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 cups brown rice crisp cereal
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips (or a bar chopped up into small pieces)
- Cover an 8x8 pan with parchment or wax paper. Set aside.
- Heat honey and peanut butter up for 30 seconds and then stir in vanilla and salt until smooth. Stir in cereal until just coated.
- Pour into prepared pan and gently flatten out.
- Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until chocolate is melted.
- Pour chocolate over cereal mixture and spread out with back of spoon.
- Allow to set up in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- Remove from fridge and cut into squares.
Grab a book and let your imagination soar and bring the book to life right in your own kitchen!