Make this bar in place of traditional Rice Krispie Treats to ditch the butter/margarine and marshmallows. O Crunch Bars contain the nutty flavor of almond butter and can be modified by using peanut butter.
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- 3 cups whole grain "O" cereal (such as Multigrain Cheerios™)
- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- Cooking spray
- 1/4 cup mini-chocolate chips
- Put cereal in a large bowl.
- In a sauce pan over medium heat, stir brown rice syrup and almond butter until melted.
- Pour mixture over cereal and stir.
- Mist 8X8 baking dish with cooking spray and press cereal mixture into dish.
- Top with chocolate chips (pressing them lightly into cereal).
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hours, until set. Cut into 12 bars.
Nutritional Facts for O Crunch Bars
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* Daily Value % based on a 2000 calorie diet.
These sound delicious! I really want to make them however, I’m having a difficult time finding brown rice syrup in store. Is there a substitute?
You really need something super sticky like brown rice syrup to mimic melty marshmallows. You can buy it on amazon: http://amzn.to/1PI195E. In stores, it’s usually in the natural/healthy/gluten-free aisle.
What about coconut nectar? I use that in my homemade granola bars as my sweetener and it works great. Have you ever tried it?
The brown rice syrup is super sticky & you really need that for this recipe to hold together. I’ve tried other sweeteners & they really don’t work as well. If you have luck tweaking the recipe, let me know! xo
I just wanted to update you on my recipe tweaks. I tried Coconut nectar and a TBSP of coconut oil hoping that would help hold it together. While it tasted awesome, they did fall apart. I got the brown rice syrup and it tastes a lot like honey to me, which is not my favorite taste. So I have tweaked it so that my family likes the taste by adding 2 TBSP of the coconut nectar to the recipe along with the 1/2 c of brown rice syrup. The result is amazing! Thank you for this recipe idea! It is so simple to make as well.
I would like to make these to replace the store bought high protein or high fiber granola bars that I buy for my son. Suggestions on how to add more protein and fiber while keeping them tasting good?
These are a super swap of RICE CRISPY TREATS, not granola bars. Here’s the recipe I use for a swap to granola bars: https://dawnjacksonblatner.com/recipes/pb-flax-energy-bites/ NO SUGAR BABY!!!!
These sound wonderful. Could I use natural honey roasted peanut butter instead of Almond butter?
You can use honey peanut butter, but I’d rather you not use a sweetened nut butter since this is already a super sweet recipe. Get a brand of almond or peanut butter that has just almonds or just peanuts, no added honey or sugar. xx
Robin Timmins says
Do these have to be refrigerated? If not how long should you keep in an airtight container?
I like these refrigerated because they take longer to eat. They last 10 days refrigerated or 5 days not-refrigerated. I’m sure they would last even longer than what I’m recommending, but I err on the side of “better safe than sorry”! xx