Thursday, September 3, 2015

Whole Grain Crispies

Did you know you can make rice krispie treats with virtually any cereal?  Well, I suppose they wouldn't be called rice krispie treats, but you catch my drift.  All you do is follow the directions on the package and substitute whatever cereal you like.

Here is a super easy recipe for what I call Whole Grain Crispies. My kids like these as much as the original recipe.  Sure they still contain marshmallows, but I think upping the whole food factor with puffed wheat is a bonus.  Besides, in my opinion, healthy living is about increasing the quality of your diet while still enjoying your favorite foods.  

Melt marshmallows and butter on low heat.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.

Stir in wheat puffs when marshmallows are completely melted.

Use a potato masher to press the crispies into the pan.  Be sure to spray potato masher with non-stick spray.

Flip crispies out onto wax paper for easy cutting.

The delicious final product!

Whole Grain Crispies


1 10 ounce bag marshmallows
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups puffed wheat (or rice, or other grain you like)

Spray a 13X9 pan with non-stick spray.  In a large saucepan on low heat, melt the butter.  Add the marshmallows and stir occasionally until melted.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Add cereal and stir until evenly mixed.  Transfer mixture to greased pan.  Flatten mixture with greased hands or greased potato masher and let mixture become firm.  Cut into squares.

TIP!  Remove the crispies from the pan before cutting them.  This allows for easy and even cutting.

TIP!  If you are concerned about the unnatural ingredients in conventional marshmallows, all-natural (and ridiculously expensive!) marshmallows could be used.

Nutrition Information:
Serves 16
1 serving =
87 calories
2 grams fat
18 grams carb
1 gram protein

Weight Watchers Points Plus - 3
Weight Watchers POINTS - 2

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