a.k.a. the empty-your-cabinets-and-throw-it-all-in treats. Or the feeling-lazy-but-want-snacks treats. Or the hey-look-I-cleaned-out-the-pantry-and-found-marshmallows treats.
Take your pick.
Talk about quick and easy! This one whips up in no time and is so, SO adaptable. I love Rice Krispie treats, but as far as nutrition goes…kind of lacking, right? Not exactly a substantial afternoon snack to hold you over at work. This batch of cereal treats however passes the work snack (and taste) test with flying colors.
And because I can’t seem to get away from numbers, let’s analyze some, k?
The quantity of crisped rice cereal that would have been used in this recipe (3 cups) has about 5 grams of protein and zero fiber. Adding butter and marshmallows to the mix don’t exactly help the nutritional stats as you can imagine.
5 grams of protein / 16 treats = approx. 0.3 grams of protein and zero grams of fiber per treat. Yikes!
So what’s an easy fix so you can enjoy cereal treats and not scrounge around your desk drawers for an old granola bar an hour later? Mix up the ingredients!
I used protein cereal, nuts, and raisins in my treats, and subbed in nut butter for a portion of the butter. Besides more protein and more fiber, this version of cereal treats results in a heartier snack. You won’t think you’re chewing on crispy, sweet (though super tasty) air – promise.