Brown Rice Snack Bars

Don’t you love when something pleasantly surprises you? Exceeds your expectations? Goes better than you planned? Sometimes a recipe or an idea for a recipe will do that to me. Take these brown rice snack bars for example. I saw puffed brown rice at the store and was intrigued. I picked up the bag and tossed it in my cart, thinking I might be able to make some kind of healthy rice krispie treat. But when I got home and opened the bag to taste the rice, it wasn’t too pleasant. Bland and kind of soft. I decided to go through with my original idea, adding some oatmeal to the mix for some more heartiness and a slight crunch. Peanut butter added for taste and its smooth, binding quality.

The results were much tastier and crave-worthy than I would have imagined. Yay!

These snack bars utilize brown rice syrup for its sweetness which is absorbed in the bloodstream slowly because it contains mostly complex carbs. Plus the peanut butter provides a nice boost of protein, vitamins, and minerals. That means you’ll have an even energy flow instead of a sugar crash, making these bars a perfect breakfast-on-the-go or snack.

I found puffed brown rice in the cereal aisle of a local health foods store. I also found brown rice syrup at the same store next to the honeys, maple syrups, and agave nectar.

Recipe Rundown
Taste: Nutty, sweet, with just enough chocolate to make it crave-worthy.
Texture: When refrigerated the bars are firm and very much like a bar you might find in the grocery store. When left at room temperature they are a little more loose and fall apart easier. Either way they’re still surprisingly toothsome.
Ease: Super easy.
Appearance: Anything drizzled in chocolate looks scrumptious.
Pros: Easy, healthy, perfect snack for both kids and adults. 
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? Absolutely. 

Brown Rice Snack Bars
Makes about 8-12 bars (depending on size)

In a large bowl combine brown rice and oats. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt together the peanut butter and rice syrup until smooth and runny. Pour mixture over brown rice and oats, stir to combine. Press into a greased 8×8 baking pan. Let mixture cool to room temperature.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate in 15-second bursts, stirring after each burst, until melted and smooth. Drizzle chocolate over cooled rice mixture in pan. If desired, place pan in the fridge to firm before cutting into bars.

   

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16 Responses to “Brown Rice Snack Bars”

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    Lauren — September 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Great healthy version of rice krispy treats!

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    DessertForTwo — September 2, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Yum! I love a treat that is healthy too!
    For brown rice krispy treats, I use brown rice crisp cereal. It's very crunchy like regular, but not nearly as sweet.

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    Sasha — September 2, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Brilliant recipe! Love it :)

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    Tres Delicious — September 2, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    This could be another successful rice krispy, it simply enticing.

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    ursula-apples — September 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I made a recipe just like this one, using brown rice too! http://apples-almonds.blogspot.com/2011/04/on-lon

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    Caroline — September 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Mmm..chocolate and peanut butter. Greatest combo ever.

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    Lynn — September 3, 2011 at 1:31 am

    I picked up a bag for the exact same reason! I was expecting more of a Rice Krispy texture and got kind of stumped. Now I know what to do with my puffed brown rice!

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    San @ObvCheddar — September 3, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Glad to see that these turned out fantastic for you. I agree, I get the feeling of satisfaction when a recipe/idea comes together. I now must go buy puffed brown rice!

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    KimBee_Cravings — September 4, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Oh my goodness, this looks so good. You really knocked this one out of the park. Love it.

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    marley — September 10, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I love that you suggest these for breakfast. You are obviously a genius.

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    Núria — February 18, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Thank you, great recipe for me!!

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    micki — March 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Does anyone know the calories per bar?

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    proliant ml350 g3 — May 18, 2013 at 6:05 pm

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