Growing up, Rice Krispie Treats were always the go-to quick, easy, no bake, kiddo crowd pleasing dessert to make at home. We have come a long way since then and learned much about the difference between good grains (those that are organic and high in fiber) and bad (processed white GMO based) and their impact on our health. I am sure Kellog's meant well when they promoted the recipe that would make their name sake cereal so popular - meanwhile they are rolling in profits from selling nutritionally void products targeted for kids filled with GMO tainted ingredients. Bottom line - eating healthy doesn't mean we have to give up our favorite treats - just make some substitutions and you can still feel good about eating them. Instead of the old school kind - this recipe replaces the nutrient barren white rice cereal with wholesome brown rice cereal, and instead of using marshmallow as a binder use brown rice syrup - plus a health bonus with the addition of protein packed nut butter and anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate. All organic of course!

Melt and mix 1/3 cup peanut or (or any nut butter you like) with 1/3 cup brown rice syrup (or honey or maple syrup) along with 1 tsp of vanilla over a double boiler. Stir into a bowl with 3 cups of brown rice cereal. Spread into greased square baking dish or pan and allow to cool. Make icing - melt 3 T coconut oil and blend with 1 1/2 T maple syrup and 1 1/2 T raw cocoa powder, pinch of sale and 1/4 t vanilla. Spread onto cooled rice mixture and allow to set in fridge, 30 minutes. Cut into squares and enjoy!