I think it’s a fair statement to say holidays have grown exponentially in recent years. Valentines Day is not just for lovers; children now exchange sweets in addition to the paper valentines of our youth. St. Patrick’s Day now often includes a visit from the leprechaun and gold coin chocolates. Easter has grown by leaps and bounds as well, with egg hunts and elaborate baskets that seem to get bigger every year, and of course loads and loads of candies and chocolates.
Left to their own devices, my kids would gladly eat their weight in sweets. So in stead of your typical Rice Krispie treat, I found this healthier version which calls natural peanut butter (those with nut allergies can substitute out sunflower butter spread), honey and bran cereal. We threw in some raisins as well.
It is a super easy, kid friendly, no bake, healthful snack that even parents will love.
Crispy Treat Easter Pops
makes a minimum of 16
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter*
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 cups crispy brown rice cereal (We used Kellogg’s All Bran. The consistency and texture was very similar to Rice Krispies along with added fiber)
- A few tablespoon pastel sprinkles
- 1 or 2 Wilton brownie pop mold. The recipe can also be made like traditional rice krispie treats in a rectangular pan that has been greased.
- Baking spray
- 8-16 round Popsicle sticks, if making with brownie pop molds.
Combine peanut butter and honey in a medium size bowl, mix and microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power. If the peanut butter is not melted, repeat for another 20 seconds. Mix well.
Add brown rice cereal to the peanut butter honey mixture, 1 to 2 cups at a time and stir to combine until mixture is sticky. Fold in the sprinkles or optional raisins.
Remove the crispy treat from the mold carefully by inverting the mold and slowly insert a pop stick. Gently press some of the mixture around the stick to secure it in place.
Sprinkle more sprinkles around the base of the pop if you wish. You can now wrap them in cellophane or bag them if you wish. If you only have 1 mold, you will have to repeat this at least one more time.
*Use any seed or nut butter you wish.Photo Credit: Cara Walen