Back in the 80’s I use to make marshmallow rice crispy squares, just like everyone’s mum’s did in those days.
A sweet crunchy treat, but let’s face it not a very healthy choice!
In the 90’s I added peanut butter to the recipe for a more nutritious treat.
And over the years as I had learned more about healthy food choices.
Today, My 80’s rice crispy square recipe has morphed even more so that in fact, I believe that I have perfected this little energy power packed treat!
2 c toasted/popped quinoa (optional: in 1 tsp coconut butter)
1 c any kind of nut butter
1 c chopped dates
1/2c unpasteurized honey
1/4c raw pumpkin seed
1/4c raw sunflower seed
1/4 c chopped roasted almonds (toast raw almonds in dry skillet or in the oven until golden, toasting them brings out their nuttier flavour, though you may use raw if you prefer)
2T flax seed-other options & or additions: hemp seed, sesame seed
dash Himalayan salt
2T black strap molasses
1/4 tsp dry ground egg shell (optional: I save all of my egg shells, dry them and grind them in my blender to form a powder and incorporate some into baked goods for calcium as I do not drink milk).
- Melt nut butter with chopped dates and honey in small sauce pan over medium heat.
- In medium sized sauce pan, toast or pop quinoa. You can roast in a dry saucepan or add 1 tsp coconut butter for a nuttier flavour. Move the quinoa like you would popping popcorn so that it roasts evenly. When it is starting to turn a light brown, you may add your seeds if you want them toasted though is optional. I like my seeds raw but toast the flax seed.
- Combine toasted quinoa with nut butter mix in the larger sauce pan. Mix thoroughly.
- Press into 10″ x 2″ casserole dish lined with parchment paper. (make sure the paper goes up the edge about 1 1/2″). Using a spatula press the dough firmly and evenly so that when you cut it into bars they won’t crumble.
Chill in fridge 2 hours until firm.
Cut into 1-2” squares, store refrigerated in airtight container.
Health benefits of quinoa:
Health benefits of nuts:
Health benefits of unpasteurized honey:
The differences between raw and pasteurized honey: