Heart Crispy Treats

Heart Crispy Treats from Weelicious

I love you so much, mommy.

Chloe said that to me out of the blue the other day. It caught me off guard and just about knocked me over. The love between a child and parent is huge. Massive. Bigger than anything you can put into words. When my (almost) 5 year old expresses herself like that to me, I don't take it lightly. It makes me feel all the more honored to be her mother and reminds me that, especially at this point of her life, I'm her rock.

Heart Crispy Treats from Weelicious

One of the most fun things I get to do is cook with my kids. I try to cherish every experience we have as I know that the time we spend together in the kitchen is precious. Even though I'm teaching them, we're actually all learning from each other while sharing something special and unique. Chloe helped me make a batch of these Valentine Crispy Treats the other day and we had a lot of laughs doing it. She ate as many scraps as I would let her get her hands on and, I know it sounds sappy, but whenever she held up the little hearts next to her face and gave me a glowing smile, I melted.

Heart Crispy Treats from Weelicious

These heart shaped treats require only four ingredients and are made with naturally sweet freeze-dried strawberries or raspberries. They're perfect any time of year, but Valentine's Day is obviously an especially opportune occasion to make them.

Heart Crispy Treats from Weelicious

It's said that food is a way of showing love, but the act of making it together is often even more important as it seals a loving bond and creates memories everyone will hopefully treasure forever.

Heart Crispy Treats from Weelicious

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Heart Crispy Treats (makes 14 (2 inch) Hearts)

Prep Time: 8 mins Cook Time: 2 mins

egg free

dairy free

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter)
  • 4 cups organic crispy brown rice cereal
  • 1 cup freeze dried raspberries or strawberries (can be found at Trader Joe\\'s, Whole Foods or most any health food store)

Preparation

1. In a large bowl, combine the rice crisps and the freeze dried fruit.

2. In a large sauce pan, heat brown rice syrup and peanut butter over low heat and whisk until melted and combined, about 2 minutes.

3. Remove sauce pan from heat and pour over rice crisps in a large bowl.

3. Stir with a plastic spatula until completely combined.

4. Pour into a greased 8 x 8 inch pan and press down to flatten the top (sometimes I put a zipper bag on my hand like a glove, to press into the pan and flatten the treats)

5. Cool for 5 minutes and then use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut into hearts.



Note: If there are any unshaped pieces of the rice crispy treats you can have fun and roll them into balls.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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30 comments

  • Maryea {happy Healthy mama}

    I love making my rice krispies this way, but the addition of the freeze dried strawberries is so perfect for Valentine's Day! Thank you. :)

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  • Lindsay

    Hi,
    These look delicious! I don't have brown rice syrup on hand could I use maple syrup or honey as a substitute?

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  • Kathryn

    I was wondering the same as Lindsay. What else could you use other than brown rice syrup? ...maple syrup, honey, blue agave, corn syrup?

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  • Jocelyn

    I would love to do this for my son's Valentine's Day party, but my son and his Kindergarten class have nut (as well as gluten, dairy and egg) allergies. What would you suggest as an alternative to a nut butter for a binder? Thanks!

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    • Catherine McCord

      Can you use sunflower seed butter? That works just like peanut butter!

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  • Liora

    These look so cute! I want to make these as a surprise for my daughter on Valentines Day.

    I just wanted to add that you can find dried strawberries and raspberries at Target (grocery section) now! .. Or at least at our local Target (not sure about all locations). I used to drive all the way to Whole Foods to get them, which is quite far from us, so I was happy to find this out :-)

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  • Heather

    I would like to make this for my daughter's school which has a no nut policy. Any ideas?

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  • Erica

    Where do you find organic crispy brown rice cereal?

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  • Laura Dembowski

    These are adorable! Such a great twist on traditional cereal treats and I bet they taste a little like a pbj sandwich.

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  • Heather

    Our preschool also has a no nut and seed butter policy. Anything to sub nut/seed butter?

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  • Rachel

    Brown rice syrup, I don't think we even get this in South Africa - what can I use as a substitute?

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  • Elaine

    Will be making these for the Grandma's this Valentine's Day!!

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  • Kim Beaulieu

    Catherine these are super cute. I love crispy treats and heart shaped ones are just perfect right now.

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  • Nicole

    Hi,
    these look great. do you use the heart cookie cutters after they are cooled or before?
    thanks.

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    • Catherine McCord

      After they are cooled. See step 5! :)

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  • Diana Galindo

    Hi,

    Could I use maple syrup instead of brown rice syrup?

    Thanks!

    Diana

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    • Lori B.

      I personally would not use maple syrup. Brown rice syrup is much thicker. Like thick honey consistency.

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  • Adrienne

    These look yummy, but I am having a hard time finding the brown rice syrup. Is there a good substitute? I have also read about brown rice syrup and high arsenic concentration. Any thoughts?

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  • Michelle

    A good substitution for brown rice syrup is dates. I mixed 12 medjool dates with about 1/4 water in the food processor until a syrup forms. Worked great and even healthier!

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    • Michelle

      Maple syrup is not sticky enough

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  • Sarah

    Just made these, they are so tasty and easy! Brown rice syrup was in our gluten free section at the store...

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  • Raffaella

    Hi!
    what about using honey instead of brown rice syrup? no one did it?

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    • Catherine McCord

      Honey doesn't set up like brown rice syrup does which is why I don't use it here!

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  • Elainely

    Is brown rice syrup healthy? :)

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  • Christine

    Hello.

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  • Tina

    Catherine,
    Thank you for the crispy treats recipe. I would love to make these.

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    • McCord

      I hope you love them!

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