STEAM Learning Lab – Healthy Rice Crispy Treats

Healthy Rice Crispy Treats
Ages 2+

February is the month of valentines and showing our love to the people around us. This can often mean a month filled with tasty treats. Rice Crispy Treats are often seen as a special treat for kids, since they are tasty, sweet, and filling. But these treats are high in fat and sugars, which can have a negative effect on children. This healthy Rice Crispy recipe is a great alternative, giving children the sweet treat, they want, while providing them with the healthy foods and nutrients they need. Plus, it is a fun treat that kids can make with ease!

 

Materials

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon light agave syrup
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 cups puffed-rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit, diced (about 2 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds, ground
  • 2 tablespoons roasted unsalted hulled sunflower seeds, or other shredded nuts
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Directions

  1. Spray a large metal mixing bowl with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Cook the marshmallows, butter, agave and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the marshmallows are completely melted and the mixture is blended, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the puffed rice and stir to coat with the marshmallow-butter mixture.
  3. Transfer the rice mixture to the prepared bowl and sprinkle with the apricots, flaxseeds and sunflower seeds. Stir with a wooden spoon or hands lightly coated with cooking spray. Form into 8 logs or balls (about 1/2 cup each). Let cool about 30 minutes, then wrap tightly in parchment or plastic wrap.

 

More Fun

  • Boil the dried fruit before adding so they are softer and not as hard and chewy!

 

Its Black History Month! Each of our STEAM Learning Labs this month will highlight an important figure in Black History. Today we are learning about Lucille Elizabeth Bishop Smith. Famous for her business acumen, Elizabeth invented the first hot biscuit mix. Learn more about all her business ventures here.

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