Energy bars are handy snacks not only for kids but also for elders. When you make them healthy, it goes well with a cup of ginger or mint flavored tea. I could say this is nothing but our pori urundai which we make with jaggery. Here the binding agent is Marshmallows - combination of corn syrup, water and gelatin. Marshmallows are spongy in texture and easily available in stores in candy section. Try for your kids and they will love it. To make it colorful add some rainbow chocolate chips. To make it healthy add some dried fruits and nuts. The choice is endless.
Recipe: Rice Crispy Treats
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking/baking time: 5 minutes
Yields: 12 pieces (as show in the picture)
Shelf Life: Will be fresh for a month in the fridge
Recipe Level: Easy
Recipe by: Viji
Butter 2 tbsp (I added regular butter and peanut butter 1 tbsp each)
Brown sugar 2 tbsp (or less if you prefer)
Honey 1 tbsp
Salt a pinch
Regular Marshmallows 25-30 (size as shown below)
Rice crispies 4 cups
Mini chocolate chips 3 tbsp
Rainbow chocolate chips 1/3 cup
Raisins 3 tbsp
Add nuts if you prefer
Grease a 9x9 square baking dish and keep it ready. If you prefer, line it with foil or butter paper.
- Mix the rice crispies and chocolate chips, cherries and raisins evenly.
- In a big wok, melt the butter. Add sugar, honey, salt and marshmallows.
- Cook for few minutes on low flame till the marshmallows melt completely.
- Keep stirring. Once it is blended completely switch off the stove and add the rice crispies mixture and mix well gently.
- Press this in the greased baking dish. Slightly press the top. Let it cool.
- Cut and serve it with tea.
- No need to refrigerate.
- They are chewy and crispy.
- Since the marshmallows are the binding agent, you can’t reduce their quantity.
- More marshmallows will give you chewy taste.
- Correct quantity will will be enough to bind them.
- Less will not bind the crispies at all.