Puffed Rice Breakfast Bars

Healthy, vegan puffed rice breakfast bars; a delicious and nutritious way to start off your day! Eat for brekafast or grab n' go for a healthy snack!
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Forget packaged granola bars! These easy make-ahead puffed rice breakfast bars are a filling breakfast or grab n’go snack for kids and parents too. They are 100% vegan and made with wholesome ingredients, such as gluten-free puffed rice, organic sweetener, and nut butter.

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Crispy puffed rice, creamy almond butter, crunchy coconut flakes, and decadent carob chips are bound together in this delicious, filling breakfast treat or midday snack. These energy-boosting bars are ideal for packed lunches or as a hearty post-workout snack for moms and dads.

These puffed rice breakfast bars cannot be any easier to prepare-simply combine all of the ingredients and let sit until firm. Alternatively, you can allow the mixture to cool in clumps and add it to your kids’ favourite cereal for a decadent treat.

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This recipe lends really well to interpretation since the puffed rice and brown rice syrup are a blank canvas for an endless amount of variations. Add any of your favourite ingredients, such as crushed nuts, raisins, dried cherries, chia seeds, and dried fruit to personalize the recipe.

On a side note; puffed rice is also a delicious and healthy treat to introduce to baby. For a baby-led weaning alternative, try these Healthy Puffed Rice Carob Krispies.

Puffed Rice Breakfast Bars written by Lisa Codina average rating 4.4/5 - 11 user ratings
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Ingredients:

Yields: 8 bars
2 tbs. extra virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup organic almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
1 cup raw honey or organic brown rice syrup
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (optional)
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tbs. ground flax seed
1/2 cup carob (or chocolate) chips
2 1/2 cups organic puffed rice
2 1/2 cups organic puffed millet

Directions:

Heat coconut oil in a large frying pan on medium-low heat until melted. Add the brown rice syrup, almond butter and flax seed and stir for 1-2 minutes until melted and combined.

Once all the liquid ingredients have melted, reduce the heat to low, add the coconut flakes and sunflower seeds, and stir until combined.

Add the puffed rice and millet and fold into the liquid mixture until it is all well-coated.
If the mixture is too sticky simply add some more puffed rice (1/4 cup at a time) until you get the desired consistency. The puffed rice should stick together easily but still be dry and somewhat crunchy.

Turn the heat off then mix in the carob chips until melted.  The mixture should clump together well and the pan should be dry (meaning no extra syrup in the pan!)

Coat a shallow frying pan with cooking spray and transfer the mixture to the pan. Spray your fingers lightly with cooking spray or coat with coconut oil. Pat down the mixture until it is flat and uniform. Store in the fridge for at least 2 hours before to let it set.

Remove from the fridge and flip the pan over onto a large cutting board. Cut into desired portion size. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Puffed Rice Breakfast Bars written by Lisa Codina average rating 4.4/5 - 11 user ratings
    • Tammie T

      Just made this one. Tweeked it a little as I didn’t have enough ingredients: not enough rice syrup, so I added a bit of black molasses and a dash of honey..And left out the carob/choc as I didn’t have any of that either… But it came out perfectly, stuck together after about two hours in the fridge..so very yummy!! and dairy free!!! Yey!
      Many thanks,

      • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.corda.37 Lisa Corda

        Awesome! I love hearing how the recipes turn out! I don’t know about you, but we LOVE these!! I make them at least 2-3 times a month…that’s a lot of carob chips, brown rice syrup, etc…lol!

    • Hope

      Anyone have success freezing these?

      • Lisa @bitesforbabies

        I had never stored these in the freezer until a mom (who bought a huge amount from one week’s menu) had asked me. I tried it and they froze perfectly! Just remove them from the freezer 5-10 minutes before eating, depending on how you prefer the consistency. I usually don’t freeze these-I make enough for a week’s worth of breakfasts for me (I eat ALL my sugar in the morning,lol!) and they keep extremely well in the fridge stored in an airtight container or zip-lock bag.

    • http://www.spiffykerms.com Nancy

      I can imagine how good these taste. My Mom is a huge fan of puffed rice, and I just can smell them from here. Yum!!!

      • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

        You can’t go wrong with pufed rice-it’s so healthy…and gluten-free!

    • Robin Rue

      That sounds absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to make this for my family!

    • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

      That looks delicious! I’ve never even thought of making my own puffed rice, much less making bars like this. Thanks!

    • Christy Maurer

      Those look like a really yummy, healthy option to have for breakfast. I’ll have to pin this one for later!

      • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

        Thanks for pinning!

    • http://StylishGeekBlog.com Cara of Stylish+Geek Blog

      I love this! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I love eating puff rice bars in the morning but I never considered making my own. Your DIY recipe makes it look so simple to do!

      • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

        These are definitely healthier than store-bought and it is so easy to personalize the recipe…you can add chia seeds, any dried fruit or nut, swap the almond butter for another nut butter, the options are endless!

    • onceuponamaritime

      What an amazing breakfast bar! It would surely be a great start to any ones day, I would love to give it a try.

    • Jeanine

      Whoa. These are incredible. I’m pretty sure these would be very well loved at my house. They look so awesome, and now I want to make up a batch!

      • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

        They’re worth a try…they really are so easy to make!

    • http://www.mimicutelips.com/ Michellette “MimiCuteLips”

      My kids would love these and I love that they are better than the usual granola bars I buy.

    • Wendy Knowlton

      I am trying to eat healthier. These look incredible. Will have to try making these. They would be great to have a work for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

      • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

        Thanks! I have them in the morning with my espresso…I need my sweet fix asap! lol!

    • Ourfamilyworld

      That looks delicious. I would love to make this for my kids. It makes me feel good that this is a healthier snack or breakfast.

      • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

        My kids love them! I make an extra batch and store them in the freezer for a quick grab n’ go snack!

    • http://faithfullyfree.com/ Shasta Spivey

      These look so yummy. We can’t have puffed rice but I will try to find a way to make these that will work well with our diet. These look like the perfect summer treats.

      • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

        If you don’t mind me asking, why not? If it’s due to gluten issues, puffed rice is gluten-free. Otherwise you could use oats but you would have to alter the amount of sweetener and nut butter you use.

        • http://faithfullyfree.com/ Shasta Spivey

          Carb counts. We keep our carbs under 20g per day, which we get from sources like fruits veggies and nuts. :)

    • chubskulit

      This is a lot healthier than buying energy bars, you are so right! I will try to make this next time when our oatmeal bars are gone. Thanks for sharing.

      • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

        Yes, that’s for sure…when you can pronounce every ingredient in the recipe, that’s when you know they are healthy for you!

    • http://www.themadmommy.com/ Echo (The Mad Mommy)

      These look really good and easy to make! I think I am going to add these to my shopping list!

    • http://www.aprilgolightly.com April

      What a yummy recipe. I loved that they can be made in batches, and then last for several days for quick, grab and go, easy breakfast on the run!

      • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

        I have them stocked in the fridge and freezer right now!

    • http://askcoachdonna.com Coach Donna

      Wow – this sounds fun and easy for me to put together – I’ll have to print out the recipe so I can remember what I need to purchase – thank you!

      • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

        Good idea….although these are simple to make they require a few key ingredients that a lot of people might not have stored in the pantry!

    • http://www.thekimchronicles.com chanelle

      This looks a like a relish snack, a cross between a granola bar and rice krispy treat. Would love to try this recipe.

      • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

        Exactly! Light and fluffy like a rice krispie bar yet hearty like a granola bar!

    • http://upliftingfamilies.com/ Christy Garrett

      This looks so good. I enjoy things like this and I like that it’s healthy too.

    • http://ThisMomsDelight.com/ Tami – This Mom’s Delight

      I have been skipping breakfast because I don’t have something I can eat on the go. This would be great to make on the weekends for my weekday breakfast at work.

      • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

        I could never skip breakfast! These would be perfect for you!

    • mail4rosey

      I love all the little bits of yummies you have in there. Of course I’ve come to expect nothing less when I visit. :)

      • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

        Awe, thanks! That’s so nice to hear!

    • http://dishesanddustbunnies.com Michelle

      These look like a really fun snack to make! I think my son would really enjoy there so I’m looking forward to making them!

      • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

        My kids love them…they are really decadent and sweet but healthy for them so it’s a win-win snack for moms and toddlers!

    • http://artpark78.com/blog1 yonawilliams

      I have never had a treat or snack bar that was made with puffed rice like this before. This is something I would definitely love to try – I bet it has a nice crunch and texture to it.

      • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

        It’s a healthier twist on traditional rice krispie treats!

    • http://www.krystalskitsch.com/ Krystal

      This would be the perfect snack idea too. I love that you used coconut oil. I can’t get enough of it lately.

      • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

        I know! I love the buttery flavour it adds!