Crispy Rice and Almond Treats

1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup Almond Nut Butter or other nut butter of choice
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. almond extract
1/4 t. salt
2 cups crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips or carob chips
1/3 cup coconut, toasted
safflower oil

In a large saucepan, place the brown rice syrup and Almond Nut Butter, and cook over low heat while stirring until creamy and small bubbles begin to appear. Remove the saucepan from the heat, add the vanilla, almond extract, and salt, and stir well to combine. Add the crispy rice cereal and stir well to coat the cereal thoroughly with the mixture. Add the remaining ingredients and fold gently to combine. Using a little safflower oil, lightly oil a 9 x 9-inch square pan. Pour the cereal mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your hands with a little water and press the mixture firmly into the pan. Chill for 30 minutes or more or until firm, and then cut into 12 pieces. Store in an airtight container.

*Note: you can substitute other nut butters such as hazelnut, cashew, pistachio, or peanut to make these treats using the same procedure.

Yield: One 9-inch pan or 12 pieces


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