Rice crispy treats are probably one of my favorite desserts ever! I love how their sticky, crunchy, and gooey textures blend together in perfect harmony. But there are two downsides to them: sugar and carbs. I decided to do a little google-ing, to figure out how I could pull off a lower carb, no sugar rice crispy treat. I ended up discovering that puffed millet cereal possesses zero sugar and only 6 grams of net carbs per cup. I later went to a blog called The Comfy Belly and found a rice crispy recipe made with puffed rice and honey. I substituted raw agave nectar for the honey, which is low glycemic, less calories, and lower carbs. I also replaced puffed rice with puffed millet. After that, I began to experiment and have fun with the foundation of the recipe by adding raw cacao powder, to give it a chocolate-y taste.
I hope this recipe helps you to continue your road to a healthier lifestyle :) .
Puffed Millet Crispy Treats
(Adapted from The Comfy Belly Blog)
1/2 cup raw agave nectar
4 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 rounded tbsp raw cacao powder, or cocoa powder
3 cups puffed millet cereal
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Toast the puffed millet cereal on a cookie sheet in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Heat agave nectar, cacao powder, salt, and butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Let it simmer for 5 minutes, being careful not to let it burn.
- Cool agave nectar mix for a few minutes, then add the toasted puffed millet and stir.
- Scoop the mix into a baking dish and smooth the top with a spoon.
- Let it cool for 15-20 minutes.
- Slice it into squares, or any other shapes, and enjoy!
Millet is one of the most nutritious whole grains you can eat! It contains rich amounts of iron, B-vitamins, and fiber, which are all essential for a healthy lifestyle. It also contains two times the amount of protein found in rice, and a large amount of magnesium, a vitally important mineral that keeps your nerves and muscles functioning properly.