My Better Butter Rice Crispy Treats

(image taken from mybetterbutter.com)

I "met" Marina a few years ago through her blog and she was wicked awesome. She's still awesome but now she's onto bigger and BETTER things ;) yes pun totally intended. Marina is the creator of My Better Butter! She sent me off a little sampler pack plus a big jar of her nutty chocolate chip and told me to have at it creating!

First let me tell you about My Better Butter. It's a lower fat/calorie nut spread that comes in 3 flavors: nutty chocolate chip, honey nut banana, and maple pumpkin. By looking at the ingredient list she gets the lower calories by adding things like pumpkin or banana puree to the mix. The consistency is a less sticky spread with a softer texture than traditional nut butters. That nutty flavor is still there though and this is a great sub for someone trying to watch their fat and calories. Some more stats: "Better Butter wants you to re-think peanut butter, on average each flavor of Better Butter has: ~ 45% less calories than peanut butter ~ 50% less fat than peanut butter ~ 65% less saturated fat than peanut butter"

I guarantee a muffin recipe is in the future using one of these spreads (and a giveaway when I post about the muffins! So stay tuned!)

For my first recipe I decided to go back to my college years obsession... rice crispy treats. (don't tell anyone but my sophomore year lunch routine included a gigantic rice crispy treat purchased from the Commons on campus every day... yes I was larger in college, 'nough said). Lets just say my more botticelli self could have used this version of treat around for sure.

I subbed in brown crispy rice cereal, and used her better butter to lighten the recipe a bit and add in some whole grains! These were happily devoured at work and everyone loved the slightly softer texture the crisp squares had. (I hate when a rice crispy treat is rock hard don't you?)


Go on and make these!

Nutty chocolate butter crispy treats
adapted from Kellogg's site recipe

3 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups crispy brown rice cereal
1/2 cup nutty chocolate better butter


1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add better butter until totally stirred in, then stir in brown rice cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares.



What foods were staples for you back in the day but no longer are? I was a bad college student, bacon cheese burgers and grilled cheese every day for lunch freshman year... the only veggies consumed where the lettuce and tomato on top... so so very bad.

15 chews:

I've got to stop reading this in the morning. I just ate breakfast and now I'm hungry again!

Julie said...

This recipe sounds delicious and healthy! I am definitely going to try this out. Check out my blog at http://markrepjulie.blogspot.com/ :)

nikkia1419 said...

Those look amazing! Actually, that nut butter looks amazing. I want some. How do you get stuff to do reviews for?? Just curiosu :)

love your blog by the way!

Love the sounds of this peanut butter..the flavors sounds amazing! And I love how you incorporated it into one of the best recipes everrrr :-)

stephchows said...

You should all give my better butter a try! It's delicious!

Nikkia - in some cases companies come to me and ask if I'd do a review, other times I will email them, tell them about my blog and ask if I could try a sample to review :)

Natalie said...

I'm so curious about this stuff!

Your bars look great!

A daily eat for me when I was in elementary school were Lunchables. My favorite Lunchables were the hamburger and hotdog ones and now I think about it and I am disgusted because I didnt even have to heat those items to eat them!

Meaghan Luby said...

i don't know how anyone could argue these AREN'T better. wow. these... i want to make these now and it's bed time. teeth brushed, supposed to be asleep.

but... the treats are calling!

thanks for posting, despite the temptation ;)
-meg
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Reeni said...

What yummy and healthy rice krispie treats! I love the sound of the better butter too. There was a time when I lived on junk food and takeout - it disgusts me now to think about it.

Carolyn said...

I've been meaning to stop by your blog for a while but have been so busy! I love the idea of the Better Butter, fantastic name and sounds like a great product. I love what you did with it, my kids would enjoy!
Did I ever tell you that it was your blog that got me blogging???

stephchows said...

lunchables... ahhhhh!!! hehe

Carolyn... REALLY!?!? that's so freaking cool!! thanks so much for telling me!!

Reeni said...

What yummy and healthy rice krispie treats! I love the sound of the better butter too. There was a time when I lived on junk food and takeout - it disgusts me now to think about it.

nikkia1419 said...

Those look amazing! Actually, that nut butter looks amazing. I want some. How do you get stuff to do reviews for?? Just curiosu :)

love your blog by the way!

I've got to stop reading this in the morning. I just ate breakfast and now I'm hungry again!

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