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Monday, September 19, 2016

Forbidden Rice Krispy Squares

We have already created a healthier version of the Rice Krispy, called Kamut Krispies, but we wanted to recreate this American classic yet again using another ancient grain, Forbidden Rice or Black Rice due to it's amazing health benefits!

We turned to the rice experts, Lotus Foods, to learn why Forbidden Rice is so healthy. Apparently, this “ancient grain was once eaten exclusively by the Emperors of China” to increase health and longevity; and new studies show that “10 spoonfuls of cooked black rice contains the same amount of antioxidants as a spoonful of fresh blueberries”!

Now you know what you will be making for your child's next bake sale!

Forbidden Rice Krispy Squares
-3 cups of canola oil
-1 cup of Forbidden rice/black rice (will yield about 2 C of puffed rice)
-1/2 bag of mini marshmallows
-1.5 TBL butter

Spray an 8x8" baking pan with cooking spray. In a medium saucepan heat your oil over medium high heat. Add the rice and stir constantly. After about 25 seconds, the rice will begin to puff and the white insides of the grain will be exposed. Remove the puffed rice from the oil at this time and put on a paper towel to cool. Set aside 2 tablepoons of the puffed rice to sprinkle on the top of the squares.

Heat a large saucepan over medium low heat. Add butter and melt completely. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until they have melted. Add puffed rice (except for the 2 tablespoons that are set aside) and stir until combined. Take off heat and transfer rice mixture to your greased pan. Spread completely and sprinkle with remaining puffed rice. Let cool and enjoy! 

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