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Rice-A-R00′s

Scotch-a-roos have been a family favorite for many years.  I believe these where one of Bob’s sister Pam’s favorites.  We have made them for years as a quick bar.  Many different groups and teams of kids have enjoyed them from time to time.  That is until the world of gluten free, GMO’s, and high fructose corn syrup. Our diets have changed tremendously over the past 7 years.  Some things where easy to change, other things, not so much.  The scotch-a-roos may have been one of our last stands. I finally stopped making them a couple years ago.  I could not bring myself to buy the corn syrup, let alone a few of the other ingredients.  I have finally got around to converting them to something that makes me feel a lot better about making them.  This recipe uses local honey (something I am a huge fan of) and sucanat. It’s won the approval of my family.  In a pinch, it is a quick and easy, out-the-door,  pan of bars.  (I have subbed in Enjoy Life chocolate chips and they work just as well)

Rice-A-R00′s

Ingredients

  • Bottom
  • In a pot mix:
  • 1 cup local honey
  • 1 cup sucanat
  • Bring this to the point that it boils and then remove it from the heat.
  • Add: 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • Stir in:
  • 6 cups gluten free rice crisps or brown rice crisps (I found gluten free from Natures Path or ewhon)
  • Press entire mixture in a lightly greased 9x13 pan
  • Topping
  • Melt in a small pot
  • 1 tbls butter or coconut oil
  • add in 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • pour over the crispy mix and spread evenly.
  • Allow to cool and then cut into bars.
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Carmel Corn NON-gmo

It has been many years since I have made carmel corn.  That is until I came across this recipe from http://wholelifestylenutrition.com/recipes/dessert/a-healthier-caramel-corn-made-with-gmo-free-corn-no-corn-syrup/

Here is the cool thing.  No corn syrup.  Yeah!  No high fructose junk. No GMO’s!!  Sucanat (an easy way to remember  SUgar CAne NATural) is the sweetener.   Here is some insight on sucanat that I thought was interesting. http://www.livinghealthymom.com/sucanat-benefits/.

Not that any of us would eat a whole cup of it at a time.  I would rather have a banana thank you very much. But I do like the fact that it has more minerals, is less processed, and less sweet.  It adds something to recipes that would not be there with just plain sugar itself.   I have been working on replacement ingredients for the old Scotch-A-Roo recipe that I have refused to make for years now. (Recipe to be shared soon!)  I have called them Rice-A-Roos. Ya, well, =)  it was the most original name I could come up with in a short period of time.

We played with a sample of the Carmel Corn at Natural Living and drizzled melted organic dark chocolate on it.  Added a Christmas sprinkle or two to make it festive.  This is an easy  recipe to make and it would make a great homemade gift for just about any occasion.  I grabbed a quick pic on my way out of the store……and the recipe adopted from Whole Life Style Nutrition

Carmel Corn NON-gmo

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup popcorn
  • 2 tbls coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sucanat
  • 1/4 tsp salt.
  • 1/2 cup cream or half and half.
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Chocolate Drizzle
  • 1 tbls coconut oil (or butter)
  • 1 cup organic dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. PoP =) the popcorn and place in a bowl. (Use an air popper or in a pot on the stove with the coconut oil.)
  2. Melt butter, sucanat and salt.
  3. When the butter is melted add the cream or half and half.
  4. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute.
  5. Remove from heat,add baking soda, and continue to stir as it foams.
  6. Pour over the popcorn and stir until it is well distributed.
  7. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake at 200 F for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes.
  9. Chocolate Drizzle
  10. Melt coconut oil (or butter)
  11. Add organic dark chocolate chips and stir until melted. Do not over heat this!
  12. Drizzle with a spoon over the Carmel Corn. Let this set until the chocolate hardens. And your done!
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