A Sugar Free, Low Carb, Protein Packed Faux Rice Krispy Bar (UPDATED FOR 2019)

This isn't so much a 'recipe' as it is simply replacing regular ingredients with something similar, but healthier in order to copy a favorite.  In this case, a rice krispy bar is now packed with protein, sugar free and lower carb.   I made the bars my regular way - but used sugar free ingredients.

A regular Rice Krispy Bar recipe: (I halved this and used sugar free, protein packed products)

3 T butter
10 oz., about 40 marshmallows  or 4 cups mini marshmallows
5-6 cups Rice Krispie cereal

The products I used to make them healthier;

Krispy Bars

La Nouba: Sugar Free Marshmallow
ProMix Nutrition Unflavored Protein Puffs - about 1 1/2 - 2 cups
Butter - 1 - 2 T
Vanilla - 1 t
Peanut Butter - 1-2 T
Hershey's Sugar Free Semi-Sweet Baking Chips - used half a package (about 5 oz.)
sugar substitute of your choice (I used liquid drops)

Melting about 1-2 tablespoons of butter with 1-2 packages of sugar free marshmallows in the microwave for about a minute until they puff up to about quadruple their size then add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and about a teaspoon or two worth of sweetener of your choice.  Add about 2 cups whey protein crisps and mix like you do rice krispy bars.  Press into a greased 8X8" pan.  Because they don't taste exactly like the cereal bars, I opted to top them with melted chocolate/peanut butter.  Half a package of sugar free chocolate chips (about 5 oz.) with a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter and a teaspoon of butter, melted in the microwave.  You can also add a dash of vanilla and a little sweetener substitute if you wish (I did).  Spread over the bars and let set or chill.  Cut into squares.

UPDATE: the BODYCRUNCH brand of protein crisps are no longer available.  I searched off and on for the last year to find them again and just recently I did! Another brand is making them.  They are still rather expensive but are so great to use in smoothies, fake rice krispie bars, homemade low carb, sugar free "candy" bars, etc.

ProMix Nutrition Unflavored Protein Puffs

I also wanted to let you know that Netrition carries the LaNouba Sugar Free Marshmallows and are usually cheaper than Amazon.  *I typically pay about $1.79 a pack through Netrition.

Low Carb Marshmallows
La Nouba Low Carb Marshmallows

Products you might be interested in to make these (available online);

La Nouba: Sugar Free Marshmallow
Hershey's Sugar Free Semi-Sweet Baking Chips

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