Today, I was supposed to pass on this recipe for Brown Rice Crispy Bars, Alton Brown's delicious, healthy alternative to Rice Krispy Treats, which happen to be a childhood favorite of mine. I've made this particular recipe numerous times and each time it has turned out perfect. Sweet and crunchy, filled with dried fruits and almonds. Not just "not as bad for you as the original", but even sort of good for you.
We all love good intentions, right? Because what actually happened was a total cooking fail. I bought all the ingredients at Whole Foods this time. I've been trying to shop there more, especially for meats and produce. (Yes, OK, I watched Food Inc. and it changed my life. Fine!) For this recipe, there are some specialty ingredients I thought I could get there and honestly, the store is super convenient. (And I think I save a baby seal each time I buy something, right? Or 100 acres of rainforest?)
It all started out perfect, you see?!
Everything started out OK, until I began trying to melt the hippy-dippy, all natural, totally-good-for-you-I'm-sure marshmallows. I'm not sure what these ones were made of (angel wings and sunshine??), but they just wouldn't melt smoothly. Instead of getting smooth and fluffy, they just sort of globbed together in this hardish, clumpy ball. And they were grainy; not an ideal quality for a marshmallow. Like a good cooking soldier, I powered on. Here's what I ended up with:
Strangely, this doesn't look as bad as I thought. Puffed Rice Balls. You might lose a tooth, but it'll be worth it!
I'm not going to lie. We ate them anyway, but it wasn't at all what it was supposed to be. I mean really, you can't go wrong with sugar, fruits and cereal. I tried to salvage the situation by forming them into dense balls, which made it slightly easier to eat. Still not fantastic and totally disappointing.
Never fear, dear reader, I haven't given up. I've procured the correct, mainstream ingredients and will try the process again. With pictures. Promise.