These Healthy Mendiant Krispie Treats are a light and gooey twist on a two classic desserts: French mendiants and Scotcheroos. Made with only 8 simple ingredients and very easy to prepare, they are naturally vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar free! They are packed with nutritious nuts, seeds and berries that make you want to eat the entire batch!
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A healthy treat that’s easy to make
If you don’t want to deal with lots of ingredients, long cooking times and dishes to get a delicious snack then this recipe is for you! These Mendiant Krispie Treats are the perfect healthy treat for any time! They are light, gooey, packed with chocolate and nutty flavors and seriously addictive. The kind of treat you want to always have in your fridge to satisfy your sweet tooth.
A recipe inspired by two classic desserts
First let’s come back to the origins of this recipe. Scotcheroos are a classic American dessert originally made with Rice Krispies cereals fold in peanut butter and topped with a layer of chocolate and butterscotch. It’s a very simple recipe that became very popular. Now you can find many variations, with marshmallow, chocolate chips and more.
On the other hand, a mendiant is a traditional French confection composed of a bite-sized puddles of melted chocolate studded with nuts and dried fruits. They are typically served around Christmas time. Historically, mendiants have only four traditional toppings: almonds, hazelnut, raisins and dried figs. But this delicious treat have been reinvented with always more creative combinations.
These Mendiant Krispie Treats are a healthier adaptation of these two classic recipes. Scotcheroos are traditionally made with corn syrup, which is for many reasons not the best option when it comes to your health. For this recipe, we are swapping all the processed ingredients for only natural and nourishing ones. And we are folding in nuts, seeds and berry for extra flavors and nutrients! No additives, no preservatives, only good things in these naturally vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and oil free treats. And not only they are healthier, but I promise they are also way tastier!
8 simple ingredients in these Mendiant Krispie Treats
- Almond butter, acts like a binder to hold everything together. It brings a delicious nutty flavor and gives to these Mendiant Krispie Treats their extra gooey consistency. I recommend to use natural almond butter made with only almonds – no oil or salt added.
- Maple syrup, replaces the corn syrup in this recipe. Maple syrup is a great sticky sweetener option, that adds both texture and an extra layer of flavor that corn syrup doesn’t have.
- Vanilla extract, is an easy addition that turns a good rice krispie treat into an amazing rice krispie treat.
- Cinnamon, is optional in this recipe but I love this extra warm and sweet touch that goes perfectly with the Mendiant flavors.
- Salt, is another simple addition I’m adding in most of my sweet treats and desserts. Salt is a super convenient ingredient and you don’t need much of it. Just a pinch adds a depth of flavor and intensify the sweetness.
- Puffed buckwheat, replaces the Rice Krispies cereals used in the traditional recipe. Unlike Rice Krispies cereals that are crispy, puffed buckwheat is airy and soft, like pop corn.
- Dark chocolate chips, because we always love yummy chocolate drops, right? If vegan, make sure to use dairy free chocolate chips.
- Pistachio nuts, not only they are super tasty but also super healthy. Pistachios contain healthy fats and are a good source of protein, fiber, and antioxidants.
- Pumpkin seeds, just like pistachios, pumpkin seeds are tasty and packed full of valuable nutrients, including healthy fats, magnesium and zinc. They also add a crunchy touch to the bars.
- Dried goji berries, are delicious red berries with a sweet, slightly sour taste. Goji berries are packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C, A and antioxidants.
How to make mendiant Krispie treats
One of the reasons why you’ll absolutely LOVE these gooey mendiant Krispie Treats is that they are SO easy to prepare! Not only you only need 8 ingredients to make these, but they also come together in less than 15 minutes, no bake, no fancy equipment, no difficult steps. Just follow these simple steps:
- Start by mixing almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt together in a bowl, and stir until everything is perfectly combined. The almond butter I’m using is super smooth and runny, so I can directly mix it with the other ingredients and get a perfectly creamy and homogeneous mixture. However, if your almond butter is a thicker and don’t mix very well, simply melt the mixture in a small pot on medium heat or in the microwave.
- Then mix the puffed buckwheat, chocolate chips, pistachios, goji berries and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl and pour the mixture. You can also fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, it’s up to you. Stir until everything is well coated and evenly combined.
- Press the mixture into an about 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper. Make sure to let the parchment paper hang over the sides to get the bars out later. Press down firmly to form a compact and even layer.
- Place in the fridge for 2 hours to set. The mixture will harden a little but will stay gooey, don’t expect a hard bar consistency.
- Before serving, remove from the pan and slice into squares. Enjoy immediately! That’s it!
- Store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
One of my favorite thing about this recipe is that just like a mendiant, there are endless variations you can make. Just let your creativity run free, play with what you have in your kitchen cupboards and your favorite ingredients.
You don’t have almond butter? No problem, you can easily substitute almond butter with any other nut or seed butter. Try peanut butter, cashew butter, hazelnut butter or even sunflower butter! I like almond butter because it’s pretty soft in flavor and doesn’t mask the other flavors.
You can’t find puffed buckwheat? Use puffed rice, puffed quinoa or amaranth instead! Puffed cereals lead up to soft and gooey bars. If you like a crispier treat, you can also use crispy rice cereals.
If you’re feeling creative and want to try new flavors, you can also add any mix-ins to your Krispie Treats. I recommend substituting pistachios, chocolate chips, goji berries or pumpkin seeds rather than adding more ingredients. As a general rule, I’d stick to about a maximum of 1 cup of mix-ins to keep the good wet to dry ratio. You can basically add any dry ingredient! Some of my favorite mix-in options for this recipe include: almonds, hazelnuts, cacao nibs, raisins, cranberries, shredded coconut to name a few.
And last but not least, you can bring this recipe to the next level by adding a layer of melted chocolate on top – cause it’s never too much chocolate! To do so, simply melt dark chocolate, pour on top of the pan and simply tilt it gently in every direction to get an even layer of chocolate on top of the bars. Place the pan in fridge to set. So good!
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- No bake Chocolate Coconut Slices, taste like your favorite chocolate milk candy bar
- Energy balls 3 ways, the best and easiest healthy snack ever
- No bake Coconut Cookie dough slices, rich, creamy and delicious
- Raw Carrot Cake Slice, a take on the classic dessert
- No bake Buckwheat Pumpkin Bars, crispy and loaded with pumpkin flavors
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Healthy Mendiant Krispie Treats
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 16 bars 1x
- Category: dessert
- Method: no bake
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
These healthy mendiant Krispie treats are a light and nourishing take on the classic dessert. Made with simple natural ingredients, these are gluten free, refined sugar free, and oil free. They are extra gooey and loaded with chocolate and nutty flavors.
- 1/3 cup natural creamy almond butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 cups puffed buckwheat (see notes for more options)
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup raw pistachios
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- Line a 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. Let the parchment paper hang over the sides to get the bars out later.
- In a large bowl, mix almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt together until combined and smooth. If the almond butter is too hard, melt on low heat or in the microwave.
- Fold in the puffed buckwheat, chocolate chips, pistachios, goji berries and pumpkin seeds and mix until everything is well coated and evenly combined.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan then press down firmly to form a compact and even layer.
- Place in the fridge for two hours to set, then slice into even squares and enjoy!
- Substitute almond butter with any type of nut butter, like peanut, cajou or even sunflower butter.
- Substitute puffed buckwheat with puffed rice, puffed quinoa or even rice crisps for a very crispy treat.
Keywords: dessert, sweets, treats, mendiant, Krispie treats, vegan, gluten free
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Carrés de Sarrasin Soufflée façon Mendiant
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 16 carrés 1x
- Category: snack
- Method: sans cuisson
- Cuisine: Américaine
- Diet: Vegan
Ces carrés de sarrasin soufflé façon mendiant sont une version saine mais ultra gourmande du classique dessert Américain! Préparé à partir d’ingrédients simples et très facile à réaliser, il sera parfait comme encas ou pour un dessert léger et riche en saveurs. Un plaisir à déguster sans fin!
- 65 g de beurre d’amande nature
- 110 g de sirop d’érable
- 1 càc d’extrait de vanille
- 1 càc de cannelle en poudre
- 1/4 càc de sel
- 40 g de sarrasin soufflé (voir les notes pour plus d’options)
- 50 g de pépites de chocolat noir
- 40 g de pistaches crues
- 30 g de baies de goji séchées
- 40 g de graines de courge
- Chemiser un plat carré de dimensions environ 20×20 cm avec du papier cuisson. Faire dépasser le papier cuisson des bords du plat pour faciliter le démoulage à la fin.
- Dans un grand saladier, mélanger le beurre d’amande, le sirop d’érable, la vanille, la cannelle et le sel jusqu’à obtenir un mélanger parfaitement fluide, lisse et homogène. Si le beurre d’amande est trop dur et ne se mélange pas facilement aux autres ingrédients, faire chauffer l’ensemble dans une petite casserole à feu moyen ou au micro-onde par tranches de 20 secondes.
- Ajouter le sarrasin soufflé, les pépites de chocolat, les pistaches, les baies de goji et les graines de courge directement dans le sirop crémeux obtenu et mélanger afin de bien enrober tous les ingrédients et de les répartir uniformément dans la préparation.
- Verser la préparation dans le plat chemisé et à l’aide d’une spatule presser fermement pour former une couche compacte et uniforme.
- Placer le plat au réfrigérateur pendant 2 heures afin que la préparation se raffermisse. Avant de servir, retirer du moule et découper en carrés.
- Vous pouvez remplacer le beurre d’amande par n’importe quel autre beurre d’oléagineux, comme le beurre de cacahuète, de cajou, de noisette ou même du beurre de graine de tournesol.
- Vous pouvez remplacer le sarrasin soufflé par n’importe quelle autre céréale soufflée, comme le riz, le quinoa ou l’amarante. Pour une version ultra croustillante, utilisez des céréales de riz soufflé croustillant.
Keywords: barres, dessert, snack, goûter, mendiant, Rice Krispies, sans gluten
I honestly just bought some puffed buckwheat and was trying to figure out what to make with it. These treats are such a great idea! I have never had mendiants before and although they sound delicious, I much prefer the healthy ingredients in your recipe. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
Thank you so much for the kind words Katerina! This recipe is an amazing yummy and healthy way to use puffed buckwheat or any puffed cereals and grains. 🙂 They are so gooey and loaded with delicious add ins. I’m sure you’ll love these!