Puffed Rice Bars

It’s still after school snack season, right? It totally is.

Puffed Rice Bars / Bev Cooks

I’ve been wanting to make something like these FOREEEVERRRR. (<–sandlot style) Little quick snack bars made with REAL BUTTER, honey, brown sugar, pinch of cinny, puffed rice, salty sunflower seeds, my entire face. Serious after school snack.

They’re insano easy to pull together, too! Lemme show ya.

Puffed Rice Bars / Bev Cooks

Quick word on the puffed rice, because you’re probably like, WHAT IS THIS PUFFED RICE YOU SPEAK OF. It’s just that, rice that’s puffed. Different from crispies. It will come in a bag in the hippie cereal aisle. And when you look at the ingredients it will seriously say PUFFED RICE. End of story, man.

It won’t say “End of story, man,” like I just did. I’m just saying that to y- never mind.

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Start by melting your butter, then add in the brown sugar and honey. Let it bubble up and simmer for about five minutes, on a medium setting. Just keep an eye out, if the bubbles start to creep to the top of the pot. Don’t let it overflow! You just want an easy going bubble.

Listen to this, I was with this Northern gal a couple of weeks ago on a work trip, and she goes, “Have you seen the bubbler?” And I was like, “What?” And she said, “The bubbler? Have you seen one?” And I said, “You mean like, the water fountain?” And she said, “That’s what I said! The bubbler.” I love people.

Puffed Rice Bars / Bev Cooks

Then you’ll pour the butter/honey/cinnamon/sugar mix over the puffed rice and sunflower seeds. You may tear up. This is a warning.

I added cinnamon to make it feel like FALL, but if no cinny is your bag, you’re still a good person.

Puffed Rice Bars / Bev Cooks

Mix it allll up while it’s hot (but don’t drop it like it’s hot), then pour and press it into a small casserole dish. Mine was 8×11. Stick that babe in the freezer for about an hour or longer, until it’s cold and hard, just like my soul.

Once the mix has totally hardened, use any sort of knife or divider to create little bars! You might get a crumble here and there, but that adds to the mystique, right?

Don’t answer that.

AND LISTEN, if you can’t find the puffed rice, any sort of crispy cereal should work. I made these twice, one with a crispy cereal, and one with the puffed rice. Both are bomb. But know this: once they start to warm up, like really warm up, they’ll begin to crumble a little. So you’ll want to keep them cold until you’re ready to snarf.

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Get puffed!

Puffed Rice Bars
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  • 5 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3 Tbs. REAL butter
  • 3 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Place the puffed rice and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
  2. In a small pot, melt the butter. Once the butter is foaming, add the brown sugar, pinch of cinnamon and honey. Simmer and bubble on a medium heat for five minutes. Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract. Pour over the rice and seed mix, and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is coated. Pour and press into a small casserole dish. 8x11 works great. (Use wet fingers to help with the pressing!)
  3. Freeze for about an hour, or until the mix has hardened. Using a knife or divider, cut into small bars. Serve immediately!
  4. Makes about 12 bars.

Puffed Rice Bars / Bev Cooks

So buttery, so puffy, SO AFTER SCHOOL, you guys.

(This post is in partnership with Real Butter, but all opinions and puffings are totally my own. We coo?)


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5 Responses to Puffed Rice Bars

  1. Bryn Broussard October 24, 2017 at 1:26 pm #
    Did you use salted sunflower seeds? Thanks!
  2. Susan October 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm #
    Not related to today's post but......I have followed your blog for quite a while and then, about 2 weeks ago, I realized that I hadn't seen any emails alerting me to a new post on your blog since about the first of October! I didn't 'unsubscribe' and your emails aren't going to my Junk folder so I'm confused! This happened with the blog festiveaf, too. What the heck? I tried to 're-subscribe' to festiveaf but it said that I was already a subscriber. Any clues to how I can start receiving your emails again? I'm a complete tech doofus so any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.
    • Bev Weidner October 25, 2017 at 8:04 am #
      Thank you for letting me know! Others have said the same, so I'm trying to get in touch with Mailchimp to figure this out! Thanks again!
  3. Gold Bee January 21, 2021 at 12:33 pm #
    I think you can add or use CBD honey stix as an alternative sweetener here. I'll be sure to try that out, thanks for the recipe!

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