Battle: Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

22 Oct

It was a vegan rice crispy treat showdown at Veganewbie headquarters this weekend.  These things happen when there are two recipes for one of our most favorite non-vegan treats and we simply cannot decide which one to try first.

The Contenders:
Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar‘s Big Fat Crispy Rice Squares vs. How It All Vegan‘s Chocolate Rice Crispy Squares

The Ingredients:
Big Fat Crispy Rice Squares
1/3 cup maple syrup
2/3 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 cup vegan butter
2 1/2 t vanilla extract
1/4 t coconut extract (could also use almond or maple, but we had coconut on hand)
pinch salt
crispy rice cereal

Chocolate Rice Crispy Squares
1 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup (we used light because that’s what we had in the cupboards)
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups vegan chocolate chips
crispy rice cereal

Now, I know what you’re thinking here. These recipes are not exactly going for the same treat end result. It is sort of like comparing apples and oranges (make that comparing maple syrup and brown rice syrup to chocolate and peanut butter). Still, as big fans of both the regular and chocolate versions of the classic non-vegan treats, we felt confident that we could come up with a clear winner.

Initial Thoughts:
With recipe #1, we have Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero at works, two vegan geniuses that have never let us down yet (seriously, if you don’t own at least one cookbook by either of these gals, do yourself a favor and go buy one).   Also, it has butter in it, and isn’t that sort of necessary? Then again, it has maple syrup, of which we are not huge fans. With recipe #2, 4 words: chocolate and peanut butter. This could be close.

The Results:
Day one left us undecided. They were both pleasantly delicious. The maple and brown rice syrup treats had a taste surprisingly like the classic, marshmallowy version. They weren’t gooey like you’d get with marshmallows, but when going vegan, you can’t always have it all. Meanwhile, the chocolate peanut butter treats were sweet and rich and oh, so yummy. Maybe this was going to be harder than anticipated. Cut to day two….While one of the treats kept their original consistency, one had softened overnight into something very uncrispy-like indeed. A winner was clear. So, without further adieu, Veganewbie is proud to announce the victor of Battle: Vegan Rice Crispy Treats – Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar!  Well done, Isa and Terry, well done.

Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

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