Are Scotcheroos an Iowa thing, too? I grew up enjoying Scotcharoos and Rice Krispies treats both – one with a peanut butter base and one with marshmallows – I don’t discriminate. However, I think the marshmallow treats are done best by Rice Krispies themselves. These healthy Scotcheroos are a great alternative to mama’s rich, peanut butter Rice Krispie bars – filled with cream and topped with chocolate.
Why are they called Scotcheroos?
Good question. I wish I could answer that, but honestly, I think it’s an Iowa thing! But, what’s another name for them? Many people refer to Scotcharoos as oh henry bars, Special K bars or just peanut butter krispies.
What’s in the Cookies & Cream Scotcheroos?
The best part about healthy Scotcheroos is that you can totally go without corn syrup – ick! Don’t get me wrong, corn syrup really adds the taste and texture, but so much sugar.
- Rice Krispie Cereal – Cookies & Crème – here’s the one I used
- Swerve Granular Sugar
- American Dream Nut Butter – I Dream of Cookies & Cream Cashew Butter
- Walden Farms Pancake Syrup
- Lily’s Cookies and Crème White Chocolate – here’s one I use
How Do I Make Cookies & Cream Scotcheroos?
These healthy Scotcheroos are so easy to throw together if you’re heading to spend the evening with friends or your child just told you they offered to bring a dessert tomorrow. Oops!
Start by measuring out the cashew butter, sugar and pancake syrup in a small saucepan. Place on heat and stir until well combined on the stovetop. This may be melted through in the microwave, too! In a large bowl, measure out the cereal. Slowly pour cashew butter mixture over top and mix. Place the krispie treats in a well-greased 9×9 pan.
Lastly, add the Lily chocolate to a small bowl and microwave or heat over the stovetop until melted through. If you’re using the microwave, remember to melt in 15-20 second increments to avoid scorching or hardening the chocolate. Once melted, drizzle over the treats and place in the fridge for a quick set up!
Why are my Scotcheroos so hard?
The first comment Cole made when he took the first bite was, why are these so soft? Well… a few reasons. With the nut butter, it absorbs into the Rice Krispies, but also, I really don’t like when they get super hard!
To avoid them setting up and getting too crunchy, avoid over boiling the cashew butter, sugar and syrup mixture in the first step. You only want to heat it through and avoid the sugar from nearly crystalizing. Additionally, I suggest putting these bars in the refrigerator – they are extra soft!
How many calories are in healthy Cookies & Cream Scotcheroos?
All Scotcharoo recipes seem to be super high in carb, fat and low in protein. With the American Dream Nut Butter, it increases the protein, but lowers fat and carbs. Add these to your food log on MyFitnessPal by searching HNFit Cookies & Cream Scotcheroos!
For 1/9 of the recipe the macros are 211 calories and consists of 10.1 grams of fat, 24.2 grams of carbohydrates and 5.8 protein! Super easy to fit in your late night dessert or as a lunch time snack.
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Cookies & Cream Healthy Scotcheroos
- 5 cups Rice Krispie Cereal – Cookies & Crème
- 1/4 cup Swerve Granular Sugar
- 168 grams American Dream Nut Butter - I Dream of Cookies & Cream Cashew Butter
- 1/2 cup Walden Farms Pancake Syrup
- 75 grams Lily’s Cookies and Crème White Chocolate
- Start by measuring out the cashew butter, sugar and pancake syrup in a small saucepan. Place on heat and stir until well combined on the stovetop. This may be melted through in the microwave, too!
- In a large bowl, measure out the cereal. Slowly pour cashew butter mixture over top and mix.
- Place the krispie treats in a well-greased 9x9 pan.
- Lastly, add the Lily chocolate to a small bowl and microwave or heat over the stovetop until melted through. If you’re using the microwave, remember to melt in 15-20 second increments to avoid scorching or hardening the chocolate.
- Once melted, drizzle over the treats and place in the fridge for a quick set up!