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Tahini Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats

These Tahini Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats are a viral sensation, blending the richness of tahini with the sweet touch of maple syrup. It's a healthier take on the classic treat, offering a delightful mix of protein and taste without refined sugar. Perfect for those seeking a guilt-free indulgence.

If you’ve been following my recipe journey, you’ll know I love putting a healthy twist on classic treats. Today, I’m excited to share my latest creation: the Tahini Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treat.

This recipe has taken social media by storm, and for a good reason! If you have no idea what I am talking about let me get you up to speed. These Tahini Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats are quite literally the most delicious snack I’ve had in quite some time. Brown Butter and Tahini in ONE treat?! Yes please. The crunch is perfection, the richness from the brown butter and the tahini all just work too perfectly together. You kind of have to try them to understand it.

Let’s get to know why these Tahini Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats are filled with health benefits!

Puffed Rice: Puffed rice is a light and digestible grain, making it a great base for a snack. It’s naturally low in calories, making it an excellent choice for those who are mindful of their calorie intake. Although it’s not particularly high in protein or fiber, its gentle texture and digestibility make it a good option for a light snack.

Tahini: Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds, and a nutrient powerhouse. It’s rich in healthy fats, particularly omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health and reducing inflammation. Tahini is also a good source of protein, making it an excellent ingredient for those looking to increase their protein intake. Additionally, it contains various vitamins and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and iron.

Maple Syrup: Unlike refined sugars, maple syrup contains some beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. It has minerals like zinc and manganese, which play a role in bone health and immune function. While it’s still a form of sugar and should be consumed in moderation, maple syrup is a more natural and nutrient-rich sweetener compared to refined sugars. Not to mention it is my favorite way to sweeten anything!

Protein Powder: Adding in protein powder significantly boosts their protein content. Protein is essential for muscle repair, immune function, and overall bodily functions. Using protein powder in a snack like this can help increase satiety, making you feel full for longer, and can be particularly beneficial for those looking to increase their protein intake for muscle building or maintenance while enjoying it in another form other than a smoothie or protein bar.

How do you Brown Butter?

One major component of these treats begins with the art of browning butter. If you haven’t tried this before, you’re in for a treat! Browning the butter adds a depth of flavor, a nutty aroma that’s unique and next level. We then take this mixture and lovingly combine it with organic puffed rice and hemp seeds, creating a delightful texture that’s both crunchy and smooth. The puffed rice is like little clouds of joy, and the hemp seeds add a subtle nuttiness and a punch of protein. The real magic happens when you press this beautiful blend into a pan and let it set in the freezer. The anticipation is real, but trust me, it’s worth the wait!

This isn’t just another rice crispy treat. These are a really great balance between delicious, indulgent and healthy.

This rice crispy recipe is packed with protein, making it an ideal snack for post-workout, mid-day munchies, or even a late-night treat. The best part? You get all the sweetness without the guilt, thanks to natural sweeteners like maple syrup. I’ve been over the moon with your feedback and love for this recipe. It inspires me to keep experimenting and bringing you more recipes that tick all the boxes – protein-rich, guilt-free, and absolutely indulgent. At the end of the day, it’s all about finding the balance between nurturing our bodies and treating our taste buds.

Tahini Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Teri-Ann Carty
This treat uses browned butter, which by the way is insanely tasty and holds the treat together like a DREAM! So go ahead and make these TREATS! Enjoy them and know that if you are yearning for more protein snacks, I GOT YOU. I am committed to creating more, for you, for me, for US.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Desserts & Sweets, Snack
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 9


  • 8x8 pan, bowls


  • 4 cups organic puffed rice
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • cup browned butter I use salted
  • 1 cup runny tahini plus more for drizzle
  • 7 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • flaky sea salt


  • Start by browning butter in a small pot. Allow the butter to cool slightly. you mix puffed rice and hemp seeds.
  • To a large glass measuring cup mix tahini, browned butter, maple syrup, protein powder and salt. Mix until smooth. Pour over puffed rice and hemp seeds. Mix thoroughly! Scrape into 8x8 pan and press down FIRMLY. Place in the freezer for a minimum 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and drizzle with more tahini, sprinkle with more hemp, sesame seeds and flaky salt. Cut into bars and enjoy. Store in the freezer.
Keyword easy treat, gluten free, healthy dessert, high protein snack, no bake recipe, rice crispy recipe

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