Be sure to use crisp brown rice cereal and not puffed rice cereal.
3/4 cup unsalted peanut butter
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
2 1/2 teaspoons agar agar flakes (available at a health foods stores)
4 cups unsweetened (or lightly sweetened) crisp brown rice cereal
3/4 cup pistachios, toasted and chopped
Line two muffin tins with about 18 muffin/cupcake wrappers, and set aside.
Combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, salt, and agar flakes in a large saucepan over low heat and stir constantly until smooth, hot, melted, and bubbling just a bit. Add the cereal and 1/2 cup of the pistachios and stir until well coated. Spoon two heaping tablespoons of the mixture into each muffin wrapper and press into place with the back of a spoon. Alternately, if you want krispy squares, you can transfer it to an 8 by 8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining pistachios and refrigerate until completely cool (this also helps the agar set).
Makes about 1 1/2 dozen treats.
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