Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tahini Crispy Rice Squares

The Nature Conservancy.

Out to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. 
You've seen the calender. 

But let's talk about the Oregon chapter, because we love our trees, mountains and waters in the Pacific Northwest. And here comes Earth Day. To celebrate, the Nature Conservancy is throwing a Picnic for the Planet at Mt. Tabor in Portland. But don't worry if you do not live in Oregon. There are hundreds of these kinds of events happening in 42 countries. You can even host one! I hope you will invite me. 

My contribution to the picnic are these tahini crispy rice squares.
Peanut butter is traditionally used, but in many countries, like Greece, tahini is the official "peanut butter." 

Besides using it for hummus, historically, tahini has largely been employed by mother-earth loving hippie types in this country (note: does this mean Greece is the birthplace for hippies?).  Now, it's becoming more widely used - in salad dressings and the like. 

Tahini has a strong, earthy-seedy flavor, so go easy on it. I used 1/4 cup in exchange for 1/2 cup peanut butter and found it to be subtle, yet pleasantly noticeable. My roommate agreed. 

Tahini Crispy Rice Squares

4 tablespooon butter
1/4 cup tahini
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
10 ounces marshmallows
5-6 cups Rice Krispies cereal 

  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • Add marshmallows and stir until melted. 
  • Add vanilla and tahini until combined and remove from heat.
  • Stir in Rice Krispies cereal - add enough cereal to make sure the mixture is not too gooey.
  • Press into a greased 13"x9" pan. Cool completely and cut into squares.


Esi said...

Love the idea of injecting fun flavors into otherwise boring (at least to me) rice krispie treats.

Sippity Sup said...

Tahini? No Lie? GREG

Magda | My Little Expat Kitchen said...

Great idea this Anna!
Xronia polla!!

Helen said...

Great idea using tahini in the squares. I'd probably eat the entire batch, cuz that's how I roll. LOL!

Let Me Eat Cake said...

these really sound interesting! i love baking rice crispy treats!

Lenia said...

What a great idea!Love it!Filakia!

Banana Wonder said...

Esi - I want to try chili next...

Greg - No lies and no cries!

Magda - Thanks kai Xronia Polla!

Helen - Luckily my roommate's fiance ate almost this entire batch, or else I would have too. They are way too easy to eat. How is the diet coming along?

Natassia - Can't wait to make some more.

Lenia - Thanks kai fillakia!

Diana said...

So, of course, my head immediately goes to what else to jam in these amazing tahini rice krispies treats. Rosemary and pinenuts? Oh yes, please! This is genius TALF!

CaliforniaKat said...

Never thought of using tahini, but now I will!