Puffed Wheat Squares

With the new year still fresh on our calendars, you may be looking at finding “healthy” alternatives for desserts and snacking.

Well, this is… almost healthy. (Well, as long as you’re not allergic to wheat, anyway!) The bulk of this bar comes from the puffed wheat, which is very low in calories, anyway. I know, I know… it’sa stretch – but I feel a bit guilty blogging dessert recipes, with all the talk of resolutions out there!

I was feeling homesick and nostalgic lately, and decided to make a batch for my husband. This is actually a super popular bar back home in Winnipeg, and it seems to be mostly a Canadian Prairies thing. You know how you can get Rice Crispy squares pretty much anywhere here, even in the gas stations? It’s the same way with these bars back home. Even just that earthy, roasty aroma of the puffed wheat, as I opened the bag… Mmm. Memories!

These are super quick and easy to make, and are definitely “comfort” food.


Puffed Wheat Squares

6 oz bag puffed wheat
1/2 cup butter
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Generously grease a 9x 13″ baking pan, set aside. Pour puffed wheat into a large, heatproof mixing bowl.

In a medium saucepan, combine butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa, and salt. Heat over medium until butter melts.

Once butter melts, turn heat up a bit and bring mixture to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and stir in vanilla until well combined.

Pour hot chocolate mixture over puffed wheat, stir (carefully!) until all of the wheat is coated with chocolate. Dump mixture into prepared baking pan.

Using lightly greased (or slightly damp!) hands, firmly press mixture down into the pan, until compacted and relatively flat. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

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1 thought on “Puffed Wheat Squares

  1. I actually took this recipe and made it a little healthier and it turned out great and tasted awesome. Since I follow a mainly plant based whole food diet and still having chocolate cravings this recipe seemed like something I could work with to meet my diet restrictions and fulfil my chocolate needs;). I substituted coconut oil for butter, used 1/2 honey and 1/2 maple syrup for the corn syrup, coconut sugar for brown sugar, I also used 6 cups of plain Kashi cereal (since it’s high in fibre and plant protein) and 4 cups puffed wheat. Next time I think I am going to add some natural peanut butter and chopped peanuts because who doesn’t like peanut butter and chocolate! Thanks for sharing this recipe it is really versatile and is a healthier substitution for my rice Krispy square addiction!

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