Sweet and Spicy – Puffed rice Bites

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These bites are perfect for something healthy to grab while on the go — whether it be at work, school, or the great outdoors.

I’m always looking for portable snacks and treats to help keep us going a little longer, whether at school, work, travel, or play. Here’s a light, sweet, gluten-free snack that’s easy to pack. If you like breakfast bars that are made of light, puffed rice and other gluten-free grains, this recipe is for you.

Almonds, pistachio (can be easily substituted with peanuts or cashews or any nuts and seeds of choice), raw pumpkin seeds, puffed brown rice, sunflower seeds, chai seeds.

Yields – 14 to 16
Preparation time- 10 minutes
Cooking time- 5 minutes


  • Brown puffed rice-2cups
  • Sunflower seeds-1/4cup
  • Pumpkin seeds-1/4cup
  • Roughly sliced almonds-a handful
  • Roughly chopped pistachio-a handful
  • Chia seeds-2tbsp
  • Maple syrup-4-5tbsp
  • Almond butter-2tbsp
  • Olive spread-1tbsp
  • Chilli powder-1/2tsp
  • Black salt/rock salt-1tsp


  • Line 8×8 baking dish with a parchment paper/baking sheet-grease and set aside.
  • Combine puffed rice, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, pistachio, pumpkin seeds in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Heat olive spread, maple syrup on a medium-high flame in a small saucepan, stir in almond butter, rock salt, chilli powder and keep stirring for 1-2minutes. Turn off the flame and pour this mixture to the puffed rice mixture and mix thoroughly.
  • Transfer this mixture to the lined and greased baking dish press firmly using a spatula or a spoon and spread evenly.
  • (for making shapes instead of transferring completely take a mould and place 1-2table spoon mixture in the mould press firmly and pull out the mould slowly without disturbing – repeat with remaining mixture and allow it to set)
  • Once cooled completely- cover with the foil/cling film and let it set for 2-3hours.
  • Once set cut into desired shape prior serving.

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Or store in an airtight container


  • Alternatively any olive oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil or any vegan spread can also be used instead of coconut oil.
  • Rock salt can be replaced with regular table salt.
  • Nuts and seeds proportion and combination can be personalised as per the taste.

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on March 15, 2015, in Appetizers, Breakfast, Breakfast, Indian, International, Sweets and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 38 Comments.

  1. an excellent lunchbox treat – I love pumpkin seeds.


  2. Reblogged this on Your Gateway to Health and commented:
    This is an excellent substitute for store bought granola bars that usually have refined sugars and extra sodium. Chitra has many such healthy recipes, and thanks to her for this one.


  3. Looks great Chitra!!!

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  4. This will be a perfect post lunch snack for me. I feel hungry after 2 hrs of having my lunch and always wonder what to eat. Now i know what i should eat… 🙂

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  5. Linda Creation

    Woooow Tempting

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  6. Yum!


  7. Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.


  8. Hello Chitra, These took me down memory lane. I was reminded of the Puffed rice and Jaggery laddoos that my mom would bring home from the local market during my childhood. Nice and interesting posts I get to see here. Thanks.


  9. Ooo Chitra 🙂 How did you know I’d just found brown puffed rice and needed something to do with it other than adding to my homemade granola! 😛 🙂 Thank you! 🙂

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  10. This treat looks delicious! I would use the coconut oil too. I like the hint of sweetness that it has.

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  11. Interesting recipe…looks delicious.


  12. I have to try this one.. looks so perfect..


  13. This recipe reminded me of my favourite puffed rice and jaggery balls…will try this out:)


  14. Yummy and delicious..


  15. We do pori Urundai love your take on that.. Awesome C


  16. yum–I like how you have the sweet and spicy here!


  17. Looks awesome Chitra! yum yum!
    Such a clever snack 🙂


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