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Substitute For Rice Malt Syrup

Asked by TheJamHome. Answered on 25th July 2016

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The Lunchbox Treat recipe calls for rice malt syrup but I can't seem to get it in the UK. Is there a substitute?

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Nigella's Lunchbox Treats from NIGELLA EXPRESS) are made with cereals, chocolate, butter, sesame seeds and rice malt syrup. The syrup sweetens the mixture and also helps to bind the treats together. Rice malt syrup is also sometimes known as brown rice syrup. In the UK it is easiest to find it on-line (look for the Clearspring brand) and in some health food stores and supermarkets.

If you can't find this syrup then barley malt syrup would be a good alternative and is available from similar sources (please note though that this syrup is not gluten-free). Otherwise agave syrup (agave nectar), which is now available in many supermarkets, would be the next best alternative. If possible look for the dark version of agave syrup. Agave is sweeter than rice malt syrup, so you may like to try slightly decreasing the syrup to 110g (or 1/3 cup) and increasing the melted butter to 75g (5 tablespoons).

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