nut substitute?? sweet and salty toasted rice

I took lots of pictures since I didn't really measure out anything. My goal was to find something to sub for nuts in a recipe instead of just leaving them out.

I started with butter, honey and vanilla extract.

I put this in the microwave for ~30 seconds to get the butter melted and then started adding rice that was leftover from dinner.
I added rice until all of the grains were pretty well coated and not "too soggy." I also tasted it periodically and added a little more honey. Then I spread the rice onto a greased baking sheet, and put it in the oven at 325 degrees.Once the rice started to brown, I stirred it every 2-3 minutes.

After 18 minutes, the rice was nicely browned, so I transferred it to a bowl and added a few pinches of sea salt.
It turned out pretty tasty. I do think that next time I will use more honey, and maybe pan fry the rice instead of baking.

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