Do you ever get a craving for something that’s considered a kids’ treat? When I was in junior high my best friend and I would walk from her house to the gas station near it, and we would get a bunch of candy and snacks. Then we would walk back to her place and enjoy our treats while we played in her room or backyard. A long, metallic blue wrapped Rice Krispie Treat was usually found in my bag. I hadn’t had a Rice Krispie Treat in ages but, for some reason, I felt like making them for a bbq we went to last weekend. And since I still have that bag of shredded coconut from the chocolate chip, oatmeal and coconut cookies I made a couple weeks ago, I thought I’d jazz them up a bit and make them a little surprising.
I wasn’t sure how they’d be received since they aren’t fancy and Rice Krispie Treats are generally not considered an adult dessert, but these were a huge it! Actually, I think the adults liked them better than the kids. I used coconut oil instead of butter which makes them delightfully dairy free and guilt(ish) free, and even though the shredded coconut was unsweetened, the marshmallows add plenty of sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth.
These are so quick to put together, and they only need a half hour or so to cool before you can cut them up and enjoy. Everything comes together in one pot, and then you press them into a foil lined pan, so clean up is a breeze as well.
In recipes that require you to use your hands to form or press a sticky substance, such as these, they usually tell you to grease your hands with butter or oil, but I have a better tip. Just dampen your hands with water! It works like a charm and is so much less messy. I’m all about minimal mess, and I know you are too.
What is your favorite childhood treat memory? Tell me in the comments!
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