Snap crackle pop. One morning, back when I was around seven years-old, I watched the Rice Krispies commercial and then decided to pour myself a bowl of cereal and poke my ear so close to the rice puffs just like the child actress did in the commercial. Basically, television was a teacher of mine. Having said that, I didn’t enjoy my bowl of Rice Krispies like she and many other children did.
But on the other hand, rice krispie treats, which were often loaded with sugar and marshmallows, were such a splendid treat. Given that I was much more accustomed to anything excessively sweet, this made perfect sense. Basically, if it had sugar, I’d eat it. So typical.
Upon returning from this year’s Fancy Food Show, I had a small sample of vegan marshmallows from Dandie’s! I have tried Dandie’s vegan marshmallows before, but at very sporadic events–maybe conventions, maybe other people’s homes? Honestly, I am not sure, but regardless, marshmallows are generally not a food I deeply missed once becoming vegan. Prior to my journey, I didn’t eat marshmallows at all with my hot chocolate (because you know, sugar). Once tasting all these vegan options, unless I ate a product with vegan marshmallows mixed into them, I never popped a marshmallow in my mouth like berries or pistachios. It’s probably better that way.
Anyhow, I was not certain as to what to do with the sample of vegan marshmallows given how rarely I use them. However, my sister suggested that we whip up some healthy rice krispy treats. At first, I wasn’t entirely certain about how the turnout would be, but once we whipped up the treats together, nothing could have worked out more perfectly.
Feel free to add in other fun ingredients such as cacao powder, dark chocolate chips, pretzels, whole grain cereal, nuts, seeds, goji berries, coconut, and more! Just try not to eat the whole batch in one sitting. Trust me–it’ll be quite challenging.
RECIPE (serves 4 large bars or 8-10 small pieces)