Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Are you wearing green today? Make sure not to get pinched ;)! Do you have any special St. Patty’s Day traditions with the kids or with your spouse? Maybe you’ll be making green eggs and pancakes for the wee ones or going out for some green beer with your friends! I personally don’t have any traditions started for St Patty’s Day but I’m open for new ideas.
Since I don’t have any traditions, the office thought it would be cute to make green rice krispie treats for this fun holiday. I was all for it and I thought it would be really cute to make them in the shape of a shamrock because who doesn’t like a little symbol of luck! Traditional rice krispie treats call for the dreaded butter but I wanted to make mine a tiny bit healthier by using coconut oil instead.
1/4 cup Kelapo Coconut Oil
1 pkg (10 ounces) marshmallows
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
25 drops green food coloring
6 cups of rice krispies cereal
- Line a 13×9 pan with foil and spray a light coat of Kelapo Cooking Spray.
- Melt coconut oil and marshmallows in a skillet on medium heat; stir constantly until marshmallows are melted.
- Remove from heat and add food coloring and vanilla until well incorporated.
- Quickly add cereal into marshmallow mixture and stir until well coated.
- Press into pan using wax paper and let cool.
- Once cooled cut into bars or cut shapes using cookie cutters.
My rice krispie treats turned out so good! I couldn’t even taste the coconut oil so I bet if you served these at a party no one else would notice either. I adapted the recipe from one that I found online but when actually making the recipe I found that there could be some changes. I didn’t use the full 6 cups of cereal, I probably only used about 3 or 4. When mixing the cereal with the marshmallow it coated the cereal very quickly, so I didn’t have enough time to add 2 more cups before it began to harden. Also, after adding the food coloring the recipe said to take the mixture off of the heat which I think was the issue with the mix beginning to harden. I think that when I make these again I will turn the heat to a simmer setting and add the cereal in. I feel like this will help to keep the marshmallow mixture more in the creamy state and I will be able to add all of the cereal. So, since I didn’t use all 6 cups of cereal I had to use an 8×8 pan instead, which fit very nicely and the bars were a perfect size!
Now, since I made these treats for St. Patty’s Day I decided to take a wing at it and try to make a rice krispie shamrock! I don’t think it turned out to shabby but I will admit that I am no artist! This wasn’t hard to form but it was very sticky so I will give you a tip to eliminate sticky, green hands. Use your Kelapo Coconut Oil Spray or jar and put a little coat of coconut oil on your hands. This will help so that the marshmallow doesn’t stick and it makes it easier to shape the treats.
What special treats or foods do you make for the Holidays? If your really feeling festive try making our recipe for Corned Beef & Cabbage. Have a safe and Happy St Patrick’s Day!