So 5 days after my fever finally broke, it has resurfaced in my daughter. Poor thing : / I was really hoping that since I had gotten better without any other casualties that we were all in the clear. Guess not. Still crossing my fingers that my little 5 month old doesn’t catch this thing.
And since I was pretty darn sick last week, I didn’t have much umph to do anything at all (even in the kitchen, believe it or not). So I decided to pump out something quick and easy- Rice Krispy Treats.
But at the same time I wanted to do something different with the recipe… something different AND quick AND easy. I made one simple change:
I said NO to butter.
And YES to coconut oil.
In case you have’t jumped on that bandwagon yet, you should know that coconut oil is all the rage right now. It’s currently the star superfood of the people.
But more important than its’ popularity are its’ numerous health benefits. If you haven’t read about the incredible list of benefits from consuming coconut oil, check them out here. If these are even three-quarters true then we should all have a jar of coconut oil in our cabinet at all times. Side note: It’s important that the jar is glass too. I guess oil’s can leach bad things into them when stored in a plastic container. Who knew?
SO what does coconut oil do to the taste and texture of your beloved Rice Krispy Treats? Well, the texture- nothing. And the taste- not much there either. I guess you get a very mild coconut flavor to them. I didn’t notice it myself, but if you are particularly sensitive to the flavor of coconut then you might. Personally, I think the swap is simply a way to achieve a healthier, quick treat rather than creating any kind of flavor change.
If coconut flavor is what you seek though, then that is an entirely different story! Go ahead and add in a cup of shredded coconut, sweetened or un-sweetened. Maybe even a 1/2 tsp or so of coconut extract.
And I am a firm believer in adding a pinch of salt to your Rice Krispy Treats. It adds the perfect sweet/salty touch. Ever since my experience with Brown Butter Salted Rice Krispy Treats I never go without that extra pinch of sodium.
- 1 (10 ounce) bag miniature marshmallows
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 6 cups Rice Krispies
- Prepare a 9-by-13-inch pan by greasing with butter or non-stick cooking spray. Line with parchment if desired.
- Melt the marshmallows and coconut oil together in medium saucepan.
- In a large bowl, mix together rice krispies and melted marshmallow mixture, stirring until evenly combined.
- Press into pan. Let cool to set before cutting.