Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sweet Treat Week Recipe # 3 - Better for You "Marsh"mellow Treats

Welcome to Sweet Treat Week~ a week where I have decided to dedicate this blog to all things sweet.  Some of them will be healthy and lighter versions of desserts or drinks.  Others will be indulgences that you should make when you're in need of them.  It's okay, you can have some then share the extra calories with friends!  That's what I like to do (Ha!) 

In this post, I'm going to share a completely GUILT-FREE treat.  It's a classic marshmallow-style treat that you've made or eaten at one time or another, I guarantee it.  But I bet you've never had it without the traditional "marshmallows."   Instead I replaced it with ricemellow that I found in my local organic, health foods store.  Ricemellow is vegan-friendly, gluten-free and it is made with brown rice syrup and soy.  If you make this recipe using these ingredients, you and your kids can eat it all without feeling sick or digesting harmful things. 

Don't get me wrong - I like a good marshmallow every now and then.  But the traditional rice krispie treats are too sweet for me lately!  I can't stomach it.  This ricemellow is a much better alternative for me.  I'll admit that it doesn't hold together as well as traditional marshmallows but that's okay, I don't let them sit around long enough to worry about that minor detail anyway!  :-)

I love simple, no-bake treats that contain minimial ingredients.  This one has only three.   Enjoy it!  Try it out and see how it compares to the classic way you've been making these treats.  


Better For You "Marsh"mellow Treats
(Serves about 20 OR Makes One 13x9 inch pan full)

5 cups of Cheerios Cereal - I used the Multi-grain kind, I really like their flavor!
1 container (10 oz) of ricemellow creme
3 T. Smart Balance butter - I used the light kind

In a medium sauce pan on your stove, melt the smart balance butter and ricemellow creme together.  Stir until smooth.  Remove from heat.  Add in the Multi-grain Cheerios (or other healthy cereal of your choice).   Stir gently until well mixed.  Then add to a lightly greased 13x9 inch baking pan.  Press down until all of baking pan is covered. 

Note: It's so humid and hot here that I placed my pan in the fridge until I'm ready to serve or eat these.  I keep mine in there because I'm afraid it will melt sitting out on my counter. 

I've been eating on this for several days now, including it as part of my breakfast or mid-morning snack!   Try it! 

Fact: I almost never eat a bowl of cereal anymore.  My daughter doesn't even really like to eat cereal in the traditional way with milk.  She prefers it dry and in a cup.  I prefer to use it in recipes like this one or make granola bars with them.  Do you still eat cereal with milk in a bowl?

1 comment:

  1. I don't eat cereal in the traditional way since I've started losing all this weight. Haylei still likes cereal with milk, but Hunter doesn't. He's the dry bowl with a cup a milk. I'll have to try this. I've never heard of ricemellow...I'll have to look for it at Sevananda.