I gotta hand this one to my son, who came up with this glorious concoction all by himself during our grocery haul on Friday! He gets it from his momma :)
I let him work out the details on his own, pick out the ingredients at the store, and then plan it out when we got home. Lets not talk about the mess! There was lots of sticky fluff everywhere, cereal all over the floor and melted chocolate drizzled in places, but he was SO PROUD of his first real success in the kitchen and I was too!
Wishing you are yours a healthy and happy s’mores with plenty of delicious treats!
S’mores Rice Krispies Treats
16oz. marshmallow fluff
5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
6 graham crackers, crushed
9oz. mini chocolate chips
1 tbsp coconut oil, butter or trans fat free margarine
Using a greased spatula, transfer the marshmallow fluff to a microwave-safe container and microwave until melted, about 1 minute. Add the Rice Krispies and half of the graham crackers to a large mixing bowl and stir in the fluff, mix until incorporated. Stir in 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips. Transfer the Rice Krispies to a greased 9×13 pan pan, pressing down to flatten and smooth out the cereal.
Add the remaining chocolate chips and oil to a bowl and microwave in 15 second increments, until melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate over the Rice Krispies and spread evenly. Top with remaining crushed graham crackers, and salt, if desired.
Refrigerate the treats until solid and slice into squares.
VARIATION: to up the ante on these, use marshmallows instead of fluff and toast them over the fire before mixing into the s’mores. Then finish the s’mores with some Maldon salt!
I’m not much of an actual peanut person but peanut butter is my jam – and I definitely love the iconic sandwich. In fact, during my last pregnancy, I craved PB&J sandwiches for the first few months, and I secretly hoped it would immunize my baby against peanut allergies. Once my daughter was born though, that all went out the window because my house it peanut free, and you won’t find any bamba in the pantry.
A couple of years ago, when my now-5-year-old son was about 16 months old, I gave him a Larabar for snack, and a few bites in he broke out in hives all over his body. Having never dealt with food allergies with my other children, I wasn’t really familiar with such as extreme reaction, but I gave him Benadryl and he fell fast asleep. When I went to check on him, his lips had turned blue so I quickly called Hatzalah and he was rushed to the hospital, with a dose of epinephrine administered on the way. Thus began my journey as a mom of a child with life threatening food allergies.
Let me tell you – there is literally nothing more terrifying than watching your child struggle to breathe because of something they ate. I always try to use my platform to spread awareness because I know what it means to be that clueless parent who is lucky enough to be unfamiliar with food allergies. When my son turned three and started to wear a kippah, I partnered with iKippah to design the first ever ALLERGY KIPPAH to help keep young boys with food allergies safe. My son proudly wears his kippah and I know that in case of an emergency, his allergy and emergency information can all be found underneath.
So what has that got to do with TAHINUT CHEWS? Well, since my house is peanut free, but thankfully we are free of sesame allergies, TAHINI has become our new peanut butter. And the truth is, it’s a great stand in. The texture is pretty similar and pure raw tahini paste really does taste a bit like peanut butter too. I use it in recipes like my tahini muddy buddies, in place of peanut butter in Asian sauces, cakes and treats. The best part is, you don’t have to melt tahini, since it’s liquid at room temperature, so this recipe comes together in just minutes. And I love that I don’t have to forgo one of my all time favorite indulgences – Rice Krispies Peanut Chews!
Now if you’ve got a peanut AND a sesame allergy? I truly feel bad for you! I always say G-d was good to me by at least saving us from a sesame allergy because TAHINI IS LIFE. Although I’ve got you covered there as well – cookie butter works as a great alternative to peanut butter too!
3 cups Rice Krispies
1/2 c tahini paste
1/2 c honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 c chocolate chips
1-2 tsp sesame seeds
Maldon salt, to taste
In a bowl, combine the Rice Krispies, tahini paste, honey, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Stir until incorporated. Transfer the mixture to a small parchment-lined dish (I used an 8″ x 6.5″), and press down to pack firmly into the dish (it helps to cover the mixture with parchment paper and use your hands to smooth it out while you press down).
Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler and spread over the Rice Krispies in an even layer. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and Maldon salt.
Refrigerate until firm, 1-2 hours, slice and serve.
NOTE: these are a bit on the salty side (just how I like them), adjust to your personal taste.
You could call it killing three birds with one stone, but I’d rather call it multi-purposing. This blog post means so much to be because it’s covers three of my favorite things:
1. My 7th Blogoversary!!!
Since I’m in all out cookbook mode these days, I didn’t have much time to plan separate blog posts, and so I rolled them all into one special post.
First up, is definitely my Blogoversary. OK, I’m a little late to be honest, since I started my blog on January 19th, 2011, but is it ever really too late for sprinkles? (I’ve been celebrating the BIB blogoversary with a funfetti theme for the past few years!). I can’t believe that I have been blogging for seven. whole. years. of. my. life.!! So much has happened in that span of time, it would be impossible to name, but it has all culminated into my upcoming cookbook – truly a dream come true. We are just about three months away from the cookbook release, and I can’t help but notice that this is all happening in my seventh year, as the Sages say, “Kol Sheviyin Chavivin”, all sevenths are cherished.
Speaking of 7ths, this post also comes to you in honor of the most special day of the week, the time when I get to unplug from all of life’s distractions, connect with my family and refresh my soul…..Shabbos – the seventh day of the week.
When Sina Mizrachi of Gather A Table approached me about her virtual Shabbos potluck, I knew I wanted in. You see, Sina sees things through a different lens than most of us. Her blog posts are a glimpse into her soul – one that is pure, innocent and full of light. Her photos reflect that and they draw you in so that you want a seat at her table. Sina’s work has inspired me for years, and her recent Shabbos series speaks for itself. I know how much work goes into every recipe and table setting and I am truly humbled by the beauty and depth in each picture, each paragraph and each dish.
For me, one of the most exciting parts about Shabbos is the special treat I prepare for my kids each week. Shabbos might mean a lot to me on a spiritual level (and lets face it – a very physical one as well: getting to catch up on some much needed sleep!), but when it comes to kids, it can be frustrating for them. They don’t understand why they can’t play on the X Box, or watch their favorite show. They have to wear dress clothes instead of comfortable ones and the list goes on. That’s not to say that kids don’t appreciate having Shabbos guests, getting more attention from their parents (lets be honest, being forced to put our phones away means that we are definitely a lot more present than during the week!) and enjoying special treats – but sometimes they need a reminder, on their level, of what makes Shabbos special.
I remember someone once telling me that they have a special selection of “Shabbos games” that their kids are only allowed to play on Shabbos. A friend of mine introduced me to the idea of “Shabbos Cereal”, where the kids get to enjoy sugary cereal (like Fruity Pebbles) only on Shabbos, while the rest of the week they have moderately sweetened cereal (like Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies). I loved that and incorporated into our routine years ago. These ideas of special Shabbos games and Shabbos cereal send a message to kids that Shabbos is different from the rest of the week. To further enhance that feeling, I always prepare (or purchase, when I don’t have time!) a special Shabbos treat for the kids to be enjoyed after the meal – either as a dessert, or as part of a “Shabbos party”. Sometimes, they help me make it, and other times I save it as a surprise. It really builds the momentum and I love to see the excitement on their face and joy in their eyes as they get to enjoy their weekly treat. These funfetti Rice Kripie bites are JUST the thing and I’m so happy to bring them with me to the virtual Shabbos potluck!
Here are the other dishes that bloggers brought along to the virtual Shabbos potluck:
Last, but certainly not least – Purim. I can’t believe it’s upon us in just over two weeks, and I love sharing fun recipes that you can give out as food gifts, or serve at your Purim meal. These funfetti Rice Krispies bites are so fun and festive, and they’ll be making their way into my daughter’s shalach manos. Can you guess what she’s dressing up as? Busy In Brooklyn! (with my signature bangs and glasses + my chef jacket or apron!).
Heat the coconut oil over medium heat until melted and swirl to coat the bottom of a pan. Add the marshmallow fluff and stir with a rubber spatula until melted and incorporated with the oil. Add the Rice Krispies and mix well. Lightly grease your hands (wear gloves if you’d like) and roll the Rice Krispies mixture into ball. Press into the sprinkles to coat.
NOTE: the balls hold best when the the mixture is warm, so if it begins to cool, just rewarm in the pot.
TIP: when working with marshmallow fluff, grease your spoon/spatula with nonstick cooking spray and the fluff will not stick to it!