Rice Krispie Spring Treats

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Last weekend we spent our Saturday making some fun spring Rice Krispie treats. My kids love Rice Krispies and I knew they would be excited about being able to create some delicious snacks and while getting creative with food.

My favorite part about Rice Krispie treats is that we always have the ingredients to make them, butter, marshmallow, and Rice Krispies! I also love that you don’t need to turn on the oven to make them and they are ready in just a few minutes.

We spent a few minutes on Rice Krispie’s Pinterest page getting some idea for our treats.

You should definitely check out their page for great and creative ideas for recipes. My girls picked out a few of their favorites and we got to work making our treats.

Since we’ve been studying birds and bugs all year we thought it would be fun to make the robin’s nests and caterpillar.

To say my girls were excited would be an understatement.

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It’s important to get your apron before you start.

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And of course gather your ingredients.

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Take turns mixing, and make sure there is enough left over for mom to eat some out of the pan.

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The girls were particularly excited about dying the coconut green. I can’t believe we’d never done it before.

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Our finished Robin’s Egg nest treats, as you can see my girls had a little too much fun with the colored coconut! These were so cute and easy to make. I chose to use mini muffin tins for the mold because I thought it would be fun to make mini nests. You can use M&M’s or jelly beans for the eggs. You can find detailed instructions here.

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The caterpillar was also fun to put together.

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We used colored licorice for the face and the antennae. You can find detailed directions for the crawly caterpillar here.

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After we created our caterpillar and nests I let the girls create more treats with the leftovers. I was pretty impressed with their food design skills, and they were thrilled.

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We made all these treats from your basic Rice Krispie treat recipe. I’m impressed!

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My girls loved making these treats and the whole project took us less than an hour from start to clean up. They tasted great too and while their brothers didn’t help make them they definitely enjoyed eating them!

You can make these treats too! I’d love to see what you are creating so if you share your creations on social media use the hashtag #easytomake to inspire others to get creative too! You can also enter your Rice Krispie treat in their contest and win a gift basket. You can find out more about the treat making contest here.

For more spring treat ideas visit the Rice Krispies Spring Pinterest Board and RiceKrispies.com.

Follow Rice Krispies®’s board Spring has Sprung Recipes on Pinterest.

This post is sponsored by Rice Krispies, all opinions are my own. 


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Quick & Easy Paleo “Peanut Butter” Cups

Quick & Easy Paleo "Peanut Butter" Cups | The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Tessa

What mom does not long for quick and easy food items to throw in front of her family? How about we make it nutritious, irresistible, and pretty to look at too?

In need of a super quick snack for my kids, I wanted to adapt my  Healthy “Peanut Butter” Cups recipe for an after school snack.  I did not want to mold or dip. I wanted to whir and dump and be done!  This recipe was the answer. It contains healthy fat  via the coconut oil and coconut butter and protein from the seed butter.  These quick and easy “peanut butter” cups are just as addicting as their counterparts.

You will want to store these in the fridge unless you live in a very cool climate.  They are better there anyway…it might help you resist them a touch more!

Ingredient Note:  I make my own coconut butter as it is really easy and much cheaper.  If you prefer to use all coconut oil, you can, but the results will be much softer, so freezer storage is a must.  Costco and Trader Joes both sell coconut oil at affordable rates, and it is an excellent healthy  oil to be subbing into your baked goods whenever possible!

Also, you can use any nut or seed butter you have on hand, they all work the same, just taste different!

Quick & Easy Paleo "Peanut Butter" Cups | The Happy Housewife

 

Quick & Easy Paleo 'Peanut Butter' Cups - Healthy Candy!
Serves: 15 mini muffin sized cups
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup nut or seed butter
  • ¼ cup coconut butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2-4 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or preferred liquid sweetener. You want to do this to taste, but note that the more sweetener you add, the more soft the end product will be.
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips, to taste.
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, whir all the ingredients except the chocolate chips until smooth.
  2. Add the chocolate chips, and pulse a couple of times to mix.
  3. Pour a generous tablespoon of the mixture into muffin liners (mini or large), silicone molds, or you favorite candy molds.
  4. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm up, or in the fridge for about an hour.
  5. Drizzle with melted chocolate if you like (I just did it for the pictures!).

Quick & Easy Paleo "Peanut Butter" Cups | The Happy Housewife

 

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Black Bean Brownies (Grain Free & Vegan)

Black Bean Brownies (Grain Free & Vegan) | The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Tessa

Beans in a dessert??!!  People look at me like I have two heads when I suggest it, but believe me when I say, not a single person has ever been able to tell what these black bean brownies are made of!  They taste like real, dense, fudgey brownies.

Only difference is…they have the added nutrition of the beans incorporated! Go sneak some goodies into your family today!

Healthy, Moist Chocolate Brownies Made w/ Beans?!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • 15 ounce can black beans (or 1½ cups cooked beans), thoroughly rinsed and drained.
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil or other oil/melted fat of choice
  • ⅔ cup sugar or more to suit your taste
  • 2 tablespoons chia meal or flax meal, or one egg
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor bowl, add the beans, oil, sugar, and chia meal. Puree until smooth and beans are indiscernible.
  3. With the motor running, add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Pour/spread into a greased or parchment lined 8 x 8 inch pan. The batter will not be deep.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
I like to use adzuki beans too. They're easier to digest!
I use palm sugar and stevia.

 

Black Bean Brownies (Grain Free & Vegan) | The Happy Housewife

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Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Gluten-Free Option

Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Gluten-Free Option | The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Lynn

We all need quick and easy recipes. In fact, they are my favorite recipes. I love to cook, but the reality is that I am a busy mom like most of you. Quick and easy food is what I need most days.

These easy peanut butter chocolate chips cookies are just that. They are so easy to make and contain ingredients that most of you will have on hand. These cookies are perfect for those times when you need a last minute dessert or snack.

Some in my family deal with food allergies, so I made notes in the recipe on how these cookies can be made more allergy friendly.

Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Gluten-Free Option | The Happy Housewife

Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serves: makes 30 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or sun butter or other nut butter)
  • 1 yellow cake mix (or King Arthur gluten free yellow cake mix)
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine peanut butter, dry cake mix, oil, and eggs. Stir until well combined. This is a pretty stiff dough, but it will mix together.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Shape dough into balls about 1 inch in size. Place on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and flatten dough slightly.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  6. Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, and then remove to wire rack to cool.

 

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