I made a rookie parent mistake. Cody brought home marshmallows for Rice Krispies treats and I left said marshmallows on the counter.
When Elijah went into the kitchen this morning the first thing he saw was the bag of marshmallows. After that the only thing he wanted was a marshmallow – and he wanted them bad.
He asked Cody, but Cody poured him a bowl of cereal instead. He asked me, and I told him to eat his cereal first. He repeated the cycle two or three more times, each time with a slightly more desperate “pleeeeeease” on the end.
So, at 7:30 a.m. we made pink Rice Krispies treats, and Elijah got his marshmallow – or five.
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Valentine’s Day with a toddler allergic to dairy is hard. I quickly looked through the aisles of Valentine’s Day treats at Walmart and found myself disappointed to not find even a heart-shaped gummy. It was all chocolate.
These pink Rice Krispies treats can be made with or without dairy, meaning they are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat for my dairy-allergic boy.
While I had the mess out, I also made Lauren’s Latest Red Velvet Nanaimo Bars. To make them Elijah-friendly, I made amended the recipe to use dairy-free chocolate chips and soy milk instead of cows milk. But I really made them for Cody, he loves Nanaimo Bars, and I think this Valentine’s Day version will be a hit.
I am also going to add that I chanelled a super power this morning. What power you ask? The power to bake and not taste test, not one bit.
I know. It was hard.
Cody created a Healthy Choices Challenge before Christmas. He and I, along with five other people, are participants. We are currently in Week 10 and part of the challenge is to avoid all sweets or treats six days of the week. There’s a points system, which meant as much as I wanted to sample the cookie dough and banana muffins I made (you didn’t think I only made Rice Krispies treats and Nanaimo Bars did you?), I exercised self-control. I fought my sweet tooth. I spit an accidental lick into the sink.
And I created my own super power. The power to bake and not sample.
Now on to that pink Rice Krispies recipe…
- 1/2 cup margerine
- 45 marshmallows
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 package strawberry Jell-O
- 7 cups Rice Krispies
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- Grease a 9x13 glass baking dish.
- Measure 7 cups of Rice Krispies into a bowl. Set aside.
- Melt margerine in a saucepan on medium heat
- Add marshmallows and stir until mostly melted
- Add in vanilla and strawberry Jell-O powder
- Remove marshmallow mixture from the heat and pour over Rice Krispies. Stir until well combined.
- Press Rice Krispies mixture into prepared pan. Place in the fridge.
- After about an hour, remove the Rice Krispies treats from the fridge. Remove the treats from the pan and, using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut the treats.
- Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Drizzle melted chocolate over treats.
- Allow the chocolate to set before serving.