Crispie Treats times 3 (just in time for another snow day)

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I made three kinds of Crispie Treats for the Super Bowl weekend.  I made gluten free, chocolate, and regular. All were very tasty. My cousin must eat gluten/dairy free and I always like to try something new. If I can make meatloaf for the group because it’s their favorite, I most certainly can make something for the cousin.  It seems like I always have to text him with a question or two about a certain food item.  It’s a process.  I am still learning how to cook GF!

Soapbox moment: I must add my opinion about cooking for friends and relatives who have special dietary needs.  As a cook, you are on your honor to honor your friends and family with healthy and good food. Tell the truth when asked about ingredients.  Never lie about what is in or not in your recipe.  This could be alcohol, sugar, gluten, dairy, eggs, organic, or non-organic. It may not make a difference to you but in can mean a world of difference to others.

When my dearest of friends was dying from a rare form of cancer I cooked many a meal for her. She gave me a strict list of her dietary needs.  I stuck to it…even down to the purified water to cook the pasta. It was a big deal to her so it became a big deal to me. I learned a lot when I cooked for her.

I have friends who have allergies and intolerance to some ingredients.  I have family and friends who just do not like certain foods. I honor them all. That is what being a good cook is all about.

Okay, I am off the soapbox for now.  Here is the recipe and all the adaptations to make really great Crispie Treats:

Gluten Free/Dairy Free Crispie Treats

20140205-102436.jpg1/2 cup coconut oil (if you are not concerned about dairy free go ahead and use butter)

6 cups Jet Puffed mini marshmallows (Jet Puffed, by Kraft, does not contain gluten)

6 cups puffed brown rice cereal (making sure the package says it is gluten free Rice Krispies also has a GF version of puffed rice cereal but our store did not carry it)

First, pre-measure all of the ingredients. You will be glad I told you this. Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with a gluten free pan spray.  Now you are ready.

Over med/low heat, in a large pot, melt the coconut oil.  After the oil is melted add the marshmallows.  Stir constantly until the marshmallow are pretty much melted.  The mixture will not be completely smooth but the marshmallows will be melted.  Remove from the heat and stir in the puffed rice.  Fold the ingredients until the puffed rice is evenly coated.

Spread the mixture in the prepared baking dish.  You may have to spray your fingers with the pan spray so you can press the mixture into the pan without it sticking to your fingers.  Done!

Let it cool and set up, then, cut and serve.

Chocolate Crispie Treats

1/2 cup butter

6 cups mini marshmallows

6 cups cocoa flavored puffed rice cereal

Pre-measure all of the ingredients.  Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with a gluten free pan spray.

Over med/low heat, in a large pot, melt the butter.  After the butter is melted add the marshmallows.  Stir constantly until the marshmallows are pretty much melted.  The mixture will not be completely smooth but the marshmallows will be melted.  Remove from the heat and stir in the puffed rice.  Fold the ingredients until the puffed rice is evenly coated.

Spread the mixture in the prepared baking dish.  You can spray your fingers with the pan spray so you can press the mixture into the pan without it sticking to your fingers.  Done!

Let it cool and set up, then, cut and serve.

Regular Crispie Treats

1/2 cup butter

6 cups mini marshmallows

6 cups puffed rice cereal

Pre-measure all of the ingredients.  Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with a gluten free pan spray.

Over med/low heat, in a large pot, melt the butter.  After the butter is melted add the marshmallows.  Stir constantly until the marshmallows are pretty much melted.  The mixture will not be completely smooth but the marshmallows will be melted.  Remove from the heat and stir in the puffed rice.  Fold the ingredients until the puffed rice is evenly coated.

Spread the mixture in the prepared baking dish.  You can spray your fingers with the pan spray so you can press the mixture into the pan without it sticking to your fingers.  Done!

Let it cool and set up, then, cut and serve.

Note:  I would suggest NOT doubling the recipe. I think it would be way to hard to stir that much stuff. It really is easy to wash the pot and make another batch. I did it four times this weekend and it was no big deal.

Whenever using gluten free ingredients always read the label for ingredients. Some products are gluten free and do not say that they are.  Products change from time to time. You can always text your GF person to make sure. That’s what I do.

Two recipes will fill a half sheet size baking sheet. I did one recipe of regular and one recipe of chocolate.

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Disclaimer: I have to say this. The Jet Puffed Marshmallow people, over at Kraft, do not know me. They did not give me any marshmallows.  I wish they would. I just like their product and wanted to share some information with you. The Kellogg people didn’t pay me to say nice things about their product either. I love the fact they have gluten free Rice Krispies!

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