Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Fun, Fast and Easy Dessert

"Oh, by the way, did you know that there is a party for insert name of child or special event here tomorrow at Sunday School, Awana, school...."

That is probably one of the more difficult situations I encounter with Samuel's diet restrictions.  Sometimes, it is difficult to come up with a substitution for him but, most of the time it isn't.  The real problem comes when I am not given advance notice.   This doesn't happen very often because most of the people in Samuel's life are very aware of and sensitive to his food restrictions.  I admit that I don't really love baking and I especially don't like making cupcakes and icing from scratch at 10:00 when I am supposed to be in bed.  

Recently, I had to get very creative for a school party and ended up with a really yummy treat that I can make in only 10 minutes.  His class was celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday.  The food list was a nightmare!  Green eggs, green ham and green milk.  Of course, they were all died with food coloring.  I was able to send in some ham and rice milk for Samuel.  They also made Cat in the Hat treats using an ice cream cone, ice cream, fruit by the foot and candy.  Sending in ice cream wasn't a problem and I was able to make him some fruit rolls but, I didn't know what to do about the ice cream cone.  I decided to try and form one out of rice krispies treats.  There are marshmallows that Samuel can eat but, I couldn't find them anywhere.  My first batch was made with gluten free rice chex.  It came out super yummy.  I made more over the weekend, using gluten free rice krispies.  Both of those cereals contain a preservative called BHT.  It is not the worst one out there but, I realized that if I intended to make these on a regular basis, I should find another option.   I have made the last two batches using EnviroKids Organic Koala Crisp Cereal.   Koala Crisp is a chocolate cereal.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Koala Crispy Treats

3 TBSP Earth Balance Soy Free Spread
2 tsps corn starch
1 TBSP vanilla
1 TBSP molasses
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup liquid sweetener (agave syrup, maple syrup or honey - I used 1/4 cup of honey and 1/2 cup of agave)
1/3 cup peanut butter
8-9 cups Koala Crisp Cereal

Melt Earth Balance (you may substitute with butter, another spread or coconut oil) over low heat.
Whisk in the corn starch.
Add vanilla, molasses, sugar and sweetener.  Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.  Allow the mixture to boil until the sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat and add peanut butter.  Stir until the peanut butter melts into the mixture.
Add the Koala Crisp a few cups at a time.  For more goo add less cereal.  For more crispy add more cereal.
Put into a greased 9x13 pan and wait until it cools completely (if you can stand it) before cutting.

1 comment:

  1. Hey -- have you found The Baking Beauties yet? Jeanine there is amazing and has lots of GF KID TESTED recipes. Her chocolate cupcake recipe on there is as easy as a boxed mix. Plus, there is a marshmallow recipe that might be fun to make with Samuel. is her site.