Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Vegan Rice Crispy Treat Bars

Finally! A childhood treat has become revived with refreshed vegan life.
Hello Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck! Today resides in memories thanks to Chicago Vegan Foods' Dandies Marshmallows. So long ago, was one of my first experiences helping Ma prepare homemade dessert snacks-- a must for the chilly winter nights. Every time a generic box of Rice Crispies made it in the grocery cart alongside two bags of plain marshmallows, we knew what that meant. As a family, we used to make it together starting with oiling the wide skillet and melting in the marshmallows. The kitchen would soon smell like sweet vanilla. After stove is turned off, it was time to stir in ample amounts of cereal and listen to the mesmeric popping sound. Although the stores supplied ready made treats, it was the homemade version that tasted far better. It was watching marshmallows turn milky, taking irresistible turns mixing with the big spoon, and eating cooled treats. Just warm and pleasant love impossible to package and market.
Here arrives the amazing vegan version. Still as simple as the old fashioned days. Plain rice crispy cereal is transformed, taking on the sugary divine flavor profiles melted marshmallow madness provides. These chewy, ooey gooey bars trigger happiness and light up taste buds with promises of delicious flashbacks sans the politically incorrect usage of gelatin. Win win!

Vegan Rice Crispy Treat Bars Ingredients and Preparation

2 tablespoon coconut oil
1 package Dandies Air Puffed Marshmallows
8 cups Trader Joe's Rice Crispy Cereal

Grease or lay parchment paper onto a baking sheet.
In a large skillet, melt coconut oil and add entirety of marshmallows. Stir and stir until marshmallows are a gooey and browning almost to caramel proportion.
Turn off stove and quickly add in cereal, one cup at a time.

Spread mixture onto prepared surface.
Let cool for an hour or so.
I, however, cheated and ate some 30 minutes afterwards. 
It is hard to stay at one treat. Or two. But try your best. And share the rest!

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