There’s no trick to these allergen-free treats I developed for your children this year. They’re great for a Halloween party, or for giving as a substitute treat for your child if they receive something they can’t eat during trick-or-treating. Not only are they great tasting and easy, but it’s a fun recipe for your child to help you with in the kitchen.
Chocolate Dipped Crispy Rice and Marshmallow Treats
6 cups puffed rice cereal*
Non-stick cooking spray
1 ½ tablespoons canola oil
40 large egg-free marshmallows (I used Publix Brand**)
1 teaspoon Meraby’s gluten free vanilla extract
1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Brand)
Place puffed rice cereal in a large bowl and set aside. Spray a large cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the canola oil with the marshmallows.
Stir continually until the marshmallows are completely dissolved, remove from the heat, and stir in the vanilla extract.
Pour the marshmallow mixture over the puffed rice and stir very well to ensure all of the cereal is coated.
Spread the rice mixture onto the cookie sheet and compact it very well, making sure the top is even. (Tip: Spray a rolling pin very lightly with cooking spray and roll it over the top of the rice and marshmallow mixture to ensure that it's flat and compact.)
Allow the mixture to set for 2 hours.
Now it’s time to get your little goblins in the kitchen to help you! Turn the mixture out onto a cutting board and remove the parchment paper from the back.
Using your favorite Halloween themed cookie cutter (i.e. bat, witch’s hat, ghost, etc.), cut out as many of these shapes as possible from the rice and marshmallow mixture. Melt the chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave, stirring the chips every 30 seconds to ensure the chocolate doesn’t scorch or separate.
Dip one side of each rice and marshallow treat into the melted chocolate and place on a clean sheet of parchment to dry.
Use extra chocolate chips as eyes and a mouth for the ghost and bat. Once the chocolate has set, arrange the treats on a pretty Halloween platter to serve.
* Many national brand puffed rice cereals contain malted barley. If your child is allergic to gluten or barley, you can find a puffed rice cereal that is free of these allergens at your local health food store.
** Even though I may recommend a brand, some companies change their product recipes without notice. As a result, always check the ingredient list for any product you use for your allergy family.