The only thing better than a simple recipe is a simple snack! There is not always time to plan ahead but you can still get creative with the staples in your fridge and pantry. On those days, you just need to settle for the simple snack. It has been 13 days since my last post! 13 days!! For someone who tries to share recipes with you two to four times a week, that is unacceptable. Well, it would be unacceptable if I did not have good reason, so thankfully I have two good reasons! I've mentioned that it's been my busy season at work for the past few months but luckily, today was the official last day of the exhausting late nights and weekends of budget planning for next fiscal year. That means I can go back to the normal, grueling schedule of late nights and weekends :) I kid. Sort of. But I definitely digress.
The second reason I haven't posted in so long is because I've had the honor of planning a baby shower for my sister, the most amazing person you would ever have the pleasure of meeting and the soon-to-be mom of a little baby boy. While I have not posted on the blog for 13 days, that does not mean I haven't been experimenting with new recipes and snack ideas. Understanding time has not been my bestie lately, I hope you can appreciate the balance of creativity and speed of this snack idea. I also hope you appreciate the thematic significance and background props, while in the midst of planning a baby shower. I was cutting out tons and tons of little stars for decorations when my sweet tooth started acting up. It acts up all day, every day, but the nostalgia of planning to meet my nephew caused me to want a sweet snack fit for a second grader's lunchbox. Now, let's remember that I am used to cooking for two (well, three if you count Holly), so I am not yet cooking for the adorable little ones that will one day be a part of our family. Holding that pair of safety scissors and a pencil caused a sudden craving for a rice krispie treat. Oh, the memories of making rice krispie treats for birthday parties, school gatherings and just for the heck of it on a weekend. All of the butter and marshmallows. Oh the sugar. Oh the horror.
I have thankfully found two rice krispie treats that use brown rice, and naturally, brown rice syrup to sweeten, as opposed to refined white rice and sugar. I would certainly love to make my own refined sugar free marshmallows but let's not forget I just told you that time and I have recently taken a break. Until we kiss and make up, I will enjoy my tasty treats from EnviroKids (Nature's Path) and Trader Joe's without feeling guilty. In order to add protein and the satisfying chocolate that we all crave, spread your choice of nut butter and a couple of allergy friendly chocolate chips. I hope you enjoy the baby shower decorations that served as a backdrop, as this art project was the catalyst for my fun and fabulous snack. #dontrunwithscissors
Prep Time: 5 minutes
From the Pantry or Fridge:
- 1 Brown Rice Krispy Treat (Refined Sugar Free)
- 1 tbsp. Organic Nut Butter (Almond, Peanut, Cashew)
- 1 tsp. Chocolate (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free)
- Remove the foil wrapping on the rice krispy treat.
- Spread the nut butter on the rice krispy treat.
- Sprinkle the chocolate on the nut butter.
- Eat immediately. Smile.
If you pack this snack for your kids to bring to school, you can just pop it in tupperware or put the nut butter and chocolate in separate, small containers to avoid a mess. I also love the bite sized rice krispy treats by EnviroKidz, which would make this snack even healthier for you or your kids. If you use a smaller sized treat, just cut the nut butter to 1 tsp. and use only a couple of chocolate chips.
Don't forget you can whip up your own almond or nut butter at home with this simple recipe. You can also use the leftover nut butter and chocolate for these recipes and snack ideas!