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Rice Krispies Squares- All Grown Up!

I loved rice krispie squares as a kid.  I remember pulling up a chair to the oven so I could see my melt the marshmallows and the butter and stir together the rice krispies. They were so easy to make, but sadly, full of processed ingredients and high in sugar. 

And even worse, you can now buy pre made rice krispies which contain even more junk and artificial ingredients. These are what most parents are sending their kids off to school with as treats! 

Enter, the all grown up rice krispies! They are insanely delicious and kid friendly approved (my nieces approve all my treats), but they are super satisfying and loaded with more ‘adult’ friendly (and waist friendly) ingredients!

With almond butter (healthy fats) and unprocessed natural sugar (maple syrup), plus a few simple and natural additions, like cinnamon, vanilla and coconut; these treats are waaaaaay better than what Kellogg’s is serving up!

Plus, they are gluten free. Huge bonus!

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I whipped these up last week in literally 5 minutes. They lasted 1 day and so I made a fresh batch to bring up north for the long weekend. Again…they didn’t last long!

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 🙂

All Grown Up Rice Krispie Squares
Yields 16
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup almond butter (try sun butter for nut free version)
  2. 1/2 cup maple syrup (the real s**t, not aunt jemima's!)
  3. 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 tsp ground vanilla bean
  6. 3 1/2 cups Natures Path gluten free crispy rice cereal
  7. 1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted (optional, can use for drizzle)
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt together the almond butter and maple syrup. Stir together until well combined.
  2. Once melted, add in coconut, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir well.
  3. Lastly, add in crispy rice cereal and mix until well combined and cereal is completely coated with almond butter mixture.
  4. Transfer to an 8x8 baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  5. Pour into dish, press down into pan and place into the freezer to set. *If you are drizzling chocolate on top, place in freezer. Otherwise, place in fridge to set.
  6. Leave in freezer for 5 minutes, then remove and drizzle with melted chocolate. Place back into freezer to harden chocolate, for approximately 10 minutes.
  7. Let sit for 5 minutes before cutting into desired squares.
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Carrot Cake Muffins with Maple Coconut Whip

I always think that when I bake muffins, I’m going to take a peak into the oven and see these overly fluffy, luscious looking muffins that actually rise!

Many times, this does not happen. But I’ve learned that as I continue to use more denser flours, such as coconut flour and/or almond flour, there isn’t always going to be that perfect rise in my muffins.

That’s what happened with these babies! I took a peak into the oven and well…not much was happening. I thought to myself, “epic fail!” BUT…the complete opposite happened. 

Once I took a bite into these golden gems, they were the fluffiest and lightest muffins ever! I was so happy, I ate 3!

You should eat 3 too. There’s a good chance you will, especially once you’ve had them with the coconut whip on top. Oh my! It takes things to a whole other level.

  Image 8 I hope you enjoy these carrot cake muffins as much as I did. I had 2 large bags of carrots in the fridge and had to find a way to use them up before they went bad.

On a random note… do you partake in a grocery delivery? I do! And that’s why I had 2 bags of carrots. My girlfriend started up her own organic produce delivery in my city and so I get a big box of delicious, organic and mostly local fruits and veggies dropped to my door every week. 

I love it! I highly encourage you to find a local and organic produce delivery in your area. With the array of fruits and veggies that I get every week, it’s encouraged me to come up with new and exciting recipes.  Happy Baking xoxo

Carrot Cake Muffins with Maple Coconut Whip
Yields 12
Paleo, gluten free and dairy free
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. ¾ cup almond meal
  2. ½ cup coconut flour
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 tsp baking powder
  5. 2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  7. ¼ tsp sea salt
  8. 2 eggs
  9. ½ cup maple syrup
  10. 1 tsp ground vanilla bean
  11. ¼ cup coconut or almond milk
  12. 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  13. 1 mashed banana
  14. 1½ cups shredded carrots (about 4-5 large carrots, grated)
  15. Maple Coconut Whip
  16. 1-2 cups coconut cream
  17. 1 tbsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Line a muffin pan with liners.
  3. Grate your carrots. This should equal approximately 1½ cups of packed shredded carrots. Put this amount in a small bowl and set it aside.
  4. In a bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and sea salt with a fork. Set the bowl aside.
  5. In another bowl (large), mix the eggs, syrup, and milk with an electric mixer until well combined. Add the melted coconut oil and mashed banana to the bowl and mix with the electric mixer until well blended.
  6. Pour floue mixture into wet ingredients. Use mixer to combine ingredients together.
  7. Fold in the shredded carrots.
  8. Scope evenly into muffin pan.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes- switching the direction of the tray half way through baking to help evenly cook.
  10. To Make Maple Coconut Whip - place 1 can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight.
  11. In the morning, scoop out the hard cream from the top of the can. Place in a bowl.
  12. Add in maple syrup. Use a whisk to combine together.
  13. Serve on top of warmed carrot cake muffins 🙂
Notes
  1. The maple coconut whip is amazing to use as a frosting on cupcakes or cakes. It's so simple to make and will last 4-5 days in the fridge. I like to dip my fruit into the leftovers. Makes the perfect snack.
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