Hi! Today I made a treat for the kids but as usual didn’t leave well enough alone. Rice Krispie treats can be safe for TQ’s fructose malabsorption. I tested this out a few months back and he tolerated it well. The rest of his diet is really limited as far as sugars are concerned. But, to start, we tried just a tiny piece – like a 1 inch by 1 inch cube. He had no trouble. In general, he can eat a piece for dessert about 2 inches squared. This is a fun treat. Even MK likes it! So, this is really the classic recipe although I doctored it a bit by adding coconut oil in place of butter and ground flax seed (which by now, you probably know I add that whenever possible). Super simple, super yummy with a little added nutrition that no one will notice. I didn’t include a recipe because seriously it’s on every box of rice cereal.
Here are my little add-ins.
Coconut oil has been recently in the press about it’s health benefits. They include being an aid to healthy digestion, assisting in the absorption of key minerals, antioxidants and antimicrobial properties (meaning it can kill unwanted bacterial in your digestive system). For us, coconut oil contains no lactose – bonus. Because it obviously tastes like coconut, I did add some Earth Balance to tone down the coconut flavor. these bars just have a hit of flavor. My kids happen to like coconut – and I tested this out on our neighbors and they liked it too 🙂
I used 2TB of the coconut oil and 1TB of Earth Balance (organic, lactose free butter substitute) 6 cups rice cereal, gluten free with 1/4 cup ground flax seed. I have also used quinoa bran but the flax seed is more unnoticeable. It adds fiber, protein, Omega 3s, magnesium, aids digestion, lowers cholesterol….. it goes on. This is a healthy little seed.
Meanwhile, the oil is melted and it’s time to add the marshmallows!
The brand is important. This brand uses dextrose, an approved sweetener for fructose malabsorption. And I added a splash of pure vanilla.
Marshmallows are now all melted and gooey. The pan of melted marshmallow is ready to be poured over the cereal. Give it a good stir to combine.
Into a buttered (or sprayed) 9X12 pan it goes!
Here’s a tip, dampen your hands in cold water to press it into the pan, that way the gooey mess won’t stick to your hands – SO much easier.
I tossed just a handful of mini Enjoy Life allergy free chocolate chips on top 🙂
Enjoy! My kids do! And it’s a “normal treat” for TQ to consume, share with friends and take in his lunch box. Winner.