Sunday morning was another one of those “Holly Homemaker” mornings! While my son played in the family room (bouncing away to the Wiggles on the Ipad) I was over-achieving in the kitchen, preparing fresh tomato sauce, herbed focaccia, and some Coconut Carob Puffed Rice Bars (which were my breakfast for the week!).
The downside to multitasking is doing TOO much at once…and forgetting it’s snack time! My son was getting hungry (and he let me know it) so I had to prepare something on the fly. Of course, I could have just grated some fruit or opened a box of cheerios, but instead I was inspired to make a baby-friendly version of my favourite treat.
I kept his variation simple but it was still just as sweet and just as delicious as my breakfast bars. These are a cross between Rice Krispie Squares and Cocoa Puffs; sweet, crunchy, gooey, and easy to eat. My recipe invention paid off…My son couldn’t get enough of them!
1 tbsp. maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
3/4 cup organic puffed rice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. carob powder (or cocoa powder)
Heat brown rice syrup and vanilla in a small saucepan on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, or until combined well.
Add carob powder and stir in for 1-2 minutes then reduce heat to low.
Add puffed rice and stir in until well-coated. The rice should stick together somewhat but still fall apart or “crumble.”
Serve warm. (As you can see in the pic below, my son was too distracted by his “new” snack that he wasn’t even bothered by the pieces stuck to his face!)
Someone wants more!
Recipe verdict: buonissimo!