These St.Patrick’s Day krispie bites are a healthy rendition of the traditional treat, made with gluten-free puffed rice, coconut oil, and a secret ingredient, spirulina, which gives theses festive treats they’re unique speckled green colour.
My children were asked by their school a few weeks ago to donate items for a gift basket. Their contribution were marshmallows. I rarely purchase marshmallows to keep at home but I grabbed an extra bag for the kids. The moment they saw the bags of marshmallows sitting in the pantry they began to ask (and ask, and ask, and ask) when I was going to make them rice krispie squares. I’m all about healthy eating and clean eating treats but I’m not so strict that I’d deny my children some of the treats that I adored as a child.
On that note, my innate desire to ‘healthify’ an unhealthy recipe reared its ugly head and ultimately inspired me to create these healthi-er treats by substituting ingredients, and throwing in uber healthy ones like spirulina. I’ve never been a fan of food colouring – I mean, it yields a pretty hue in a variety of recipes, but it’s synthetic. No thanks! Spirulina on the other hand lends a deep, earthy green colour, and a punch of nutrition at the same time. Spirulina is a blue-green microalgae and is well-known for it’s health benefits; it has between 55 and 70% protein (more than beef, chicken, and soybeans), 8 essential and 10 non-essential amino acids, it helps improve your immune system, and provides a near-instantaneous energy boost. The other great thing about spirulina, besides it’s beautiful colour, is that it remains incognito in these healthy krispie treats, in terms of flavour.
I can tell you that the kids have not been fond of anything green lately, but they devoured these! I’m sure your kid (and you) will too!