Caramel Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats

I have totally become that girl on Pinterest who goes crazy for fall and re-pins every last pumpkin whatever recipe. But what other times of the year do we get to eat so much pumpkin and not feel like an addict? Never. And it’s a wonderful time of year.

I brought these in to my last day of work at my previous job and my coworker justified eating them at 9am because  “rice crispies are cereal and cereal is breakfast!” I may just use that logic more often when it comes to treats in the AM.

 

 

Caramel Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats

  • 6 cups rice crispies
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 3 tbsp butter
  1. Melt butter in a sauce pan.
  2. Add bag of marshmallows and stir constantly until melted.
  3. Immediately remove from heat and add caramel and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. (If you’re me, move to a much larger bowl and) Add melty goodness to rice crispies and stir your heart out.
  5. Add batter to a greased 9×13 pan, flatten with a greased spatula and let it cool.

Taste Rating: 6/10

I really wanted these to be excellent, but they kind of fell short for me. The rice crispy cereal was kind of soggy, and I couldn’t really taste the caramel. They were also wayyyy gooey-er than usual rice crispies (I’m guessing the caramel had something to do with that) and didn’t feel like they’d ever completely set up.

Ease of Cooking: 9/10

Confession – I’d never actually made rice crispy treats before this. I was really glad the recipe was so simple, and if you follow it to a tee, I can’t imagine how you could screw this up. It seems like I had roommates in college mess up rice crispy treats all the time and now I’m seriously questioning their intelligence.

 

Thanks to 30 Handmade Days for the great Fall recipe!

The green monster (aka – Elphaba juice)

Okay so I was super hesitant about this – it looks like that slime from those hilarious 90s Nickelodeon shows like Double Dare. Ridiculous.

But I gave it a shot because the post said it didn’t taste like healthy goop. Good thing I’m a trusting person. And she was right! For a juice made of spinach and peanut butter and yogurt- was actually pretty dang good!!

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Green Monster Juice. Or Elphaba Juice.

  • 1 slides banana, frozen or not
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (or one to go cup) Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups baby spinach (more or less)
  1. Blend banana and peanut butter
  2. Add yogurt and milk- blend that all together
  3. Fill the rest of your blender with baby spinach and, you guessed it, blend!!

Taste Rating: 8.5/10

Other than the green appearance, this juice tastes really good! You can’t taste the spinach, so it mostly just tastes like banana and peanut butter – although I’d add more peanut butter next time 🙂 And I expected it to be more of a smoothie consistency, so I may try adding ice or freezing my banana if I make this again. But it’s a great way to force me to eat spinach. I also have a reeeeeeeally hard time with the consistency of Greek yogurt (I know, I know. I’m so not trendy) but this was great! No weird yogurt consistency.

Ease of Cooking: 9.5/10

Seriously. It’s just a blender. Great for a quick breakfast or after workout boost. And yummy 🙂

The hardest part was washing out the blender.

Thanks to Iowa Girl Eats for the recipe!