Happy Friday! Another week has gone by in a flash. I think I’m getting busier and busier as we get closer to autumn, the most wonderful of seasons (which officially begins September 22nd, in case you were wondering). My mind has been reeling with ideas for cinnamon-spiced this and roasted pumpkin that. But for now, I’m going to stick to chocolate. And espresso. In a cookie. Because, why not? We’ve got 6 months ahead of us to eat all the winter squash we can get our hands on….
There are certain foods we turn to when we want to be reminded of childhood. Coming home after school for the snack you’d been waiting for all day, or secretly raiding the cookie jar after your parents had gone to sleep; everybody has something. I personally looked forward to sleeping over friends’ houses because I knew they had cabinets full of the wonderful (and highly processed) treats that my mom wouldn’t dare let in our house. While I now appreciate the fact that I grew up without consuming copious amounts of food additives on a daily basis, back then, all I could think of was how jealous I was of my friends with all the pre-packaged snack cakes they desired.
Rice Crispy Treats, in particular, were one of the treats I sought after, but the thought of them hadn’t crossed my mind in ages, and even less so after I became vegan. Justin, however, is another story. He has apparently been craving this classic snack, and for good reason. It’s sweet and sticky, but with a nice chew and satisfying crunch. The textures alone make them hard to resist.
Marshmallows, aside from the actual rice crisp cereal, are the main ingredient of the traditional version, and as much as I appreciate the existence of vegan marshmallows, they are relatively expensive, and I know that they’re not easily accessible for everyone. So, I did a bit of experimenting, and came up with a grown-up version of the childhood classic. This twist on rice crispy treats is every bit as satisfying, and, dare I say, even tastier than the original….
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of sitting around a campfire? S’mores, of course! They’re the quintessential campfire dessert. In reality, they become more of a food group if you’re on a camping trip, because really, who doesn’t want some more? Pun completely intended.
S’mores have the perfect combination of chewy, gooey marshmallows with a slightly crisp exterior (you have to set them on fire or else it doesn’t count); warm and silky melted chocolate; and light, crunchy graham crackers to round it all out. It’s hard to find a more satisfying dessert with such minimal ingredients, and without the use of an oven….