I have the privilege of helping to shepherd the children ages 3 through 11 at my church. We have a two hour block of time to teach basic scriptural principles and have fun. The two hours covers one hour of Sunday School class time and 1 hour of singing and sharing a fun activity as a larger group. This Sunday was the Children’s Christmas Party. We didn’t actually do much different this week than we usually do in sharing time, but the story was Christ’s birth and the children got to stick paper presents on the tree whenever they answered a question. They loved it. And there were favorite songs sung as well. The main difference this week was that we added a food treat.
Food treats for any group can be challenging when you factor in allergies and philosophical preferences. We have some who are allergic to dairy, and some allergic to wheat (gluten), and some who can’t have any nuts.
I managed to find a treat that could fit those criteria. I used a basic Crispy Rice treat and modified it for taking out the dairy and still retaining a wonderful flavor. It only required a simple substitution of Coconut oil for Margarine or butter.
1 – Large (preferably non-stick) pot
1- very large bowl or pan (spread a tiny little bit of coconut oil in it to keep the mixture from sticking to the sides)
1- large (preferably wooden) spoon
6 cups of Crisped Rice product
4 1/2 cups little marshmallows
1/2 cup of coconut flakes
4 tablespoons of Coconut oil
(Wal-Mart has the cheapest food grade coconut oil available – though you can pay way more for it at a health food store)
Put a large pot on low heat and put three tablespoons of coconut oil in the pan. Add 4 cups of the little marshmallows. Stir it until all of the marshmallows are evenly melted. Add 2 cups of the Crisped Rice, and 1/2 cup of coconut flakes, and stir until you have picked up as much of the marshmallow mixture as you can scrape off the sides of your pot. Turn this out into a very large bowl or large pan (spread a little coconut oil in it if you don’t want anything to stick to the sides) with the rest of the crisped rice already in it. Mix the contents together until all the marshmallow mixture is evenly distributed through the crisped rice. At this point decide if you want to pat it all down into an even layer to cut up later, or as in our case, we made little individually wrapped snow balls out of it with the coconut flakes added into the mixture. It was a hit with the all the kids but one (I have a vegan I didn’t know about)
Next time I will find or create a recipe that works for her as well.
Hooray for the new challenge!!! 😀
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