September 11, 2013

Toasted Coconut N Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

Cooking is sheer stress therapy for me and the joy of indulging in it alongside my little daughter is simply priceless. Now I know why my mom used to love or rather bear me and my sister in the kitchen

Have you cooked alongside your kids? If not, I highly encourage it- its fun and they get to learn a lot of things and I think they also get a lot of appreciation for all the little things that come together to create that dish they enjoy. Here is a picture of my little sous chef in action

Did you notice the gorgeous gray baking pan in the pictures above? This heirloom pan was my grandmother’s. I am sure she would have been really glad to see it still in use.

Recently on my visit to the grocery store my daughter asked me to pick up some Rice Krispie treats. I used that nudge as the perfect excuse and quickly grabbed a box, secretly wanting to indulge myself in some crunchy sugary goodness. But then, my usual habit of reading the ingredient label kicked in and seeing the rather long list of unfamiliar junk that helped create this seemingly innocent pack of Rice Krispies, I decided that box was better off on the shelf. It took some time to convince the little one but when I offered her a chance to cook with Mommy she gladly conceded. So we walked down to the cereal aisle, grabbed a box of natural cocoa rice cereal and a bag of marshmallows. Since our family is a big fan of dessert combinations that pair chocolate with coconut (remember the Coconut Macaroons & Lamingtons),  I decided to add some toasted coconut for a unique twist.

4 Cups – Cocoa Rice Krispie cereal
2 Cups – Cheerios
6 Cups – Mini Marshmallows
4 Tablespoons – Coconut oil
1 Cup – Desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
4 Tablespoons – Chia seeds (optional)

  • Spray oil in a 9*13 inch pan and keep it aside
  • Add desiccated coconut to a non-stick pan and toast them until they turn into a golden color. Transfer it to a bowl
  • Return the pan to stove and add coconut oil
  • Add marshmallows and stir until they melt
  • Take the pan off the heat and mix in cocoa rice krispie cereal, cheerios, toasted coconut and chia seeds and mix until all the ingredients are incorporated
  • Immediately transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and set it with a spatula. You can also use a piece of parchment paper and press it to get a even spread
  • Once cooled cut it into squares or any desired shape
Notes and Tips
  • The options with rice krispie treats are endless. Here are a few ideas:
  • You can dunk the rice krispie treats in melted chocolate to make it extra chocolaty
  • You can cut them in any desired shape
  • You can drizzle melted peanut butter or chocolate on top
  • You can plain rice krispies with pink marshmallows for pink colored treats.
  • Add sprinkles to make it extra fancy for kids


  1. Wonderful flavors in this rice krispie treat. And your daughter is so adorable :)

  2. Love all the blues in the pictures. The crispies look like one hell of a snack.

    And I love cooking with my son too :)

  3. that pan belongs to your grandma??? gorgeous it looks!!! antique pcs always have a charm of its own... love the clicks, they are just too good... feel like grabbing a peice of crispy from the screen...

  4. loved the clicks, Shema...too good !!! an perfect treats !

  5. A divine treat! Those bars must be very addictive.



  6. like blue presentation :) ur daughter is so cute shema..

  7. this is definitely looking gorgeous and I totally agree with u on kids helping in the kitchen (as long as they dont start fussing too much ;-) ) , my son always wants to sit on the kitchen counter now when I cook or do anything in the kitchen :-)

  8. What a great idea! I know my 2 year old will love to eat these and make a mess of it when we are cooking together!
    So cool you have your grandma's pan.

  9. You girl is a cutie pie, a big helper. These treats would be a fun thing to pack for school. Girl, the pan is so lovely and your grandma would be so proud of both of you.

  10. I agree with you in involving kids in the kitchen. I also had noticed that they like to eat the stuff they made without any trouble.

    Mia looks tall in the picture. Nice after school snack!!

  11. I love this idea. Really want to try those bars for kids party

  12. love the colors. your little girl is adorable

  13. my boyfriend and I were just talking about making these this weekend - thanks for the inspiration esp with adding coconuts <3

  14. I guess i'm gonna use my rice puff for this recipe,
    never seen that cereal brand nearby here in Indonesia.....

  15. Your daughter is adorable. :) Much like you, I first made rice krispies at home because of my son. We're chocoholics in the family so it was a chocolate/cocoa version and when I tried it, I realized why kids/adults love rice krispies treats so much. It is good stuff and lovely when you can customize and make it yourself. Your version sounds great. : )

  16. Great bars. My daughter would love this.

  17. Oooh, what a great idea for a bday party. Yum :)

  18. What beautiful memories your daughter will have of your time spent in the kitchen. Your grandmother's pan is beautiful -- as are these yummy treats. Thanks for sharing, Shema!:)

  19. Delicious bars! My little one would love this!

  20. Lovely clicks and gorgeous styling ! Ur daughter is a cutie pie !

  21. My kids love to bake with me, it such a lovely gift when they are helping in the kitchen-)) Very good sweet treats/ snacks!

  22. Your daughter is so sweet:-)

    Love your page!

  23. These are indeed treats! Such an adorable helper you have :)

  24. Hi Sheema,

    Your rice krispies look so cheerful to eat! No doubt that kids will love these!


  25. Sheema, your daughter is so cute (and does she like Hello Kitty? Mine wears HK t-shirts too)! I see a future food blogger there. ;) It's fun to cook with the kids. It's usually a little chaotic but I love having small moments together like that. :) Your coconut and chocolate rice krispie looks perfect for kids snack!


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