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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Rice Crispy treat is one of those things that is hard to come by in the vegetarian world. Well, at least a good one is anyway.

Since most marshmallows are made with gelatin, the standard cereal treat is off limits for vegetarians.

This variation of the classic cereal treat uses a jar of Fluff instead of a bag of marshmallows. Fluff is mostly made with egg whites, so it isn’t vegan, but for vegans, there are brands of vegan marshmallows out there that work well. They tend to run about five bucks a bag, so unless I’m making these for my vegan friends, I’ll stick with the $1.25 jar of Fluff until I find a good brand of Fluff without the egg.

Start by melting the margarine in a large pot. Scoop out the fluff with a spatula and mix constantly to avoid burning it while it all melts. If you’re using the vegan marshmallows, follow the same instructions, but melting will take a little longer.

Once everything is completely melted, remove from the heat and immediately stir in all of the cereals and cranberries. It is easy to substitute different cereals or other add-ins. Chocolate cereal and chocolate chips work well. Really, chocolate chips mixed with just about anything works pretty well.

After you have a nice marshmallowey coating on everything, scoop the mixture out and spread evenly onto a flat pan. Using a little bit of cooking spray is a good idea, but in a glass pan I did fine without it.

Allow them to cool, then cut up and enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 jar of Marshmallow Fluff (can use vegan marshmallows instead)

4 cups of crisped rice cereal

2 cups of crunch berries cereal

½ cup dried cranberries

4 tbsp margarine

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