Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Low-Fat Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

What happens when you make a delicious lower fat treat, but you can not stop eating it?!   The answer is the treat is no longer lower in fat because you are exceeding the recommended portion size.  By the way this was my story today as I was making these great treats!  They are that good!  The great news about my intake today is the rice krispie treats are only about 100 calories per square.  If I had (which I did not) eaten 4 squares I would have consumed 400 calories.  This calorie amount is about the number of calories I should be consuming in a meal.  Calories can add up quickly!

I wanted to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon and have been dying to work on this recipe for weeks.  The recipe is super simple, but does take a little patience.  One of the key steps in the recipe is to make sure the melted marshmallow/pumpkin mixture cools for about 10 minutes prior to adding the cereal.

The addition of pumpkin to this recipe not only adds flavor, but also offers nutritional benefits.  Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A, which protects your cells from daily toxic damage of oxidation and has beneficial affects on vision.

Get started on this easy recipe!

For all of you pumpkin lovers there are more healthy pumpkin recipes to come! What are your favorite pumpkin recipes?

2 tablespoons Smart Balance Light
4 cups mini marshmellows
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
5cups Rice Krispies
1/2 tsp cinammon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
Non-stick cooking spray

Glass pan – 9 x 13 inch

1.     Spray glass pan with non-stick cooking spray
2.     In a large pot or skillet melt Smart Balance (coat pan to prevent sticking of marshmallows) over medium heat
3.     Add marshmallows and melt on low-medium heat; once almost melted add pumpkin; mix well
4.     Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes
5.     Add Rice Krispies
6.     Spread in 9 x 13 inch glass pan

Serving size: 1 treat • Servings: 12 • Calories: 101 kcal • Protein: 1.0 g • Sodium: 93.9 mg • Carbs: 23.4 g • Fat: 0.6 g • Fiber: 0.1vg • Sugar: 11.0 g

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