Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats!

Even though most retailers and coffee shops seemed to have bypassed November and moved straight onto December and Christmas, I plan to eat pumpkin right through pie leftovers on Black Friday. Thank you very much! I’m not quite sure when Christmas season started right after Halloween, and Thanksgiving became the red headed step-child, but I’m not a fan. Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year!

So anyway, I wanted to make some treats for a team meeting at work because we were having more people actually in person than usual. One of my teammates recently learned that she needs to stick to a gluten free diet, so I decided to go the gluten free direction because I feel bad that she never gets to snack with us anymore.

The Star of the Show
The Star of the Show

Rather than try to adapt a gluten recipe, I wanted to make something that is gluten free to begin with. The obvious choice? Rice Krispie treats! And if that wasn’t enough of a crowd pleaser to begin with, let’s add pumpkin!pumpkin!

These were definitely a crowd pleaser! When I was looking for recipes online I initially found several using pumpkin spice Jello instant pudding mix rather than pumpkin puree. While I’m not so opposed to that method, my grocery store didn’t have the flavor. I didn’t have the time to shop around, so I went with a recipe that actually just used pumpkin and pumpkin spice. It totally worked, plus it was probably a little better to use pumpkin rather than a pudding mix.

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats

Adapted from Bake Love Give, yields about 20 bars depending on size

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbs butter
  • 1 10 oz bag of mini marshmallows (plus a little extra if you like them extra gooey)
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice (a little extra if you want to turn up the spice)
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies (Gluten Free if you want to be strict gluten free)
  • 5 oz. white chocolate chips (melted for drizzling)

Method

  1. Melt butter in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Add pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice. Stir to combine and turn off heat.
  3. Add Rice Krispies and extra marshmallows if desired. Stir until well combined and spoon into 13 x 9 baking pan to cool. Alternatively you can portion out the batter with an ice cream scoop or into cupcake molds.yum!
  4. Once treats have cooled, melt the white chocolate chips in microwave for 30 second intervals. Make sure you don’t burn it! Use a fork to drizzle it over the treats for a little extra je ne sais quoi!

finished product

I ended up also making flourless chocolate cookies, obviously gluten free, and obviously fantastic. Both of these hit the spot!

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Five Things

That drive me crazy about commuting to work.

1. Escalator blocking. This is a universal city thing, if you’re not walking up or down the escalator, stay as close to the right side as possible. I got places to be, and frankly running up the escalator gets my blood pumping and ready for work.

2. People jockeying for position between stops. I know you need to get off soon and you’re worried about making it through the doors before they close. But when you stand up while the train is moving and force everyone around you to accommodate your movement, everyone involved will go flying when the train jerks. As long as you are quick and polite but firm when the train stops, you’ll make it out the door and on your way.

3. Backpacks. You don’t realize it, but your backpack is in everyone’s way. When you turn around you are basically hitting everyone in a two foot radius from you.

4. Tourists traveling during rush hour. I realize that my metro stop is the White House metro stop, but you’re playing with fire if you get in my way on the way to work.

5. People. In my way. All the time. Bah Humbug.

Other than that life is sunshine and rainbows.

What I’m Watching

The fall is always a great season for TV, and here are a few shows I’ve gotten hooked on this year!

The New Atlanta: If there is a new show on Bravo, I watch it. I have been a little selective with Housewives because I think those have become pretty boring and formulaic (let’s have a knock down, drag out fight every week because you looked at me funny!). But, anyway, The New Atlanta got me hooked, surprise, surprise. It’s very similar to Shahs of Sunset and Most Eligible Dallas, because it’s a similar format to Housewives, but with 20 and 30 somethings of both genders. They sort of know each other, and there’s a crazy one, a driven one, a hot one, a voice of reason, all the necessary characters. Right now it’s on Tuesdays at 10pm (let’s be honest, I usually just watch last week’s episode that re-runs earlier in the night cause 10pm is my bedtime).NewAtlanta

Super Fun Night: This is one that Carrie turned me onto! I was a little skeptical at first because the commercials weren’t very promising, but it’s actually pretty cute and funny. I think the Rebel Wilson (from Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect), puts on kind of a forced American accent, but she’s a funny gal. There’s a cute boy and all the typical rom-com, sit-com type plots, it’s basically right up my alley. Watch for it on Wednesdays on ABC.Super Fun Night

Sean Saves the World: The return of Jack from Will and Grace! I like Sean Hayes, and even though I think he’s a little type cast these days, he’s pretty hilarious. He’s definitely less flamboyant and crazy in this show, but really funny. I think the writing is smart and funny. It’s supposed to be contributing to the return of Must See TV on Thursday nights on NBC. While I like this one, I’m a little luke warm on the other shows in the lineup, I try to catch this one!sean-saves-world

And the other not so new shows I’m watching are of course: Hart of Dixie, The Mindy Project, and I’m getting ready for new episodes of Girl Code on MTV! Also a new season of Top Chef just started, and I usually wait a few weeks so there are fewer contestants, and that way it’s not as lengthy of an emotional roller coaster for me!

I’m obviously having a really busy fall…

How are you passing your weeknights?