My oldest baby boy turned 8 over the weekend! His birthday kicks off the beginning of the birthday/holiday extravaganza over at our house where the rest of us will follow until the year comes to an end. He was super laid back about the party plans this year. He chose to invite 4 classmates to Chuck E Cheese, plus his grandma and great-grandma came to visit from Texas (my mom and grandma) so it was a fun weekend celebrating.
oops, forgot the mouth and fangs, but it’s still a cute bat!
In addition to the delicious chocolate cake I make every year for him (I use this recipe), I did a little treat-making earlier in the week.
I needed to come up with something to donate to the kid’s school for their fall fundraiser so I thought I’d make my fun Halloween Rice Crispy treats, but this time jazz them up with some delicious and nutritious organic Nuttzo nut butter! I basically had to hide the secret ingredient from my husband because he has claimed the crunchy Nuttzo as his own and would be highly upset knowing I used the rest of the jar, but I reallllly wanted to try a nut butter version of rice crispy treats.
After the chocolate hardened I just cut them out with my bat shaped cookie cutter and used a little icing to “glue” on the cute eyes and draw the mouth and fangs (the eyes can be found in the cake decorating section at your local grocer or store such as Walmart or JoAnn’s). I felt like I boosted the nutrition of these treats a little by using the fabulous organic seven nut and seed butter and let me tell you they were the best rice crispy treats I’ve every had!
Keep in mind I used the crunchy nut butter with chunks of nuts and flax seeds so my chocolate topping isn’t perfectly smooth, but come on, it’s a Halloween bat. Do we really care? Well if they answer is yes, then use a smooth nut butter.
I love that just by cutting out the treats with Halloween shaped cookie cutters makes them look like you worked really hard. Keep in mind you will end up with more “scraps” this way, but they don’t exactly go to waste (they’ll go in your tummy!).
If you are looking get as many treats as possible, just cut them into squares instead and decorate them with Halloween sprinkles or draw a pumpkin on them or something. I got about 10 treats using my bat cutter and then I saved the other bits and pieces for us.
Who really raves about rice crispy treats? I mean they are so simple and recipe so universal- in fact it’s even plastered on the marshmallow bag, but by adding the nut butter and then the melted chocolate/nut butter topping, whoa, they were sooooo good.
Of course if you have kids or friends with nut allergies then skip the nut butter and just do regular rice crispy treats topped with plain melted chocolate.
Hope you get a chance to make these chocolate nut butter rice crispy treats- they’re fabulous!
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