My girls and I created a minion treat that everyone will enjoy. Also great for a Halloween or birthday party! There are even instructions for an allergy-free version of the fun snack.
Ingredients for Minion Pops
3 Tbs. organic coconut oil
10 oz. bag regular-size marshmallows (set aside ONE) + one mini marshmallow*
Yellow food coloring*
6 cups crisp rice cereal*
Mini and regular chocolate chips*
*To make a healthier, allergy-free version of this recipe, substitute ingredients below with Dandies Vegan Marshmallows (regular and mini), Barbara’s Organic Brown Rice Crisps Cereal, Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips and make your own food coloring (directions below).
Grease a 9x12 dish. Put coconut oil, regular-size marshmallows and food coloring into a large microwave-safe bowl. Stir to coat the marshmallows (helps them melt). Microwave the mixture for about 60 seconds; carefully stir, heat another 15–30 seconds, or until fully melted. Immediately add rice cereal and stir until color is fully blended. Pour mixture into dish and press down (with spoon) evenly. Allow to fully cool. While still soft, cut into rectangles; use hands to round the corners. (Optional: insert blue craft stick.) Slice one mini and one large marshmallow; press onto treat for eyes. Press a chocolate chip into the center of each eye. Press mini chocolate chips into treat to make minion smiles and goggle straps. (Tip: point chocolate tips downward for a secure hold.)
Did you know? You can make allergy-friendly light yellow food coloring using natural ingredients. Remove peel from a yellow mango and blend 1 cup of fruit in a blender. Strain, if needed. Bring to a boil; simmer until concentrated. Use the yellow liquid/paste as a substitute for yellow food coloring.
Note: Adults should do the cooking and verify ingredients for your own allergies.
Joy Brownlee, the creator behind our former column, Snacking with Joy, enjoys creating allergy-friendly snacks for her three daughters.