For many parents, cooking up healthy family recipes their kids will love can be challenging or intimidating.  However, in Catherine McCord’s new cookbook, Weelicious : 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes (William Morrow, September 2012), parents will delight in how practical, diverse and healthy cooking can be.   It is refreshing to see a wide variety of family friendly recipes in McCord’s cookbook that is well beyond what is usually considered kid-friendly foods.  From Turkey Pesto Meatballs to Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding made with Greek yogurt, the recipes in this cookbook should satisfy the appetites of even the pickiest eaters and her tips on how to get your children involved in the kitchen are priceless.

Today I’m excited to share the Chocolate Rice Crisp-Wee Treats recipe from McCord’s new cookbook, as well as give you an opportunity to win a copy of Weelicious. 

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment sharing your favorite healthy kid-friendly treat.  Contest is open to US Residents and closes Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.  Please, only one entry per person.  One winner will be chosen at random and will be notified by email.

For more family-friendly recipes, visit Catherine’s website at Weelicious.com.

Recipe: Chocolate Rice Crisp-Wee Treats

  • Prep Time: 10 min(s)

Author's Notes:I’m sure your kids have tried rice crispy treats, but have they ever had a chocolate rice crispy treat? Unlike the ones you would buy at the grocery made with lots of corn syrup, these get their sweet taste from brown rice syrup and some added nutrition from high-protein peanut and almond butters. Makes 16 triangles, squares, or balls. Recipe reprinted with permission from Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes (William Morrow, September 2012).

Ingredients

  • olive or canola oil cooking spray
  • 2/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup smooth almond butter
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 3½ cups crispy rice cereal

Instructions

  1. Coat an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large saucepan over low heat, whisk the brown rice syrup, peanut butter, almond butter, and cocoa powder for about 2 minutes, until melted and starting to bubble.
  3. Place the rice cereal in a large bowl, pour in the nut butter mixture, and stir with a spatula until completely combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pan and press down to flatten the top (I put my hand in a zip-top bag to keep it from sticking).
  5. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into triangle shapes or squares or roll into balls, and serve.

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