On a rainy afternoon in Vancouver (which is like every afternoon apparently), we found ourselves wandering into Pirate Joe’s. SO. MUCH. FUN. We pretty much took up an hour of Mike’s time asking questions and listening to his stories. In a nutshell, there’s a market for Trader Joe’s in Canada, but no store. That’s where Pirate Joe’s comes in. Mike buys the goods at Trader Joe’s in the US and imports them into Canada for resale, saving people the drive, assuming they can enter the US at all. 😉 I love business (especially grey market), so I found the whole concept fascinating. If you live in Vancouver or you’re just visiting, go check them out! It’s a great space.
We’d just returned from the US with only a little room in our suitcases, so we didn’t need much, but we did buy some cookie butter (where has this been all my life) and vegan marshmallows! So we whipped up a super simple batch of rice crispy treats this afternoon. Side note: it’s nice to be home!
So, I figured Kellogg’s Rice Krispies were vegan, ’cause they seem pretty basic, but did a quick search anyway, and nope. Gotta be real careful apparently. No worry, ’cause Nature’s Path Organic Crispy Rice is the bomb. The butter is a no-brainer, Earth Balance every time!
Rice Crispy TreatsPrint Recipe
- 5 cups crispy rice cereal
- 1 package vegan marshmallows (10 oz / 254 g)
- 4 tbsp vegan butter
In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
Add marshmallows to the butter and stir on medium-low heat. Don't burn them! I use a whisk to get a smooth mixture.
Remove from heat and add 3 cups crispy rice cereal. Using a silicon spatula, give it a quick stir.
Add the remaining 2 cups crispy rice cereal mix well to get an even marshmallow coating.
Grease a glass 9x13 baking dish with butter.
Spread the mixture into the dish and press it in using something flat to get an even surface.
Let me them cool at least half hour, a bit longer if you don't want to eat them warm.
You can totally decorate them or mix in some chocolate chips, sprinkles, colours, etc. You can cut them into fun shapes too. Go wild!