Golden Graham Treats

It’s important to me that we live a healthy lifestyle. I’m lucky that I don’t have to work too hard to be skinny, but I choose to teach the boys the importance of physical activity and eating well. We eat lots of fresh and natural produce, we garden all summer and store for the winter and when I shop I limit the amount of processed and artificial foods we bring  home. I use our diet to control a lot of the turkey’s issues rather than looking to medicate him. My boys don’t have Kool-aid or boxed mac ‘n cheese. However, there are moments when a little treat is nice. I call them things that taste better than skinny feels.

We rarely buy cereal; it’s usually homemade granola and oatmeal. This week I had the hugest craving for Golden Graham cereal, so we picked up a box. Then I decided we needed to turn them into treats instead of just eating the box in the traditional manner. Cereal in a bowl is boring and doesn’t win as many fun mommy points.

Prepare your 9×13″ pan with oil or butter

We melt 3 TBS of coconut oil in a pan. I love coconut oil. It’s a magic little jar that cures all ills. Aside from being great to cook with it does awesome things for your hair and skin, and it’s even good for the things that only husband’s and wives should do. It’s healthier than most other oils you cook with and adds a nice flavor (in meals not that other thing). So we used it instead of butter. Don’t get me wrong I like butter too; as long as it’s real butter and not chemically enhanced butter substitute. We’re like to be as real as possible.

Once our oil is melted we add marshmallows, I happened to have a batch of homemade marshmallows on hand, but you could use a bag of the minis and be happy. This is a treat after all.

Mix and stir, mix and stir, mix and stir, until nice and melty, add a tsp of vanilla, then add the whole box of Golden Grahams. Mix some more and then dump into your prepared pan. Oil your hands and press it all down evenly.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

We end up with a s’morey treat. Then we all pile into mommy’s bed and watch a movie. Life is blissfully simple and happy.

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