The “Unofficial” Start of Summer!

I hope everyone is having a fabulous Memorial day weekend! Friday night was so much fun. We tailgated before the game with our family and friends, and enjoyed many GF dishes. My parents even bought a small grill that we used as a dedicated GF grill. I enjoyed, watermelon, BBQ chicken, GF pasta salad (homemade), and I even made a new GF dessert with my Grandma!

Back in April my Grandma found a new recipe called Puffed-rice bars with peanut butter and chocolate, on the Martha Stewart website. She thought this would be a great recipe to try out when they came to visit. Since they are up visiting from FL, we made these treats for our tailgate party. They were a big hit (as expected, who does not like PB and chocolate?!).In fact, I almost did not get to try one because everyone loved them so much. They were yummy! I like to think of them as a “doctored” up rice crispy bar. My cousin even made them the next day for a BBQ, and she just told me they were a “hit.”

Puffed-rice Bars with Peanut Butter and Chocolate
GF cooking spray
3 Tbsp of Butter (we used Earth Balance)
1 package of marshmallows (American Choice are Labeled GF)
1/3 c. of peanut butter, preferably natural ( We used the Peanut Butter Co. – Smooth Operator)
1/2 tsp of coarse salt
6 cups of GF puffed rice cereal ( We used Rice Chex)
1 package of semisweet chocolate chips ( Ghirardelli is GF)
1/4 cup of chopped, roasted peanuts (optional)

Spray an 8-inch square pan. In a large pot, combine marshmallows, peanut butter, butter, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until melted, about 4 minutes. Add cereal and stir to combine. With a wooden spoon greased with cooking spray or oil, press half the cereal mixture into dish. Spread half the melted chocolate on top. Repeat with remaining cereal mixture and chocolate; sprinkle with peanuts.

Note: We made a few changes from the original recipe. Since I did not know of any mini marshmallows that were GF, we used 1 package of the regular size marshmallows. Also since I am not the biggest fan of peanuts, we just drizzled the top with chocolate.

This weekend has been all about food in the Clifford household, so I have a lot to share with you this week. Stay tuned, and have a great day! I hope everyone enjoys their family and friends. We are having another BBQ, and majority of the items are GF!! Thank you to all the men and woman who have served and who are serving our country.

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