orange zested rainbow crispies

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking,Dessert,recipes,snacks

You know the weekend was a good one when the whole household is passed out sleeping by 9 pm. In the living room, on the couches, in front of the television.

These last couple weeks have been an exciting whirlwind, and this weekend that kept going – our schedule was full from morning to night both days. I am in no way complaining, because we had a great time.

So many great times.

One of them was a going away party for a dear friend who is moving back home, back to Missouri. The party was as epic and fabulous as she is – she broke her own rule of “there will be no crying”. Friends flew in to surprise her. Several bands played. There was grilling and a huge table full of food.

I brought desserts. They had to be colorful, they had to be over the top.

These were definitely a hit and did not last long.

orange zested rainbow crispies

inspired by this recipe

vegan, dairy free

makes 9-12 squares

2 tablespoons butter (Earth Balance) 
10 oz package marshmallows (Dandies vegan!)
zest of 1 orange
1-2 droppers Orange NuStevia

6 cups Trix cereal

Zest the orange (grapefruit zest is good also), set aside. Melt butter in saucepan, add marshmallows and orange stevia. Stir over medium heat until melted. Remove from heat, add rice puffs, stir until combined. Add orange zest, mix completely. Press into prepared pan (9×9 square makes tall rice crispies!) cover and let set. 

Safe travels, Jeni Mae. Have grand adventures and we will see you soon!

 

{ 62 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) June 18, 2012 at 8:51 am

Oh what a wonderful way to celebrate with friends coming in like that! Sounds like a very special friend. So glad you had a nice time.

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2 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 9:03 am

she will be missed for sure. she is an old friend of Jason’s (both from Missouri), and a pretty big part of each other’s life. now we will just have one more friend back home when we visit! :D

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3 Jess June 18, 2012 at 8:52 am

Awww what a fun and BRIGHT way to celebrate your friend! I love these, especially because they involve Trix cereal, SUCH a throwback food!! I feel like I’m five just looking at these goodies!

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4 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 9:02 am

I know, these are definitely not just for kids! ;)

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5 Kristy June 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

How gorgeous are those?!?! So bright and colorful and vegan! Awesome! :-)

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6 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 9:01 am

aren’t they fun? normally I like naturally bright and colorful foods, but I just could not resist! :D

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7 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 18, 2012 at 9:13 am

Best wishes to your friend! I hope the new journey treats her well!

Those treats look like so much fun! It’s kind of amazing what orange zest does to foods. I put some orange zest on cantaloup before and it completely brightened the flavors. I bet this did the same to all the fruity flavors of the cereal. YUM!

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8 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

thanks, Sarena! she is off on a great new adventure, for sure.

Mmm, orange zest on cantaloupe, I will have to try that. complete opposite of this, right? ;)

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9 Nichole June 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

Holy crap. TRIX?!?! Yessss. You know these would be wicked for Easter as well!

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10 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:58 am

these WOULD be great for Easter! hmmm, is there a pastel colored cereal out there? ;)

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11 Nicole, RD June 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

I’m so glad Trix aren’t just for kids. Though, these would go over SO well with kids…husbands…

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12 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

yep, silly rabbit, these are for everyone! ;)

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13 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy June 18, 2012 at 9:51 am

how fun!!! those are so bright and colorful! and i bet they taste amazing too!! thanks for sharing!

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14 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

they were good – very sweet. they didn’t last long at the party!

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15 Lacey June 18, 2012 at 10:18 am

These should be illegal, like the fruity pebbles version of these I made earlier this year. What does the stevia add? I cannot imagine needing additional sweetness with something this sweet

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16 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:56 am

you’re right, Lacey, these absolutely do not need more sweet – I just wanted some orange flavor to go with the zest. it was a nice layer of fruity flavor.

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17 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 18, 2012 at 10:21 am

Trix is not just for kids apparently! These look awesome! Love how BRIGHT they are and I love RKTreats so would love a TwixTreat too!

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18 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:55 am

I know, I love the bright colors too – they’re just too fun.

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19 Caitlin@The Vegan Chickpea June 18, 2012 at 10:22 am

trix?! omigosh, this post is amazing! it takes me back to when i was a wee one ;) thank you for being so awesome!

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20 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:54 am

aw, thank YOU for being awesome! these are SO fun… next time you have to make something for a party, remember these! :D

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21 Meagan June 18, 2012 at 10:38 am

OMG, these look SOO fun! What a fun idea!! It looks like polkadots

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22 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:54 am

I know, Meagan, I love the polka dot look – so bright and fun! :)

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23 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies June 18, 2012 at 11:19 am

Aww they look so fun! I bet they meant so much as a going away treat.

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24 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:53 am

this was the FUN dessert… the OTHER dessert I brought was the meaningful one… coming soon ;)

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25 Nora @ Natural Noshing June 18, 2012 at 11:32 am

What a fun dessert for you to bring along! I can’t help but smile when I see these crispy squares — YUMMMMYYYY! :)

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26 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

that’s what I said, they DO make you smile! they were popular, and Jason was pointing out everyone who was walking around with one, holding them up and talking about them… :D

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27 cookingrookie June 18, 2012 at 11:51 am

how cute and festive :-)

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28 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:51 am

:D thank you – I was really excited to bring these to the party!

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29 janetha [meals & moves] June 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

THESE ARE SO CUTE! they make me want to paint the town.

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30 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:50 am

right?? you can’t help but smile.

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31 jobo June 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm

HOW do you come up with this stuff! Seriously, you are awesome. You’d be good on Chopped, you can use ingredients in SUCH a good way that nobody else can, I swear!

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32 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:50 am

Chopped would be SO fun, I have thought that so many times…

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33 Tommy June 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

aaahhh, I remember talking to you about Trix crispies last time I was in Portland, three summers ago? Glad they made an appearance!

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34 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:49 am

wow, you remember that? good for you – I have my LIST to help me remember these things! ;)

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35 bitt June 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm

pretty sure trix are not gluten-free. looked it up and they have wheat starch. you might want to alter the recipe notes to not say gluten-free. wouldn’t want anyone to get sick.

http://www.foodfacts.com/NutritionFacts/Sugar-Based/General-Mills-Trix-Cereal-Breakfast-Pack-914-oz/9906

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36 spabettie June 18, 2012 at 9:02 pm

hi Bitt,

my box (there is a new “swirled” formulation) does not have the wheat starch or any wheat ingredients – I read the ingredient list before I bought it. I also googled before actually labeling this recipe gluten free, and saw many celiac forums talking about how it does not have any wheat/gluten ingredients, and many people have consumed it safely (while others said they could not).

while the ingredients in the box I used were corn and rice, I did remove the gluten free label because the box does not have a gf designation, and I learned a long time ago that people do not read.

Thanks!

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37 Krista June 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm

You are a genius. I love that you used Trix and added orange zest. I’m sure it made the flavor really pop!

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38 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:48 am

I like to add things like that to my crispies – citrus zest, cardamom, all kinds of weird yum :)

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39 lindsay June 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm

i am so excited for you and all that is going on. I really hope i get to go to Portland to see you. Will you save me one of these? so pretty! better than voodoo donuts for sure!

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40 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:47 am

haa – I think Voodoo has one with Trix, or Fruit Loops or something. yeah, these are better ;) I hope to see you too, I’ve been incredibly busy but things will hopefully be calmer around then… XXO!

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41 Roz@weightingfor50 June 18, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I love the look of these Kris. Does that make me a kid, since Trix are for kids??? :)

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42 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:46 am

kid at heart, always! XXO!

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43 Danijela June 19, 2012 at 12:47 am

Wow, this looks so amazing. Perfect for the kids.

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44 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:46 am

absolutely. perfect for everybody! ;)

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45 Ashley F. June 19, 2012 at 6:20 am

Beautiful as always! I wish I lived closer to you so you could make me colorful and delicious treats on the regular :)

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46 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:38 am

oh I wish you did too, Ashley! just think if we were neighbors – the FUN we’d have in the kitchen! :D

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47 natalie@thesweetslife June 19, 2012 at 7:01 am

I can’t get over how FUN these look! Absolutely love them! …and Trix holds a special place in my heart :)

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48 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:36 am

aren’t they too fun? big hit for parties, for sure!

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49 Grant June 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

how fun are these, wow! I agree, probably very sweet. still, I can’t wait to make some LOL.

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50 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm

yeah, sweet, but sometimes that is what it’s all about, right?

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51 Elle June 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm

My husband is gonna love these!

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52 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm

yay! :D

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53 Rachel June 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I’m probably being a bit dim, but are these really vegan and dairy free with 2 tbsp butter?

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54 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I call it butter, but I also specify in the recipe that it is Earth Balance, which is vegan/dairy free.

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55 Pure2raw twins June 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm

LOVE LOVE this! look at the colors.

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56 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm

aren’t they fun? :)

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57 veganfling June 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Love the rainbow colors! These sound perfect for a party.

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58 Richa@HobbyandMore June 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm

i dint even know such things and rainbow trix existed. so fun and colorful!

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59 John D. June 28, 2012 at 8:10 pm

What a totally cool and fun idea! At first I wasn’t quite sure what they were, so I zoomed in the picture and read the recipe… when I got to marshmallows and Trix, my brain clicked and went YUM. Cheers! =)

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60 spabettie June 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

isn’t it such a bright thing, compared to the normal crispie? I may never make the plain colored crispie again! and cheers to you!

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61 Heather September 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm

why the added orange flavor & zest?

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62 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

hi Heather,

I added the orange flavor and zest for more citrus flavor, to enhance the flavor in the cereal.

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