Kids Can Make: Puffed Rice Snowballs

These healthier versions of rice cereal marshmallow treats make perfect car snacks or post-sports practice munchies. For little kids: Let[ them sprinkle in the apricots, flaxseeds and sunflower seeds and shape the mixture into logs or balls. For big kids: Let them spray the mixing bowl with cooking spray, stir the marshmallow mixture and stir in the puffed rice.]

Total Time:
40 min
5 min
30 min
5 min

4 servings

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon light agave syrup
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 cups puffed-rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, diced (about 2 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds, ground
  • 2 tablespoons roasted unsalted hulled sunflower seeds
  • Spray a large metal mixing bowl with cooking spray and set aside.

  • Cook the marshmallows, butter, agave and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the marshmallows are completely melted and the mixture is blended, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the puffed rice and stir to coat with the marshmallow-butter mixture.

  • Transfer the rice mixture to the prepared bowl and sprinkle with the apricots, flaxseeds and sunflower seeds. Stir with a wooden spoon or hands lightly coated with cooking spray. Form into 8 logs or balls (about 1/2 cup each). Let cool about 30 minutes, then wrap tightly in parchment or plastic wrap.

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Kids Warning: Note to parents: Never leave a child unattended in the kitchen. These recipes are appropriate for children of various ages, 4 to 10. When a recipe calls for cooking on the stove or using a paring knife, an adult should do those activities and let the child assist, if age appropriate.

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