But if I can make my son's treats a bit healthier, I'm totally going to do that. Because, yeah, I'm that mom.
So, when I went to this fun National Kale Day event and got to sample fujiKale, I was all over it. What a simple way to add some nutrition—as well as natural color—to a fun Halloween treat! Luckily, I got to take some fujiKale home so I could whip up treats to share with you all.
fujiKale is 100% kale organically-grown in Japan, free of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. It is USDA Certified Organic and provides vitamins A, B, C, K and calcium. It's a powder with one ingredient: kale. Much better than adding artificial green food coloring to these adorable Frankenstein treats, right? You can order it right through their site.
(slightly adapted from a fujiKale recipe)
makes about 24 Frankenstein treats
- 6 cups crispy rice cereal
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 Tablespoons fujiKale
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 10-ounce package mini marshmallows
- about 4 ounces dark chocolate
- 1 package small candy eyeballs
- butter for greasing pan
Some notes about my ingredients: (1) I used a rice cereal with no artificial colors or preservatives. (2) I couldn't find candy eyeballs without artificial colors, so these are the one ingredient here that is not naturally-colored; maybe next time I'd do an inverted white chocolate chip and just put a dot of dark chocolate for the pupil. (3) The original recipe calls for chocolate candy melts, but I never use them because they're full of partially hydrogenated oils. So, I dipped my treats in the Divine 70% Dark Chocolate that I received for my #Choctoberfest recipes. The bonus is that dark chocolate—like the kale powder—adds actual nutrition to this dessert! See? I really am that mom.
Grease a jelly roll pan or large cookie sheet with butter (or you can use a cooking spray). Line two additional sheets with parchment paper.
In a large pot, melt butter over low heat, then add marshmallows and stir until fully melted. Remove from the heat. Add in the vanilla and fujiKale and stir until smooth; quickly add the cereal and stir until it is fully coated in the marshmallow mixture.
Press the cereal mixture into the greased pan; you can use a buttered spatula or, as I do, take one of the sheets of parchment, place it over the cereal, and just press with your hands. Let it cool. Once cooled, cut the crispy treats into small rectangles about 2" wide by 3" long.
Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave or double boiler until smooth and glossy. Dip the top of each rectangle into the chocolate (this is Frankenstein's hair) and then place onto a parchment-covered pan.
Then pipe the melted chocolate to create Frankenstein's face: I just used a little baggie and cut a tiny hole at the tip, then piped two dots for his eyes and a jagged chocolate mouth. Stick two candy eyes on each chocolate dot. Chill the treats in the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened.
These were a crazy, huge hit with my son and his buddy. They just thought it was SO COOL.
If you try this recipe let me know what you think! Leave a comment on this post—and don’t forget to take a picture and share it on my Facebook page or tag it #fullbellysisters on Instagram!
Check out some of our other healthier versions of Halloween treats:
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