Almond Joy Rice Krispie Treats

Sometimes you feel like a nut.  Sometimes you don’t.  Today though, we feel like nuts.
For some unknown amazing reason, I picked up a colossal bag of mini marshmallows at BJ’s a few weeks ago.  You’ve since seen some of those mini mallows in these quesadillas.  I’ve also had an absurd amount of handfuls.  They were even my post-run recovery snack one day.  But all of this mallow consumption had merely put a dent in that monstrous bag.  ‘Til now. 

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.  Similarly, when life gives you mini mallows, you make rice krispie treats.  But who wants a plain ‘ole rice krispie treat?  Okay, okay, I won’t knock the quintessential cereal treat.  But you know me.  I think outside the [cereal] box.  After a quick glance through my cupboard, I had a plan.  Almond Joy Rice Krispie Treats!
Describing these is quite simple.  Imagine hold a rice krispie treat in one hand, and an Almond Joy candy bar in another.  Now take a bite of each at the same time.  That’s what these taste like! 
Quick tip: As with most rice krispie treats, you want to make sure you’ve got your ingredients ready to go so that once your marshmallows are melted, you can quickly toss everything in.  This is the key to simple, stress-free mixing. Oh, and make sure you save a spoonful for yourself. 
If the summer heat is hampering your baking efforts, give these a try.  No-bake treats are an automatic win this time of year!
Almond Joy Rice Krispie Treats
Makes about 16 treats
5 cups mini marshmallows
4 tbsp. butter, softened
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 1/2 cups chopped almonds
3 to 4 cups Rice Krispies Cereal 
Lightly grease a 9-inch square pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray. 
In microwave-safe bowl, microwave marshmallows and butter about 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until marshmallows are melted and smooth. 
Fold milk chocolate chips, coconut, and almonds into the marshmallow.  Immediate add Rice Krispies.  Gently stir until mixed.  
Use the back of a wooden spoon to press mixture into pan.  Allow to cool completely before cutting.  Once cut, garnish treats with additional flaked coconut and/or almonds, if desired.
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