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Toasted Coconut Rice Krispie Treats {breast cancer awareness}

These Toasted Coconut Rice Krispie Treats have NO butter – just coconut oil. And they’re dressed in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Toasted Coconut Rice Krispie Treats | crazyforcrust.com | Made without butter!

Would it be weird to start a post with how much I love my chest? Yes? Okay. Let’s start over.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, as I’m sure you all know. I think that breast cancer touches everyone in some way. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t have a sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, daughter, or friend who has had the disease. Personally, I my step-mother in-law and a good friend are both survivors.

In fact, one in eight women will be diagnosed in their lifetime. That’s really a lot of women. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and it’s also the second leading cause of death.

If that’s not an epidemic, I don’t know what is, really.

I know that so many strides have been made in conquering the disease, but it’s estimated that over 220,000 women will be diagnosed in the United States each year, and over 40,000 of them will die. So strides yes…but it’s not enough.

One of the biggest factors in survival of breast cancer is early detection. This is why self-checks and doctor visits and mammograms are so important.

Breast cancer is very close to the heart of my friend Ashton, which is why we’re posting about Breast Cancer Awareness month today. October is almost over, and with the distraction of the holidays and Halloween, sometimes our own personal health can get overlooked.

I’m a prime example of that. I am not going to admit how long it’s been since I had an official doctor’s visit. This post is to get ME to practice what I preach!

Breast cancer is genetic, and that’s the kind that can’t always be avoided. But many risk factors for breast cancer (or any kind of cancer, and heart disease too) can be avoided. Drinking too much alcohol, not exercising enough, and eating poorly all increase your risk of breast cancer.

Now, I run a dessert blog. So it’s kind of hard for me to tell you DON’T EAT SUGAR! But I can tell you that moderation is key. I practice that (or try to) all the time. I have to, with this job.

And, you can also make little substitutions that can help. Just a changing a few ingredients can make something a little better (not healthier; just less bad).

Enter: Toasted Coconut Rice Krispie Treats…made without butter.

Toasted Coconut Rice Krispie Treats | crazyforcrust.com | Made without butter!

These rice krispie treats are made with coconut oil, not butter. Coconut oil has so many benefits that butter doesn’t have – and it’s better for you. I subbed all of the butter for coconut oil in these rice krispie treats, and guess what? I liked them better than regular ones. To me, they’re less greasy.

I also added some toasted coconut to the rice krispies, and then to make them pink for breast cancer awareness, I added some white chocolate infused with coconut oil, and pink sprinkles.

Now, are these healthy? No. But are they a better choice, when faced with regular rice krispie treats? Yes.

And they’re pretty.

Toasted Coconut Rice Krispie Treats | crazyforcrust.com | Made without butter!

 So go feel your ta-tas. Then call your sister and your mom and make sure they do it too. And enjoy a rice krispie treat for all your hard work. :)

Go check out Ashton’s Breast Cancer Awareness Recipe today too!

**I was informed that coconut oil is not necessarily better than butter. It would seem that opinions on that are conflicting. This source says it has health benefits. This source says it doesn’t. I am not a doctor or a trained dietician. Please be sure to consult one of those before concluding for yourself the healthy benefits of any food. And again, moderation is key.**

Toasted Coconut Rice Krispie Treats {breast cancer awareness month}

Yield: 12 treats

Toasted Coconut Rice Krispie Treats {breast cancer awareness month}

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 40 large marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon coconut oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles, any color

Instructions

  1. Line a 9x9” baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. To toast your coconut: place coconut in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly for just a few minutes until coconut starts to brown. Be careful - it burns very quickly. Do NOT walk away from the stove. As soon as it starts to brown, remove it from the heat and transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Add your cereal to the same bowl with the coconut. Stir to combine.
  4. Add marshmallows and 1/4 cup coconut oil to a second large bowl. Microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until marshmallows are melted. (Note: if your coconut oil is solid and you cannot scoop it out, heat the jar (no lid) in the microwave for about 15 seconds. You should be able to scoop it then.)
  5. Immediately pour the cereal/coconut mixture into the marshmallow mixture and stir to combine. Pour into prepared pan. Spray your hands with cooking spray and press to fit.
  6. Note: these are thick krispie treats. I like them thicker. If you want a thinner treat, use a 9x13” pan.
  7. Once the krispie treats are in the pan, add the white chocolate chips to a bowl. Melt on 50% power in 30 second increments almost melted. Stir in 1 teaspoon coconut oil and then continue to melt and stir until smooth. Spread evenly over krispie treats (an offset spatula makes spreading easy). Cover with desired color sprinkles! Chill until firm then cut into bars. Store at room temperature.
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40 Responses to “Toasted Coconut Rice Krispie Treats {breast cancer awareness}”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on October 29, 2013 at 2:56 pm (#)

    Pinned to my new RKTreats board I started this week! And what a great cause and message.

    Coconut replacing ALL of the butter? amazing!! Love it but never thought to use it here! As for moderation, having to use it as a desserts blogger, amen :)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 30th, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Thanks so much for the pin Averie!

      Reply

  2. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork posted on October 29, 2013 at 3:12 pm (#)

    That’s such a great idea to use coconut oil in place of butter!! Don’t get me wrong, I love me some butter but a healthy switch up is needed when you’re a food blogger! I love the addition of the pink sprinkles. SO CUTE!! Pinned to my Fun Foods Pin Board.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 30th, 2013 at 10:44 am

      So true Meghan! Thanks for the pin!

      Reply

  3. Jackie posted on October 29, 2013 at 3:48 pm (#)

    Great post Dorothy!
    (yes, they are pretty!)

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  4. Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate posted on October 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm (#)

    Wow. Seriously gorgeous! Toasted coconut krispy treats sound so good!

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  5. Tahnycooks posted on October 29, 2013 at 4:29 pm (#)

    I love that you are shedding more light on this important topic.

    I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that I have coconut oil and a box of Rice Krispie’s in my pantry waiting for me to turn them into these fabulous looking bars! I’m so intrigued to try these with the oil instead of the butter!

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  6. Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs posted on October 29, 2013 at 4:31 pm (#)

    Love these! I am always searching for desserts that use coconut oil- this one looks great!

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  7. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on October 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm (#)

    What a great message. Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. Mom posted on October 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm (#)

    Great reminder, Kiddo. And yes, they are pretty!
    xoxo, Mom

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  9. julie posted on October 29, 2013 at 6:31 pm (#)

    Please note that Rice Krispies list. B H T (which is used in rubber, fuel and embalming fluid) as an ingredient and has been linked to cancer!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 29th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Luckily there are organic versions of Rice Krispies! :)

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      • julie replied on October 30th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

        Absolutely! I should have expanded my post by recommending an alternative puffed rice cereal, though I have always loved my Rice Krispies I have to make healthier choices.

  10. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on October 29, 2013 at 7:38 pm (#)

    What a great message, Dorothy. Though breast cancer doesn’t run in my family, cancer in general runs in my mom’s and she is always telling me to watch my sugar (because she knows I love it so). Subbing for coconut oil in these is such a great idea!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 30th, 2013 at 7:28 am

      Thanks Lindsay! I know cancer and heart disease are rampant in my family. I try SO hard to watch my sugar and fat. It’s so hard!

      Reply

  11. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on October 29, 2013 at 8:08 pm (#)

    Many years ago my grandmother had breast cancer and eventually passed away from it. So thanks for such a great post!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 30th, 2013 at 7:25 am

      So sad Nancy! :( Thank you for reading, and I hope that we can finally get rid of (all) cancer some day!

      Reply

  12. Ashton posted on October 29, 2013 at 8:38 pm (#)

    Thank you for posting with me today!! It means a lot to do it with a friend :)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 30th, 2013 at 7:24 am

      Thanks for inviting me to do it with you! :)

      Reply

  13. Amy posted on October 29, 2013 at 11:13 pm (#)

    Dorothy, you and Ashton are so sweet to do a Breast Cancer Awareness Month recipe. My aunt battled it 4 times, and her fight was really inspiring to watch. She stayed positive, took college classes online while doing chemo, and lived every day like it was a blessing. From my family and me, thank you for your post!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 30th, 2013 at 7:23 am

      What an inspirational story Amy! Thanks for reading!

      Reply

  14. Jamie@Milk N Cookies posted on October 30, 2013 at 3:10 am (#)

    These Rice Krispie Treats are adorable — and more importantly, a fun way to spread Breast Cancer Awareness! And I never thought to use coconut oil rather than butter — great suggestion.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 30th, 2013 at 7:08 am

      I like them so much better! Thanks Jamie!

      Reply

  15. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on October 30, 2013 at 6:15 am (#)

    My grandmother passed away from breast cancer, so this is near and dear to my heart! It is so important to take the time and do self-exams :) Love these fun, pink rice krispie treats!

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  16. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on October 30, 2013 at 6:15 am (#)

    This is something very real in our family, so I loved this post!! And the pink sprinkles on top of a coconut oil krispie? Genius move!!!

    Reply

  17. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on October 30, 2013 at 7:33 am (#)

    You KNOW I am a sucker for pink and for glittery sprinkles :) ADORE these!!

    Reply

  18. Mary. posted on October 30, 2013 at 8:16 am (#)

    Sorry you, and ashton posted this late. Especially with all the fall, and “Halloween” things going on (this post should’ve been published last week, or the beginning of october) but anyway, it was worh it! ;-)

    Reply

  19. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on October 30, 2013 at 10:19 am (#)

    LOVE this post, such an important cause!! I cannot believe there’s no butter in these—coconut oil, genius!!

    Reply

  20. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted on October 30, 2013 at 10:57 am (#)

    Moderation is key, for sure, but it would be tough to control myself with these mouthwatering, pretty treats! What a great post and recipe, D.

    Reply

  21. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner posted on October 31, 2013 at 11:14 am (#)

    Awesome message to get out there.
    And these pink treats are great way to remind us to save the tatas!

    Reply

  22. Katie posted on October 31, 2013 at 6:05 pm (#)

    Coconut oil is not healthier than butter. In fact, it has a HIGHER content of saturated fats than butter does.

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  23. Jill posted on November 3, 2013 at 11:24 am (#)

    Hi, dorothy. While I appreciate your message about breast cancer awareness ( I have lost 3 generations of women to the disease) as a dietitian, I MUST point out that IN NO WAY IS COCONUT HEALTHIER THAN BUTTER! Coconut oil IS considered a saturated fat and is thetefore just as dangerous for breast cancer risk as butter. I think it’s irresponsible of you to be giving out info in your posts that is SO incorrect and ask that you either refrain or check w a professional the next time I only wish I’d read this post when it first went up before anyone else got misinformation.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 3rd, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      I apologize Jill, I did google and read in a few places that coconut oil was better than butter. I’ll have to go back and google again!

      Reply

  24. Ashley M. | Our Full Table posted on November 4, 2013 at 10:43 am (#)

    I love these!! So cute and perfect for October Breast Cancer awareness month.

    Reply

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