Spiked Toasted Coconut Crispy Bars

Crispy brown rice bars with toasted coconut and rum, topped with a drizzle of dark chocolate and a sprinkle of salt. 



3 T. coconut oil*
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
10 oz. mini marshmallows
4 cups brown rice cereal
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 T. Bourbon or rum
1/2 cup dairy free mini dark chocolate chips
1 tsp. kosher salt or Fleur del sel


1. Toast coconut in a dry non-stick skillet, stirring often.  Once the pan begins to heat up, the coconut will brown quickly, so don’t get distracted by something else – stay focused on the coconut!  When the coconut is nicely browned, remove from heat and set aside. 

2. Melt coconut oil in a large non-stick pot (mine is 6 quarts).  Add 4 cups of marshmallows and heat over low, stirring often.  

3. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler and spread remaining marshmallows (about 1 1/2 cups) on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Broil marshmallows until they are puffy and browned.  Much like the coconut, this happens quickly, so watch them closely!  Once they are toasted, remove marshmallows from the oven and add them to the pot with the coconut oil and melting marshmallows.   A wide spatula works well to scrape them off of the parchment into the pot.  

4. When all of the marshmallows are melted, remove from heat.  Mix in the rum and vanilla.  Then add in the toasted coconut and rice cereal, stirring well.  

5.  Spoon the rice mixture into an 8-inch square pan, lined with parchment paper.  Spread it out evenly to cool. 

6. Once the bars are cool, heat chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted.  Drizzle chocolate over top of the bars.  Immediately sprinkle the melted chocolate with salt.  Chill in the refrigerator to help firm up the chocolate.  

7. Cut into 9 squares and then cut each square in half to make 18 triangles.  


* Any kind of coconut oil will work, but extra virgin coconut oil will have a more pronounced coconut taste


Keywords: rice krispie treats, toasted coconut, rum & coconut dessert, chocolate covered rice crispy treats

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