Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding is the best of both worlds: sticky rice and rice pudding! The unique, Autumnal flavor of Earl Grey combines with creamy coconut milk and sweet coconut sugar for a comforting dessert (or breakfast!). Pockets of white chocolate create a fun surprise too!  

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

OMG OMG so SOOOOOO many things on my mind.

  1. Is it seriously almost Halloween?! This is nuts! Nuts I tell ya!
  2. I had a CRAZY dream last night! My teeth had fallen out! And it was one of those crazy realistic dreams where I couldn’t tell whether it was real or not…waking up was a relief! Um, no teeth?! What does that mean? Well, besides that I’m terrified of my dental appointment I have coming up in November. Oh wait, maybe that’s it.
  3. A friend of mine is going through a crazy, sudden change in her life. I think about her and her situation so often but don’t really know what to do for her because we live so far apart. I guess I just want her to know I’m mentally holding her hand. Le’ sigh. [PS YOU know who you are, if you’re reading this, I love you. And if I’m in your neighborhood within the next few months, I’m taking you for REAL ice cream.]
  4. I ran a 5K for real on Saturday! I swore off running awhile ago to think about my health, but getting back out there in a real way was so liberating! I felt so alive and like I was really pushing myself in a great way. Woohoo!

Annnnddddd….

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

I made this Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding and it totally blows me away! I have it in my fridge and I’m trying not to just sit on my kitchen floor and shovel the entire batch down my gob.

The flavor of Earl Grey tea is infused into short grain sweet rice (which is usually used to make Thai sticky rice), with coconut milk and a subtle hint of creamy vanilla white chocolate. Coconut sugar melts right in, providing just the right amount of sweetness and doesn’t distract you from the true flavor of this sticky, creamy porridge. Top off your bowl with some bright, seasonal fruit and you’re in total heaven. Oh, and it takes less than 20 minutes, start to finish!

This Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding would be an amazing dessert, but also makes a sweet snack or breakfast too. 

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding
Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding is the best of both worlds: sticky rice and rice pudding! The unique, Autumnal flavor of Earl Grey combines with creamy coconut milk and sweet coconut sugar for a comforting dessert (or breakfast!). Pockets of white chocolate create a fun surprise too! (4-6 servings)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup short grain sweet rice*, rinsed well
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 can lite coconut milk (or full fat), divided
  4. 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  5. 3 Tbs. coconut sugar
  6. ¼ cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a pan, combine the water and rice and bring to a boil. As soon as it starts boiling, turn it down to a low simmer and add 1 cup of the coconut milk and the contents of the tea bag (cut the bag open and empty it into the pan…if it’s not finely milled, you should quickly mill it in a blender or spice grinder). Stir, add the lid, and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. After 15 minutes, stir the rice and turn off the heat. It should be very thick and the liquid should be absorbed or almost totally absorbed. Add the rest of the can of coconut milk and the white chocolate and stir (but don’t stir until the white chocolate is completely melted, just give it a few good stirs to distribute it and create pockets of white chocolate).
  3. Serve it warm, topped with a sprinkle of coconut sugar and some fresh fruit. Add a splash of coconut milk if you like a thinner porridge. Also, this tastes amazing cold too and gets quite sticky, so try it that way too!
Notes
  1. *I found mine in an Asian/international foods market. It says “sweet rice” on the bag.
  2. Keep Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding in the fridge, in a sealed container, for up to 1 week. Eat hot or cold!
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Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats are a softer, more delicious version than the original! You’ll never make Krispie Treats the same old way again. 

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats (treatswithatwist.com)

This past weekend we a friend and his girlfriend visiting for the first time since we moved into our new house! Playing hostess was nerve-wracking yet so fun…

Except a small thing that keeps pinching at me…

Not to complain…

I made multiple meals. Our dishwasher is broken. I made a huge pot of green curry, and our friend said he had never had curry before earlier in the day. So needless to say I was really nervous, because curry is a take it or leave it food, but I knew that my method turns out darn-good results, so I knew I just had to go for it! Well, everyone ate all of it…but not a SINGLE word was said.

How terrible is that?! How much of a mess would you be?! I get not complimenting my scrambled eggs [though they are pretty darn fluffy and amazing if you ask me], though that bothered me too. But dinner went without a single compliment OR complaint too?

Maybe I’m a foodie and I think food is a bigger deal than it is…

Maybe I was raised by the Emily Post family crossed with the manners police family…

But that bothered me. And remember the dishwasher? Yes, I hand washed dishes for the whole weekend…without a single disingenuous offer to assist…

Call me crazy. Guess I’m nit-picking? Let’s just say that I guess I’m just so used to going to peoples’ houses, doing their dishes, gushing over their mad cooking skillz and then sending a thank you note when I get home. [invite me over!]

Ok, now that you hate me [and will probably never visit, though I promise I won’t be judging you after this learning experience]…

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats (treatswithatwist.com)

I made Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats! [yes, for said weekend]

Covered in sprinkles!

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats (treatswithatwist.com)

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats (treatswithatwist.com)

These were totally inspired by Shelly, because after she posted these, I couldn’t get them out of my head. Then Amanda posted a picture of a fluffy marshmallow-packed Krispie treat too…HAD to do it!

These are super simple, so grab 2 bags of mallows and play along! I’m thinking of even making them to hand to parents of Trick-or-Treaters in my neighborhood. [Or will they just get thrown away because they’re not packaged and thus poisoned?] 

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats
Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats are a softer, more delicious version than the original! You'll never make Krispie Treats the same old way again. (makes12-16)
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Ingredients
  1. 2 bags of mini marshmallows
  2. 6 cups krisp'd rice cereal (gluten free, you know the stuff)
  3. 4 Tbs. unsalted butter
  4. sprinkles (I used 1/2 a bottle...)
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9x13" dish with nonstick spray
  2. In a large (LARGE) pot on your stovetop, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add 1.5 bags of the marshmallows and stir until melted.
  3. Turn off the heat. Add the cereal and stir to combine, then add the last 1/2 bag of marshmallows and stir a few times to distribute them.
  4. Transfer it all to your prepared 9x13 dish. Spray your hands with nonstick spray and use them to pat down the Treats until level. Generously sprinkle the top with sprinkles. Wipe your hands off (so they're not greasy), and pat the sprinkles into the top of the Treats.
  5. Let set for 30 minutes. Cut, enjoy!
Notes
  1. These can also be made in the microwave.
  2. Krispie treats can be stored in an air-tight container on the counter for a week.
  3. (pictures may appear different than what you make because I added an extra cup of cereal, but to make them extra gooey just follow the recipe)
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Eyeball Treats and Spiders Legs Fudge (gluten free Halloween treats with Chex)

Eyeball Treats and Spiders Legs Fudge, oh my! Never leave out another kiddo at Halloween with my delicious gluten free Halloween treat ideas, featuring Chex gluten free cereals! 

  Gluten Free Eyeball Treats and Spiders Legs Fudge (treatswithatwist.com)

I can’t believe its practically Halloween!

I never dress up, but I always come up with a hypothetical costume, “just in case”…like there may be a “you MUST wear a costume” emergency situation and I need to be prepared. Ridiculous. But I’m a giant child so it shouldn’t come as any surprise to you.

Anyways! Y’all know that I maintain a gluten-free household. I don’t have an allergy, but I have a sensitivity, which is most apparent when I’m working out intensely or going through a training regimen. So, although it may not seem like a big deal, any reaction at all bugs me and thus, we feel healthier and happier keeping our home gluten free.

Holidays seem to always be a different story though…you get together with family and friends, classic family recipes are made without updates or changes, piles and piles of candy and cookies and treats get dropped off for you or made in your kitchen…

Well, for all of those with sensitivities or allergies, this is a problem. So, this year, we’re kicking off the holidays, yes Halloween, with gluten free treats that make you popular and keep you included and guilt-free for not resorting to those classics that may not suit you (or your kids) so well anymore.

I’ve teamed up with Chex and their delicious gluten free cereals and have made some spooky spectacular gluten free treats! I made you some Eyeball Treats (how cute are these?!) and Spiders Legs Fudge (creepy crunchy little spiders legs are actually chocolate Chex! And they’re healthy too, made from dates and peanut butter!)!

Gluten Free Eyeball Treats and Spiders Legs Fudge (treatswithatwist.com)

Hop on over to their page and check out the recipe! Let me know when you try them, because I know you’ll love them! Plus, your kids (or those gluten-intolerant kiddos in your neighborhood) will love them and feel more than included in the festivities! 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Chex cereals, but all of the recipes and opinions are my own. I appreciate your support on these sponsored posts that make Treats With a Twist possible! 

Brussels Slaw Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing

It’s about time to share a “real food” recipe, right? My  Brussels Slaw Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing is the perfect Fall salad, and with balanced bitter and sweet fall flavors from seasonal veggies and apples. Make it ahead of time and the flavors only get better with time in the fridge! 

Shaved Brussels Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing (treatswithatwist.com)  

You almost thought I never made real food, right? Totally had you tricked there.

I am really excited to share with you a beautiful, colorful Fall slaw salad! Shaved Brussels sprouts are combined with beautiful purple cabbage, apples and nuts and seeds. All of it is tossed in a creamy yet healthy maple tahini dressing! Apples give it a sweet, extra crunchy bite!

I’m sharing this recipe over on KitchenAid’s blog, Kitchenthusiast! Go check it out! 

It’s a super simple recipe! Just a few quick minutes with your KitchenAid food processor and you’re done! The dressing is quickly put together in a jar so you can shake it up then pour it all over your salad. 

This is one of those salads that only gets better after a few hours (or overnight!) in the fridge, so make it ahead of time, then make another batch of dressing to top it with before you serve it! You’re picnics or Fall dinners will never be the same. 

Did I mention it’s gluten-free and vegan?! Yup, it’s a crowd pleaser! 

Shaved Brussels Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing (treatswithatwist.com)

Disclaimer: This recipe is over on KitchenAid’s blog, Kitchenthusiast. I am a regular, compensated contributor to this blog. Although this is a compensated recipe, it is my own and thus my opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the posts that allow Treats With a Twist to happen! 

Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad

Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad makes an amazing picnic side or dessert! This sweet yet subtle mix of rice, carrot, coconut, spices and honey will have you looking at rice in a sweeter way. 

Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad (treatswithatwist.com)

This is my last post before I load my entire life into a truck, drive 35 minutes down the road, into a completely different state, then dump it all into a new set of walls.

But not just any walls, a house. A new house. That has our name on the papers. We bought a house!

I can’t believe it. I feel so incredibly blessed and lucky to have found a partner that works so damn hard to make our dreams come true. We definitely have paid our dues, and this won’t be easy, but we’re making the dream happen. Lucky me.

I was recently asked to manifest a dream. But I couldn’t think of one in particular. I have a lot of dream blobs. Unformed wants and hopes, but I know that they’ll become clear sooner or later, and then I’ll chase them down. But, buying a house was my current dream, and worth mentioning (even though it wasn’t a new dream in that very moment).

But, I’m sure if you approach me sometime on Saturday afternoon, when it’s a record-breaking hot as hell day, I’m not going to be sporting this positivity. In fact, you’ll probably want to just keep driving. Or stop and help…yeah that’s a better idea.

Wild Rice Salad (treatswithatwist.com)

Wild Rice Salad (treatswithatwist.com)

Wild Rice Salad (treatswithatwist.com)

Ok, now onto the recipe! Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad! I love love love this. It really doesn’t have an overpowering taste, so it works perfectly as a side in a big, grilled meal. OR as a dessert! I love adding a splash of almond milk to it and eating it like a cold porridge. So good. Enjoy!

Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad
Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad makes an amazing picnic side or dessert! This sweet yet subtle mix of rice, carrot, coconut, spices and honey will have you looking at rice in a sweeter way. (makes 4-6 servings)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup wild rice, uncooked
  2. 1 ¾ cups water
  3. 1 Tbs. coconut oil
  4. 1 large carrot, shredded
  5. zest and juice of 1 lemon
  6. 1 Tbs. unsweetened shredded coconut
  7. 2 tsp. cinnamon
  8. ¼ tsp. cardamom
  9. ¼ cup raisins (or golden raisins)
  10. ¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  11. pinch of sea salt
  12. 3-5 dates
  13. 2 Tbs. large coconut flakes (or more unsweetened shredded coconut)
  14. 2 Tbs. raw honey
Instructions
  1. ~In a sauce pan, cook the rice, water and coconut oil. Bring it to a boil, then turn down the heat to a low simmer, place the lid on, and cook for 25-30 minutes, or until the water is absorbed.
  2. ~Once the rice is finished, fluff it with a fork, then stir in the shredded carrot, lemon juice and zest, shredded coconut, cinnamon, cardamom, raisins and nuts. Add a pinch of sea salt.
  3. ~Refrigerate the mixture until cool. Plate it up, then top it with the dates (slice them up), coconut flakes, and honey.
Notes
  1. Try it as a porridge for dessert! Splash almond milk and more honey over the top!
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