Happy Valentines Day Lovers!
Valentines Day 5 years ago was a much different kind of day. Valentines Day prior to kids usually involved dinner dates, flowers, presents, and getting all dolled up. Fast forward five years later and two children, well, it’s just not the same. In fact, it is 100x better. I don’t have to waste money on a new outfit to impress my partner. Dan’s heart probably races when I wear jeans that are a little tighter these days. It’ll be a treat to myself to take a 15 minute shower and shave my legs and wash my hair, my husbands jaw will drop. I do not need flowers, they die. And chocolates? Seriously people? Who needs a holiday as a reason to chow down? Any day will do.
The sheer simplicity of celebrating the love I have for my family is beyond any bouquet of flowers, or reservations for dinner. Valentines Day is just another good reason to give my kiddos tons of extra kisses and hugs today. Don’t worry, Dan will get just as much lovin’ – can’t leave him hanging!
These Valentines treats were a hit with my boys, both little and my big guy. Taking a basic rice krispie treat recipe, and swapping the cereal for Target’s Simply Balanced Strawberry Flax Granola was a win win. Maintaining the toddler excitement to eat a sweet treat, while I, get the satisfaction of throwing in a chock full of healthy.
Whip these up today in a matter of minutes, and surprise your Valentine!
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- (1) 10oz bag mini marshmallows
- pinch of kosher salt
- 6 cups Target Brand, Simply Balanced, Strawberry Flax Granola (takes 1 1/2 boxes)
- Sprinkles to decorate
Spray a 9×13 pan with non stick spray, set aside.
On low, in a large sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the mini marshmallows, slowly and constantly stirring until they are completely melted.
Turn off the heat, and stir in the granola. Stir until the granola is evenly coated, and pour into your prepared pan. Spritz your hands with non stick spray, make sure the treats are not to hot, and press down firmly into one even layer. At this point, add your sprinkles to the top.
Let cool, cut in whatever fashion you like. We picked circles, using a small glass cup to achieve the shape!