Maple-Spice Almond Butter Rice Treats

My niece just started kindergarten this year and she’s pretty much blown away by elementary school.

She loves the habit and rhythm of it all. She loves picking out a new outfit everyday (watch out, Rachel Zoe, Isla’s got the making of a major fashionista) and she loves the field trips, the homework, and recess. But most of all she loves the fact that every month there’s something new to celebrate. And this month she’s so excited about Halloween that it’s infectious and I’m now really pumped about the holiday.

This Maple-Cinnamon Almond Butter Rice Treats is a fall-inspired, healthier take on Marshmallow Rice Treats.

Truth be told, I haven’t been that psyched by Halloween in a while (which is weird because I love dressing up, I love parties, and I love ghost stories), but something about it all had lost its charm for me in the past few years. This year Isla has helped me renew my love for the holiday and I’ve become her holiday partner-in-crime. That means incessant drawings of witches, endless talk of costumes, and a lot of to do about Jack O Lanterns. The other day we had a pumpkin-carving party and, because my sister is anti store bought candy and sweets, I made these Maple-Cinnamon Almond Butter Rice Treats.

Yes, I could have jumped on the Pumpkin Spice bandwagon and made these pumpkin flavored but I wanted to celebrate the other, seemingly overlooked flavors of fall, like maple syrup. I’ve taken the classic Rice Krispy Treat and given it a facelift for those of you — like me — who just can’t stomach marshmallows or those of you — like my sister — who would prefer to give their little ones something a bit more natural in the sweet department.. These treats are made of maple syrup, warm cinnamon spice, nutty almond butter, and a layer of chocolate to make it just elevated enough that you can sneak a few for yourself, even if you haven’t yet caught the Halloween bug.