Pandan and coconut are two of my favorite flavors.
What is this green stuff?! I promise you it’s yummy! Pandan derives from a leaf from Southeast Asia. The flavor profile is sweet and aromatic (sort of like vanilla). Pandan and coconut are paired together in many different Asian desserts such as sticky rice, puddings, cakes and cookies. Think of it as peanut butter and jelly. The flavors work together and it is delicious!
I made these rice crispy treats for my family for the Lunar New Year and they loved it. They are soft and chewy but still have the crispy texture. This Pandan coconut rice crispy treat recipe is easy and fun to make with your kids. See the end of this post for my recommendation of Pandan extract!
Pandan Coconut Rice Crispy Treats
6 cups of rice cereal
1 bag of 16 oz marshmallows
1 stick of unsalted butter (or if salted, then omit the pinch of salt)
1 pinch of salt (omit fi using salted butter)
1 tsp of vanilla bean extract
1 tablespoon of pandan extract
¼ cup of chopped up dried coconut flakes
1. Scoop the rice cereal into a large mixing bowl
2. In a large pot, melt all of your butter. Once butter is melted, add all of your marshmallows.
3. Mix your marshmallows and stir until the mixture is smooth and melted.
4. Add your vanilla extract and mix until combined.
5. Add the pandan extract and mix until combined. It will smell wonderful!
6. Carefully add your mixture and pour into your rice cereal. Mix until all cereal is covered.
7. Add your chopped coconut flakes and mix to evenly distribute.
8. Pour the entire mixture onto a 9×9 pan or a baking sheet.
9. Grease your hands with cooking spray (or butter) and shape your rice crispy mixture until it's compact and in a square or rectangle *tip: do not push together too much, you want a little air to keep them soft
10. Let cool down for about an hour, then cut into squares.
Enjoy this fun twist to a traditional treat!
Recommended Pandan Extract (you can also find this at your local Asian supermarket)
I’ve tried many Pandan extract brands and this one wins in flavor!
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