Road Trip & Brown Butter Rice Krispies Print Recipe Print Recipe


and I thought we left this California heat.

On Saturday it hit 100 degrees and has uncomfortably stayed around the 90’s since. I must have done too much that day because by the evening I could not cool down and when I’m hot and uncomfortable, it’s even harder for me to eat. Over the passed 7 months I’ve found out that when you don’t eat frequently when you’re pregnant, you get physically sick. Yep, sick and delirious I was.

My husband has seen me at so many lovely states [especially during this pregnancy], but every time he goes into a slight panic. Poor guy.

The next day he was on a mission to buy an air conditioning unit, until I vetoed the idea. Yeah, no. We don’t have an extra couple hundred bucks to drop on a machine that we’ll use for another week and the who knows when else.



Since air conditioning was a no go, it was cool showers, cold packs and frozen gatorade. It would be coconut water, but for some reason I can’t stomach it with this pregnancy.

Ben decided to wash his car so I sat in the garage and had him spray me with the hose every 10 minutes. Trust me, this doesn’t sound nearly as bad as my first idea – buying a kid pool and sticking it in our garage. Listen, I’m desperate. This belly is like a little heater, but without an on & off switch.



My husband was still determined to get us to a cooler place on Monday [his day off].

We debated my parents home in Seattle, but that’s just a bit too far for the limited time we had.

The coast is about 15 degrees or so cooler and a little over an hour, so to the beach it was!

But first, homemade batch of rice krispies treats. I had been craving them for weeks.



I made a really quick batch before hitting the road and threw the pan right into the cooler bag. Again, welcome back my 5 year old appetite. Honestly though, you really can’t beat the homemade version and with brown butter, it’s really taken things up a notch.

We stopped in the little town of Seaside for some ice cream, but really, it was for me to use the restroom. Ice cream was a bonus.

The rice krispies treats, I was saving for the beach.

We drove down to the other end where you can actually drive your car right onto the beach itself. We had done this before, so we didn’t think twice about it.


My husband took a small turn and before we knew it, we were stuck. Six feet from the water and the tide was coming in. I cried. No joke. Husband trying to dig and then push while I tried to gas and release, hoping to roll out. Nothing, except more tears from me and more swear words from him. It was pathetic.

Then within 8 minutes three guys from different parties showed up ready to help. After looking for a tow hitch/latch [I don’t know], we decided to pushing would be the best option. I had all four of them pushing while I stepped on the gas aiming right for the ocean, but just enough room to miss it. I wanted to hug those men, but I think that would have been awkward.

We made it off the beach, pulled off and then WALKED down. We sat there for a bit before I could even think about tearing off a rice krispies treat. Finally, my heart rate dropped a bit and my husband [almost] let got of his bruised ego that we tore into the treats and pretty sure cracked a smile.

Then came the jokes… and an empty pan of rice krispies treats.


Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats, Gluten-free

[Inspired by the back of the cereal box]


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter [or earth balance for vegan option]
  • 1 package [10 ounce] marshmallows -or- 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies Gluten-free cereal


Spray 8″ or 13″ pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Tip from Joy the Baker – Place a piece of parchment paper down after spraying the pan. Give another spray and then set aside. This makes it easy to lift out of the pan.

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium/low heat. *After it begins to bubble a bit, it will turn brown and begin to smell nutty.  Use a spatula to mix the butter evenly in the pan. Quickly add in the marshmallows. *Be sure to watch the butter because once it browns it can quickly burn.

Continue to stir in the marshmallows until completely melted down.  Remove from the stove and add in the rice krispies cereal and mix until coated.

Pour the cereal mixture into the prepared pan and with *greased hands, press down firmly for a flat surface. *I spray my hands with cooking spray or you can use parchment paper

Let sit until cool before peeling apart with your fingers or cutting into squares.

*gluten-free *dairy-free, optional *vegan, optional

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  • Jenny

    Oh No! I don’t know what I would do if my car got stuck! I once thought someone had spiked my fuel tank and refused to restart my car in a gas station and had to get some people to push my car away from the pump and I bawled my eyes out the entire time! These snacks look delicious and I hope the weather cools down for you soon!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven

    Aw…I’m so glad you made it!  What a day!!!  🙂

    Glad these rice krispies were there at the end to celebrate and laugh it off.  They look amazing!!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    when i was pregnant, record breaking summer heat in san diego and we lived in a 1920s mission revival house with no a/c. I was physically sick and delirious and I can relate to this whole post – so sorry you’ve had a time of it! 

    RKTreats are a huge huge fave of mine.  They look so gooey and good here!

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food

    Yikes… so glad you made it out alright and that you ultimately had a good time on your little road trip.  It’s these things that make it memorable 🙂

    Speaking of memorable… I am OBSESSED with brown butter rice krispy treats!  It’s like Crack.  

  • Jennifer Little

    Yummy!!! We will be making these today! Jazz will be SO excited!

  • Nealey @ Dixie Caviar

    I love rice krispy treats but they always slip my mind. Thanks for reminding me! (Oh, and I always throw a giant handful of extra marshmallows in after they’ve cooled a little so that you get marshmallow flecks throughout. Heaven.)

  • Maria

    What a day! Try to stay cool! Love these treats!

  • Anonymous

    awesome and most grocery stores have the gluten-free ones – made by the same brand, Kelloggs!

  • Anonymous

    oh that’s miserable! Thankfully this weather shouldn’t last for that much longer, but I’m SO looking forward to Fall!

  • Amanda Formaro

    How fun! I have that same 5 year old appetite 😉

  • mackenzie foster

    Brown butter rice krispies are my FAVORITE! I swear it’s the only way to eat them! Stay cool! :-/

  • Alison Lewis

    oh my goodness! Glad you made it These look SO GOOD

  • JulieD

    Oh my goodness, so glad someone was there to help you!! I have been wanting to try brown butter rice krispie treats forever…yours looks awesome!

  • Shaina Olmanson

    Oh, that is such a sweet story, and your husband sounds like such a sweet man trying to take care of his lady. 

  • Alyssa Gohn

    Is brown butter something you can cook with on accident?… because I feel like every time I’ve made rice krispies treats, the butter has been brown… or maybe I don’t understand the brown butter concept?

  • Sommer Collier

    What a great story and memory. Sometimes the funniest things don’t seem al that funny in the moment. 🙂

  • Christina

    brown butter is one of my favorite smells ever! i love your blog design, by the way!

  • Kiran @

    Yowser, what an experience. So glad y’all are doing fine despite a minor flux. Hope the weather gods have some mercy on us, soon 🙂

    Love rice krispies. All the time!

  • Jeanette Chen

    Wow, what an adventure! I don’t think I ever had anything quite as exciting happen when I was pregnant – so glad those guys showed up to help you two out. Good thing you had those treats to cheer you up afterwards :).

  • Amanda Green Bottoms

     So glad you made it out!! 🙂 Such gorgeous photos, these treats look to die for!! 🙂

  • Carolyn

    Ah, you poor kid.  Being pregnant in the middle of summer is awful, let alone getting stuck like that!!!  Delicious treats.

  • Aida Mollenkamp

    Ack, I can barely handle this heat so I can only imagine how uncomfortable you must be. Having just had some super nice people helping me with my flat tire last weekend, I can relate to how grateful you can be for just a little kindness from strangers!

  • Allison Inserra

    omg… MUST make rice krispie treats IMMEDIATELY! thanks 😉


  • Amanda Holliday

    Yum – and fun. I made rice krispe treats for camping recently. I used the Erewhon Rice Twice cereal and I really liked it. The rice puffs are a little bigger and keep a little more texture than traditional rice krispees.

  • Michelle

    whoa what a day! glad it all turned out well. here’ hoping the weather starts to cool down too.