This Peanut Butter Krispy Treats recipe is sponsored by Disney Book Group.
Like every child, each of my children has their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to schoolwork. My oldest, Maggie (age 8) is really interested in science and history. She excels at math but she is quick to state that she does not like to read. She loves to be read TO but typically doesn’t like to pick up a book and read it to herself. I always loved to read as a child so it’s hard for me to relate.
We were recently sent the book I Lost My Tooth by Mo Willems. It’s part of his Unlimited Squirrels Series. Have you heard of Mo Willems? Mo began his career as a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy awards. He’s a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator. He has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions, for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. His celebrated Elephant & Piggie series has won two Theodor Seuss Geisel Medals and five Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors!
About I Lost My Tooth
An ensemble cast of Squirrels, acorns, and pop-in guests host a page-turning extravaganza! Each book features a funny, furry adventure AND bonus jokes, quirky quizzes, nutty fact formats, and so, so many squirrels! In I Lost My Tooth!, Zoom Squirrel has lost a front tooth! The Squirrels leap into action when they discover the missing tooth is a baby tooth! Do you know more about teeth than the Squirrels do? You will by the end of this book!
When I Lost My Tooth arrived at our house, I took it from the shipping envelope and set it on our coffee table. Lo and behold just a short while later I noticed Maggie glancing through the book…smiling…SMILING!
Naturally, as a mom who really wants her children to love reading, I sat down with Maggie and asked her if she’d read me the book. Not only did she read it to me, she laughed through it and THEN proceeded to share the book with her grandma a few days later! She was super excited to show her the new funny squirrel book.
Since then, we’ve actually read through the book a number of times. Sometimes I have Maggie read it and sometimes I read it. The other children love to sit and listen to it too. We have a squirrel “pet” outside who visits us for seeds and peanuts we leave out there for him, so I think the children enjoy it even more as they think about our pet, Squirrel Nutkins. Maggie also relates well to the story since she’s lost quite a few teeth herself lately.
I LOVE that I’m able to homeschool my kids because doing so enables me to make the subjects that Maggie doesn’t particularly love (like reading) more exciting to her than they would be in public schools. For instance, nearly all of the reading she does is chosen by her. Rather than reading from a textbook, we go to the library and check out books that she wants to read. This means reading time is less of a fight with her. We can read books like I Lost my Tooth from Mo Willems, and then Maggie genuinely enjoys reading. It helps her to see that reading is not only a valuable skill but it can be fun too!
Not only is I Lost My Tooth a funny book for young readers, but it also concludes with a few non-fiction facts about both humans and animals and their teeth. Even I learned a few new things from this book, like an adult bear has 42 teeth! There are also a few “corny” jokes for fun as well!
We are eagerly awaiting the next book in the Unlimited Squirrel series but as we wait, I told Maggie we could make a recipe inspired by the I Lost My Tooth book. She suggested Peanut Butter Krispy Treats since she knows how much squirrels love peanuts…and also because “Peanut Butter Krispy Treats are also a great way to make loose teeth fall out, mom!”
Have you ever made rice krispy treats before with peanut butter? It makes them taste SO good! A little less sweet from the marshmallows with a hint of peanut butter flavor. It’s basically the only way I make them anymore! The recipe is so easy too that Maggie can make most of it by herself, with my supervision of course!
Peanut Butter Krispy Treats Recipe
- 6 cups of rice krispy type cereal (any brand will do)
- 1 standard size bag of marshmallows (10 ounces)
- 3 tablespoons butter (plus a tiny bit extra)
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- Prepare a 13×9 pan by coating the bottom and sides of it with a thin layer of butter.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan on low heat. (I use the same pan we boil spaghetti noodles in so there’s plenty of room for the kids to stir without making a mess.)
- Once the butter has melted, add the marshmallows and stir continuously until melted.
- Add peanut butter and stir until blended (about 30 seconds).
- Remove pan from burner and stir in cereal.
- Spoon into prepared pan and let them cool completely before serving.
Maggie and I love the Unlimited Squirrels series and can’t wait until we’re able to pre-order the next book in the series. I can’t wait to see what Mo has in store for us next! Unlimited Squirrels: I Lost My Tooth is available now in stores an online at Amazon.