Chocolate Coconut Protein Rice Crispy Treats

 A High protein, sugar free and portable snack- Perfect fuel in between meals or as a pre or post workout boost! Vegan, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free! 

Chocolate Protein Rice Crispy Treats- A delicious #vegan #glutenfree and #sugarfree no bake treat perfect for snacking or pre/post workout nutrition! -

Does anyone remember that time I made red velvet pancakes and stained the kitchen a hybrid of purple and pink? Well, thanks to a very clumsy hand it looks like bloody fairies have attacked. Seriously, there are pink sprinkles on the bench top, the side drawers and even in my protein powder…This is all after I cleaned it up. 

I think maybe I’ll invite mum over for lunch. It always results in her giving my kitchen a good scrub down. 

Let’s talk cereal for a second, and by cereal I mean the packaging. How many of you actually read the non health related content on cereal boxes? I never used to, thinking it was all just fillers and besides, who buys the cereal for all that anyway? Give me the bowl and spoon and I’m all set. The other day, out of curiosity, I looked more intently on the crispy rice cereal box and noticed it had a recipe for rice crispy like treats using shredded coconut. A tonne of shredded coconut.

Chocolate Protein Rice Crispy Treats- A delicious #vegan #glutenfree and #sugarfree no bake treat perfect for snacking or pre/post workout nutrition! -

I’ve previously made rice crispy treats here then a chocolate protein version here. Being a fan of coconut, I had to give this version a try! The original recipe called for chocolate spread and salted butter as the two main binders but having homemade “nutella” on hand after making enough to feed a family of twenty (or just two Armans) which this recipe, I swapped that out and also used coconut oil instead of the butter (because I need to raid my mum’s kitchen again. She gets the good ‘Lurpak’ butter). 

I seem to be living up to the once dubbed ‘no bake boy’ title being thrown around a while back I’m going to take it and run with it. As with, well, most of my recipes, these require no baking and literally take 10 minutes to whip up. The pain lies in waiting for them to firm. 

Chocolate Protein Rice Crispy Treats- A delicious #vegan #glutenfree and #sugarfree no bake treat perfect for snacking or pre/post workout nutrition! -

My biggest tip- When forming the ‘treats’ (Okay, balls but I don’t want to say balls so they are treats), lightly rinse your hands every so often, as the coconut makes it quite easy to fall apart. As Valentine’s day is right around the corner, add some sprinkles and give it to someone special.

If you’re a singleton, well, so am I. Shoot me an email for my address and I’ll be awaiting these with my best suit and a rose between my teeth. 

Chocolate and Coconut Protein Rice Crispy Treats

A High protein, sugar free and portable snack- Perfect fuel in between meals or as a pre or post workout boost! Vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free! Add coloured sprinkles and give it to someone special this Valentine's Day!
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld



  • In a large mixing bowl, combine crispy rice cereal, 1 cup of shredded coconut and protein powder of choice (if using it). Mix well and set aside.
  • In a small microwave safe bowl, combine the coconut oil and homemade hazelnut butter/nutella and microwave until melted. Mix well to combine then add to dry mixture. Add in almond milk and mix very well until fully incorporated.
  • In a small bowl, add the remaining coconut and sprinkles if using it. Using your hands, form small- medium sized balls and dip in the coconut mixture and set on a plate. Continue the process until all the batter is used up. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight.


Protein powder is optional.
Depending on protein powder you use, you may need to adjust the almond milk used. Whey tends to require less and casein can be up to 3/4 cup.
As mentioned in the post, during the forming process, continually wet your hands slightly to make it easier.
Treats can be left at room temperature but best kept in the fridge.
Adapted from Loosely Adapted from Coles Supermarkets
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Chocolate Protein Rice Crispy Treats- A delicious #vegan #glutenfree and #sugarfree no bake treat perfect for snacking or pre/post workout nutrition! -

How about some more healthy treat ideas to gift me someone? 

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Paleo Chocolate and Raspberry Truffles- These #healthy truffles are also #vegan and #glutenfree! Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Single Serve ‘Nutella’ Breakfast Cookie Dough (Gluten Free, Vegan, High Protein, Sugar Free) 

Single Serving Nutella Breakfast Cookie Dough- High in protein, gluten free, sugar free and vegan!

Paleo Coconut and Cashew Protein Fudge (Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan, Sugar Free)  

Paleo Cashew Coconut Protein Fudge- Vegan option too!

Paleo No Bake SunButter Bars (Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan) 

A recipe for #paleo No Bake SunButter Bars- #vegan and #glutenfree too

Healthy Chocolate Coconut {Protein Packed!} Rice Crispy Bites- A High protein, sugar free and portable snack- Perfect fuel in between meals or as a pre or post workout boost! Vegan, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free! @thebigmansworld -

Enjoy your Friday folks! Eat something non Paleo because this guy here is doing Paleo this month. 

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    54 thoughts on “Chocolate Coconut Protein Rice Crispy Treats

    1. HAHA you make me laugh, Arman…I’m single so you better be calling your florist about ordering roses ;)! Love the sound of the balls and impressed that you managed to revamp the original recipe so much. I actually have a wedding to attend on Valentine’s day so looks like that is how I will be spending the day…and naturally plenty of chocolate will be involved even if I’m the one buying it ;)!

    2. I freaking love rice crispy treats. When I was in 5th grade, I used to eat 2 of them for breakfast (I rotated flavors, of course), until I had a terrible reaction to them 2 days in a row and well, that ended that.
      Alex and I celebrated our very first Valentines at my apartment (we cooked dinner) and we usually try to do something that is just the two of us, maybe a card, but that’s about it. Old marrieds, we are..

    3. The thought of you standing out there with a rose between your teeth scares me just a little bit, Arman. Haha! But what doesn’t scare me are these balls..ahem, “treats.” I love that you added some pink sprinkles in there for V-Day, too. And I totally hear ya about sprinkles going everywhere…whenever I use sprinkles for anything, I find them in the strangest places in my kitchen for at least the next 4 days. Well done, my friend!

    4. Woooo Singledom! The best kingdom in all the land to be a part of 😉

      I would probably try these twice — with and without the protein powder. I LOVE coconut in recipes but am wary about coconut, chocolate and protein powder (especially since mine is vanilla haha). My mom makes these cookies with rice krispies in them and they’re killer! Who knew they would be such a good addition to desserts.

    5. Mmhmm now these sound divine! Sprinkles decorating your kitchen? appropriately in the spirit for Valentines! I reckon I’ll be spending the day riding the trails..yes my horse will most likely be my valentine :p . Singleton until I’m willing to share things like these with a significant other 😉 .

    6. I can’t get that bloody fairy attack out of my head. I imagine you fighting them off with a frying pan 😀 I love the pink sprinkles though. Really a perfect Valentine’s Gift.
      We don’t usually celebrate Valentine’s Day here. And when I mentioned it to Stefan I definitely sensed the aura of alarm in his response 😀 Poor boy I was actually being mean and just wanted to tease him.

    7. Oh god, why does Valentine’s Day have to be on a Saturday? It’s much easier to ignore when it’s during the week! It’s a couple of days after my birthday so hopefully I’ll still be on a birthday high haha

    8. They’re so pretty! I doubt I’m doing anything for Valentine’s day since basically every good restaurant in town is already booked up. My birthday is three days later so I’m sure we’ll do some kind of V-day/30th bday hybrid dinner.

    9. These are so cute and pretty! 😉 These will make the ladies come crawling to you, hahahaha!
      And SO would use a cocoa rice cereal! MORE CHOCOLATE!

    10. You know what I miss? The days where cereal came with toys. And then you’d open the box and dig all the way to the bottom just to get the toy and end up spilling cereal all over the place. Good times. They just don’t make food like the used to anymore…

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