Chocolate Protein Rice Crispy Treats

5 from 6 votes

A high protein, low sugar and portable snack- Perfect fuel in between meals or as a pre or post workout boost! Vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free and just FIVE ingredients! 


I have this cereal jar where I call it the ‘odds and ends’

Whenever I use various cereals for recipes or eating as it is, there usually are random portions left. Almost empty bags of crispy rice cereal, expired Kashi Go Lean and even corn flakes– I have all of them on hand. In an attempt to make room for more, I just chuck all the leftover bits in the ‘odds and ends’ jar. 

The other week, I looked to see what it currently contained and it was a hybrid chocolate mess. There was-

-A few handfuls of cocoa crispy brown rice cereal

– Puffed kamut cereal (not gluten free)

– Puffed millet cereal

– Puffed rice cereal

– Two weetbix (that was random)

These random combinations call for being thrown into a bowl of yogurt with nuts and voila- An instant meal. However, I wanted to try a twist on my No Bake Rice Crispy Treats by giving it a protein boost and thought…why not use the random remaining cereals (except the weetbix. I ate those with peanut butter as a very poor substitute for crackers). 


Rice crispy treats without marshmallows are one of the easiest ‘healthy’ snacks to make and these are no different. I simply adapted my recipe with the current cereal grains I had on hand but they can easily be substituted for all crispy rice cereal (for a completely gluten free bar) or as I did- A combination of all

I used chocolate crispy rice cereal (I adore this brand) and the only reason these were leftover was because I had no milk left and chocolate cereal MUST be eaten with milk- Purely for the post consumption chocolate milk guzzling. 


Confession- I used almost expired chocolate crispy rice cereal. I also ate the entire batch and am still alive so use by dates can go jump in a lake. Except for seafood. BAD experiences there

5 Ingredient {No bake} Protein Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats - A high protein, low sugar and portable snack- Perfect fuel in between meals or as a pre or post workout boost! Vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free and just FIVE ingredients! @thebigmansworld -

Chocolate Protein Rice Crispy Treats

A high protein, low sugar and portable snack- Perfect fuel in between meals or as a pre or post workout boost! Vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free!
5 from 6 votes
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Author: Arman


  • 2 cups gluten free crispy rice cereal I used cocoa crispy brown rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup puffed kamut/millet cereal can substitute for an extra 1/2 cup gluten free rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup nut butter of choice I used homemade paleo nutella
  • 1/4 cup protein powder of choice I used a brown rice chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ~1/4 cup almond milk*


  • Line a deep 9 x 9 inch baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the crispy rice cereal, puffed cereal mix, protein powder, cocoa powder and salt and mix well. Set aside.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine the brown rice syrup and nut butter of choice and microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until the nut butter has melted. Mix well to ensure it is fully incorporated.
  • Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and ensure all the cereal is completely coated. Slowly add the almond milk until a very thick batter is formed.*
  • Pour the batter into the baking tray and using your hands, press firmly and freeze for 1 hour or refrigerate overnight. Cut into pieces and enjoy.


Depending on the protein powder you use, you need to be wary of the amount of milk you add. When I made this with brown rice protein powder, it needed the full 1/4 cup. The first time I tried it with whey and I barely needed a tablespoon. If you use a casein protein powder, you would be looking at close to half a cup.
Bars can be kept at room temperature, but they soften easily. They are best frozen and thawed slightly before consumption.
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What do you do with the excess cereal left in the packet?

How wary are you of expiry dates? 

Are you a fan of chocolate cereal which leaves you with chocolate milk at the end? 


78 thoughts on “Chocolate Protein Rice Crispy Treats

  1. yum!! It depends on the food and the expiration date… meat, poultry, and milk… toss… anything else is fair game!

  2. Chocolate cereal milk is the best. I have so much random cereal because I buy a box then eat like one bowl and never go back to it. I know, my willpower is insane.

    I do not care about expiry dates. It’s a wonder I haven’t accidentally food poisoned myself yet.

    1. You and me both! Expect for that salmon…and it wasn’t even PAST the expiry date!

  3. Confession: I used to use chocolate milk instead of regular milk in my cereal when I was a kid. Some people thought I was weird and crazy…I thought I was pretty genius.

    1. I think you should be the new Queen of the commonwealth for that. I think your mum is awesome for BUYING you that to begin with!

  4. This sounds great. We never have any left over cereal…we are kind of like animals and just eat the last little bit straight from the bag…lol. I am a HUGE fan of chocolate cereal hat leaves me with chocolate milk at the end. It’s like an added treat.

  5. Yum, these look great! If I ever had just a bit in the bottom of the cereal box, I usually just ignore it until it’s way past expired, then toss it haha.

  6. pffft, expiry dates. unless it’s dairy that’s like, weeks expired, I don’t pay attention to them. If it looks good and smells good (and isn’t stale) then it’s fine!

    1. YES- Actually, I swear I read somewhere that Greek yogurt is better past the expiry date. Although…I could be wrong. Maybe do one for the team and try it out 😉

  7. That’s it! I’m definitely buying puffed rice cereal this week. These sound like the perfect mid-afternoon snack.

  8. I bought these millet puffs like 2 years ago (maybe even longer, oops) for a recipe, and I still have so many left and never know what to do with them because they’re too bland to eat as cereal. This recipe is perfect for them!

    1. Hahahahaha LOL. That’s why I used them all- They were like eating cardboard.

      PS- Our friend loves that cereal.

  9. yessss to these little bits of love right here! Ive never actually had kamut before, so I will have to be on the lookout for it!
    Also, I don’t do expiration dates AT ALL. I do the sniff test. And the pour test. No sour smell or chunks means its good to go 😉

  10. I completely do not go by expiration dates. If I did I would never have any food. I tell myself if there is some bad on it, it’s strengthening my immune system. I am not the biggest fan of cereal most days. I sometimes get a random HUGE craving for Kix…this weird cereal made for 4 year olds. I get a box, eat it in a day and then the craving is over. Now if chocolate Kix were a thing…I could see that as something I would get behind.

  11. I don’t even want to know what came of having bad seafood. You’re looking at a girl who’s absolutely terrified of throwing up, so the idea of food poisoning is just… no. That being said, I actually don’t pay much attention to expiration dates. I go by my senses more than anything else. If it smells okay and tastes okay, then it’s probably okay.

  12. I do like you use of leftovers here; way to make it work in round two.

    Confession: I had my first bowl of cereal this weekend in months and months. It was Raisin Bran. I’m so ashamed. 🙁

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