You only need one bowl and five minutes to whip up these healthy 3 ingredient chocolate rice crispy treats! Unlike the traditional ones, these have no butter, sugar, margarine or marshmallows but are FULL of flavor- A delicious gluten free, vegan and dairy free recipe!
Guys, you can call me a basic
betch bloke and I’ll take it.
I know just a few months ago, I shared the original healthy 3 ingredient rice crispy treats. These are their tanned and slightly sweeter siblings- The chocolate version.
However, there is a very valid reason for this which you’ll see on Wednesday or Thursday!
Can we talk about strange childhood quirks for a second? Well, maybe we should rephrase that to gross childhood habits.
My sister and I rarely ever were allowed the ‘fun’ (sugar laden, bare minimum nutrient dense) cereals in our household. Enjoying a bowlful or ten of something in this category would be incredibly rare. However, we both had our sneaky tactics.
One tactic we used was ‘hanging out’ with our next door neighbours. Our next door neighbours in our first family home included three children, all younger than my sister and I. We’d go over to their place after school several times a week to ‘play’ with the other children because in their parents eyes, Niki and I were ‘role models.’
Yes, role models.
Whenever we hung out at their place, we’d of course ALWAYS need a snack. Their mum would always give us the option to have anything we wanted from their pantry, so we’d always request some cereal with milk.
You guys, their cereal stash was insane.
Seriously, fruit loops were my downfall.
Safe to say, Niki and I would get our cereal fill and be satisfied.
Oh yeah, we also played with our ‘friends’.
…..which was ‘hide and seek’ in which we both would hide in their basement and play amongst ourselves until it was time to leave.
It was definitely a sad day when we moved to another neighbourhood, and the two of us were no longer able to scoff down some sugar-laden cereal under the guise of ‘playing with our friends’. Our new neighbourhood had barely any kids our age and besides, we were now at the age of after school activities, or in my case, music lessons.
Don’t get me started on those dreaded piano lessons.
Now that I’m physically not in the child-like age range (my mental capabilities and maturity can be questioned), I’m able to make my own decisions when it comes to cereal and chocolate rice crispy treats will always trump the plain ones. It brings back fun memories of hiding from people enjoying multiple bowls of cereal with our neighbours. It also brings back memories of being told off for spoiling our appetites.
C’est la bloody vie.
Now let’s talk this healthy 3 ingredient chocolate crispy treats which you will be making because it’s so darn easy AND you’ll need it for a fun recipe next week.
These healthy 3 Ingredient chocolate rice crispy treats take five minutes to make and are the perfect grab and go snack or healthy dessert treat to enjoy when the sweet tooth strikes! Rice crispy treats are a huge hit amongst the young’ns but these are different than those packaged ones- These contain no butter, oil, margarine or marshmallows to bind them together! These can also be made using whichever nut butter (or soy/sunflower seed butter) and can also be used with several sticky sweetener options (please check notes!). These are also totally suitable for my vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free friends!
HACK! Want a protein boost WITH the added chocolate goodness? I made these chocolate protein rice crispy treats last year and they continue to be one of my absolute favorite high protein snacks!
Make these healthy 3 ingredient chocolate rice crispy treats and let’s be honest.
We all had or were ‘THAT FRIEND’ who had the good cereal.
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Healthy 3 Ingredient Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats
- 2 cups gluten-free chocolate crispy rice cereal
- 1/2 cup peanut butter can sub for almond/cashew
- 1/2 cup sticky sweetener of choice- I've used brown rice syrup best, honey and maple syrup (least sticky)
- handful of chocolate chips optional
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside or use a muffin tin, sprayed lightly.
- In a large mixing bowl, add your crispy rice cereal and set aside.
- Stovetop or in the microwave, melt your nut butter with your sticky sweetener and then pour the mixture into the crispy rice cereal and mix well. If you used brown rice syrup, this should be perfect. If you used honey or maple, you may need to add a dash more to make them stick together.
- Pour mixture into the lined baking tray or muffin tin and press firmly into place. Add optional chocolate chips and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up.
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Were you allowed the sugary cereal as a child?
Favorite cereal ever, irrespective of nutrient content? Fruit loops!
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We were definitely not the fun cereal house. I got to pick a “snack cereal” occasionally and it was usually peanut butter cap’n crunch 🙂
Haha I think your kids are fortunate to have you as a mum with your breakfasts 🙂
You mean your mum didn’t keep a box of Frosted Sugar Cinnamon Cocoa Bombs in the house? How dare she? Guess you’ll just have to make up for it by downing these treats instead. Delicious!
I know, right? How dare she!
I wasn’t allowed all the sugary cereals when I was a kid either. I got my fix at friends’ houses or I just added white sugar to the regular bland cereals. It worked like a charm.
DUDE. Best idea ever adding white sugar to normal cereal!
Our mums sound very similar. Mine was conscious of eating mostly organic and nutritious food for a long time of me growing up so you definitely didn’t find sugary cereals in our house regularly. I had that one friend who had both a grandma serving us all the sugary treats + “Käsebrötchen” (look it up on Google!) AND a Playstation. Needless to say I quite enjoyed visiting her ;).
OMG. I need that in my life right now!
In my household, we did not eat any sugary cereals. My mom always bought the boring cereals, and cooked either oatmeal or Cream of Rice and added raisins.
Oh wow- I only tried oatmeal for the first time in university!
We did not have good cereal. I never really bought it for my kids either until recently. Don’t judge me, my oldest son is a junk food junkie and I have given up…I buy it for him. Thankfully my other two aren’t even interested in the “good” cereal…they eat much more nutritiously. These look yummy and I know they would happily get eaten here! When my kids were little, we used to make rice krispie castles for their birthday cakes (they don’t like cake either). I know, weird.
Hahaha no that’s awesome- My sister and I used to sneak in a box or two and treat it like contraband!
RICE CRISPY CASTLES? Oh my.
We had the good stuff: Fruity Pebbles, Apple Jacks, COOKIE CRISP. That one was my favorite. These treats sound completely delish.
I think I saw a cereal by Hershey’s the other day….not even kidding.
Dear Arman, these sound irresistible! What a great snack option…I haven’t made rice krispy treats in ages. You have inspired me with this simple 3-ingredient batch. Take care my friend, Catherine
Thanks so much, Catherine!
Lolol. I was only allowed to have sugary cereals once in a blue moon, and I started out with Lucky Charms, until I realized that the actual cereal outside of the marshmallows is pretty much worthless, which is when I switched over to Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Best. Forever.
I actually really enjoyed the cereal you ate at Meg’s…well the peanut butter one. 🙂
Love Rice Krispy Treats!
They are too good!
My dad gave us free range for pretty much anything, which looking back, was not the best. And maybe contributed to my ginormous sweet tooth. Example: my favorite snack was a croissant stuffed with mint chocolate chip ice cream. Ew? …nope. Still YUM.
Oh WHAT. That actually sounds incredible!
I was allowed ALL the sugary cereal. I was the kind of friend everyone was happy to visit for their sugar fix. And I never got the hype because I was never deprived maybe.
My all time favorites were Kellogs Coco Pops because you got to drink cocoa after eating the cereal 😀
Hahahaha I’m jealous! OH yes!!!! They are the best!