An easy 3-ingredient recipe for homemade rice crispy treats, made with peanut butter and Rice Krispies! Ready in under 5 minutes, these vegan rice crispy treats are an easy snack or lunch box snack!
Vegan Rice Crispy Treats Recipe
These healthy rice crispy treats have become one of my favorite healthy snacks, especially because it reminds me so much of my childhood!
I always have the ingredients on hand (peanut butter, cereal, and maple syrup) and love how they take less than 5 minutes to prepare.
It’s fantastic as a snack between meals, perfect to pack in work or school lunch boxes and even a post-dinner treat, to satisfy the sweet tooth! They are a much healthier alternative to traditional Rice Krispie Treats too.
In terms of taste, it has a delicious peanut butter flavor and natural sweetness, thanks to the maple syrup.
In terms of texture, they are like the classic rice krispie treat- Chewy, gooey, crispy and crunchy!
Not only that, they are completely vegan and dairy free!
Are Rice Krispies and Rice Krispie Treats Vegan?
Traditional Rice Crispy Treats aren’t vegan.
The ingredients in rice crispy treats include butter, margarine, and marshmallows. None of these ingredients are vegan-friendly, nor are they something you’d include in your regular diet, especially if you are watching your sugar.
How many calories in Rice Crispy Treats?
Depending on which brand you buy or recipe you follow, Rice Crispy Treats can range from 250 calories and up to 600 calories a piece!
Most of those calories are carbohydrates and fats, providing very little protein.
Homemade Rice Crispy Treats Nutrition and Calories
Unlike traditional Rice Crispy Treats, my homemade version is healthier, chock full of healthy fats and made without butter and without marshmallows.
One homemade rice crispy bar yields a mere 100 calories, 12 grams of carbs and 3 grams of protein!
How to make Rice Crispy Bars
Making your own healthy vegan rice crispy treats (or rice crispy squares) is super simple, and needs 3 ingredients.
Step 1: Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, add your crispy rice cereal and set aside.
Step 3: In a microwave-safe bowl or in a small saucepan, melt your peanut butter with maple syrup together.
Step 4: Pour the syrup/peanut butter mixture into the large mixing bowl and combine with the dry cereal. Mix very well, until fully incorporated.
Step 5: Transfer the rice crispy treat mixture into the lined pan and press firmly into place. Refrigerate until firm, before slicing into bars or squares.
How to store rice crispy treats
Rice Crispy Treats can keep at room temperature, in a sealed container, for up to 1 week.
They are best kept refrigerated, as they will maintain a firm texture, and last even longer- Up to 4 weeks.
Homemade rice crispy treats are freezer friendly and will keep well frozen for up to 2 months.
Tips and Tricks for Perfect Homemade Rice Crispy Treat Bars
To keep these rice crispy treats peanut-free, you can substitute it for almond butter.
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Vegan Rice Crispy Treats (Gluten Free)
- Line an 8 x 8-inch baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add your crispy rice cereal and set aside.
- Stovetop or in the microwave, melt your nut butter with your syrup and then pour the mixture into the crispy rice cereal and mix well.
- Pour mixture into the lined baking tray and press firmly into place. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up.