Vegan Rice Crispy Treats (Gluten Free)

5 from 84 votes

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! 

homemade vegan rice crispy treats

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! 

healthy vegan rice crispy treats bars

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 

Ensure you use gluten-free rice crispy cereal, to ensure these are gluten-free. Brown rice cereal can also be used.

To keep these rice crispy treats peanut-free, you can substitute it for almond butter.

Keeping these bars nut-free is easy, by swapping out the peanut butter for sunflower seed butter, tahini or wow butter.

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Vegan Rice Crispy treats

Vegan Rice Crispy Treats (Gluten Free)

An easy recipe for homemade rice crispy treats made with Rice Krispies and peanut butter! 3 ingredients, 5 minutes and completely vegan, these easy rice crispy bars are a delicious snack and perfect between meals! Gluten Free and Dairy Free
5 from 84 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 Bars
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Arman



  • 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.


Vegan Rice Crispy Treats (Gluten Free) can keep at room temperature, in a sealed container, for up to 1 week.
It's best to keep them refrigerated and will keep for 4 weeks.
They are freezer friendly and will keep well frozen, for up to 2 months. 


Serving: 1Bar | Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.9mg | NET CARBS: 10g
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    107 thoughts on “Vegan Rice Crispy Treats (Gluten Free)

    1. Omggg YUM! Rice Krispies were one of my favourite snacks back in the day and at the time, I didn’t find them sickly sweet at all- I guess that says plenty about my sweet tolerance back in the day ha! I personally find meringues and macaroons far too sweet for my liking- a few bites is more than enough!

    2. Whole Foods has these baskets as well. Last week when we queued at the Whole Foods checkout right in front of said baskets I suggest to make rice crispie bars for us back home. I guess I don’t need to tax my brain but just make these 🙂
      Whilst I like sweet treats I am not in for the too sweet ones. That’s why I don’t like most sugar candy I assume!
      But nutella straight from the jar is a must! Why bother with any bread?

    3. As Amen’s personal recipe tester, I can tell you that these treats are FRIGGIN AWESOME. Make them or you’re silly.

    4. Oh em geeeeeeee. I was literally JUST talking about rice krispy treats yesterday. Clearly this is a sign that I must make these STAT.

    5. I think PB rice krispies taste waaay better than the original ones. These look so pretty and tasty!
      We always had bananas in our dining hall and I would stuff them in my bag like crazy. Then I’d make my friends grab some too.

    6. These looks awesome. I make a similar version with almond butter and brown rice syrup and call them nice krispy treats. 🙂 They’re awesome with the Chocolate Koala Crisp cereal too if you like chocolate. 🙂

    7. I love rice krispy treats and there’s this company who makes amazing ones called The Crispery. I ate one once and have been dying for more. I love alllll the marshmallows in mine, but your version looks delish!

    8. Does drinking honey straight from the honey bear count as the most sickly sweet snack I’ve ever eaten? Because I used to do that on the regular when I was a little kid… And oddly enough, I never suffered any consequences. I don’t think my current self would be able to marathon through something like that though. Eep.

    9. Dear Arman, these are the perfect snack and one I can feel good about giving all my boys. You won’t believe this, but my oven has been broken for two weeks now. A new one is ordered but it had to be custom because of the placement our cherry cabinets. So this is the perfect snack and my kids will rejoice since I refuse to buy bulk package snacks. They’ve been eating like, baby carrots and apples. Trust me they will be thrilled. Me too. thanks for a great recipe.

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