Healthy Rice Crispy Treats

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Gluten-Free and Vegan, these Healthy Rice Crispy Treats require only 4 ingredients and are sweetened with fruit! Made with Almond Butter and Dates, they’re a perfect treat for kids and adults.

pan of rice crispy treats with almond butter

But, hold up a second. These Healthy Rice Crispy Treats are made with only 4 ingredients and are Refined Sugar-Free. Which means marshmallow free. Say whaaaaat?

I achieved the same sticky texture as that sugar sweet by blending Medjool Dates and Nut Butter together until they formed a thick paste. Then, all you have to do is fold/knead in the crispy rice cereal, and you’re all set!

healthy rice crispy treats with chocolate on white background
Well, almost. If you want to get a little fancy, you can also top your Healthy Rice Crispy Treats with melted Chocolate. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been one to say no to Chocolate…

spreading melted chocolate over rice crispy treats

This recipe is so easy to make, stores well at room temperature, and I think kids would love to make it too! You could even add some natural food coloring to get a little fancier. Regardless, this fun and tasty treat is sure to please both kids and adults alike 🙂

stack of healthy rice crispy treats with chocolate

A Few Final Thoughts:

  • You can make these Healthy Rice Crispy Treats with any Nut Butter of your choice, though I would recommend Almond Butter. If you have a Nut Allergy, I would suggest Sunflower Butter or Tahini!
  • I used these Veganic Rice Puffs instead of traditional Rice Cereal, but either variety will work.
  • If you are topping with Chocolate and would like to keep these treats Refined Sugar-Free, you can either make your own 3 Ingredient Chocolate or use these brands (1,2) sweetened with Coconut Sugar.

pan of healthy rice crispy treats with chocolate

If you’re looking for more healthy dessert recipes, you’ll also love these Almond Butter Brownies and these Healthy Snickers Bars!

Finally, if you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I love seeing your delicious recreations 🙂

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Healthy Rice Crispy Treats

stack of rice crispy treats covered in chocolate

Gluten-Free and Vegan, these Healthy Rice Crispy Treats require only 4 ingredients and are sweetened with fruit! Made with Almond Butter and Dates, they’re a perfect treat for kids and adults.

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 1 packed cup soft Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup Natural Almond Butter (only ingredients should be Nuts)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 4+ cups Crispy Rice Cereal
  • Optional: 3.5 – 5 oz Vegan Chocolate, melted

Instructions

  1. Add the Dates, Almond Butter, Vanilla Extract, and Salt to a Food Processor or Blender. Combine until a thick, even paste is formed – it will not be sticky to the touch.
  2. Transfer the paste to a large bowl, then add 2 cups of Crispy Rice Cereal. Knead the Cereal into the paste using your hands. Once evenly incorporated, continue to add in Cereal in 1/2 cup to 1 cup increments. I needed around 4 cups of Cereal in total; this allowed all of the Cereal pieces to be coated with a thin layer of the paste, but not too much.
  3. Line a 8×8″ pan with parchment paper, then press the Rice Crispy Mixture into it. Cover with another layer of Parchment Paper and “punch” the Cereal down until it is really compact and evenly spread.
  4. Top with Melted Chocolate, if desired. Remove from the pan, use a sharp knife to cut into squares, and enjoy! Store in a container with a loose lid at room temperature for up to 6 days.

Notes

  • I would strongly recommend using soft Medjool Dates for this recipe. You can try using another variety and soak them in hot water first to make it softer, but I think this will make the Rice Crispy Treats soggy.
  • You can make these Healthy Rice Crispy Treats with any Nut Butter of your choice, though I would recommend Almond Butter. If you have a Nut Allergy, I would suggest Sunflower Butter or Tahini!
  • I used these Veganic Rice Puffs instead of traditional Rice Cereal, but either variety will work.
  • If you are topping with Chocolate and would like to keep these treats Refined Sugar-Free, you can either make your own 3 Ingredient Chocolate or use these brands (1,2) sweetened with Coconut Sugar.

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About the Author

Hey there, I’m Caitlin! I make easy-to-follow, wholesome, and budget-friendly vegan recipes that are mostly gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I’m also an avid yogi, love the great outdoors, am chocolate-obsessed, and enjoy eating almond butter straight off of the spoon.

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  1. Have you tried freezing them? They look good but the old portion control thing with me is huge being single. I wouldn’t want to pig out on the whole batch. I like the idea of trying tahini. I bought a jar and haven’t used it yet.

    1. Haven’t tried freezing them, but they should freeze just fine! There’s a ton to do with tahini from sweet to savory applications.

  2. With the chocolate topping, should this be kept in fridge in a sealed container? Not sure why you mentioned store with a loose lid at room temp?

  3. I have been craving the peanut butter/chocolate krispie bars from my childhood lately but didn’t want to eat corn syrup. I was so excited when I saw this recipe but honestly was skeptical If these would taste anything like them. I just made them last night, substituting homemade peanut butter for the almond butter and they were AMAZING.

    1. You can add them in for part of the puffed rice, but the chocolate is just to be melted on top!

  4. Looks so yummy! Do you know if this recipe will work with puffed cereal? I would like to try this with puffed rice or puffed quinoa!

  5. The link for the ‘3 ingredient chocolate’ goes to your stuffed peppers just thought you might want to know 🙂
    …but these look amazing too