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stack of rice crispy treats covered in chocolate

Healthy Rice Crispy Treats


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

Description

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.


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.