Healthy Rice Crispy Treats (Vegan)

It’s always a nice surprise when a healthier treat turns out better than the original.

plate of healthy rice krispy treats

And that’s definitely the case with these healthier rice crispy treats!

Rather than using melted marshmallows as a binder, these gluten-free treats are made with brown rice syrup, an all-natural sweetener that is fructose-free and suitable for those trying to reduce their sugar consumption. Brown rice syrup isn’t a sweetener that I use often, but its thick and sticky texture is perfect for binding these crisp and chewy bars.

Paired with crisp brown rice cereal, coconut oil, and a touch of sea salt, these 5-ingredient treats have an irresistibly sweet and buttery flavor that will leave everyone wanting to know your secret recipe.

Healthy Rice Crispy Treats (Vegan)
Makes one 9-inch square pan

Ingredients:

2/3 cup brown rice syrup*
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 cups brown rice crisp cereal (I used Erewhon brand)

Directions:

Combine the coconut oil and brown rice syrup in a saucepan over medium heat, and bring the mixture to a rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and salt. Pour the cereal into a large mixing bowl and stir in the boiled syrup mixture until the cereal is well-coated.

making healthy rice krispy treats

Line a 9-inch baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking, then spread the coated cereal in the pan. Use an additional piece of parchment paper over the top of the cereal, to keep your hands from getting sticky, then press HARD to pack the cereal tightly into the bottom of the pan. The harder you press, the better.

Place the bars into the freezer to cool for 45 minutes, then remove the pan and bring the bars to room temperature. Slice and serve!

cut healthy rice krispie treats

Store any leftover bars in a sealed container in the fridge for best shelf life.

stack of healthy rice crispy treats on a plate

4.69 from 19 votes
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Healthy Rice Crispy Treats (Vegan)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

A healthier alternative to the popular crisp rice cereal treat!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 16
Calories: 98 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine the coconut oil and brown rice syrup in a saucepan over medium heat, and bring the mixture to a rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and salt. Pour the cereal into a large mixing bowl and stir in the boiled syrup mixture until the cereal is well-coated.
  2. Line a 9-inch baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking, then spread the coated cereal in the pan. Use an additional piece of parchment paper over the top of the cereal, to keep your hands from getting sticky, then press HARD to pack the cereal tightly into the bottom of the pan. The harder you press, the better.
  3. Place the bars into the freezer to cool for 45 minutes, then remove the pan and bring the bars to room temperature. Slice and serve!
  4. Store any leftover bars in a sealed container in the fridge for best shelf life.

*A note on using rice products: Research studies have revealed that various rice products may contain arsenic, which has left many consumers concerned.  Though the FDA has deemed the levels of arsenic found in rice products to be too-low to cause any immediate or short-term health effects, more research will need to be done to determine any long-term effects. In the meantime, they recommend eating a varied diet to minimize any adverse effects of eating an excess of any one food. Keep in mind that arsenic gets into the rice through water and soil, so it’s likely that rice is not the only food affected– it’s just the food that is getting press at the moment. For more about arsenic, check out the FAQs by Lundberg Farms.

If you’d prefer to avoid using brown rice syrup, I’d recommend trying Coconut Nectar, another low-glycemic sweetener. Honey also works, but just 1/2 cup is required for this recipe, since it’s sweeter. I have a feeling any other crispy cereal could be substituted for the rice cereal, if you prefer to avoid that, as well– just make sure to pack it tightly in the pan. (Please note that cereals like puffed millet, which are not crispy in texture, will not work well in this recipe.)

Enjoy!

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Comments

Alex R.

I found this recipe to be a little bit salty even though I also used the erewhon brown rice crispy cereal and lundaberg brown rice syrup. I found out the erewhon cereal has some sodium in it. I wonder if we’re used different kinds, if it comes in an unsalted version? otherwise I would recommend halving the salt.

Stephanie

I am highly allergic to coconut in all forms. What other kind of oil can be used? Other than the oil it sounds great.

Jenn

I loved these! My husband and 2 kids thought these were delicious. I’m not afraid of the brown rice syrup, thanks for an easy/simple recipe!!

Grace

Megan, just bought puffed quinoa, do you think I can substitute this for Brown rice crispies? I’m not a fan of coconut oil, what can I use instead?

    Megan Gilmore

    I tried using a puffed cereal when testing this recipe and the results weren’t great… they just aren’t the same “crisp” texture that you get from using the crisp rice cereal. (I don’t recall if they held together or not, but I know they went into the trash because no one in my house wanted to eat them.) If you don’t need a vegan recipe, real butter is always the best substitute for coconut oil.

Thea Strand

My husband just got put on a low sulfur ( gluten/sugar/dairy/eggs free) diet and can only have organic butter sparingly. Is there an alternative to coconut oil AND butter for this recipe? I can’t wait to make it–he has so few treats.

    Sammy BB

    I have tried this with a 1/2 cup of almond butter or peanut butter instead and it works wonderfully!

Cassandra

I made a double batch today – the first half got good reviews from adults, tomorrow I’m testing it out on kids. The taste is noticeable different from the traditional treat but they’re definitely tasty (and very easy to make).

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