Vegan Brown Rice Crispy Treats

Healthy brown rice crispy treats made with brown rice crisp cereal, brown rice syrup, almond butter and coconut oil. They’re vegan and gluten-free.

Howdy from sunny Colorado! I’ve been in Denver since Friday for a training and today I’m in Boulder hanging out with a friend I haven’t seen in ages. I’m probably speaking too soon, but the weather has been BEAUTIFUL so far. It’s actually warmer here than it has been in Richmond lately! I love it.

So, it’s Sunday funday and I have a little treat to share with you — gluten-free and vegan brown rice crispy treats!

Healthier Rice Crispy Treats (vegan and gluten-free)

I made these for my bestie, Alyssa. She loves rice crispy treats. It was her birthday last week. Obviously celebratory treats were in order.

Healthier Rice Crispy Treats (vegan and gluten-free)

I was going to make regular (marshmallow based) rice crispy treats with sprinkles, but decided against it at the last minute since I knew Alyssa wouldn’t mind me healthifying (not a word, I know, but let’s roll with it) the recipe a bit. I’ve made brown rice crispy treats before however this recipe is a little different.

How to Make Rice Krispie Treats Vegan + Healthier

  • brown rice syrup in place of marshmallows
  • almond butter and coconut oil in place of butter
  • brown rice crisp cereal for the Rice Krispies

Oh, and I added a few dairy-free chocolate chips just for fun! If you want to have a lower amount of sugar you can forego the chocolate chips.

If you’re unfamiliar with brown rice crisp cereal, it’s a gluten-free crispy cereal made with whole grain brown rice. You can find it in the cereal aisle at any health food store like Whole Foods. I usually use the Erewhon brand. As for the brown rice syrup, it’s a natural sweetener that has a relatively low glycemic index. You can find brown rice syrup at your local health food store too. It will be with all the other natural sweeteners like maple syrup and honey.

Healthier Rice Crispy Treats (vegan and gluten-free)

I use maple syrup in my cooking more often than brown rice syrup, but the brown rice syrup works wonderfully in this recipe. It’s really thick and sticky so it holds the treats together really well and adds a good amount of sweetness, without being over the top sweet. The treats are great for dessert or as a snack. And they’re not just for kids — adults love them too. Just ask Alyssa. 🙂

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Vegan Rice Crispy Treats


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12

Description

Healthy brown rice crispy treats made with brown rice crisp cereal, brown rice syrup, almond butter and coconut oil. They’re vegan and gluten-free.


Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 4 cups brown rice crisp cereal
  • 2 Tablespoons Enjoy Life dairy-free mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Measure brown rice crisp cereal and place in a large bowl.
  2. Place brown rice syrup, almond butter and coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat while stirring until mixture is combined and creamy, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and sea salt.
  3. Pour brown rice syrup mixture over the  rice cereal and stir until well combined.
  4. Press cereal into a square baking dish lined with parchment paper with your hands. Press chocolate chips into the top.
  5. Let cool in the fridge for 1 hour before cutting into squares.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 crispy treat
  • Calories: 161
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g

Keywords: vegan rice crispy treat

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    16 comments
  1. Hi!

    Just want to mention that it’s SUPER helpful when you list nutrition information (including carbs, protein, and fat) for recipes like you did here!

    I’m looking for a recipe to bring in to work and share, but I also want to be able to indulge without derailing my own gym/diet efforts. So THANK YOU and I hope you continue to do this when you post recipes 🙂

    • Hi Jessie! Thank you for the feedback. I’ve been adding nutritional info for all my recipes for past year or so. Some of the old recipes don’t have nutritional info, but I’m working on adding it for all my recipes because I know it’s helpful! If you ever come across a recipe here on EBF that doesn’t have the nutritional info, just ask and I’ll calculate it for you!! Have a lovely weekend!

  2. is it possible to substitute maple syrup for brown rice syrup? that’s the only ingredient i’m missing in my kitchen right now 🙁

  3. AND THEY WERE SO GOOD. Best birthday ever!

    I was really trying to make them last, but I ate my last one on Friday. 🙂 I think I need to make another batch. And you’re right — I’ll never be upset with you for healthifying. 😉

    Loooove you!

  4. Yum! These sound wonderful – I’ve been majorly craving Rice Krispy Treats lately. Will definitely have to give these a try 🙂

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