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. Jessie
      July 22, 2016 AT 12:48 pm

      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 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 22, 2016 AT 3:09 pm

        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. Stacy
      May 28, 2015 AT 10:05 am

      Oh man, these are so good! I have made something similar and used CHOCOLATE rice crisp cereal!

    3. anna
      February 20, 2015 AT 10:24 am

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 20, 2015 AT 10:58 am

        Hi Anna! You can definitely try using maple syrup, but they may not hold together as well because brown rice syrup is definitely thicker and stickier than maple syrup. Let me know if you try it. 🙂

    4. hellotofit
      January 19, 2015 AT 12:58 pm

      I love rice krispy treats, and these seem like a delicious, “healthified” version! Thanks 🙂

    5. Mattie @ Comfy & Confident
      January 19, 2015 AT 11:42 am

      For some reason, those look so good right now! It’s exactly what I have been craving, I just couldnt figure it out!

    6. Alyssa @ Life of bLyss
      January 19, 2015 AT 10:13 am

      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!

    7. cleaneatingveggiegirl
      January 19, 2015 AT 10:11 am

      It is so nice to see rice crispy treats without marshmallows in them. Thanks for sharing!

    8. Jason Ellis
      January 19, 2015 AT 9:35 am

      Sure this is yummy, but doesn’t this has too much carbohydrates in it?

    9. asideofdessert
      January 19, 2015 AT 9:22 am

      Droooooling! Would love to try making these!!

    10. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
      January 19, 2015 AT 7:57 am

      I love that you used “healthifying” because it’s the best “word” ever! Ha!
      Who doesn’t love a rice crispy treat?! And especially when they’re all good for me! 🙂 Pinned!

    11. Hannah Siegmund @ThisVeganWhimsy
      January 19, 2015 AT 7:35 am

      I HAVE to make these. My husband is a rice krispy treat fiend, but I never make them because they’re so unhealthy. He’s going to be so happy!

    12. balancedberry
      January 19, 2015 AT 1:19 am

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

    13. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
      January 18, 2015 AT 9:32 pm

      These look great, Brittany! I usually use maple syrup in my baking too, but I love the idea of the brown rice syrup. Thanks for sharing and happy belated birthday to Alyssa!

    14. Aine @ Awkward Irish Girl Blogs
      January 18, 2015 AT 7:33 pm

      How healthy is brown rice syrup in comparison to maple syrup for example? I’ve never heard of it before! 🙂

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