Easy Vegan Rice Crispy Treats: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free

Introduction

Did you know that traditional Rice Krispy Treats are not vegan? They contain gelatin and milk flavorings. But don’t worry, making homemade vegan rice crispy treats is simple and delicious. In this article, I’ll show you how to make the best vegan rice krispie treats that are also gluten-free and dairy-free. You only need three ingredients for this recipe!

The Challenge for Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

Finding vegan and vegetarian rice crispy treats can be a bit tricky. Here’s why:

  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal is not vegan because it contains vitamin D3 derived from an animal source.
  • Marshmallows are usually not vegan due to the inclusion of gelatin – a protein made from boiling animal by-products.
  • Butter is not vegan as it is a dairy product.

But fear not! In this recipe, we’ll be using vegan rice krispies, vegan marshmallows, and vegan butter. I’ll provide you with the best brands to use to make the most delicious dairy-free rice krispie treats ever.

Benefits of Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

What are the advantages of making vegan rice crispy squares? While they may not be the healthiest option, they do offer several benefits:

  • Vegetarian and vegan-friendly: This snack recipe is perfect for those who choose not to consume animal products.
  • Easy to make: This recipe is so simple that even kids can make it. It’s a fun and interactive activity.
  • Portable for events and gatherings: Rice crispy treats are easy to wrap individually and take to parties, picnics, and potlucks. Plus, you don’t need utensils to enjoy them.
  • Great for gifting: These nostalgic childhood favorites make great additions to gift baskets and care packages. Everyone appreciates a gift made with love.
  • Delicious and crowd-pleasing: Sticky, gooey, sweet, and tasty – rice crispy treats are a delightful and effortless crowd-pleaser.
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Vegan Rice Crispy Treats Ingredients

To make vegan rice krispie squares, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Vegan Rice Crispies (also known as Rice Bubbles in Australia)
  • Dandies Vegan Mini Marshmallows
  • Vegan Butter (or a combination of vegan plant butter and coconut oil)
  • Cooking oil spray (optional, if concerned about sticking)

Finding vegan rice krispies is not too difficult, depending on your level of strictness. Some brands may use a bone char filter to decolorize cane sugar, so keep that in mind. I recommend trying One Degree Organic Foods Sprouted Brown Rice Crisps or 365 Brown Rice Crisp Cereal for this recipe. Other options include Nature’s Path Organic Crispy Rice Cereal, Barbara’s Bakery Brown Rice Crisps Cereal, or Trader Joe’s Crisp Rice Cereal. Remember, these are not the same as puffed rice cereal often sold in bags. For the most authentic taste, choose rice cereal made with rice and a sweetener.

For the marshmallows, I recommend using Dandies Vegan Marshmallows. They offer a variety of flavors like vanilla, pumpkin spice, and peppermint.

There are several options for vegan butter available, such as Miyoko’s Vegan Butter or Earth Balance Vegan Butter. You can also try a mix of vegan butter and coconut oil.

As for equipment, you’ll need a medium pot, a spoon for stirring, and an 8-inch by 8-inch pan (20x20cm).

How to Make Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

Now let’s dive into the step-by-step process of making vegan rice krispy squares:

  1. Begin by melting the butter (or butter and coconut oil mixture) in a pot over medium-low heat.
  2. Once the butter has melted, add in the marshmallows and stir continuously until they completely melt. This may take around 5-10 minutes.
  3. Take the pot off the heat and quickly add in the brown rice cereal, stirring to coat evenly.
  4. Spray your square pan with oil and apply some oil to your hands as well.
  5. Transfer the rice and marshmallow mixture into the pan, pressing it tightly and evenly with your hands.
  6. If desired, add sprinkles while the mixture is still sticky.
  7. Let the treats chill in the fridge before cutting and decorating.
  8. Alternatively, you can microwave the butter and marshmallows, stirring and checking them every 30-40 seconds. This is a good option if you prefer not to use the stove.
  9. For the best texture, let the rice crispy treats come to room temperature before serving.
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How to Store Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

If you have any leftovers, you can store them in the following ways:

  • Wrap individual vegan rice squares in plastic wrap and keep them in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • For longer storage, you can freeze them. Cut the treats into squares, wrap them individually in plastic wrap, and place them in gallon-sized freezer bags with the air pressed out. They can be stored in the freezer for future enjoyment.
  • To thaw, remove the desired number of treats from the freezer and let them defrost in the fridge overnight. If you’re in a hurry, you can microwave them on high for 15-20 seconds.

Vegan Rice Crispy Treats Toppings

While plain vegan rice crispy treats are delicious on their own, you can also get creative with various toppings. Here are a few ideas:

Peppermint Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

  • Use Dandies peppermint mini marshmallows instead of the regular vanilla ones.
  • Let the recipe cool in the pan and cut it into squares.
  • Melt ¼ cup of vegan white chocolate chips with ½ teaspoon of coconut oil. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the treats.
  • Top with crushed starlight mints or a candy cane.
  • Refrigerate the treats to set the chocolate.

Pumpkin Spice Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

  • Use Dandies pumpkin spice mini marshmallows instead of the regular vanilla ones.
  • Let the recipe cool in the pan and cut it into squares.
  • Melt ¼ cup of vegan white chocolate chips with ½ teaspoon of coconut oil. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the treats.
  • Top with crushed vegan ginger snaps.
  • Refrigerate the treats to set the chocolate.
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S’mores Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

  • Use Dandies vanilla mini marshmallows.
  • Let the recipe cool in the pan and cut it into squares.
  • Melt ¼ cup of vegan semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips with ½ teaspoon of coconut oil. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the treats.
  • Top with chocolate Teddy Grahams or crushed vegan chocolate graham crackers.
  • Refrigerate the treats to set the chocolate.

Expert Tips for Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

While these treats may not be super healthy, they can still be enjoyed in moderation. Here are a few expert tips:

  • Vegan rice crispy treats can be part of a balanced diet, but they should be seen as a treat due to their high sugar and fat content.
  • Brown rice crispy cereals are not necessarily lower in calories compared to regular rice crispy cereals. Some vegan options may even have higher calorie content.
  • Vegan brown rice cereals typically contain no vitamin D, a nutrient many people lack in the winter. Be sure to supplement your vitamin D through other dietary sources.
  • These treats are not heavily fortified like regular rice cereals, so they should not be relied upon as a significant source of nutrition.
  • Vegan butter sticks usually contain coconut oil, which is high in saturated fat. Enjoy these treats in moderation.
  • Gelatin-free marshmallows tend to be higher in calories than regular marshmallows due to the increased sugar content.

Conclusion

Making vegan rice crispy treats is a fun and simple way to enjoy a classic treat without animal products. They are perfect for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone who loves a delicious and easy-to-make snack. Experiment with different flavors and toppings to create your own personalized creations.

For more vegan dessert recipes and ideas, check out my other recipes like Vegan Gluten-Free Anzac Biscuits, Vegan Banana Cookies, and Strawberry Banana Nice Cream. Don’t forget to join our community by subscribing to our Weekly Newsletter for more exciting recipes. You can also follow us on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for the latest updates.

Please note that all recipes on this website may or may not be suitable for everyone, depending on individual dietary needs and preferences. Consult with a registered dietitian or physician for personalized advice. The nutrition information provided is an estimate and may vary based on specific brands and ingredients used. Enjoy cooking and indulging in these vegan rice crispy treats!