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February 18, 2020

by Alyssa Rimmer

3-Ingredient Gluten-Free Rice Crispy Treats

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These gluten-free rice crispy treats are not only healthy, but also easy to make! They use just 3 simple ingredients and don't use marshmallows!

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One of the very first dessert recipes I came up with when I first started SQ were these cute little rice crispy treats. Back then, I was trying to cut back on my refined sugar and wanted to come up with a way to make rice crispy treats without using marshmallows.

The trick? Honey.

This recipe uses just three simple ingredients, is naturally gluten-free and, just like traditional rice crispy treats, are a cinch to make.

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Ingredients for Gluten-Free Rice Crispy Treats

What I love about rice crispy treats is their ingredient list. Not necessarily what the ingredients are, but how many. You don’t often have a dessert that uses just two ingredients!

For my recipe, we’re increasing that just slightly. We’ve got 3 ingredients instead of two, but that’s still pretty darn good!

Here’s what we’re using in our recipe:

  • Crispy Brown Rice Cereal: I personally use brown rice because it’s just a bit more healthy, but you could use any type of crispy rice cereal you can find. If you’re making gluten-free rice crispy treats though, just make sure you get gluten-free ones! (I like these from Whole Foods)
  • Honey: I chose to use honey here for two reasons: it’s thick and stickier than maple syrup so it will help hold the ingredients together and it’s sweet, making the treats taste more like dessert.
  • Almond Butter: I wanted to make them a bit healthier and found that almond butter (or really any nut butter) is an easy way to cut back on the sugar and increase the protein/healthy fats a bit.

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How to Make Healthy Rice Crispy Treats

Similar to traditional rice crispy treats, this option uses just a few steps.

STEP ONE

We start by melting together our honey and almond butter. You’re going to want to let the ingredients melt together, but also cook for a bit to help the sugars in the honey start to caramelize. This will also help the cereal all hold together.

STEP TWO

From there, you’re going to pour the warm liquid over the rice cereal and stir it all together with a rubber spatula.

STEP THREE

The final step – which can be a bit sticky (!) – is to transfer the rice crispy “dough” into a baking pan. Since this recipe isn't getting baked, you're going to have to press it into the pan with your hands. You want to press it down really firmly so that everything will stick together as it chills.

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Easy Rice Crispy Treats without Marshmallows

Since I know there are so many people who are also avoiding refined sugar but still want healthy treats, these rice crispy treats are literally perfect.

They're made without any marshmallows!

Are you vegan? If so, you can swap the honey with brown rice syrup. I don't think maple syrup or agave will work because of the consistency, but brown rice should do the trick!

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Ideas for Jazzing Up Your Rice Crispy Treats

Last but not least, let's talk about some ways that you can make these rice crispy treats a bit more interesting. Here are some of my favorite ways to jazz up these gluten-free rice crispy treats:

  • Peanut butter: if you're a peanut butter lover, feel free to swap the almond butter with peanut butter. That should give you a subtle peanut butter flavor!
  • Chocolate: want to make them a bit more decadent? A drizzle (or coating) of chocolate should do the trick! Simply melt some dark chocolate (or chocolate chips) and either drizzle them or spread them on top. Let the chocolate cool and then slice them into squares!
  • Cake batter: want something a little more whimsical? Swap the almond butter for cashew butter, mix in some sprinkles and then finish them off with a drizzle of coconut butter and more sprinkles. Now that I'm thinking about it..should I make these for the blog?! Let me know in the comments!
  • Mix-ins: And finally, you can add things into the mix if you want! Shredded coconut, chopped chocolate, chopped nuts, etc., can all be added into the mixture before cooling.

Are you excited to try this recipe? I sure hope so! These are a dessert that I know you (and your whole family) will love. I made them for my family and they devoured them – which isn't always the case. Seeing Matt sneak into the fridge for multiple throughout the day? That's when I know a recipe is reallllly hitting the mark!

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3-Ingredient Gluten-Free Rice Crispy Treats

These gluten-free rice crispy treats are not only healthy, but also easy to make! They use just 3 simple ingredients and don't use marshmallows!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cooling time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 16 squares
Calories 87kcal
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the rice crisps into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, add the honey and almond butter. Turn the stove onto medium and start to heat up the mixture. Whisk it all together until the mixture is melted together. Allow the mixture to come to a slight boil and cook it for about 30 seconds. Remove it from the heat then pour the mixture over the cereal.
  • Using a plastic spatula, stir everything together until the almond butter/honey mixture coats all of the cereal. Once combined, pour the cereal mixture into a 9x9 pan.
  • Press the mixture firmly into the pan using damp hands. Then use a flat bottomed jar or glass and press everything as firmly down as possible. Press, press, press!
  • Place the rice crispy treats in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • When ready to serve, slice the crispy treats into squares. Store in the fridge for 5 - 7 days.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1square | Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Alyssa

Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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  1. […] Now, I wouldn’t go near those sugar-loaded treats. But they are still near and dear to my heart, so I’ve made it a point to recreate these easy-to-make goodies to be gluten-free, healthy and refined sugar-free. It may sound hard, but it’s actually surprisingly easy. […]

  2. My husband and I loved these! Thank you for the recipe. You got us thinking about other variations on the rice crispy treat.

    • So happy you enjoyed them Shell! Would love to hear about any variations you make – could never hurt to spice up my rice crispy recipes 🙂

  3. […] I saw these brown rice crispy treats over at Queen of Quinoa, and then these coconutty crispy bars with chocolate over at Go Dairy […]

  4. Love these! I just recently bought some brown rice crispies from Erewhon with the hopes of making some sort of krispie treat. Now you’re really tempting me!

    • Thanks, Alta! There are so many ways to use the rice crispies – I’m currently working on a Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp (it smells yummy!). Let me know if you try them and how they turn out!

  5. I have made so many ingredient blunders in my blogging career…it’s good to have readers who act as editors. They always catch my mistakes!!

    I love your marshmallow free Rice Krispy treats – so creative! They really are so much better for you than the traditional gooey mess.

    • I couldn’t agree more! It’s nice to get feedback from readers – it helps me continue to improve my writing and stay consistent (like now I won’t say that something is vegan if it has honey in it!).

      This is absolutely a healthy twist on an all time favorite. It’s so fun being able to recreate treats in a nutritious and wholesome way!

      xo Alyssa

  6. You are totally right! As someone who isn't vegan, I never think of honey as an animal product. I'm revising the recipe title right now and if you would like to make this vegan, sub the honey for maple syrup or brown rice syrup. My sincerest apologies and thank you for letting me know!

  7. Honey is not vegan! The recipe sounds wonderful, but as a true-blue vegan, i'm sad to see that honey is used 🙁

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