Update: The nut-free version of these vegan rice krispie treats (perfect for school lunches!) is on page 186 of Plant-Powered Families. (also now added below)
Rice Krispie Treats.
A childhood favorite since they were created, a classic. They are fun, easy to make, and delicious. But, they are not the most healthy treat. Even vegan versions are packed with margarine and marshmallows. We can do better!
Enter my Healthy Vegan Rice Krispie Treats… aka Nice Krispie Squares!
In eat, drink & be vegan, I created two vegan recipes of rice krispie squares. The first version was more ‘traditional’, using vegan marshmallows. Then, another using macadamia butter.
For Plant-Powered Families, I created a whole new nut-free version of these healthy vegan rice krispie treats!
Today, I’m sharing both the nut-free and original versions with you. In this video, I show you how to make the original version using macadamia nut butter.
Macadamia nut butter can be difficult to find. So, if you cannot get your hands on it, try a raw cashew butter (see links in recipe notes). Or, just go with the coconut butter version. They hold together very well and are exceptionally good.
Enjoy the Healthy Vegan Rice Krispie Treats! x Dreena
Healthy Vegan Rice Krispie Treats
- 1/3 cup coconut butter (not oil, see note) 1/2 cup macadamia nut butter (see note)
- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup or coconut nectar, see note
- 3 tbsp unrefined sugar can reduce or omit, to taste
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 - 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 - 4 cups natural brown rice crisp cereal
Line an 8×8-in (20×20-cm) pan with parchment paper. In a large saucepan on low-medium heat, combine coconut butter or macadamia butter, syrup, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Stir continually as mixture heats until agar powder is fully dissolved (reduce heat if mixture starts bubbling). Remove from heat and stir in cereal, making sure to fully incorporate with nut butter mixture. Transfer mixture to pan and press in evenly (use an edge of parchment paper to press without sticking). Refrigerate to cool completely, then cut into squares. Makes 16 squares.
- Macadamia Note: If you don't need these nut-free, use macadamia nut butter or raw cashew butter. If using nut butter, it's helpful to add 1/4 tsp agar powder with the mixture before adding the cereal.
- Use coconut butter, not oil.
- Brown Rice Syrup Note: Don't substitute with maple syrup! I get this question all the time. It's not thick and sticky enough. If you need to substitute, only use a thick coconut nectar.