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rice krispie squares cut and arranged on a plat

Healthy Rice Krispie Treats (vegan & gluten free)

This recipe mimics the flavors and textures of Rice Krispie Treats using more natural ingredients.  These squares taste phenomenal, with the buttery richness of coconut butter and the sweetness of brown rice syrup.
Course baking, Cookies, Dessert
Keyword rice krispie treats, cookies, rice krispies, desserts, vegan treats, healthy sweets
Servings 16 squares


  • 1/3 cup coconut butter (not oil, see note) OR 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, (agar if using macadamia nut butter), salt, and vanilla. Stir continually as mixture heats 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.