These healthy rice crispy treats are easy to make with just a handful of wholesome ingredients and make the perfect sweet treat to stash in the freezer for a quick snack or dessert.

Stack of healthy rice crispy treats made with brown rice and chocolate brown rice crisps.

How to Make These

Traditional rice crispy squares are made with butter and marshmallows. This healthier, plant-based version of the family favourite is made with pure maple syrup and tahini, making them vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and refined sugar-free.

Making them couldn’t be easier either. Simply heat the maple syrup and tahini until smooth and creamy, bring to a very light boil, then mix with cereal, press into a pan, then freeze to set the bars before slicing into squares and enjoying.

Mixture of brown rice cereal being pressed into a baking pan with a spatula.
Using a piece of wax paper to flatten the sticky brown rice crispy mixture into a baking pan.

They’re crispy, perfectly sweet with a hint of sea salt and kids and adults alike will love them! I like to make a batch and store them in the freezer for a chilled after-dinner dessert.

Nut Butter Options

I used tahini in these to keep them nut-free and allergen-friendly, however, you can also use peanut butter, almond butter or sunflower seed butter as an alternative. I’ve made them with sunflower seed butter and they were delicious and of course, peanut butter is a classic.

These healthier rice crispy treats are plant-based, nut-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and you’ll need just 4 simple ingredients to make them. Kids and adults will love these sweet, crunchy bars.

Healthy rice crispy treats cut into squares in a metal baking pan.

Ingredients Needed

  • Rice crisp cereal
  • Tahini or another nut or seed butter of choice – try them with sunflower seed butter!
  • Maple Syrup

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Stack of healthy rice crispy treats made with brown rice and chocolate brown rice crisps.

Healthy Rice Crispy Treats

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 squares 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These healthier rice crispy treats are plant-based, nut-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and you’ll need just 4 simple ingredients to make them. Kids and adults will love these sweet, crunchy bars.


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Prepare an approximately 8×8 inch baking pan with by lining it with parchment paper, rubbing it with a dab of coconut or olive oil or spraying it with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Add the cereal to a medium to large mixing bowl and set aside. 
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk together the tahini, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt until smooth, creamy then bring to a very light boil. This should take about 6-7 minutes. Once you see a couple of bubbles pop through, take it off the heat right away. Whisk often throughout heating.
  4. Pour the mixture over the cereal and stir to combine until all the crisps are coated.
  5. Scoop the mixture into the prepared baking pan and use a spatula to evenly press it into the pan. 
  6. Use a piece of parchment or wax paper on top to firmly press it into the pan (the mixture will be a little sticky, so it’s hard to do with your hands).
  7. Once firmly pressed into the pan, place in the freezer for 2 hours to firm.
  8. Cut into 16-20 squares and enjoy.
  9. Store these in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 4 months.

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