How to Make Healthy Vegan Rice Krispie Treats

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, which equates to quite a lot of sugar and fat.

In eat, drink & be vegan, I created two versions of vegan rice krispie squares.  The first version was a more ‘traditional’ recipe, using vegan marshmallows.  I named them Nice Krispie Squares.  They veganized that classic recipe, but I wanted something more – a healthier version, made with less processed ingredients.  So, on the very next page of ed&bv you will find… “Nicer” Krispie Squares!

In this newest “Dreena & Daughters” video, I show you how to make these Nicer Krispie Squares – and how replace the marshmallows and margarine with more healthy – plant powered! – ingredients.  Have a watch, see how it is done.  (It’s easy-pleasy, folks!)


And, below is the recipe…

“Nicer” Krispie Squares gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free Link to print/share.

This recipe mimics the flavors and textures of Rice Krispie Treats using more natural ingredients.  These squares taste phenomenal, with the buttery richness of the macadamia nut butter and the sweetness of brown rice syrup.

1⁄2 cup macadamia nut butter (I use “Nuts To You” brand)

1⁄2 cup brown rice syrup

3 tbsp unrefined sugar (can reduce or omit, to taste)

1⁄4 tsp sea salt

1⁄4 tsp agar powder

1 – 1 1⁄2 tsp pure vanilla extract

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 macadamia butter, syrup, sugar, salt, agar powder, 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.

While we are on the topic of treats, please have a look at this new ebook from Lisa Pitman.  Lisa is one of the dearest souls I have ever met, and she has teamed up with Nicole Axworthy for this project.  Not only does this ebook deliver a collection of whole-foods vegan desserts, one-third of all their ebook proceeds are being donated to the Elephant Nature Park in Northern Thailand.  Link through to read more, and pick up a copy. :)

Enjoy the Nicer Krispie Squares, and tell me… what is your favorite healthy cookie recipe to make for your kiddos – (or for you!)?

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