Update: The nut-free version of these (perfect for school lunches and parties) 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!
In eat, drink & be vegan, I created two vegan recipes of rice krispie squares. The first version was more ‘traditional’, 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 “Dreena & Daughters” video, I show you how to make these Nicer Krispie Squares, replacing the marshmallows and margarine with healthier, vegan food ingredients.
“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 coconut butter and the sweetness of brown rice syrup.
1⁄3 cup coconut butter (not oil) OR 1/2 cup macadamia nut butter (see note)
1⁄2 cup brown rice syrup (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 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 the 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.
Brown Rice Syrup Note: Don’t substitute with maple syrup! I get this question all the time. It’s not thick and sticky enough.
Enjoy the Nicer Krispie Squares, and tell me… what is your favorite healthy cookie recipe to make for your kiddos – (or for you!)?