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Healthy Rice Crispy Treat Recipe (Vegan)

This homemade Rice Crispy Treat Recipe is an all-around winner with my kids, their friends AND me! I eat these for dessert, snack time and anytime, really. The best part is they are packed with protein and healthy fats to offset the natural sugars. This recipe is from my new best-selling book, Simple Green Meals.

Vegan Rice Crispy Treat Recipe with a healthy twist

If your kids are begging for a snack the second they walk in the door, make a quick batch of these and everyone wins! It can be hard to find brown rice syrup lately, so feel free to swap for raw honey (that’s SUPER thick— this is important to get it to hold together). You can also use Parker’s Maple Butter, which has become my new obsession!


Why this rice crispy treat recipe is a true winner

  1. NO CORN SYRUP: Brown Rice Syrup is a better choice than corn syrup, which is often found in Rice Crispy Treat recipes.  Corn syrup is a common food sensitivity— and one that my son has. So I want to avoid it as much as I can and still let them eat fun foods. (You can also swap with Maple Butter as your sweetener of choice and they hold together pretty well.)
  2. PROTEIN PUNCH: Almond butter makes the bars creamy and is packed with protein and healthy fats. This will help curb your appetite and boost your energy levels. No empty calories in this treat!
  3. NO BAKING! Yep, no baking necessary with rice crispy treat recipes! I think this is one of the reasons they are so popular! Just warm ingredients on the stovetop,  mix together and allow to sit. #easypeasy


Rice Crispy Treat Recipe for Healthy Kids Snack


Rice Crispy Treat Recipe (Vegan)

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16 Squares 1x
  • Category: Desserts


There’s a restaurant in Tampa called Fresh Kitchen that rawks my world! They have amazing veggie bowls, and right before the register where you pay, they dangle almond butter treats in front of your face. I can never say no‚ and I never regret buying them either. They are amazing! This is my own version of those bars, and I think they turned out pretty dang good.



1 cup brown rice syrup

2 tablespoons organic virgin coconut oil, plus more for greasing the pan

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup creamy almond butter

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

7 cups crisp brown rice cereal


  1. Line a 13 × 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the rice syrup, oil, vanilla, and salt. Bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from the heat. Stir in the almond butter and cinnamon.
  3.  Place the cereal in a large mixing bowl. Pour the almond butter mixture over the cereal and stir until well coated. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Using oiled hands, press the mixture evenly into the pan. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.


GLUTEN FREE, NUT FREE (replace almond butter with sunflower butter), VEGAN, DAIRY FREE

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  1. Colleen C

    September 14th, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Ooo thanks for mentioning thick raw honey. That’s what l’ll try; I didn’t see brown rice syrup many places and the maple butter linked in this article is $70 on Amazon! So excited to make this.

  2. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 17th, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Hey Colleen,

    So happy that substitute was helpful to you! Can’t wait for you to give this recipe a try 🙂

  3. Dan

    September 14th, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I tried these and they are actually really good. I have a 70 year old friend who tried them and liked them too – ha ha. Feels good knowing they have lots of protein too.

  4. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 17th, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks Dan!

    So glad to hear that your old friend enjoyed them too =P

  5. Maggie Cox

    September 15th, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Excited to try this! Off to get some brown rice cereal…

  6. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 17th, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    They will not disappoint! Let us know what you think 🙂

  7. Cass Olmstead

    September 15th, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Can’t wait to try these. They look delicious!

  8. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 17th, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks, Cass!! Hope you enjoy them 🙂

  9. Natalie

    September 17th, 2018 at 10:58 am

    My kids LOVE rice krispee treats, it will be great to make a much healthier version packed with protein.

  10. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 17th, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Hey Natalie,

    I cannot wait for your kids to try these. I personally think they taste even better than the original 🙂


  11. David Garozzo

    September 17th, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    My family eats a lot of Rice Krispie treats. Looking forward to trying this healthy version and making it with my kids!

  12. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 17th, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Hey David,

    I am so happy to hear that you are going to make this with your kids! I know they will love them!!

  13. Beverly

    September 17th, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    My grandkids love these.

  14. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 18th, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Yes!! We love hearing it was kid-approved!!!

  15. Sarah

    September 17th, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    These sound good!

  16. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 18th, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you Sarah!

    Hope you enjoy them!!

  17. tiffany

    September 18th, 2018 at 9:42 am

    These sound amazing!

  18. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 18th, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks Tiffany!

    We hope you give them a try 🙂

  19. Heather O

    September 19th, 2018 at 8:55 am

    My honey and his best friend LOVE rice crispy treats. I can’t wait to make these for them to see how they compare.

  20. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 19th, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Hey Heather,

    In my opinion they are even better than the original!

    Hope your family agrees 🙂

  21. Angela Jensen

    September 19th, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I love rice krispie treats so I was excited to see this healthier version with a little added protein. Will definitely be making these the next time a craving for sweets hits

  22. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 19th, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Hey Angela,

    This really are the!!!

    Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

  23. M. Underwood

    September 19th, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Can’t wait to make these healthy-ish treats! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  24. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 19th, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

  25. Doraine

    September 19th, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Looks delicious…it’s my daughters fav treat. Can’t wait to try it

  26. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 20th, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Hey Doraine,

    I hope your daughter enjoys this healthy alternative! 🙂

  27. Jen

    September 19th, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Yum!! Can’t wait to get your book! I love all your recipes from the spring cleanse and app! Whenever I have them for lunch at work everyone always wants to steal haha

  28. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 20th, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Hey Jen,

    That is so funny! You have to tell them to get their own =P

  29. Linda

    September 20th, 2018 at 3:38 am

    Looking forward to trying this better option than The Rice Krispie treats that I love.

  30. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 24th, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Hey Linda,

    Cannot wait for you to try it!

    I think you will like this option even better than the original 🙂

  31. Ashley King

    September 20th, 2018 at 10:07 am

    I can’t eat rice, but I bet my kids will love these! They are always looking for new snacks, so these will be a hit I’m sure!

  32. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 24th, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    I am so sorry you can’t eat rice 🙁

    I know your kids will love this recipe though! In my opinion it tastes better than the original =P

  33. Debbie Lorenzo

    September 20th, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    RKT’s are one of my all time favorite snacks and i’ve always loved making them. Now I can try a twisted up version which has also inspired me to attempt making my own almond butter. Here is to hoping I can slowly coax my 14 year old son into eating let alone eating healthy along side his mama.

  34. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 24th, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Hey Debbie,

    I think these are 14 year old approved! Hope you and your son enjoy these!!

  35. Ambre

    September 21st, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Can’t wait to try this new recipe with my kids! I’m loving all the kid friendly treats that I can also share with my cub scouts! Keep them coming!

  36. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 24th, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Glad you are enjoying them! We love to encourage our kids to eat a healthy lifestyle and know that it can be delicious at the same time 🙂

  37. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 24th, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Rice crispy treats were always my favorite treat growing up! I absolutely LOVE this recipe and think it taste even better than the original 🙂

  38. Yolanda Liggons

    October 10th, 2018 at 6:45 am

    I made these with my 6 year old son who loves RKTs and he loved them. They are really delicious, he felt bad that his dad couldn’t eat them because of almond allergy. Can we substitute with peanut butter?

  39. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 16th, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    That is awesome Yolanda!!!

    I am so happy to hear that your son loved this recipe! We actually like to stay away from peanuts so we would suggest using sunflower seed butter as a replacement.

    Let us know how it tastes!!

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