Rice Crispy Treat Recipe for Healthy Kids Snack

Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

PUBLISHED: 11.18.2020  |  SHARE:

Whether you call them rice krispie, or rice crispy treats, I’ve got a recipe that’ll knock your socks off. And, it’s kid + parent approved!

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

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Why this rice crispy treat recipe is a true winner

If your kids are begging for a snack the second they walk in the door, then make a quick batch of these so that everyone wins! Why do I love these rice krispie treats so much?

  1. NO CORN SYRUP: Brown Rice Syrup is a better choice than corn syrup, which is often found in Rice Crispy Treats 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 this healthy rice krispie recipe creamy as well as packs in some protein and healthy fats. This will help curb your appetite, as well as 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’re so popular! Just warm ingredients on the stovetop,  mix together and allow to sit. #easypeasy

Rice Krispie treats recipe swaps

It can be hard to find brown rice syrup, 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! Swap out almond butter for any other nut butter you wish. Don’t be afraid to change up the flavoring too. Cinnamon is great, yet can be swapped out for other fun seasonings like vanilla, maple, and more! What are your fav + fun adds to rice krispie treats?

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Healthy + simple snack recipes for everyone

Snacking is my jam, and I make better food choices when I’ve got some healthy options on hand. I like to make a few snack recipes for the week, then change it up based on my mood each day. Here are some of my fav snack recipes (that my kids love too!):

Sweet treat recipes

Savory treat recipes

When my kitchen is stocked with healthy snacks, I eat better all day long. With a little prep, you too can change your snacking habits, and still love what you eat! I can’t wait for you to try this rice krispie treat recipe! Please leave a comment letting me know how they turned out!

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Healthy Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16 Squares 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These healthy Rice Krispie Treats use plant-based whole foods from brown rice to almond butter. Not only will you find more protein and fiber, but the flavor will blow you away. 


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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.
  4. Using oiled hands, press the mixture evenly into the pan. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

Notes

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

Keywords: healthy rice crispy treat

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  1. Kate Baker says:

    This recipe was assigned to me when I got to be a tester for the cookbook. They are soooo good, with much more depth of flavor than the “regular” recipe. I didn’t tell anyone about the ingredient changes and got lots of rave reviews!

  2. Jessica says:

    Ever since I moved to New England, I’ve become crazy for pure maple products. Can’t wait to make these using maple butter, I bet they will taste amazing. 🙂

  3. Chris says:

    I tried these with the maple cream… I thought I had died and gone to heaven! My husband is a rice Krispy treat fiend and I didn’t think I’d be able to convince him about a no-marshmallow version, but he and my kids all loved these. We gobbled up half the pan before they even cooled. Try this recipe, you won’t be disappointed!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Oh my gosh, Chris, that sounds amazing! I’m def going to make these using maple cream.

  4. Alana Gregory says:

    Excited to make the rice crispy treats for my kids lunches. Always looking for things that will hold up well in the lunch sack and the kids will actually eat!

    • Jen Hansard says:

      My kids really enjoy these ones (and I do too). You can get the Brown Rice Syrup on Amazon… and some natural food stores. Lundberg is the brand I use and it holds them together well.

  5. Jennifer Leigh says:

    I’d like to make green rice krispy treats for a St. Patty’s party. Where would I add the green food coloring?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Jennifer,

      That sounds so fun! If you are wanting to add some natural green food coloring to this recipe you can totally try spirulina or spinach powder. We have not used this with this recipe before so you will have to mess around with it to see how much to add.

      Hope that helps!

  6. Yolanda Liggons says:

    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?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      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!!

  7. SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

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

  8. Ambre says:

    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!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      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 🙂

  9. Debbie Lorenzo says:

    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.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Debbie,

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

  10. Ashley King says:

    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!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      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

  11. Linda says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Linda,

      Cannot wait for you to try it!

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

  12. Jen says:

    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

  13. Doraine says:

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

  14. M. Underwood says:

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

  15. Angela Jensen says:

    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

  16. Heather O says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Heather,

      In my opinion they are even better than the original!

      Hope your family agrees 🙂

  17. tiffany says:

    These sound amazing!

  18. Sarah says:

    These sound good!

  19. Beverly says:

    My grandkids love these.

  20. David Garozzo says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey David,

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

  21. Natalie says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Natalie,

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

      Enjoy!!

  22. Cass Olmstead says:

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

  23. Maggie Cox says:

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

  24. Dan says:

    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.

  25. Colleen C says:

    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.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Colleen,

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

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