Today I have another fall dessert recipe for you…Vegan Pumpkin Spice Rice Crispy Treats that are a one bowl recipe made with just a few clean ingredients and do not contain GMO high fructose corn syrup, gelatin, margarine, GMO cornstarch, GMO soy, preservatives or artificial colors.
If you remember from the last two Pumpkin Spice recipes I posted, Pumpkin Spice and Pecan Granola and Vegan Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal, I wrote about how I used an entire container of my Primal Palate Organic Pumpkin Spice last fall making pumpkin-inspired recipes like Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake, Maple and Pumpkin Spice Cashews, Pumpkin Spice and Pecan Chia Seed Pudding and Fudgy Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Swirl Brownies.
So I had to buy a new container this year and I have already gone about one-third through it (and I have a couple more pumpkin spice recipes coming too!).
Store-bought rice crispy treats contain a long list of unhealthy ingredients like these:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Kellogg’s Rice Krispy Treat Squares:
Ingredients: Toasted Rice Cereal (Rice, Sugar, Salt, Malt Flavoring, Niacinamide, Reduced Iron, Riboflavin [ Vitamin B2 ], Folic Acid), Marshmallow (Corn Syrup, Sugar, Gelatin, Natural and Artificial Flavor), Fructose, Margarine (Vegetable Oil [Soybean and Palm Oil with TBHQ for Freshness], Water, Natural and Artificial Butter Flavor [Contains Milk], Datem, Acetylated Monodiglycerides, BHT for Freshness, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D), Corn Syrup Solids, Contains Two Percent Or Less Of Dextrose, Glycerin, Salt, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Thiamin Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Soy Lecithin. (source)
FoodFacts.com Rating: “F”
While the phrase “homemade is always best”, that’s not the case here if you make homemade crispy treats using highly processed ingredients like Kellogg’s Boxed Rice Krispies and a bag Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows (one received a “D+” health rating and the other received a “F” health rating from FoodFacts.com):
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Kellogg’s Rice Krispy Cereal:
Ingredients: Rice, Sugar, Contains 2% or less of the Following: Salt, Flavoring Malt, BHT, To Preserve Freshness, Vitamins & Minerals, Iron, Ascorbic Acid, Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide Vitamin B3, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride HCl, Riboflavin Vitamin B2, Thiamin Hydrochloride Vitamin B1, Folic Acid Vitamin B9, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D (source)
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows:
Ingredients: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Dextrose, Water, Modified Cornstarch, Gelatin, Contains Less Than 2% Of : Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate (Whipping Aid), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Blue 1 (source)
This healthier version is made with clean, organic ingredients and is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and contains no refined sugar.
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Healthy Peanut Butter Cups, Crunchy Raw Protein Balls, Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Rice Crispy Treat Squares or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Sprouted Brown Rice:*
- contains 10 times more GABA than regular rice
- contains 7 times more magnesium than regular rice
- contains 7 times more fiber than regular rice
- contains 3 times more Oryzanol than regular rice
- naturally gluten-free
5 Fast Facts About Cashews (Cashew Butter):*
- packed with dietary fiber
- rich in “heart friendly” mono-saturated fatty acids
- rich source of minerals
- high in magnesium and copper
- excellent source of antioxidants
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Vanilla Bean Powder:*
- high in anti-oxidants
- can help reduce inflammation
- contains small traces of minerals
- 1 tablespoon contains 2 g of fiber
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: I used Primal Palate Organic Pumpkin Pie Spice to make this recipe, but you could also use your favorite pumpkin spice blend or make your own (cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg).
Tip #2: I used “Veganic Sprouted Brown Rice Crisps” cereal made by “One Degree Organic Foods”, which I buy from Thrive Market and have delivered straight to my door. And it’s gluten-free too!
Tip #3: I used Organic Brown Rice Syrup (which I also buy from Thrive Market), but you could also use maple syrup or even raw coconut nectar instead.
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