The best healthy Vegan Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats recipe that is super easy to make with only 4 clean, real food ingredients and without butter or marshmallows!
It sounds good to me!
During a recent grocery trip, my oldest son was eyeing a box of organic peanut butter rice crispy treats, but I just couldn’t bring myself to pay $4.50+ for a box.
So I told him I would make him some and started my search for a healthy recipe.
These are a great afternoon school snack or an anytime adult snack with only 4 real food ingredients to replace the traditional store-bought brand:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Kellogg’s Rice Krispy Treats:
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 MONOGLYCERIDES, 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
The soybean oil, soy lecithin, corn syrup solids, and corn syrup are on the top of the list for GMO foods and unless they are organic they are most likely GMO. The sugar and salt are both highly refined and harmful to the body. They are not even made with real butter, but probably one of the most processed, man-made foods of all…margarine.
And the homemade versions aren’t any better especially if you were to buy the highly processed ingredients needed to make them like Kellogg’s Boxed Rice Krispies and a bag Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows.
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Cereal:
Ingredients: RICE, SUGAR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF SALT, MALT FLAVOR. BHT ADDED TO PACKAGING FOR FRESHNESS. VITAMINS AND MINERALS: IRON, VITAMIN C (ASCORBIC ACID), VITAMIN E (ALPHA TOCOPHEROL ACETATE), NIACINAMIDE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN B6 (PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE), VITAMIN B2 (RIBOFLAVIN), VITAMIN B1 (THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE), FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN B12, VITAMIN D
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows:
Ingredients: CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, CORN STARCH-MODIFIED, WATER, GELATIN, TETRASODIUM PYROPHOSPHATE, FLAVOR(S) ARTIFICIAL, COLOR(S) ARTIFICIAL (BLUE1)
The cereal contains highly refined salt and sugar, the BHT preservative, and questionable Vitamin A Palimate. The marshmallows are basically a bag of GMO’s. There is nothing at all in them that is of any benefit to the body: GMO corn syrup, sugar, corn starch, food coloring, and artificial flavors.
And what exactly is “terrasodium pyrophosphate” in those fluffy marshmallows used to make homemade rice krispie treats?
Tetrasodium pyrophosphate, also called sodium pyrophosphate or tetrasodium phosphate, is a slightly toxic and mildly irritating colorless transparent crystalline chemical compound with the formula Na4P2O7. It contains the pyrophosphate ion. Toxicity is approximately twice that of table salt when ingested orally.
When you make your own treats and snacks at home, not only do you have control over the ingredients that are used but also the quality of the ingredients:
- The ingredient list for the Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal (gluten-free) is…organic brown rice, organic brown rice syrup, sea salt.
- The ingredient list for organic, fresh ground peanut butter is…100% organic peanuts.
- The ingredient list for organic raw coconut nectar is…100% organic coconut sap nectar.
- The ingredient list for organic coconut oil is…100% coconut oil.
These are clean, real food ingredients with no hidden surprises!
And, they’re no-bake, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and contain no refined sugar.
Want more healthy, clean eating dessert recipes? Check out Clean Eating Chocolate Crunch Bars, Healthy Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Bark or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating recipes you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Peanuts (Peanut Butter):*
- excellent source of vitamin E
- high in folate
- contains tryptophan which can help fight depression
- good source of fiber
- excellent source of protein
5 Fast Facts About Raw Coconut Nectar:*
- organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free
- good source of 17 amino acids
- nearly neutral pH
- high in B vitamins
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in anti-oxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- improves metabolism and prevents fatigue
- helps to improve cholesterol
5 Fast Facts About Brown Rice:*
- high in fiber
- can help to lower the risk of diabetes
- excellent source of manganese and selenium
- rich in antioxidants
*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 organic raw coconut nectar as the sweetener because it’s thicker, but you could also try organic brown rice syrup, organic maple syrup or even organic raw honey (not vegan). I also added coconut oil as a binder to cut back on the sweetener. The only drawback is these will need to be kept refrigerated or they will get soft and lose their shape. If you’d rather not use coconut oil and want them sweeter, just follow the original recipe directions.
Tip #2: The very first time I made these, I added the salt, per the original recipe, but have been omitting it ever since and think they are fine without it. If you are using unsalted peanut butter, you may want to add a pinch of Himalayan pink salt. Taste it before you add it and see if you think it needs it.
Tip #3: I’ve tried making these with brown rice cereal and the brown rice puffs and the brown rice cereal definitely comes out better.
Tip #4: Want to make your own peanut butter? Let me show you how here!
Tip #6: You could also make them more exciting by adding some vegan chocolate chips, all-natural vegetable colored sprinkles, goji berries, cacao nibs or even shredded coconut.