These Gluten-Free Vegan Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats are an easy and healthy recipe made with only 6 clean, real food ingredients. They're the perfect plant-based snack dessert that can be prepared in about 10 minutes and with no vegan marshmallows or vegan butter!
Here's Why This Recipe Works
My top 3 favorite reasons:
- Contains No Vegan Butter or Vegan Marshmallows
- Can Be Prepared In About 10 Minutes
- Made With Clean, Real Food Ingredients
You can feel good making my healthy plant-based recipe because it's vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, no-bake, contains no refined sugar, and is Medical Medium compliant (with substitutions).
Karielyn's Expert Tips + Ingredient Substitutions
Here are some of my expert tips to make this recipe perfectly:
Coconut Nectar. I used organic raw coconut nectar as the sweetener because it's thicker, but you could also try organic brown rice syrup, organic date nectar, or even organic raw honey (not vegan).
Coconut Oil. 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. In addition, if you don't like the taste or smell of coconut oil, you can use organic refined coconut oil which has zero coconut taste or smell.
Crispy Rice Cereal. I've tried making these with brown rice cereal and the brown rice puffs and the brown rice cereal definitely come out better.
Peanut Butter. Want to make your own peanut butter? Let me show you how here! In addition, it can be substituted with any other type of nut butter. For example, almond butter, cashew butter, and sunflower butter all work great and would make this recipe 100% Medical Medium compliant.
Optional Chocolate Drizzle: You can add a chocolate drizzle over the top, or make a chocolate topping using the ingredients and instructions listed above.
Optional Protein Add-In. Sometimes when I make these, I add a raw, organic plant-based vanilla protein powder like this one to give them a little extra nutrition boost.
Other Optional Add-Ins. You could also make these more exciting by adding some vegan chocolate chips, all-natural vegetable colored sprinkles, goji berries, cacao nibs, or even shredded coconut.
Serving Size: This recipe will make approximately (16) squares. Nutritional information is for (1) square which is (1) serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are These Healthier Than Store-Bought?
In my opinion, yes!
Here's the ingredient list for the popular store-bought classic afterschool and lunchbox treats:
- 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 GMO ingredients unless they are organic. They also contain refined sugar and salt. And worst of all, they are not even made with real butter but probably one of the most processed, man-made foods of all...margarine!
Isn't Homemade Always Better Than Store-Bought?
Homemade versions aren't always 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), Vitamix 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, Modified Corn Starch, Water, Gelatin, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Artificial Flavor(s), Artificial Color(s), Artificial (Blue 1)
The marshmallows are basically a bag of GMO's (corn syrup, corn starch) and food coloring and artificial flavors.
When you make your own healthy treats and snacks at home, not only do you have control over the ingredients that are used but also the quality of the ingredients:
- Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal (gluten-free) is...organic brown rice, organic brown rice syrup, sea salt.
- Fresh ground peanut butter is...100% organic peanuts.
- Raw coconut nectar is...100% organic coconut sap nectar.
- Coconut oil is...100% coconut oil.
These are clean, real food ingredients with no hidden surprises!
How Can I Make This Recipe Medical Medium Compliant?
All you need to do is substitute the peanut butter with almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter to make it 100% Medical Medium compliant.
Want More Healthy Plant-Based No-Bake Dessert Recipes?
Check out these:
- Chocolate Crunch Bars
- Healthy Peanut Butter Cups
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Bark
- or my CLEAN DESSERTS Cookbook with 72 plant-based no-bake dessert recipes made with clean, real food ingredients just like this one that you will love!
Did You Make This Recipe?
I'd love to hear about it! Please give it a rating and leave a comment below...it would make my day! 🙂
Gluten-Free Vegan Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats
For the crispy treat mixture:
- 1/2 cup organic peanut butter
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons organic raw coconut nectar (or brown rice syrup or raw maple syrup)
For the add-in:
- 4 cups organic gluten-free brown rice crispy cereal
Optional chocolate drizzle:
- 2 tablespoons organic raw cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil (melted/liquid)
- 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup
- Prepare an 8 x 8 baking dish lined with parchment paper and set aside.
Prepare the crispy treat mixture:
- In a small saucepan, melt together the peanut butter and coconut oil on low heat and stir until it is well combined and smooth.
- Remove from heat and add raw coconut nectar and stir until well combined.
Add the add-in:
- In a large mixing bowl, add the brown rice cereal and peanut butter mixture together and stir until it is well combined, making sure it's evenly distributed.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish, spread it evenly and press it down as firmly as possible (very important or they will not stick together good).
- Place the baking dish in the freezer for about 60 minutes, or until they firm up.
- Store in the rerigerator or freezer until ready to serve because they will get soft and lose their shape if left out at room temperature.
Optional chocolate drizzle:
- Add all ingredients for the chocolate drizzle to a small mixing bowl and stir until well combined and smooth.
- After you remove the crispy treats from the freezer, drizzle the chocolate over the top - it will get hard as soon as it comes into contact with the frozen crispy treats - and then slice to serve.
Hi, I'm Karielyn! I'm the published cookbook author of CLEAN DESSERTS and content creator of The Healthy Family and Home website since 2012. I specialize in creating easy, healthy plant-based recipes that are gluten-free + vegan (with a heavy focus on Medical Medium® compliant) and made with clean, real food ingredients that you can feel good about eating.