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5 Ingredient Rice Crispy Treats

Going back to school?

When I was growing up, I’d often find a rice crispy treat—in that famous turquoise wrapper—packed into my school lunchbox. So rice crispy treats remind me of school… in a good way!

rice crispy treat babies

No-bake, and they can be gluten-free!

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Rice Crispy Treats

(Or you can make squares)

  • 3 cups rice crispies (I used brown rice crispies)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt (I used salted pb, too)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp peanut or other nut butter
  • 1/2 cup sticky sweetener ( (I used agave. Honey will work, unless they are for strict vegans.)
  • optional: you can add 2-4 tbsp protein powder

Rice Crispy Treats Recipe: Mix your pb, sweetener, extract, and salt. Melt (either in the microwave or stove), then pour over the cereal and stir very well, making sure to coat all the crispies. Form into balls or line a pan with wax paper and spread the mixture evenly into the pan. Place a sheet of wax paper on top of the mixture, then press down as firmly as you can. Really press it down!!! Freeze for at least a half hour before slicing. These treats can be stored in the freezer, in the fridge, or loosely covered in a cool, dry place. But the best place to store them is in your tummy.

Click for lower-sugar and Lower-Calorie Options.


And yes, there is definitely a chocolate version. I will post it soon.

Speaking of chocolate…

I changed chocolate-ified my About Me page.

It’s now really chocolate-covered!

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Published on August 18, 2011

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  1. Colleen says

    You must be telepathic, I was just thinking about rice crispy treats this morning, and wondering how they could be made without marshmallows. I LOVE putting peanut butter in RCTs, and my mom would sometimes stir butterscotch chips into the mix; pure brilliance. Thanks so much, Katie!

  2. Michaela says

    these treats look so yummy!! totally reminds me of Ireland 😉
    hopefully I will find brown rice krispies!
    and again, love your pictures!

  3. Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles says

    LOVE this! …I’ll be having to make treats for my kids at school VERY soon and these will come in handy. I love that I don’t feed them junk when I treat them. Thanks for the idea!
    –Can’t believe that they stuck together so well, that’s awesome! Mmmm!

  4. Kristin @ STUFT Mama says

    These are so so cute! Love rice crispies so I’m so excited to try them and make them for my boys too. And I just HAVE to tell you that I tried the peanut butter fudge last night and OH MY GOODNESS……….I don’t even know waht to say. Wait, yes I do. AMAZING! Your recipes are incredible! I look forward to checking out your page everyday.

  5. Kim says

    Just make these and from the finger-licking test they should be great! I used Wow butter which is a soy nut butter(my kids have allergies), a combo of cornflakes and rice crispies as i ran out of rice crispies and corn syrup. The only trouble I had was forming them into balls. Yours look so perfect!! I used my melon baller to get them startedbut tried to form them a bit mire but they just stuck to my hands…which meant of course I had to lick them clean!!
    Thanks for the great recipe.

  6. Megan says

    This will make such a nice and easy snack to bring with me when I’m on the run doing tasks. I love the variety of recipes on this blog. It seems like we have similar taste in food since I notice a lot of ingredients I like are in the recipes.

    I really do look forward to getting to see and try the different recipes as they appear on the blog… it gives me something to look forward to during the day and ends up making me smile.
    Who you are makes a difference! You help spread so much happiness and the people in your life are so lucky to have you around n_n

  7. Rachel Ramey says

    Just FYI, and/or so your readers don’t get confused, regular Rice Krispies are not gluten-free. (They contain barley malt.) But they do have a new GF version that uses whole grain brown rice (and is sweetened with real sugar).

  8. Aine @ Something to Chew Over says

    Yay I love rice crispy treats! I never thought of using nut butter before.

    The question is will there be any left for me to freeze? 🙂

  9. Katie @ Nutrition in a peanut shell says

    I love rice krispie treats, and I haven’t had one in soo long!
    What about if you don’t want a PB tasting treat? (I have friends who love the krispies but not the PB).
    Do you just omit the nut butter?

  10. Anna Crouch says

    These look delish! I actually tried this recipe (almost to a T! I didn’t use vanilla or salt) a long time ago and used PUFFED rice cereal–it DID NOT work! I noticed you had the idea to try the puffed rice as a lower calorie option, and asked if anyone knew if they worked, so I wanted to let you know they dont! haha I think it’s because the puffed rice absorbs so much moisture, that they don’t hold together. I tried to form mine into balls too, but they sucked up all the agave and some peanut butter and would not stick together into balls. The cereal started to get soggy after a few minutes and then the second I let my fingers off of it, they would crumble. Soooo….unless I did something terribly wrong, the puffed rice is a no-go 🙂

  11. Jen says

    I used to love rice crispy treats when I was a kid too. Today, my taste buds would definitely prefer your version. You should make a batch with mini chocolate chips in them!

  12. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    Very cute — you should definitely make these on a stick and dipped in chocolate (and sprinkles!)

  13. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather says

    Yummy I’d love these way more than the packaged kind… Sooooo much better for you too!

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