Healthy Rice Krispie Treats (Vegan and Gluten Free!)

Rice krispie treats were always a childhood favorite of mine, but as I grew up I came to realize they weren't necessarily "appropriate" for an adult to consume. I must say, sometimes I still get those cravings though! So in order to crush those cravings, I have come up with a MUCH healthier homemade version of rice krispie treats.

My version only uses 4-5 ingredients, it's vegan, has a high-protein option, and it can easily be made gluten free :) So much better tasting (and better for you) than the traditional rice krispies made with butter and marshmallows! 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups crisp rice cereal*
  • 1/2 cup protein powder of choice (optional)
  • 1/4 nut butter of choice
  • 1/2 cup honey**
  • 1 tbs coconut oil

Method

  1. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together cereal and protein powder. Set aside.
  3. Add nut butter, honey, and coconut oil to a small sauce pan and cook over medium heat until boiling. Make sure to stir constantly so that it doesn't burn! Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  4. Add honey mixture to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Once mixed, add to prepared baking dish, pressing down firmly, and allow to cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  5. Slice into 12 equal pieces, drizzle dark chocolate over top if desired, and serve!

*Make sure to use certified gluten-free rice cereal for gluten free version **Use maple syrup or brown rice syrup in place of honey for vegan-friendly option

These little bars are the perfect sweet treat! And best of all, they're made with real ingredients AND have added protein that helps you feeling full and satisfied. I highly recommend trying them! Especially with a little dark chocolate drizzle ;)