Vegan peanut butter brown rice crispy treats

Jun 11, 2014 at 11:01 a.m. ET

Finally, rice crispy treats anyone can enjoy. This version is not only gluten-free but also completely vegan friendly.

Vegan peanut butter brown rice crispy treats

While you might assume traditional Rice Krispies treats are a vegan-friendly snack, surprise! They're not. Marshmallows contain gelatin, which is derived from animal by-products and definitely not a plant-based food. I omitted the regular marshmallows in this recipe and substituted them with Dandies vegan marshmallows. If you have trouble finding them, they are sold at most health food stores and a variety of online stores. And if you're curious about the flavor, I assure you they taste exactly the same as regular marshmallows.

Vegan peanut butter brown rice crispy treats

Vegan peanut butter brown rice crispy treats recipe

Yields 10-12

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons Earth Balance buttery spread or other dairy-free butter
  • 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 1 (10 ounce) package vegan marshmallows, such as Dandies
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6-1/2 cups brown crispy rice cereal

Directions:

  1. Spray a medium to large baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, and set it aside.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, add the dairy-free butter, and stir until melted.
  3. Once the butter has melted, add in the marshmallows, peanut butter and salt. Continue to stir until the marshmallows are completely melted and the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat, and add in the crispy rice cereal, mixing very well until all the cereal is nicely coated.
  5. Pour the cereal into the baking dish, and press down firmly. Allow to cool 1 hour, and then cut into desired-size squares.
  6. You can keep leftovers in an airtight container for several days.

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