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With an ooey, gooey, crisp texture, healthy rice krispie treats taste just like the ones you knew and loved as a kid. Like so many of my other no bake dessert recipes, healthy rice krispy treats need minimal hands-on time before others can get their hands on them. My girls always love when I make these!
Like my sugar-free smores bars, these healthy treats are made with sugar-free marshmallows, but they have the added bonus of protein (from the protein packed ingredients) — similar to my peanut butter protein balls, protein muffins, and protein cookies. But, what really sets these healthier rice krispy treats apart is the marshmallows…
I have been whipping up homemade sugar-free marshmallows for what feels like forever, but there was always something missing — the ability to use them just like regular marshmallows! That’s why I was so thrilled when ChocZero made sugar-free marshmallows. They toast and melt just like regular ones — all with monk fruit as their natural sweetener — and they’re ideal for making all your favorite sugar-free treats!
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Why You’ll Love This Healthy Rice Krispie Treats Recipe
- Sweet with vanilla flavored marshmallows
- Chewy and crunchy like traditional rice krispie treats
- Just 4 simple ingredients
- 5 minutes prep time
- Dairy-free, gluten-free, high protein, sugar-free, and low carb
- Easy make ahead recipe
- Much healthier rice krispie treats than store-bought versions
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for healthy rice krispy treats, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- ChocZero Sugar-Free Marshmallows – Chewy, puffy, and sweet — just like the real deal! You can use regular marshmallows (or even vegan marshmallows), but they will be higher in carbs and sugar. Or, you could use my homemade sugar-free marshmallows instead.
- Salted Butter – I prefer grass-fed butter, but any brand will do. Butter-flavored coconut oil would work as well. If you only have unsalted butter, you’ll need to add a pinch of sea salt.
- Vanilla Extract – Adds a rich flavor. Use a high-quality brand if you can.
- Protein Cereal – I like using this keto variety for its low carbs, but you could also use a standard crispy rice cereal (or brown rice cereal) if your lifestyle allows. If yours isn’t rice-shaped, chop coarsely for a finer texture (which is what I did, as shown below).
How To Make Healthy Rice Krispie Treats
This section shows how to make sugar free rice krispie treats with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Prep. Line a baking dish with parchment paper that goes up all four sides for easy removal. Grease lightly with butter.
- Melt. Place marshmallows and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat and stir in stages until the mixture is smooth and melted. Quickly stir in vanilla extract.
- Mix. Immediately add half of the chopped cereal, stir, and then add the remaining amount, one cup at a time, until all of the cereal is coated and the mixture is consistent.
- Transfer. Spread mixture in the prepared pan, pressing it down gently.
- Cool. Allow to cool until firm. Use the edges of the parchment paper to remove the bars from the pan. Slice into 16 squares with a sharp knife.
Tips For The Best Homemade Rice Krispie Treats
It’s a simple recipe, but keep these tips in mind for better results:
- Work quickly. Once the marshmallows are melted, this recipe moves fast. Make sure the butter is softened before melting with the marshmallows and have the cereal pre-chopped and ready to go.
- Press, don’t pack. Lightly pressing the mixture into the pan retains a little air so the pieces stay light and chewy.
- Use your favorite method to avoid sticking. You can wet your hands with water, use a rubber spatula coated with cooking spray, or a sheet of parchment paper to press down on the bars without sticking.
- Avoid the fridge. Rice krispie treats will become too hard if they are refrigerated.
This healthy alternative to rice krispie treats works with lots of flavor options!
- Peanut Butter – Melt 1/4 cup of nut butter in the microwave with marshmallows and mix in. Peanut butter rice krispie treats are my favorite flavor variation, but you could also use almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter.
- Chocolate – Create a chocolate drizzle with 1/2 cup melted sugar-free dark chocolate chips, or skip the melting and mix full chips in with the cereal.
- Sprinkles – Colorful sugar-free sprinkles give rice krispie squares a party ready look. Just sprinkle them on top and press into the bars.
- Store: Keep rice krispie treats in a covered container at room temperature up to 1 week.
- Freeze: Layer each healthy rice krispy treat between sheets of parchment paper. Transfer to a zippered bag and store in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.
More Healthy Sugar Free Desserts
Looking for something sweet, without the sugar crash? Try these classic recipes with a healthy twist:
Healthy Rice Krispie Treats
Healthy Rice Krispie Treats (4 Ingredients!)
Healthy rice krispie treats are protein-packed and sugar free, with the perfect crunchy, chewy, gooey texture. Just 5 minutes prep!
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Place the marshmallows and butter into a large glass bowl. Heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave for 45-60 seconds longer, until almost fully melted. (A few marshmallows may still be intact at this point.) Stir until completely smooth and melted.
Working quickly before the mixture cools, stir in the vanilla extract.
Immediately add half of the chopped cereal. Stir to combine, then add the remainder 1 cup at a time, adding it to the areas where there is less cereal. Stir quickly before the mixture sets, as this happens very fast.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan and press gently. To prevent sticking, you can wet your hands with water, wash the rubber spatula and spray with cooking spray before using that to press down, or (my preferred method) press using a sheet of parchment paper. Avoid packing the mixture tightly, or your rice crispy treats will be dense and hard.
Cool completely in the pan for 30-60 minutes, until firm. (Avoid refrigerating, as they will harden too much.)
Once cooled, use the edges of the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan, transfer to a cutting board, and slice into 16 squares.
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Serving size: 1 healthy rice krispie treat bar
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