Is there a healthy Rice Krispie treat? Not completely, but there are ways to make these delicious and gooey snacks so that they aren’t terrible for you.
Growing up, my mom made rice krispie treats very often and they’ve always been one of my favorite desserts. They’re very easy to make and pretty inexpensive. The other cool thing about these treats is that you can make them holiday-themed with just some cookie cutters and a few simple decorations. My daughter and I made them for Valentine’s Day, and now I want to make some Rice Krispie Easter egg treats for the holiday coming up in a few days.
The Better-For-You Rice Krispie Treat Recipe
The last time we made Rice Krispie treats my goal was to make them so that they tasted good but didn’t overload us with sugar and butter, etc., and this is what I came up with.
- I used coconut oil instead of butter. Coconut oil has a million different health benefits and is really a great and healthy alternative to butter or any other cooking oil. If you don’t want to use coconut oil, you can use Earth Balance which is a healthier butter alternative. (They make a great soy-free version I really like.)
- I used an organic, gluten-free brown rice cereal instead of the Kellogg’s brand. Most health food stores, like Whole Foods or locally in Pinellas County, Nature’s Food Patch, carry these rice cereal products.
- I also found a ‘better for you’ version of marshmallows at my local health food store and cut down on the amount of marshmallows, using only 2 cups instead of 4.
1. Add coconut oil and marshmallows to a large pan on the stove (non-stick is best). Melt them together, stirring constantly.
2. Add the cereal and stir it around until all of it is coated.
3. Dump the mixture onto wax paper or a large rectangular pan. Wax paper is best for making cut outs. Press it down until it is about an inch or so off of the wax paper. Using cookie cutters of your choice, create your fun cut-outs.
(You can decorate them but we usually don’t as the icing or sprinkles are just added sugar and these treats taste just fine plain.)
This will make about a dozen, depending on the size of the cut-outs you use. These rice krispie treats are so simple to make, not terrible for you and if my 5 year old loves them, then I can tell you that they are delicious! In fact, after we made them the first time, she asked for them again and again.
Good luck and enjoy! Feel free to email me with any questions, and I would love to hear how your comments and how these turned out if you tried the recipe!
Rice Krispie Treats
Cook Time: 15 Min
1/8 Cup Coconut Oil
Smart Balance Buttery Spread (soy free)
2 Cups of Marshmallows
3 Cups of Cereal