Healthy(er) Rice Crispy Treats

This is one of my favorite new recipes, so I chose to show you this one first in the Heavenly Homemakers Parade of Recipes and Cooking Tips

I rarely buy cereal because it is expensive and no matter what kind you buy, it is generally not very good for you. However, occasionally I’ll buy a Mom’s Best or a Kashi variety. We all have “those mornings” when we just want to grab out a box (or two) of cereal and call it breakfast. 

A couple of weeks ago, I was looking around on Amazon for organic cereal choices and was excited to find Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal for a very reasonable price and with ingredients I didn’t feel too bad about. I used my Swagbucks and ordered some.

Because this cereal is made with brown rice, it’s a little bit different from your “normal” Rice Krispie cereal, but since cereal is a special treat around here, we all like it just fine. Well, then…I got to thinking that it sure would be fun to make some sort of “rice crispy treat”. I miss Rice Krispie treats. They’re so easy and yummy.

While this recipe doesn’t taste entirely like a real Rice Krispie Treat, it does have the feel and crunch of one – plus they taste really, really good!! I still haven’t tried making homemade marshmallows, so I skipped that idea altogether and just used honey to sweeten and make the cereal “stick together”. All of us have declared this recipe to be quite tasty…and I, the mom, have declared it to be one of the easiest recipes ever. It takes about five minutes to throw these together!

Healthy(er) Rice Crispy TreatsYum

1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups Crispy Rice Cereal

In a saucepan, melt and stir the peanut butter and honey together. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stir in Crispy Rice Cereal. Spread in a 9×9 inch pan and allow to cool.

For fun, you could add 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips as you’re stirring in the cereal. We LOVE these soy free mini chocolate chips from Enjoy Life!

I love that this recipe is gluten free, easy, fast, healthier and crunchy! This is SUCH a simple snack to throw together. I think I’ll try to make some with Sunbutter for Malachi – I don’t know why it wouldn’t work!

Stay tuned to see what’s coming up next in our Parade of Healthy Recipes and Cooking Tips!!

Comments

  1. Danielle says

    Not only is this the kick-off of your parade, but it’s also a High 5 recipe! Awesome! They look delicious :)

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  2. Jamie says

    They look great! I’ll have to give these a try. For the record, I have made homemade marshmallows. If you have a stand mixer that you can put on high speed and walk away from for 20 or so minutes, you can make them. They turned out great and weren’t too difficult. The downside is that they are full of sugar, so if you can figure out a way to make those healthier, I’d be first in line for that recipe!

    If memory serves correctly, I’m certain it was a Martha Stewart recipe (several years ago when my MIL had given me a gift subscription).

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  3. says

    Thank you thank you thank you! My sweet 3 year old son has been patiently waiting for me to fullfill my promise to come up with an “even better” rice crispy treat than the one in the shiny blue package someone graced him with recently. I have been looking for ways to make marshmallows without corn syrup and have been a little intimidated to try it, but this will be a quick way to make something that is similar and I know he will love! This could not have come at a more perfect time :)!!

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  4. says

    I found this cereal too…and now I have a yummy treat recipe to go with it. I wonder if you do find a good way to make a marshmallow if you can freeze marshmallows. That would be nice.

    I have made marshmallows before, but it is tricky.

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  5. says

    Laura, Just wondering what you do about your son that has a peanut allergy? My daughter has one as well and I do not even make or have peanuts in the house. I make everything with sunbutter that would normally be made with peanut butter.

    Just curious because you still post a decent amount of peanut butter recipes.

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    Laura Reply:

    We recently had him tested and he didn’t test to be allergic – which is WEIRD because we thought for sure that he was. We are relieved of course. BUT, I think we have freaked him out so much about PB that he won’t go near it…he’s afraid of it now. Or at the very least, he doesn’t like it. Or, maybe his little body knows what it needs. Either way, we don’t feel like we need to be super careful about having it in the house, but I make accomodations for him anyway and use sunbutter for treats like this one so that he’ll have something to eat too.

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  6. says

    Oh man that looks so good! I’m currently avoiding the sweeteners because of yeast overgrowth, but this is going on my “to try” list once my body gets situated.

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  7. Marie says

    Thank you! I just bought some crispy rice with the intentions of making rice krispie treats to use up some random marshmallows we have around. I am much more enthusiastic about making these for my kids…they’ll be happy to help, too, I’m sure!

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  8. Erin says

    I’ve never made rice crispy treats before (gasp!!!)I’ve eaten my fair share though :)
    These sound good. I love anything with peanut butter in.

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  9. Alex Hall says

    I can’t wait to try these! My husband loves Rice Krispie Treats, so I think I’ll probably have to stick to the regular Rice Krispies, but I think the other modifications will definitely be an improvement in the quality of the treat. Thanks!

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  10. Kelly says

    Oh my family will be so excited for these! I’ve been holding off on making sweet treats because I wanted them to be healthier. These will be a hit for sure!

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  11. Deanna Peterson says

    I have made a similar treat before and loved them! we melted some chocolate chips and spread over the top and they were so yummy! we used to make it with butterscotch chips mixed with the chocolate chips but those have hydrogenated oil in them, so we removed them….know of a way to make butterscotch chips by any chance?? thanks for the great ideas!

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  12. Esther L says

    We made Rice Krispie treats last weekend–with marshmallows. With a peanut/tree nut allergy in the family, we’re sometimes limited by substitutions. I wonder–have you experimented with your granola bar recipe trying something other than a nut butter? Thanks!

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  13. Alicia says

    What a great recipe, I have never tried peanut butter and honey
    in rice crispy treats, and I Loove peanut butter, I cannot
    wait to try this recipe with my kiddos!!!

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  14. Carrie says

    mmmm…these look great! I can’t wait to have my kids try the healthier version of one of their favoriate treats.

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  15. Bethany B. says

    Yum!! My hubby has a recipe for peanut butter/chocolate rice krispie treats that I might have to try with this. Thanks so much!!

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  16. says

    These sounds awesome, although I’m not a huge peanut butter fan. I’ve come to love it in my fake PB cup recipe and in these kind of treats and with the honey…no doubt a winner!

    Heather

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  17. says

    Oh these look really good, Laura! Aha ~ something else for my Amazon/swagbucks List =)

    We don’t live on boxed cereal here either, but I have purchased the Kellogg’s variety or store brand… then took the time to read the labels this month. Ugh, corn syrup. :-(

    The healthier stuff should work fine for us, too!

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  18. says

    I would love to learn how to make healthier homemade marshmallows. Is that even possible? LOL!!

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    Lenetta Reply:

    I recently found a recipe for marshmallow cream here… not sure if that’ll help you and I bet it would be awfully soft to try and make rice crispy treats out of, but there you go anyway. :>)

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  19. Jessie Chilson says

    So I LOVE marshmellows, but I am willing to try the peanut butter! Only problem is we have a peanut allergy in the house :(

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  20. Carmen says

    I can’t make marshmallow rice krispies because then I EAT THEM! Like the whole pan in a single day. I love them too much. My husband has made homemade marshmallows before but I think they still had corn syrup (they were good! but it would also seem a shame to make them into something else). I might have to try these – they sound a lot like Scotcharoos – minus the chocolate/butterscotch chip topping (and less sugar / no corn syrup in the krispies)

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  21. Rachel B says

    These look much better than the traditional kind. Not that I have much experience even with those. (I once hosted a Pampered Chef party and when the consultant asked me to make some in the non-stick pan to show how easily they come out I had to ask her how!) Might have to make these some time soon …

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  22. Lindsay M says

    These look great! I’ve been looking for a healthier recipe for this, I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

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  23. Marianne says

    My hubby just askd me yesterday if I could make Rice Krispie treats! I replied huh are you kidding, fluff, sugar – thanks for another out of the box recipe Laura!!

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  24. Janet Kiessling says

    I am definately going to try this recipe. We have two children that can not have regular cane sugar – only evapoarted cane juice or organic sugar. So, marshmellows are OUT. Did you know how I found your web-site? I neede to know if there was a way to make chocolate for them!! They are sooooo thankful to you!!! :0) We have made lots of stuff from your list!!! My hubbie is very grateful cause we were using careub chips – ew!!! He was not a happy camper! Thank you – again!!

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  25. Merrilee says

    This is great timing. I have a bag of rice krispies I need to use up. I bought them for Rice Krispie treats for my daughter’s birthday, but don’t want to buy more marshmellows.

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  26. Kristina Hultgren says

    That’s awesome that they have brown rice crispies! I’d love to try those with homemade marshmallows for rice crispy treats!

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  27. Rachel says

    Those do sound really good. They kind of remind me of the oh-so-good no bake cookies with the oats, chocolate and peanut butter. I will have to try this recipes.

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  28. Cathy says

    These sound like they would be much more satisfying than traditional rice crispy treats. Thanks for the recipe!

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  29. Cheryl says

    We like peanut butter and honey together! Throw in the crunch of rice cereal (I’m thinking chex would work also) and that sounds even better! Thanks for the idea!

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  30. says

    Looks delicious, if you ever do figure out healthy(er) marshmallows be sure to post, it’s one of the biggest things my dd misses since going healthy.

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  31. Laura says

    A bag of rice crisps sits in my pantry right now and I was thinking this weekend ‘gee, some rice krispie treats would be tasty, I wonder how I could make them healthy?’ Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Amanda says

    I’ll have to try this! Although rice krispy bars are my husband’s favorite, and I doubt I could convert him away from marshmallows. :)

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  33. Jami says

    Those look sooooooo good!!! We LOVE peanut butter at our house so these would go over very well! I would love to get the “Do the funky Chicken” or “What to do with the Cocoa”
    Those are the only two I don’t have!!

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  34. says

    I have a box of this cereal that I just got for a recipe I found in Clean Eating magazne for “fried” chicken. This’ll be the perfect way to use up the rest!

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  35. april says

    I’m amazed at your willingness to just “try to make something work” and risk losing it all. Obviously it speaks to a depth of understanding about what things will react what way. I would have been worried they would have come out hard as a rock or something.

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  36. Amanda Y. says

    These look questionably unappetizing, but your recipes are normally great, so I still think I’m going to try it soon!

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  37. Jackie says

    I LOVE that there’s peanut butter involved!! I’d also love to win “What to Do With the Chicken in Your Kitchen”

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  38. Bethany says

    Okay-I have to tell you THANKS!!!
    I made your recipe for Peanut Butter Honey Fudge not long ago, and it was a huge hit! My 3 yr. old and husband loved it and it vanished very quickly! So it got me to thinking and I made my own recipe for those “no bake cookies” that have peanut butter, sugar, cocoa, butter, oatmeal and vanilla in them… My version is healthier with coconut oil and natural peanut butter and honey. So thanks for the inspiration!

    But it looks like now I’m going to try this one because I’m sure my guys will love it. (And I secretly really enjoy it when they like something that is healthy(ier)!!!)

    Thank you for giving us a healthier version of sweet treats like this!

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  39. AmyR says

    I think you could spread peanut butter, honey and vanilla on a tire and the kids would beg to eat it so I’ll give this recipe a try. ; )

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  40. Nancy Michel says

    Love honey and peanut butter…this will get made soon, hopefully tomorrow!!

    I would like thinking outside the breakfast box e-book

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  41. Phil says

    Honey is always popular in our house, but my son doesn’t like peanut butter. I wonder what a good alternative would be for a similar texture.

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    Emily Reply:

    what about almond butter?

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    Deborah Reply:

    Almond butter is probably a really good choice. I don’t usually
    like it because it’s kinda flavorless in my opinion. But at a neutral
    way to add protein, it’d be perfect!

    You could also do sunbutter.

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  42. Heidi says

    i am upset by this recipe! well, only because i have no rice crispies in the pantry and i now have a puddle of drool on the keyboard. i can’t imagine how these could turn out bad. thanks for a reason to buy cereal again LOL!

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  43. Lorinda says

    The classic Rice Krispie treats were so fun to make. I remember the melted marshmallow strings and the Rice Krispies sticking to the wooden spoon. That was the best part! Eating the warm melt-y mess that was on the spoon. And trying to keep fingers well buttered to form the treats in the pan. The addition of peanut butter sounds great!

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  44. Annie says

    These sound GREAT!! Especially since my boys’ favorite lunch is peanut butter and honey sandwiches! I’d be so popular if we just ate these for lunch instead of sandwiches!!!

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  45. says

    Oh! Thanks for the info on the “healthier” rice cereal. I’ve been looking for some for ever so long. Will try this recipe when I get the cereal! :) PB&H is a huge favorite in our house, and I’ve always made my krispy bars with peanut butter… whether the marshmallow version or another one we grew up with using karo syrup(Could use honey there!).

    Thanks again!

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  46. Michelle says

    So, is crispy rice different than puffed rice? The puffing process freaks me out a little…

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    Laura Reply:

    Oh yes, very different from puffed rice. These taste pretty much like rice krispies (kellogs).

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  47. Betsy says

    I made these for the kids the other night and we liked them soooo much more than the marshmallow ones!! Thanks Laura!

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  48. Rebekah says

    These look delicious! Can’t wait to try them! They’d probably look festive for the holidays rolled up in balls. :-)

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  49. kelly says

    have you tried it with sunbutter? and if so how did they turn out?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yep…they turned out great!

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  50. Josie says

    Do you think it would work to turn these into more of a trail mix bar by adding craisins, sunflower seeds, etc? Would I need to add more peanutbutter or honey so that they wouldn’t be too dry? Thanks for this great recipe!

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, either you would need more PB and honey OR you could just add LESS rice crispy cereal and add in your other yummy ideas!

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  51. Stephanie says

    I was excited until I saw the peanut butter…My daughter is allergic to peanuts….

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    Stephanie Reply:

    I just saw that it is yummy with sunbutter so I am excited again :)

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  52. Andrea Bloom says

    I’m going to make these with brown rice crispy cereal, for a little more nutrition and I can’t wait!

    The plan is to shape them into pumpkins and decorate with mini chocolate chips (my husband) or raisins (me) for a healthy (-er) Halloween Treat!

    Won’t they be the perfect color? I might even put a bite or 2 of chopped apple and a caramel in the middle, as a surprise!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  53. Melissa says

    Oh man this brings back memories! This is how we made ‘ice cream sandwiches’ at home. Make these pretty flat, freeze a bit to set up, then a slice of ice cream in between. A wonderful treat!

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  54. Miranda says

    Hi Laura,
    These sound yummy! I’m wondering if the mixture stays “pliable” long enough to mold? I have a heart-shaped mold that will form only one at a time; I might be able to get 6 – 8 pieces from this recipe if it doesn’t set up too quickly. Thanks for sharing!

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    That should work out just fine!

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  55. Tricia B. says

    Used my own homemade peanut butter & a little homemade almond butter with regular Rice Krispies (it was all I had on hand) and let them harden in the fridge. Delish!!

    A bit on the rich side but surprisingly like regular Rice Krispie treats :).

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  56. Desiray Layton says

    Do any of u know how many calories are in a serving size of this recipe?or how I might figure out how many calories are in the recipe?

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    Kelly Reply:

    I figured out the calories to be 2440 for the whole batch. I made half a batch and cut it into 8 pieces. So if the whole batch was 16 pieces they would be 152.5 calories each.
    I used Barbara brand brown rice crisps cereal.

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  57. Debbie says

    Is this recipe magical because I am using crispy rice cereal for instead of puffed rice or because the proportions are so different from the other recipes I’ve used? I have tried others just subbing puffed rice because it was all I had, but one had only ½ c each of honey and pb for 5 cups of cereal plus ½ c dried cherries, and one used an entire box of the brown rice cereal with 1¾ c brown rice syrup and ¾ c peanut butter. I have this cooling (with CRISPY rice cereal, for once) and I can tell already it is actually holding together! The others I tried fell apart as soon as I tried to cut them. It smells so good in here!

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  58. Jenni says

    I am looking forward to trying this one, and am excited because I already have the crispy brown rice on hand! I add it to my granola, but love having another idea for using it (especially since you get 6 boxes with amazon). I was actually wondering about the peanut butter though. If you use natural peanut butter for this, does it need to be refrigerated? Thanks!

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    No refrigeration needed!

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  59. Wendy says

    My DD who loves rice crispy treats doesn’t like like peanut butter. Strange child. Anyway, I wonder if you could mix up a batch of homemade marshmallow and instead of pouring them into a pan to set up just mixing in the cereal. Seems silly to make the marshmallows, wait a day for them to set up, then melt them again with butter. But I don’t know how the lack of butter would cause the end product to turn out. anyone ever tried this?

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