These Healthier Rice Crispy Treats Taste Just as Good as the Original

The following post was originally featured on Eating Bird Food and was written by Brittany Mullins, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

I have a little treat to share with you ¡ª gluten-free and vegan brown rice crispy treats!

I made these for my bestie, Alyssa. She loves rice crispy treats. It was her birthday last week. Obviously celebratory treats were in order.

I was going to make regular (marshmallow-based) rice crispy treats with sprinkles but decided against it at the last minute since I knew Alyssa wouldn’t mind me healthifying (not a word, I know, but let’s roll with it) the recipe a bit. I’ve made brown rice crispy treats before (here and here). However, this recipe is a little different.

Here are the substitutions I made:

Brown rice syrup in place of marshmallowsAlmond butter and coconut oil in place of butterBrown rice crisp cereal for the Rice Krispies

Oh, and I added a few dairy-free chocolate chips just for fun! If you want to have a lower amount of sugar, you can forgo the chocolate chips.

If you’re unfamiliar with brown rice crisp cereal, it’s a gluten-free crispy cereal made with whole-grain brown rice. You can find it in the cereal aisle at any health food store like Whole Foods. I usually use the Erewhon brand. As for the brown rice syrup, it’s a natural sweetener that has a relatively low glycemic index. You can find brown rice syrup at your local health food store too. It will be with all the other natural sweeteners like maple syrup and honey.

I use maple syrup in my cooking more often than brown rice syrup, but the brown rice syrup works wonderfully in this recipe. It’s really thick and sticky so it holds the treats together really well and adds a good amount of sweetness without being over-the-top sweet. The treats are great for dessert or as a snack. And they’re not just for kids ¡ª adults love them too. Just ask Alyssa.

Brown Rice Crispy Treats

From Eating Bird Food

Brown Rice Crispy Treats

Brown Rice Crispy Treats

Ingredients

2/3 cup brown rice syrup1/4 cup almond butter1 tablespoon coconut oil1/2 teaspoon vanilla extractPinch of sea salt4 cups brown rice crisp cereal2 tablespoons dairy-free mini chocolate chips