These delicious and healthy recipe for rice crispy treats (or squares) is given a delicious chocolate twist with cocoa powder, natural sweetener (no sugar!) and they are gluten free and dairy free giving the classic Kellogs treat a run for its money!!
A Healthy Rice Crispy Treats Recipe…with Cocoa!
When life gives you brown rice cereal… you make a delicious healthy rice crispy/krispie treats recipe with cocoa! I’m revamping this delicious and popular recipe from the blog as I noticed it still gets a decent amount of traffic and it was time to whip up this recipe again. It’s just so delicious!
I wanted to make a healthier treat/snack for Hemsley (my 20-month old daughter) to enjoy so this recipe fit the bill.
Hemsley is a huge fan of brown rice cereal in general, the completely natural, one-ingredient-only (brown rice) cereal, so I figured she would love these naturally sweetened rice crispy treats too. We are at the stage where I am giving her some “sweet” treats now and then as I honestly want her to enjoy all kinds of food; the healthy, the savoury, the naturally sweet, and even a few baby burgers here and there!
Making Healthy Rice Crispy Treats
Typical rice crispy squares are made with rice krispie cereal, which is pretty much puffed refined rice, stuck together with melted butter and marshmallows (ahem, refined sugar bombs) so they aren’t the healthiest treat in the bunch.
My challenge with this healthy and dairy free rice crispy treats recipe was to keep my version tasting just as delicious while keeping the refined sugars and dairy out. The brown rice cereal I use for this recipe is from Nature’s Path and it really is just whole grain brown rice, puffed, and doesn’t have any sweeteners, preservatives, or any other odd ingredients.
Healthier Sweeteners For Rice Crispy Treats
To bind the brown rice puffs I used a mixture of unpasteurized honey, natural almond butter, and Earth Balance soy-free vegan butter which is a mixture of oils (palm, canola, safflower, flax, and olive), then I added some raw cocoa powder and shredded coconut for even more flavour and texture.
Instead of honey you could use any of the following unrefined liquid sweeteners:
- Brown rice syrup
- Coconut nectar
- Barley malt syrup
- Maple syrup (mixed with brown rice syrup as maple syrup is a bit too thin on it’s own)
This healthy rice crispy squares recipe contains an ample amount of fibre, energy boosting complex carbohydrates, natural sweetness, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats so they truly are the perfect sweet treat for you, your little ones, or really anyone else in your family.
I also feel confident they are healthy snacks for kids lunch boxes (as long as they can have almond butter at school) and it’s a great recipe to bring to a party or gathering any time of year.
If your child’s school has a nut free policy you could swap out the almond butter for a seed butter such as sunflower seed butter or even pumpkin seed butter. While this will change the taste a bit, the texture will still be good and the flavour still delicious!
Have you ever created a healthier version of Rice Crispy/Krispie Treats? I’d love to hear what ingredients you used. Let me know in the comments section and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later!
Whether it’s a birthday party, weekend treats, or something you want to bring on-the-go for road trip snacking or even camping, these delicious treats are a great option to try!
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Have a lovely Sunday,
Christal // NITK