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The BEST Homemade Rice Krispie Treats Without Marshmallows

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This healthy Homemade Rice Krispie Treats without Marshmallows Recipe is delicious! This is an easy recipe you can make and have ready in your refrigerator whenever you want a snack. I used Tahini, but you could also use your favorite peanut butter or almond butter, Honey, Brown Rice Crisps, and Sesame Seeds. The rice krispie treats are crunchy, chewy, and subtly sweet. It’s a perfect healthy treat!

Rice Krispie Treats

In the pursuit of eating less sugar after the holidays and Valentine’s Day, I wanted to make something sweet but healthy! I love crunchy brown rice cereal, and this recipe satisfies me without being too much of an indulgence. Traditional Rice Krispie treats have marshmallow fluff or marshmallows, whereas this does not. It’s still delicious! Also, many people are interested in a Rice Krispie Treat without peanut butter. However, if you love peanut butter just substitute the Tahini for peanut butter and you will have Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats!

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • I love easy, healthy recipes you can whip up on the fly!
  • All natural ingredients!
  • Gluten-Free Easy Snack!
  • It’s a healthy rice krispie treat
  • No corn syrup or refined sugar
  • It’s an easy recipe!
  • Has a chewy texture we love
  • Satisfies your sweet tooth
  • No bake treat!

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following healthy simple ingredients to make this crunchy Rice Krispie Treat without Marshmallows:

Ingredients for Rice Krispie Treats
  • Brown Rice Crisps
  • Organic Tahini – use an all-natural creamy Tahini
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Honey
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Optional – Add 1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Ingredient Notes

  • I used this brand of Brown Rice Crisps
  • You can also use Rice Krispies or your favorite Krispies cereal.
  • I used this brand of Tahini
  • You can also use Maple Syrup or Gluten-Free Brown Rice Syrup

How To Make Healthy Rice Krispie Treats – Step-by-Step

Full instructions in the recipe card below!

  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. This will make it easy to remove the bars after they have chilled.
  2. In a small sauce, bring the honey to a boil over medium heat and then immediately lower to a simmer for one minute. Turn off the flame and add the tahini and vanilla, combining thoroughly. You can also heat in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Pour the Tahini-Honey mixture over the Rice Crispy Cereal. Add optional sea salt. Combine the cereal mixture. It is thick and sticky.
  4. Transfer the Rice Krispie Mixture to the prepared pan and press down hard on it evenly. You want it to become compact. I used the back of a mixing cup to press the mixture down. Sprinkle the top with a layer of sesame seeds and press again. You want it packed in so the bars firm up.
  5. Cover the baking pan with parchment paper and refrigerate for several hours until it is completely firm. I also wrapped the top in plastic to keep it airtight.
  6. Remove from refrigerator and slice into crispy squares.
  7. Keep bars refrigerated or frozen. I wrapped each bar in parchment in a baggie or covered glass bowl. You can also wrap each bar in plastic wrap for easy transport.

Tips & Tricks

  • For best results, press Rice Krispie Mixture down firmly in the pan.
  • Refrigerate until firm for several hours before cutting into bars.

Storage

Store Rice Krispie Treats in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Additions and Substitutions

  • Use natural peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter or cashew butter in your treats!
  • You can also substitute the honey for maple syrup or agave nectar
  • Add chocolate nibs, chocolate chips, white chocolate or dark chocolate chips
  • Use your favorite crisp cereal
  • Use Maple Syrup instead of Honey for a Vegan Version of this recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions About Healthy Rice Krispie Treats

Why are my Rice Krispie Treats falling apart?

The key to firm rice krispie treats is to press down hard on the mixture after placing it in the prepared pan. This helps the sticky mixture firm up! Put some muscle into it. Use the back of a measuring cup to press down.

I hope you loved this Rice Krispie Treat without Marshmallows. If you make it, leave a rating so I know you liked it!

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The BEST Homemade Rice Krispie Treats Without Marshmallows

This healthy Homemade Rice Krispie Treats without Marshmallows Recipe is delicious! This is an easy recipe you can make and have ready in your refrigerator whenever you want a snack. I used Tahini, but you could also use your favorite peanut butter or almond butter, Honey, Brown Rice Crisps, and Sesame Seeds. The rice krispie treats are crunchy, chewy, and subtly sweet. It’s a perfect healthy treat! 

  • Author: Sherie Friedlander
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 Hours
  • Total Time: 2 Hours 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 14 bars 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Gluten-Free
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 8 cups Brown Rice Crisps
  • 1 cup Tahini – use an all-natural creamy Tahini
  • 1/4 cup Sesame Seeds – to press on top
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • Optional – Add 1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. This will make it easy to remove the bars after they have chilled.
  2. In a small sauce, bring the honey to a boil over medium heat and then immediately lower to a simmer for one minuteTurn off the flame and add the tahini and vanilla, combining thoroughly. You can also heat in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Pour the Tahini-Honey mixture over the Rice Crispy Cereal. Add optional sea salt. Combine the cereal mixture. It is thick and sticky.
  4. Transfer the Rice Krispie Mixture to the prepared pan and press down hard on it evenly. You want it to become compact. I used the back of a mixing cup to press the mixture down. Sprinkle the top with a layer of sesame seeds and press again.
  5. Cover with a piece of parchment paper and place pan in the refrigerator for several hours until completely firm. I also wrapped the top in plastic so it was airtight.
  6. Remove from refrigerator and slice into crispy squares.
  7. Keep bars refrigerated or frozen. I wrapped each bar in parchment in a baggie or covered glass bowl. You can also wrap each bar in plastic wrap for easy transport.

Notes

Store Rice Krispie Treats in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Keywords: Healthy Treats, Gluten-Free

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