Healthy Rice Krispie Treat With Chocolate Chips (dairy-free & gluten-free)
A healthy variation on a classic Halloween recipe. This healthy rice krispie treat is made with only five ingredients! Simple to whip up, these rice crispy squares are also dairy-free and gluten-free. The rice krispie treat is the perfect sticky indulgence for both kids and moms alike.
Some dessert recipes just bring you back to being a kid (like chocolate chip cookies!)- and this healthy rice krispie treat definitely fall into that category!
Not only are they a simple no-bake dessert recipe but they're a hit with both moms and kids!
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Why You'll Love These Rice Krispie Squares
Rice crispy squares were always around when I was a kid. I remember my helping my mom make them on multiple occasions and then begging her to make them when I was older.
Of course, I wanted to share this tradition with my girls, but a healthier version! This rice krispie treat is ideal for moms because:
- kids love them (they have chocolate chips what's not to love?)
- minimal ingredients (only six)
- made in under 30 minutes
These healthy rice crispy squares are a staple for the busy moms like myself who most likely forgot to make anything fancy for the Halloween party 😉
What Is Puffed Rice?
They're mostly just air and they don't taste like much. Many people I know have used them as baby food as they kind of melt in your mouth.
They're by no means a superfood but they do help make desserts tasty!
Choosing Chocolate Chips
If you need to keep this healthy rice krispie treat recipe allergy-friendly, you'll want to make sure you use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.
Enjoy life is a brand free from the top eight major allergens and thus will keep this rice crispy recipe dairy-free and gluten-free.
One thing to note is to make sure you let the mixture cool ever so slightly before you add in the chocolate chips. Otherwise, it'll be a melted mess.
Lastly, the reason I love using Enjoy Life chocolate chips is that they come in mini. Mini chocolate chips for this rice crispy squares recipe makes them so much better.
How Can I Make These Rice Krispie Squares Nut Free?
This healthy rice krispie treat does use almond butter in the recipe. Almond butter is there both for flavor as well as to bind the rice crispy squares together.
However, you can sub in SunButter in place of the almond. Sun butter is a wonderful nut-free alternative and serves the same purpose in this recipe.
However pure SunButter is naturally less sweet than almond butter. If you're going to sub it in, I'd suggest switching to a SunButter that has a touch of sugar in it,
The honey in this healthy rice krispie treat recipe makes it so the squares are not vegan.
However, you can switch that! Instead of using honey simply substitute in more brown rice syrup. Browny rice syrup is just as sticky as honey and will bind the rice crispy squares perfectly.
That said, brown rice syrup is less sweet than honey. If you're looking for a sweeter taste, opt for almond butter that is sweetened slightly (many brands are, check the label).
- puffed rice
- almond butter
- brown rice syrup
- Enjoy Life chocolate chips
Grab all these ingredients in my pantry staples.
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Copycat Rice Krispies Squares – Gluten Free
Relive your childhood but with a healthier option! These healthy, sticky, copycat rice crispy squares are tasty but at least provide a teeny bit of balance when it comes to sugar and stabilization. They’re dairy-free, gluten-free, delicious, and totally addictive.