Vegan Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats
vegan rice crispy treats made with peanut butter

Vegan Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

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Vegan Marshmallows, Butter, Peanut Butter and Cereal
Ingredients for Vegan Peanut Butter Treats

What is In Vegan Rice Crispy Treats?

I knew once I became vegan, I could never have another one of my favorite Rice Krispie treats  again without getting creative. 

Something many may. not know is, even if we are to eliminate marshmallows, the ever popular “Rice Krispies” cereal itself is not vegan (it contains vitamin D3 derived from animal products). 

As a new vegan, I got quick to work creating a peanut butter rice crispy treat that would fit my needs with my improvising hat firmly in place! 

Ingredients for vegan peanut butter rice crispy treats

For these peanut butter vegan rice crispy treats, I wanted quick and easy things I could find in the pantry.  These treats have only 4 ingredients!  They include: 

  • Vegan butter (earth balance used here!)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Dandies Marshmallows
  • Rice crisp cereal

There are a lot of different combinations you can choose when making vegan rice crispy squares.  Some other common ingredients include: 

What Are Some Other Ways to Use Vegan Marshmallows? 

Dandies marshmallows are always an excellent treat to keep on hand for the beginner vegan. However, there are also many other vegan marshmallow brands that will work for this recipe including Trader Joe’s brand. 

Vegan marshmallows are an excellent additive to things like plant based brownies and nice cream as well! 

While you can combine maple syrup and nut butter to mimic vegan marshmallows for these rice crispy treats, the product will be crumbly (still tastes amazing!) 

melting butter and peanut butter in medium pan
Melt Butter and Peanut Butter In Medium Pan on Low Heat

Steps to Make Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

These rice crispy squares are so incredibly easy to create and ready in less than 20 minutes! 

  1. Melt vegan butter and peanut butter on low heat
  2. Add in vegan marshmallows and melt.  Vegan marshmallows will not melt the same as standard marshmallows. Thats okay!  They will form a soft ball. 
  3. Remove from heat, add in rice crisp cereal. 
Vegan Marshmallows in Pan
Add Vegan Marshmallows to Treats

Which Rice Crispy Cereals are Vegan?

Rice crisp cereal choices you can go for to create these vegan peanut butter rice crispy treats include:  

It’s  amazing but you can actually use crispy puffed quinoa for this treat also! 

For this recipe I used Natures Path Krispie Rice Cereal.  

Vegan Marshmallows In Pan
Coat Vegan Marshmallows with Butter and Peanut Butter

Why Are Marshmallows Not Vegan?

The magical mystery item in marshmallows that makes them ooey gooey, sticky, and also not vegan is gelatin. 

Geletin is actually collagen derived from an animal. 

Gelatin seems to be everywhere! It is basically in anything jiggly.  This includes jello, marshmallow, gummy bears you name it! 

Many new vegans are perplexed to learn that marshmallows, among many other treats, are not vegan.  

Because of this, we will improvise here to create that gooey goodness you love in a rice crispy treat, but vegan!

Melted Dandies Marshmallows
Melt Dandies Marshmallows on Low Heat For Vegan Treats

What is In a Vegan Marshmallow?

While the composition of different brands of vegan marshmallows will vary, the standard ingredients include: 

 

Rice Crispy Treats Ball

Do Vegan Marshmallows Taste Good?

The easy answer here is- hec yes!  

When you’re vegan I think you get used to everything basically being a horse of a different color. Vegan marshmallows are no different. 

While the flavor and taste mimics a traditional mallow, the texture isn’t quite the same.  

Personally, I don’t find this a problem! We need to re-imagine what we call the “good stuff” as vegans and explore vegan marshmallows in their own unique light. Which by the way, is in my opinion is equally satisfying to traditional marshmallows.  

metal pan and marshmallows
Line 7x11 Baking Pan With Parchment Paper

What's the Texture like in Vegan Rice Crispy Squares?

These squares will be chewy to the bite, very similar to your standard rice crispy treats. 

Your vegan marshmallows form more of a ball than a liquid pool like standard mallows.  While this is A-okay for creating a bomb vegan treat that mimics the real deal, not all of your crispy cereals will likely stick to it. 

You’re probably going to lose a few cereal stragglers that didn’t make it into the thickness of your mallow ball *gasps*.  

This is fine! You should expect to lose about 1/8 cup of your cereal pieces to fate.  Just let the pieces go! 

One other thing to note about these treats is there may be bites with slightly more or less marshmallow.  This doesn’t compromise the enjoyment of the treat! 

Add Rice Crisp Cereal To Vegan Squares
Add Rice Crisp Cereal to Vegan Squares

Do I Put Rice Crispy Treats In the Fridge?

If you’re thinking of putting your vegan rice crispy treats in some type of cold storage box (aka a fridge or freezer), do yourself a favor and just don’t!

These vegan rice squares should be stored in an airtight container once cut.  This will ensure they do not become stale. Vegan rice crispy treats will remain tasty and chewy for about 3 days. 

Refrigeration of vegan rice crispy squares isn’t necessary (unless you’re like me and have the patience of a two year old when it comes to snacking!).  If this is the case, they should ONLY be refrigerated to cool down and immediately removed.  They should not be stored in the refrigerator. 

 

Vegan Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats In Pan
Vegan Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats In Pan

New Ways To Create Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

Theres so many combinations we can use to make these vegan rice crispy squares delicious! 

Here are a few to try: 

  • Add cranberry and white chocolate to the mix
  • Cover top with a vegan chocolate layer
  • Add in dried strawberries
  • Throw in some oreos
  • Add in pistachio
Vegan Rice Crispy Squares With Wax Paper

Can I make vegan peanut butter rice crispy treats in the microwave?

You sure can!  I am all about cheating when it comes to my snacks. 

Simply microwave dandies, vegan butter, and peanut butter mixed with a splash of water in 30 second intervals.  Do this until it reaches your desired melting point. 

Microwaving your treats is actually way quicker than using the stove top method.  

You can cut the dandies marshmallows into pieces to help them melt more evenly. 

None of your guests have to know how simple this really was! 

Vegan Rice Crispy Treats Squares

What's Your Favorite Way to Enjoy Vegan Rice Crispy Treats?

As a kid, all the rage was getting one of those gooey rice squares in my lunch box. 

Now being a full fledged grown up I’ve thrown my two favorite things- peanut butter and rice crispy squares, into one easy vegan snack. 

I feel like thats one of those really cool things about being a grown up. You can make your favorite snacks any way you want them! 

What’s your favorite rice crispy treat combination?  Do you enjoy any crazy products in your treat other than rice crisp cereal?  

Drop some suggestions in the comments below! 

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vegan rice crispy treats
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Vegan Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Rice crispy treats created with vegan marshmallows and peanut butter.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter rice crispies, vegan rice crispy treats
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 316kcal
Cost: $15

Equipment

  • 7x11 cake pan
  • 1 medium sauce pan

Ingredients

  • ½ cup earth balance butter
  • cup no stir natural peanut butter
  • 2 bags bags Dandy's vegan marshmallows 10 oz each
  • 6 cups natures path crispy rice cereal or other vegan crispy rice cereal

Instructions

  • Line 7x11 cake pan with parchment paper
  • melt butter and peanut butter on low heat in medium saucepan
  • Add in Dandies marshmallow. Stir on low heat for about 7-8 minutes until begins to melt and forms a soft ball. There will be chunks in the marshmallows. This is okay.
  • Remove from heat. Add in crispy rice cereal. Coat cereal with marshmallow much as possible.
  • Pour peanut butter vegan rice crispy mix into
  • press rice crispy treats firmly into pan. Let cool 1 hour. Cut into 12 squares.

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Nutrition Facts
Vegan Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats
Amount Per Serving (1 square)
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 243mg11%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 5g10%
Iron -16mg-89%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Calories are approximate only and will vary by depth of pan, and size of square. For more complete nutrition information, speak with your registered dietitian.*
Vegan Marshmallows In Pan
Coat Vegan Marshmallows with Butter and Peanut Butter
Melted Dandies Marshmallows
Melt Dandies Marshmallows on Low Heat For Vegan Treats
Rice Crispy Treats Ball
Rice Crispy Treats Ball of Marshmallow
Add Rice Crisp Cereal To Vegan Squares
Add Rice Crisp Cereal to Vegan Squares
Vegan Rice Crispy Squares With Wax Paper
Vegan Rice Crispy Squares With Wax Paper

Nutrition

Serving: 1square | Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 243mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Iron: -16mg
Shena Jaramillo. Registered Dietitian
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