These vegan rice krispie treats are crunchy and gooey with a healthy dose of sprinkles! These fun-filled squares are an elevated twist on the old time favorite and easiest no-bake treat on the block. Made with only 5 ingredients, this rice krispie treat recipe is quick and simple making it the perfect idea to whip up with kids!
Sprinkles are always a good idea (like on top of my cake batter peanut butter cups). I like to say one of my many life mottos is 'when in doubt, add sprinkles'. It has yet to steer me wrong.
The word funfetti already brightens my day but then you throw a homemade vegan rice krispie treat in the mix and you can consider my world officially rocked. I LOVE a good old fashion rice krispie treat. They're ooey and crunchy and the perfect amount of messy to make you feel care-free. Adding a splash of vanilla and a dash of sprinkles makes this classic treat that much better.
Although we already elevate this classic recipe with a splash of color, we also use wholesome natural ingredients to make these treats the epitome of elegant. Here's what you need to make this funfetti vegan rice krispie treats recipe:
- Vegan butter - Used to help melt the marshmallows and provide a touch of buttery flavor. Coconut oil will work as well.
- Vegan marshmallows - I used this brand but any vegan marshmallow will work for this recipe. Keep in mind vegan marshmallows melt a little differently than the typical marshmallow.
- Brown rice cereal - Nature's Path is what I used in this recipe. Unfortunately Kellog's Rice Krispies are not vegan (and the ingredient list is very lengthy). One Degree Organics and Whole Foods 365 Brown Rice Cereal (not certified gluten-free) are also great options for rice krispie treats.
Step by step directions
Let's make these vegan funfetti rice krispie treats! All you need is a large pot and a stove to get started.
Step 1 : Melt the butter and marshmallows
First, melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Then add the vegan marshmallows and stir until they have melted.
Vegan marshmallows don't melt like traditional marshmallows. You will find they melt into a large, for lack of a better word, blob. This is okay! They still make for a really delicious rice krispie treat!
Keep stirring the marshmallows over medium heat until each one has melted. There should be no chunks of marshmallows left. See below image for reference.
Step 2 : Stir in the vanilla
Remove the pot from the element and stir in the vanilla extract. Do this while the marshmallows are still warm. Because the marshmallows are more of a "blob", you will need to fold the marshmallows on top of each other to disburse the vanilla.
Step 3 : Add the rice cereal
Next, add the brown rice cereal to the pot. Again, you will want to fold the cereal into the melted marshmallows. Keep doing this until each piece of cereal is attached to the large ball of marshmallow
This step is best done while the marshmallows are still warm and you will want to work fast to incorporate the cereal into the marshmallows
Step 4 : Add the sprinkles
Finally mix the sprinkles into the rice krispies. To do this, sprinkle as you fold the rice krispie mixture on top of itself. This is important and prevents the sprinkles from congealing in one spot. Don't go overboard as you can always add some more on top.
Step 5 : Press into pan
Line a 9 x 13 inch pan with parchment paper and press the vegan rice krispie treat mixture into the pan. I like to use my hands to do this as the mixture will stick to a rubber spatula.
Make sure it's as level and even as possible so your rice krspie treats don't turn out lopsided. If desired, sprinkle some additional sprinkles over top!
Let it set in the fridge for about half an hour or out on the counter for an hour before slicing into squares.
To store these funfetti vegan rice krispie treats, slice them into squares and place them in an airtight container. They will keep for up to a week!
You can store them in the fridge but they will need to sit out for a few minutes to soften before you bite into one.
Frequently asked questions
Vegan marshmallows do melt but not like traditional marshmallows. Instead they melt into somewhat of a large blob which is still great for making vegan rice kripsie treats!
I used Dandies in this recipe and have also heard great things about the Trader Joe's brand.
Yes, coconut oil works as well in this recipe. You can also use grass-fed butter if you aren't making the vegan version of these rice krispie treats.
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