Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Rice Krispie Treats


It is a common misconception that rice-crispy treats are gluten-free; the truth is, most are contaminated. With malt. Sadness.

[I shall now refrain from ranting about companies who use unnecessary gluten ingredients…]

In the past, I used to view rice-crispy squares as the one gluten-free haven that could be found at almost any coffee shop. Now, while there are some kinds of rice cereal out there, there is usually no way to tell which is which, since most places do not list ingredients or allergens in their cases [another potential rant…]. imageHowever, there is good news: Kellogg’s is actually coming out with a gluten-free cereal variety made with brown rice in June! But until then, we can adapt Kellogg’s classic recipe found here.

But recently, a party called for a batch of rice crispy squares, and thankfully my local grocery store carried a GF rice cereal in bulk. So without further ado…

Gluten-Free Rice Crispy Squares



  • 3 tablespoons Earth Balance Buttery Spread or Sticks
  • 1 10 oz package regular-size marshmallows
  • 6 cups rice cereal
  • chocolate for topping, if desired

In a large saucepan, melt Earth Balance over low heat. Add marshmallows, stirring until completely melted. A non-stick spatula works wonders here; you can use it to mash down the lumps. The mixture should be completely melted to the point that it’s shiny and easy to stir around without sticking too much.

DSCN6960 Add half of cereal into pan, mix in slightly, and add rest. (This helps ensure the rice cereal is evenly distributed into the marshmallow mixture.)

Transfer mixture into greased 9 x 13 pan. Smooth out with spatula (spray spatula with cooking oil if it sticks too much) an add any desired topping.

DSCN6964 I usually desire chocolate, so… Mmmhmmm.

DSCN6970 All that’s left to do is to cut when cool. Store in airtight container for 2-3 days, or freeze within sheets of parchment paper.



  • DO NOT stick on paper towels. I did, and spent forever trying to peel off the layers of paper stuck to the squares. Not so fun.
  • Gluten-free rice cereal can be a little crunchier and more substantial than the transitional Rice Krispies, so they may seem firmer. You can remedy this by microwaving squares for 10-15 seconds (watch carefully) or by adding a little more marshmallow.

And if you try Kellogg’s new brown rice cereal, let me know!


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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lifecoachabby
    May 26, 2011 @ 02:10:19

    This looks awesome. I used to love rice crispies but have been g-free for two years. Kind of forgot about them. Will have to give these a try.


  2. Sarah 'crispy lady' Berchild
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 17:07:11

    Thankfully there are more gluten-free rice crispy options out there. In Vancouver, Canada, where I had been living, we had a pretty substantial GF brown rice (which looks similar to your photo).

    After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, I have found more options. Kellogg’s has rice that is like the original, and Erewhon has a good option too (sold at Whole Foods).

    If you are ever feeling adventurous or simply don’t want to make gluten free rice crispy treats of your own, I invite you to check out our company Marshmallow Mischief. We sell gluten free rice crispies with all natural ingredients and flavors (that change out during the seasons). Our ‘Italian Kiss’ (hazelnut + milk chocolate) is one of our favorites.
    Sarah ‘Crispy Lady’ Berchild


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