When you’ve got someone in your household that is allergic to dairy, eggs, and nuts finding treats for them can be very challenging. Most ready made snacks contain at least one or more of these allergens or are made in a facility that uses these ingredients. So really the best solution is to make homemade snacks, that way you know they’re allergen free. That’s pretty much what we do for my grandson Jett. And one of his favorite snacks are Vegan Rice Krispy Treats.
We used to make a vegan and non-vegan versions of the same snacks, but that just got too tedious. Then we discovered that the other kids will happily eat the Vegan Rice Krispy Treats so we just started making the vegan version.
Really you can convert most of your recipes into a vegan version, just find substitutes for animal products. The hardest thing to sub in my opinion are eggs, but since the original recipe for rice krispy treats don’t require eggs any way Vegan Rice Krispy Treats are the perfect choice to start with.
The recipe for these treats have just 3 ingredients rice krispy cereal, marshmallows, and butter. Easy enough to substitute right? Well it should be as long as you can get your hands on vegan marshmallows. What? You thought marshmallows were already vegan? Surely you jest!
First of all one of the ingredients in marshmallows is gelatin, and gelatin is an animal product. Don’t ask me to go into details, but if you don’t believe me ask Siri or Alexa. Anyway there are vegan marshmallows in the market, you just got to find some! The most popular ones seem to be Dandies Vegan Marshmallows, we use the mini ones for Vegan Rice Krispy Treats, I find they melt better and faster than regular sized marshmallows.
Ok we got the vegan marshmallows now we need to find a substitute for the butter, now butter is definitely an animal product, but you knew that right? There are several brands to choose from, we use Earth Balance.
Now that’s 2 out of 3 we got substitutes for, now for the good news. Rice Krispy cereal is Vegan! Yaaay! We’re ready to roll!
What you need to make Vegan Rice Krispy Treats:
3 Tbs Earth Balance Buttery Spread or any brand of Vegan Butter
4 Cups Vegan Marshmallows
6 Cups Rice Krispy Cereal
And here’s how to make your Vegan Rice Krispy Treats
Melt butter in a large pot over low heat
Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted
Remove from heat and stir in cereal
Spread evenly in to a 9×13 pan that’s been coated with your vegan butter
Let cool then cut into squares
Store left overs in air tight containers
Did you know that there are seasonal Rice Krispy cereals? Yes there are! It’s the same cereal, they just mix in seasonal colors like red and green kernels for Christmas. So if you’re making holiday treats look out for the seasonal cereals to make your Vegan Rice Krispy Treats more fun!