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4-Ingredient Healthy Rice Krispie Treats

4-Ingredient Healthy Rice Krispie Treats made with crispy rice cereal, almond butter, honey, and butter. This simple no-bake dessert is the perfect health-conscious treat for summer, school lunches, afternoon snacks, and special occasions that necessitate a nice crunch. People of all ages will surely melt over these rice krispies treats.

Stack of treats.

If you’re on the prowl for a summer treat that requires zero baking and lights up your dopamine pathways like a Christmas tree, this easy no bake rice krispie treat recipe is for you!

The concept of these 4-ingredient rice krispie treats is similar to the Crunchy 4-Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies and the Crispy Rice Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies I posted last summer. 

We have a crunchy, perfectly sweet treat with the richness of almond butter and that delectable crisp that is just so hard to resist!

My partner and I both agree that they’re better than regular rice krispie treats. 

They’re just so addicting!

To the extent that I found myself hovered over the pan the evening I made them, eating a whole row with a strong inclination to keep going. 😉 

Sliced Almond Butter Rice Krispie Treats

This easy almond butter rice krispie treat recipe is far from your standard school lunch box recipe.

What Makes This Recipe Different?:

This easy no-bake dessert recipe is lower in sugar than traditional rice krispie treats, and includes healthy fats.

Traditional rice krispie treats are made using marshmallows and butter, a combination that brings that amazing salty sweet combo and produces an amazing chewy yet crunchy treat that is just a classic sweet treat.

While this rendition of the classic recipe is not chewy (due to the lack of marshmallows), I love that the almond butter adds depth of flavor and nuance to the mix.

top down photo of stack of rice crispies.

Let’s discuss the four simple ingredients needed to make these amazing crispy treats.

Healthy Rice Krispie Treat Ingredients:

Crispy Rice Cereal: The main ingredient in rice krispie treats is crispy rice cereal. It is crunchy with little air pockets, which generates an amazing texture.

I use Barbara’s Bakery Brown Rice Crisps Cereal, which is in the regular cereal aisle at the grocery stores here.

Do note that there is a difference between puffed rice and crispy rice cereal. Puffed rice is much softer, whereas crispy rice is nice and crunchy and airy.

Unsweetened Almond Butter: Taking the place of gooey marshmallows, almond butter is part of the glue that holds these treats together. It is sticky enough to be adhesive, adds fat content (delicious), and hardens in the refrigerator so that the treats solidify and are sliceable. 

If you prefer a different nut or seed butter such as peanut butter, cashew butter, pecan butter, sunflower seed butter, etc., feel free to make the replacement. Just be sure that whatever you use is nice and thick and well-stirred.

Honey: The sweetener we use to keep it natural and refined sugar-free! In addition to being sweet and having a great taste, honey is nice and sticky and works with the almond butter to act as the glue that holds these beauties together.

All we need is ⅓ cup for the whole batch, which I find to be plenty sweet. Use up to ½ cup of honey for even sweeter treats. I love that the honey makes a delicious snack to quench your sweet craving yet replaces marshmallows, which contain high-fructose corn syrup.

I’m willing to bet pure maple syrup will work as a replacement (or any liquid sweetener for that matter), but I haven’t tested it myself.

Butter or Coconut Oil: Adding creaminess and lubrication to the rice krispies to make them taste rich and also easy to cut, melted unsalted butter or coconut oil plays a crucial role in spite of there not being very much of it.

Sea Salt: A pinch of sea salt enhances all of the flavors, bringing the whole treat together into one cohesive bite of deliciousness. All you need is a tiny sprinkle!

Stack of rice crispy treats

Optional Additions:

Make my dairy-free chocolate ganache to add a chocolate layer to these almond butter rice krispie treats. To do so, make the ganache then simply pour it over the rice krispie layer just before refrigerating the treats. Allow them to set up for the same amount of time (3 hours or longer).

If you love ground cinnamon in your cookies, you’ll also love it in these! Add ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon if you like it.

Bring warmth and fancy depth of flavor to the rice krispies by adding 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. A splash of vanilla extract is entirely optional but adds a nice twist.

If you’re into chopped nuts, add up to ½ cup to the rice mixture. You can even give it a trail mix vibe by adding dried fruit and chocolate chips or white chocolate chips. Get creative with fun variations of this favorite dessert.

How to Make Healthy Homemade Rice Krispie Treats:

Add the almond butter honey, and butter (or coconut oil) to a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 20-second intervals, stirring well in between, until everything is melted and gooey, about 60 seconds total. Note: if you don’t own a microwave, heat these ingredients in a large pot over medium heat on the stovetop.

Stir in the crispy rice cereal and gently fold everything together using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until well-combined.

Rice crispy treats mixture in a bowl.

Line a 9-inch pan with parchment paper (or spray with cooking spray) and transfer the crispy rice mixture to the prepared pan. Spread it into an even layer and cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or until the treats have completely set up.

When you’re ready to eat them, pull the bars out of the pan and place them on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to carefully slice into squares. Serve and enjoy!

Store any leftovers in an airtight container or a zip lock bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can also freeze these treats in a sealable bag for up to 3 months.

horizontal photo of rice crispy treats

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Enjoy the best rice krispie treats!

Sliced Almond Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Healthy Rice Krispie Treats

Yield: 16 Treats
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

These super easy healthier Rice Krispie Treats require just 4 basic ingredients for a cleaner take on the classic dessert. Sweetened with a touch of honey, these almond butter rice krispies are lower in sugar!

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Add the almond butter honey, and butter (or coconut oil) to a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 20-second intervals, stirring well in between, until everything is melted and gooey, about 60 seconds total.

    Wet ingredients for almond butter rice crispy treats in a mixing bowl.

    Wet ingredients for rice krispie treats stirred together in a bowl.

    Note: if you don't own a microwave, heat these ingredients in a large pot over medium heat on the stovetop.

    2. Stir in the crispy rice cereal and gently fold everything together using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until well-combined.

    Rice crispy treats mixture in a bowl.

    3. Line a 9-inch pan with parchment paper (or spray with cooking spray) and transfer the crispy rice mixture to the prepared pan. Spread it into an even layer and cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or until the treats have completely set up.

    Rice Krispy treats mixture in a baking pan lined with parchment paper

    4. When you’re ready to eat them, pull the bars out of the pan and place them on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to carefully slice into squares. Serve and enjoy!

    horizontal photo of rice crispy treats

Notes

*You can replace the almond butter with peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, or your favorite nut or seed butter.

Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1 Rice Krispie
Amount Per Serving Calories 225Total Fat 17gCarbohydrates 17gFiber 3gSugar 7gProtein 5g

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SNK

Friday 16th of September 2022

Would pure maple syrup work instead of honey?

Julia

Friday 16th of September 2022

Hi there! I haven't tested it myself, but I believe pure maple syrup would work just fine. Honey does tend to be thicker and stickier, which is helpful for binding the ingredients together, but I'm betting maple syrup will work too. :) Let me know if you try it!

Cindy

Thursday 11th of August 2022

Would Tahini work well as a substitute for the nut/seed butter in this recipe?

Julia

Thursday 11th of August 2022

Hi Cindy!

I haven't tested it with tahini yet, but it should work as long as your tahini is nice and thick (the same consistency as almond butter). In the past, I've gotten very thin tahini as well as very thick tahini so it seems like there's kind of a mixed bag when it comes to the consistency. If you think your tahini has a similar consistency to well-stirred almond butter, it will work great! :) Let me know how it turns out!

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