What's a vegan college student to do when a craving for sweet, tasty squares of Rice Krispies hits?Unfortunately, marshmallows contain gelatin, a protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones with water. These vegan Rice Krispie treats omit marshmallow and use dates and peanut butter for a sticky sweet treat that does not contain refined sugars, and will please both vegans and non-vegans alike. Bonus: These guys are also gluten-free, for your gluten-free friends.

Healthy Vegan Rice Krispie Treats

  • Prep Time:1 hr
  • Cook Time:0
  • Total Time:1 hr
  • Servings:4
  • Easy


  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups rice puffs
  • pinch salt
  • water as needed
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  • Step 1

    Add dates, nut butter, vanilla and salt into a blender or food processor.

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  • Step 2

    Use the blender to mix.

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  • Step 3

    Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds to soften.

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  • Step 4

    Blend the warmed mixture until a sticky, thick paste is formed, stirring as needed. Add water in very small increments, only if needed.

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  • Step 5

    Transfer mixture to a bowl, adding the rice puffs.

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  • Step 6

    Mix with your hands until the puffs are coated.

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  • Step 7

    Press firmly into a baking dish.

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  • Step 8

    Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.

  • Step 9

    Slice and enjoy. These are best refrigerated.

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The next time a craving for these childhood favorites hit, make a healthier, gluten-free, vegan version using this recipe. Substitute the gelatin for dates and peanut butter for an alternative that doesn't sacrifice taste.