Almond Butter Rice Krispie Treats (vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free)



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Easy Almond Butter Rice Krispie Treats! 

I’ve shared a simple, Matcha Rice Krispie treat recipe in the past, which calls for vegan marshmallows but these Almond Butter Rice Krispie Treats are made without them! This is a great option if vegan marshmallows are not easily accessible to you, or you simply prefer something with a simpler ingredient list.

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The recipe calls for almond butter (as the name might suggest), maple syrup and a handful of other ingredients. It’s a dessert that loves you back with healthy fats and sweetness from a refined sugar free source without sacrificing taste or texture. You’ll still get that dreamy crunch from the rice cereal, and you can even top it off with a drizzle of dairy free dark chocolate.

To spice things up, I threw in a little bit of pumpkin spices into the mix, however you can also add cinnamon or other spices of choice to give it a kick. It’s optional, if you prefer something a little more simple but the possibilities are endless if you’re feeling adventurous.

You can make this recipe using either a microwave or on the stovetop. I’ll share both options in the recipe notes so you can take your pick!

So what’s in these Almond Butter Rice Krispie Treats?

  • Creamy natural almond butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla
  • Pumpkin spices
  • Brown rice cereal

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Secrets to success

The most important (and difficult) step in this recipe is to let it chill in the fridge for half an hour or so, but I promise it’s worth waiting! For bars that will hold together better, it’s essential and will make slicing your bars much easier too.

If you don’t have almond butter, you can use cashew butter, peanut butter and most other nut/seed butters. Just make sure it is an unsweetened, single ingredient butter for best results!

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Almond Butter Rice Krispie Treats

5 from 1 vote
Servings: 9 -12 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
These Almond Butter Rice Krispie Treats are a wholesome take on the classic rice krispie treat, no marshmallows required! Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free


  • 3/4 cup creamy natural almond butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice or cinnamon more to taste
  • pinch of salt
  • 3-4 cups brown rice cereal


  • In a saucepan or microwave safe bowl, whisk together almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, pumpkin spice and salt. If using a saucepan, bring to a low simmer and constantly stir, cooking to reduce down the mixture slightly. If using a microwave, microwave for 30 seconds, remove and whisk and repeat 2 more times.
  • Once your mixture is slightly reduced and a little bit thicker in texture, slowly add in cereal a cup at a time. Start with less and add more as you go, in order to avoid ending up with a mixture with too much cereal (it won't hold together if this happens, as it will be too dry).
  • Transfer the mixture into a lined 8x8 dish, gently pressing down and flattening. Optionally, drizzle with melted dark chocolate then pop into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to set. Slice and enjoy!


These are best kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Remy

Hi there, I’m Remy! Welcome to Veggiekins Blog, home to nourishing vegan + gluten-free recipes and tips to live your best balanced and holistic life. I’m a human on a mission to empower you to be well and be kind to your mind, body and soul with the healing power of plants.

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  1. Remy, these came out incredibly tasty, they were all gone the same day! I tried to make sure the mixture wasn't too dry after adding cereal, so the treats were a bit sticky, not as dry as the ones you get in the store. I microwaved the almond butter and syrup for 30 and later 20 seconds, should I have microwaved a third time to make them less sticky? One more question, have you tried making this recipe with matcha but without marshmallows?

    5 stars

  2. Thanks for the recipe! I made it with dates (mashed into paste with a little water) instead of maple syrup and generous salt pinch. And I added a little shredded coconut to give it an almond joy vibe. I'm so excited for a nourishing krispie treat.