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Gluten Free Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

Classic Rice Krispies Treats made with a gluten free and chocolate twist! Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats are just as good, if not better than the original!

Gluten Free Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats stacked on a white cake stand garnished with mini marshmallows

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What’s better than an original Rice Krispies Treat? One made with chocolate, of course!

You can never, ever go wrong with adding chocolate. In my opinion, that is.

Not only do we use chocolate cereal here, but my recipe is also a little heavier on the marshmallow side than most recipes out there.

I use a whole 10 oz bag and then add an extra cup of mini marshmallows. Because again, you can never go wrong with adding extra marshmallows!

Since this recipe only uses a handful of ingredients and the butter plays a major part in the flavor, you want to make sure you’re using good butter. I know that makes me sound like Ina, but it really is true.

My go-to is grass-fed butter but European butter would be great too. Trust me, it makes a difference! 

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What Gluten Free Chocolate Cereal Can I Use?

There are several brands of gluten free crispy chocolate cereal available. Post Cocoa Pebbles are gluten free and I use One Degree Organic Foods Sprouted Brown Rice Cacao Crisps which are available on One Degree Organic Foods Sprouted Brown Rice Cacao Crisps and Thrive Market. A couple of my local grocery stores also carry it.

Nature’s Path EnviroKidz Organic Chocolate Koala Crisp Cereal is also a good choice for this recipe.

Gluten Free Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats on a white cake stand


Can I make these in a 9×13 pan?

Yes, you can! You can use the same amount of ingredients listed in the recipe but form them in a 9×13 pan instead of a 9×9.

The only difference will be that the treats will be thinner. Alternatively, if you want really thick Rice Krispies Treats, you can make these in an 8×8 pan.

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Key Ingredients for Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

  • Chocolate Crispy Rice Cereal – see above for my suggestions!
  • Salted Butter – salted butter gives these Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats a little something extra. The little bit of salt is just enough of a flavor enhancer without having to add salt. Salted butter does not make these salty, in case you were wondering.
  • Mini Marshmallows – I use mini marshmallows because they melt faster and I’m impatient. Plus, I like to mix in extra mini marshmallows at the end for gooey pockets are marshmallow throughout the treats. You can sub the for regular sized marshmallows if that’s all you have and mix in the minis at the end or chop up your larger ones.

Equipment Needed to Make Rice Krispies Treats

  • Large Pot – 6 cups of cereal is a lot to stir so you want to use a large pot to make these.
  • Silicone Spatula – marshmallows are super, super sticky. My tool of choice is a silicone spatula to get these out the pot and pressed into the pan.
  • 9×9 Square Pan – a 9×9 Square Baking Pan makes nice, thick rice crispy treats. You can use a 9×13 pan for thinner treats. 
  • Parchment Paper or Aluminum Foil – to get your bars out of the pan in one piece for cutting, line your pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick spray.

Gluten Free Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats on a marble surface


How to Make Rice Krispies Treats with Chocolate Cereal

Step 1. Line a 9×9 inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray.

Step 2. In a medium-large pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. When the butter is melted, reduce the heat to low and add 5 cups of the mini marshmallows. Stir frequently until the marshmallow are melted.

Step 3. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and the remaining 1 cup of marshmallows. Stir to melt the marshmallows a bit (chunks of marshmallow are good) then stir in the chocolate crispy rice cereal.

Step 4. When all of the cereal is coated with the marshmallow, transfer to the prepared pan. Let it sit in the pan to cool for a minute or two then use a spatula or your hands to press into the pan.

Step 5. Cool completely then cut into 16-20 squares.


Tips for Rice Krispie Treats

  • Use a little water or non-stick spray – I find that spraying my clean hands with non-stick spray or wetting them with a small amount of water works best for pressing the marshmallow treats into the pan. It keeps the gooey cereal from sticking to everything!
  • Don’t press too hard into the pan. You should press the cereal gently to get a firm treat that won’t fall apart but they shouldn’t be super compacted.
  • Use fresh marshmallows. Older or stale marshmallows won’t melt well and have the tendency to over-cook when you’re trying to melt them and that will cause your Rice Krispie treats to be hard instead of soft and gooey.

Classic Gluten Free Rice Krispies Treats with a twist - Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats made with chocolate rice cereal! They're so easy to make and have such a great gooey marshmallow to cereal ratio - they're simply addicting! Easy gluten free no-bake dessert recipe from @whattheforkblog visit whattheforkfoodblog.com for more gluten free desserts! Make them thick in a 9x9 pan or make thinner ones in a 9x13 pan - your choice! This is a simple dessert to make that’s perfect for any occasion.


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Gluten Free Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats stacked on a white cake stand garnished with mini marshmallows

Gluten Free Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

Yield: 16 Squares
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Classic Rice Krispies Treats made with a gluten free and chocolate twist! These are just as good, if not better than the original!

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 6 cups mini marshmallows, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 cups chocolate gluten free crispy rice cereal

Instructions

    1. Line a 9x9 inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray.
    2. In a medium-large pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. When the butter is melted, reduce the heat to low and add 5 cups of the mini marshmallows. Stir frequently until the marshmallow are melted.
    3. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and the remaining 1 cup of marshmallows. Stir to melt the marshmallows a bit (chunks of marshmallow are good) then stir in the chocolate crispy rice cereal.
    4. When all of the cereal is coated with the marshmallow, transfer to the prepared pan. Let it sit in the pan to cool for a minute or two then use a spatula or your hands to press into the pan. (I find that spraying my clean hands with non-stick spray or wetting them with a small amount of water works best.)
    5. Cool completely then cut into 16-20 squares.
    6. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Notes

I used One Degree Organic Foods Sprouted Brown Rice Cacao Crisps in this recipe. See post for more gluten free cereal recommendations in "Key Ingredients" section.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 430

Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren't always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs. Calories are based on 16 servings.

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