Spooky Crispy Rice Treats
I can very clearly remember my mom making these very often in our home when I was younger. I don't think I had eaten any since going vegan almost ten years ago, or maybe even longer? Anyways, I forgot just how yummy they are, and how simple they are to make! I wanted to do something fun, but simple for Halloween and these Crispy Rice treats are just the ticket!
I went all out and used melted semi-sweet chocolate chips and some vegan buttercream icing to decorate them, but you could also keep it super simple and just cut them into fun shapes with no extra decorations.
They can also be made gluten free easily by using gluten free Crispy cereal! I just used the PC brand of Crispy Rice cereal!
Regarding the marshmallows, I used the Dandys brand, which are a vegan brand and can be found in most Loblaws/Independent's, natural food grocery stores and Bulk Barn! I used the Pumpkin Spice seasonal kind so the treats would naturally be orange, but the regular white/vanilla of course works too! Even if you're not vegan, I highly recommend the Dandy's brand of marshmallows as they taste the best and have nothing artificial in them!
Vegan Crispy Rice Squares
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes + cooling
Servers: 12+ shapes, depending on your cookie cutters
- 3/4 cup of Earth Balance vegan butter (I'm sure another brand of dairy free butter would work too)
- 2 - 10 ounce bags of mini Dandy's brand marshmallows (regular or seasonal pumpkin spice)
- 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
- 9 cups of Crispy Rice cereal
- Melted chocolate & icing for decorations (optional)
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside
- In a large pot on the stove, melt the butter on medium heat. Add in both bags of marshmallows and continue to cook, stir often with a large wooden spoon until the marshmallows have completely melted. They may look separated and clumpy, this is normal, just keep stirring and melting and they will eventually become smooth. Just be sure to stir very often so the marshmallow doesn't burn on the bottom of the pot
- Once the marshmallows have completely melted, add in the vanilla and half the cereal, stir a couple times, then add in the remaining cereal and stir very well until everything is evenly combined.
- Transfer the mixture onto your prepared baking tray and spread out as best you can with your spoon. Then, use a small piece of parchment paper (because the mixture is still hot) to firmly press down the cereal onto the baking tray so that it's all even in height.
- It's okay if it doesn't completely reach the edges of the tray, it's just more important to have a nice smooth, even surface on the top and an even shape. If you want thicker squares, just press them down in a smaller space on the tray (this will give you thicker treats but less of them).
- Let the treats cool completely. Then, using your desired shapes of cookie cutters, cut them into your shapes & decorate as you wish. Have fun with them! You could also just cut them into regular squares too!
* After I was done cutting out my shapes, I had a bunch of cut-off pieces. To use them up, I pressed them into oval shapes with my hands and turned them into little pumpkin shapes!